Ostia: the 1916 City Plan

The modern Ostia wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the reclaiming of the territory, strongly supported by the National Government after the Unification of Italy. The works were implemented with great difficulty by the General Laborer’s Association of the Municipality of Ravenna, from 1884. The actual settlement was realized due to the tenacity  of  Paolo […]

Ostia: one century of Architecture and Urban Planning

The modern Ostia is only one century old: it thus represents an almost unique and extremely interesting case in Italy, from the points of view of architecture and urban planning, also because the proximity of Rome and the lack of a pre-existing settlement (that could have somehow bond the architecture to a style), have  made […]

Bathing resort “Plinius”

In 1931 the Lungomare Duilio (the seafront road, on the eastern side of Ostia Lido) was prolonged (because of the city plan of 1916) and this allowed the use of the eastern beaches, close to the pine forest of Castelfusano and very beautiful from a landscape and naturalistic point of view. In 1933 it was [...]

Bathing resort “Lega Navale”

It was strongly wanted by Achille Starace, Secretary of the National Fascist Party and Special Commissioner of the Italian Lega Navale. It was built in 1937 in rationalist forms by the engineer Corrado Giovannetti. The complex is developed on three floors: the main building is off-center with respect to the lot axis and the main [...]

Bathing resort “Kursaal”

The “Kursaal” bathing resort was inaugurated on June 15th 1950 with a very important ceremony in front of many authorities and people; it soon became the new visual landmark of Ostia, substituting the bathing resort "Roma". It was designed to satisfy an elite clientele in search of luxury. It offers an incredible view and it [...]

Bathing resort “Duilio” (now “Capanno”)

It was designed in 1936 by the very famous architect Luigi Moretti for the "Società Elettroferroviaria italiana", owner of the beach lot. It is composed by two rectangular blocks, accessible from the coastal road by a large staircase. The two smaller buildings contain the direction and the offices; they are connected above by a a [...]

School named after the Garrone Brothers

The building was designed in 1932 by the architect Ignazio Guidi and was inaugurated on April 21st 1934 in the presence of Benito Mussolini. It is composed of three blocks, arranged in steps so that, thanks also to the south-west orientation of the windows, the classrooms receive the maximum amount of sun in the morning [...]

Church of Santa Maria “Stella Maris”

The church is located on the edge of the pine forest and is part of a larger parish complex. It was designed by the architect Ennio Canino. The need to take into account the natural element has affected the architect’s ideas: the church rises from a meadow and its roof has a color similar to [...]

Church of Santa Maria from Bonaria

In 1967 the Vatican decided to set a competition for the design and the building of four new churches in four peripheral areas of Rome. The projects had to comply with several new standards required by the liturgical reform ratified by the Second Vatican Council. One of the four locations identified was in the western [...]

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