Rome’s Fascist Past: Private Walking Tour of Mussolini’s EUR District

Rome, Italy

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

See a different side of Rome, away from the historical center full of ancient, Renaissance and baroque sights, on this tour of the EUR district. With a more recent history that dates back to just the 1930s, when it was founded by Italy’s fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, the EUR is home to structures that symbolize Mussolini’s fascist philosophies and is nowadays a center of business in the city. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll visit sites like Square Colosseum while learning about the history and politics behind the buildings and landmarks.
  • 4-hour guided Rome walking tour around the fascinating EUR district
  • See the large, modernist buildings and Neoclassical architecture that emulate 1930s fascist Rome
  • Learn about Mussolini, considered to be the founder of Italian fascism
  • See Rome's Square Colosseum and walk down Via dei Fori Imperiali
  • Explore Foro Italico, Rome's impressive sports center, and walk through its famous Stadio dei Marmi

Transport to the EUR district by air-conditioned coach
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entrance to the Stadio Olimpico inside Foro Italico

Departure Point

Via Cavour, 224, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your half-day tour starts by meeting your guide and boarding a coach for the drive south of central Rome to the EUR district (Esposizione Universale di Roma). From your guide, learn about the origin of this area in the 1930s, when it was created as a city regeneration project under the direction of by Benito Mussolini, the fascist prime minister of Italy who called himself Il Duce (The Leader). Mussolini wanted to feature the district at the 1942 World’s Fair to celebrate 20 years of fascism in the country.

As you walk along the wide, symmetrical streets, your guide will point out the neoclassical architecture of that era and tell you about how the project was left incomplete when the World’s Fair was canceled after the start of World War II. Listen to stories about Rome in the 1930s and Mussolini’s notorious reign, and see the Square Colosseum (Colosseo Quadrato, known officially as Palazzo della Civilta del Lavoro), the EUR’s most prominent building with its white marble façade and rows of arches.

Outside the EUR, visit Foro Italico, originally known as Foro Mussolini (Mussolini Forum), a sports complex home to Stadio dei Marmi, a track surrounded by 60 marble statues. You’ll also see the Via dei Fori Imperiali, a road commissioned by Mussolini that connects the Rome Colosseum to Piazza Venezia.

Your tour ends after the drive back to central Rome.
Stop At:  
This unique bus and walking architecture tour will allow you to explore the obscure district of Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Obelisco del Foro Italico
The first stop on this Rome architecture tour by bus will be Foro Italico (formerly Foro Mussolini), a massive sports complex located just north of the city center
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palazzo degli Uffici
Examine famous buildings and urban spaces such as the Bassorilievo Palazzo Uffici (the first building to be completed in this new district in 1939), Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Square Colosseum) synonymous with EUR and this period in general and Via Cristoforo Colombo, the street that links Ostia to the historic center
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Piazza Venezia
you will pass by Piazza Venezia (Altare della Patria) and Vittorio Emanuele II Monument - the central hub of the Eternal City.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Walk along Via dei Fori Imperiali, the road that runs from Piazza Venezia straight to the Colosseum. Wander amongst the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum as you make your way towards the most recognizable monument in all of Italy, and perhaps the world
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers

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