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“A Sporting Pleasure”
Review of Foro Italico

Foro Italico
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Rome's Fascist Past: Private Walking Tour of Mussolini's EUR District
Ranked #156 of 1,536 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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“A Sporting Pleasure”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

We have just visited this venue for the Rome Masters Tennis. It is situated 20 mins bus ride ( Route 32) from Ottaviano Metro. The park itself is well maintained and spacious. Apart from the 2 main courts you can sit on any of the other courts and move around at will. There is the usual array of fast food and shopping opportunities without the crowds of Wimbledon in a lovely setting. The only difficulty is getting back to the centre of Rome since the buses are very crowded and it is better to get a Taxi ( get a price first) or if fit put your best foot forward - 1/2 hour to the Vatican area where there are plenty of cafes and bars.

Visited May 2013
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“That's it”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

Musolini did it in the early XX century for the olympic games but is not that kind of place you go visit unless you are really into spots.The bas-reliefs of the italian workers sum up the efforts made to build it up.

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“A Scuplture Lover's Dream Come True”
Reviewed 19 September 2007

“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”
— Benito Mussolini (1883 – 1945)

For anyone who enjoys sculpture, Stadio dei Marmi is a treat not to be missed. Lying outside the city’s historic center, the Stadium of Marbles attracts very few visitors; therefore you can have the place to yourself. Walk around freely admiring the colossal white marble athletes in the Socialist Realist style. They are wonderful.

Each of Italy’s 60 provinces each gave a white marble figure to line the top tier of the stadium. The province’s name is chiseled on the base of most of the figures. Some of the works of male physical perfection are covered with a fig leaf, others are au naturel.

Mussolini gave responsibility for the design and building of his new sports complex to Enrico Del Debbio in the late 1920’s. When it was completed it was called Foro Mussolini; after World War II the name was changed to Stadio dei Marmi. It has a capacity to seat 20,000 fans.

“The function of a citizen and a soldier are inseparable.” — Benito Mussolini

By 1936 Mussolini had conquered Ethiopia and declared a new Roman empire. Now the Academy’s emphasis on physical fitness became synonymous with battle-readiness. Stadio dei Marmi was given over to Mussolini’s Blackshirts, Fascist paramilitary groups. The Fascist Academy of Physical Education used the stadium for training. An operatic spectacle was staged for Adolf Hitler at the Foro in 1938 by Mussolini. Torch-bearing youths formed a huge swastika, and the words ‘Heil Hitler’ were spelled out in flickering flames.

The area where Foro Italico was built had once been owned by the papal Farnese family. Even as late the 1920s it was known as Prati della Farnesina. This sporting complex is made up of other venues, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts (clay and grass), basketball courts, running tracks, fencing halls and a gymnasium.

As part of the complex, Stadio Olimpico, with a capacity of 100,000 spectators, was built when Rome hosted the Olympic Games in 1960; it was reconstructed for the World Cup in 1990. A group of red stucco buildings on the grounds house the Italian National Olympic Committee.

It is easy to reach Foro Italico. Take the #2 tram, located outside Porta del Popolo, to the end of the line. Walk across the bridge. There you are. Admission is free to tour the Stadio dei Marmi.

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