EUR district | a modern marvel

July 31, 2018

EUR is a unique and modern district that reflects a combining vision of rationalist architecture and fascist regime. Located in the area southwest of the historic city, as a midpoint to the port city of Ostia. It is a construction of wide boulevards and linear buildings which were built for an exhibition in 1942 to celebrate 20 years of the fascist regime. The district is comprised of monumental marble palaces which arose from the grounds together with statues, cathedrals, green spaces and an artificial lake.

The urban district of EUR substantially differs from the rest of Rome, which holds a very authentic historical appeal, and while the district contrast the rest of Rome it proves to be successful in its own creation. Today EUR is a highly developed and commercially valuable area which holds many office and retail enterprises, many of which are headquarters of large corporations, government offices, museums and several notable buildings.

Exploring the EUR district can be exciting, a compilation of architectural splendour with commercial and amusement elements.

Palazzo Della Civilta may be one of the most fascinating modern architectural sites which gathers the gaze of many visitors to EUR district. This monumental building was built as a midcentury model of ancient Colosseum therefore also known as the square Colosseum. After the building was left in despair, due to Mussolini's involvement in the second world war, it was restored in order to house Fendi’s employees, keeping many of the interior elements in an original state. Another prominent building to see is the Basilica SS. Pietro e Paolo, the first church to be built in EUR district. This modern creation is supposedly modelled on St Peter’s at the Vatican with Mussolini’s idea for it to be his mausoleum.

The Palazzo Della Civilta
The Palazzo Della Civilta

Among the modernist structures which ornament the district of EUR, in the midst of Piazza Marconi, a marble obelisk arises from the grounds dedicated to Guglielmo Marconi which in engravings depicts the events of his life. Also in the middle of EUR is the Palazzo dei Congressi, a building designed to resemble the architecture of Pantheon. Completed in 1954, this marble construction is still used as a congress centre with an incredible outdoor amphitheatre located on the second floor.

Palazzo dei Congressi
Palazzo dei Congressi

A stroll by the large artificial lake will take you close to around modern building Palalottomatica, a multi-purpose arena which is active today and hosts sports and entertainment events. Close to the lake is a beautiful park, one among several soft green spaces surrounding the district, ideal for a walk or a resting spot. A recent addition has been made to the collection of modernist aesthetics of EUR, Nuvola di Fuksas which is a marvel of modern architecture. This New Congress Center echoes of innovation and technological advancement wrapped in extraordinary design with high artistic value. Looking for a place to cool down and refresh yourself? Try cafe Palombini all’Eur, always a great place for a cappuccino and freshly made pastry.  

Nuvola di Fuksas
Nuvola di Fuksas

It seems that EUR is a perfect place at which business and pleasure come together. During the summertime, the rooftops of these marvellous modern creations turn into fabulous spots for parties and nightclubs (think of the opening party from the film “The Great Beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino). The photogenic district of EUR has much to offer from beautiful architecture, delicious eateries to a fantastic and energetic nightlife. And if you decide to visit the seaside, in a very short time you can be there by taking the Cristoforo Colombo street that stretches from the centre of EUR all the way down to the shoreline of Ostia.