Fascist propaganda in Italy has left us with some majestic architectural achievements in their goal to associate Fascism with progress. These are some of the most famous exmaples of post office architecture of the Fascist Era.
The building is leaned on a historic monastery and it has an irregularly shaped plan, but you can’t see that since the facade overlooking the Piazza Matteotti is perfectly symmetrical. There is a spacious multi storey atrium at the entrance with the statue of Liberty. Designed by Giuseppe Vaccaro and completed by Gino Fanzi in 1936.
This building is elegantly curved both in exterior and interior as you will be able to see if you enter the central hall. To emphasize the curves there are horizontal travertine strips on the facade. Designed by Mario Ridolfi and Mario Fagiolo and finished in 1935.
- Palermo, Siciliy
On the outside there is a classical apparance with a giant 30 meters high collonade worthy of Roman Imperial temples, but inside there is a futurist interior with open spaces, painted murals and a spiral staircase covered in red marble. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1934.
- Ragusa, Sicily
The defensive and rustic facade is topped with 9 muses. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1929.
- Agrigento, Sicily
A giant curved portico overlooking the piazza Vittorio Emanuele and a spiral opened staircase leading you to the back entrance. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1936.
- Brescia, Lombardy
This post office is built as a part of the project to build a new square in the former medieval quarters of Brescia. On the same square you will find other notable fascist buildings like the first Iitalian skyscraper or the tower of Revolution. Designed by Marcello Piacentini and finished in 1932.
- Sabaudia, Lazio
Sabaudia Post Office is covered in Savoy blue 2×2 cm ceramic tiles. Lots of stairs and long yellow eaves make a strong impression to the visitors. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1934.
- Carrara, Tuscany
This timeless design clad in marble has an octogonal tower to house the radio equipment. Designed by Giuseppe Boni and finished in 1934.
- Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1934.
- Grosseto, Tuscany
This post office with marble and brick facade has become one of the symbols of the Grosseto. The back of the building on Via Roma has an apse-like volume so together with the tower it may resemble a church. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1932.
- Bergamo, Lombardy
A massive tower on the corner and four columns with statues representing etruscan, roman, papal and fascist Italy. In the interior there are glass lamps by Mario Sironi. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1932.
- Nuoro, Sardinia
A more modest but balanced design by Angiolo Mazzoni finished in 1927.
- Ostia, Lazio
A special feature of this post office is a rounded fountain surrounded by a double brick collonade facing the street on the south. The blue fountain in combinaton with red brick appears as an exotic point of refreshment for the citizens. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1934.
- Massa, Tuscany
Another church-like impressive post office designed by Angiolo Mazzoni finished and in 1923.
- Belluno, Veneto
Built on the site of the former Castle it is one of the best examples of fascist architecture in Belluno. Notice the winged figures on the facade carrying news. Designed by Alberto Alpago-Novello and finished in 1938.
- Pula/Pola, Istria (Croatia)
What makes this post office interesting is it’s internal spiral staircase covered in red ceramic tiles. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1935.
- Terni, Umbria
This harmonious and charming ex post office now serves as a headquarters office building. Notice the building is rounded at the back. Designed by Cesare Bazzani and finished in 1936.
- Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna
Notice that the corner is clad in marble while the rest of the facade is made of brick. Another interesting detail is the balcony on Viale Cavour which is the reference to another famous palace in Ferrara – Palazzo dei Diamanti. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1930.
- Bari, Apulia
A truly impressive former Palazzo delle Poste now serves as a student’s multipurpose centre. A concave portico on the corner may be a reference to roman baroque together with a glass dome behind it. Inside there is a majestic central hall opened for visitors. Designed by Roberto Narducci and finished in 1934.
- La Spezia, Liguria
A design that resembles a post office in Nuoro, Sardinia. It is covered in polychromatic marble and mosaics referencing the Roman Empire.
- Gorizia, Friuli Venezia Giulia
There is a playful game of volumes above which a tower with a clock rises. Interior features mosaics and frescoes of Danae and Jupiter. Designed by Angiolo Mazzoni and finished in 1934.
- Forli, Emilia-Romagna
Placed at the centre of the city at the Piazza Saffi in front of the cathedral it tells how important post offices were to the propaganda of the fascist ideology. Designed by Cesare Bazzani and finished in 1932.
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