Rural settlers and urban designs

Paradoxical civic identity in the Agro Pontino

Authored by: Mia Fuller

The Routledge Companion to Italian Fascist Architecture

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367348519
eBook ISBN: 9780429328435
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429328435-21

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Abstract

The Pontine Marshes (Agro Pontino) area of central Italy abounds with architectural reminders of the Fascist regime’s land reclamation in the late 1920s and early 1930s; the construction of five new towns and 14 villages; and the settlement of roughly 30,000 Italians from the northeastern regions, in approximately 3,000 newly built houses. Drawing on bibliographic and field research, the essay contrasts the ruralist ideology of the area’s fascist origins with today’s urban emphasis on its citizens’ commemorations of their area’s origins. In particular, it analyzes monuments celebrating Mussolini and his government in the Pontine Marshes’ principal town, Latina (formerly Littoria) – some of them only 20 years old – and local activism to retain original planning elements, especially as conducted by author Antonio Pennacchi.

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