We are always looking for travel tips because there are many ways to explore a city: places, monuments, restaurants, museums.
Happy Socks asked me to search for the best travel recommendation for the city where I live, Rome. And there is a place in Rome that is really special for me. It’s not a particularly visited because it’s mainly a place of business and offices. But it has a truly fascinating history: it is called the EUR district.
A “temporary” neighborhood
In 1935 the Fascist regime decided to nominate Rome as the seat of the 1942 Universal Exposition. It was chosen a place six kilometers in the south of Rome, near Tre Fontane, where to build the structures. But these structures were not temporary pavilions: the idea was to create a real, stable city that would continue towards the sea.
Italy’s entry into the war led to the interruption of the works and in the end the whole neighborhood, now called EUR, was never finished. However, it now stays as a great example of rationalist and geometric architecture with the monumentality and grandeur of the buildings. And my favorite corner in this district is The Museum of Roman Culture.
The Museum of Roman Culture
What fascinates me about this museum is not the artworks contained within (indeed, currently the museum is closed), but its architecture.
The museum is in fact made up of two parallel buildings, connected by a long scenographic colonnade that creates a play of light and shadows that is beautiful. A place that always inspires me with a lot of creativity. This is why it’s a special place for me: it’s a silent place, full of history, where the magnificence of the geometries and the monumental white color allows me to recharge my mind.
What I’m wearing:
Socks: Happy Socks – Fall/Winter 2019