|Prominent, column-size fasci on a government building in Pomezia, a nearby "new" town, |
built under Mussolini's regime. Above the door, we learn that the building was constructed
in the year (A., anno) 17 (1939) of the Fascist (F.) Era (E.).
There are other, more subtle ways to engage the Fascist heritage. As we explain in a sidebar in Rome the Second Time (p. 85), many buildings constructed in the Fascist era proclaim their origin under the regime by using the Fascist dating system, which begins with 1922 (Year I, using Roman numberals). Many if not most of these buildings retain these Fascist markings.
|Hacking away at a symbol of the|
Fascist regime, Milan, 1943.
Although some fasci were removed by angry anti-Fascists when Mussolini's regime fell in 1943 (left), and others since then, many still remain as reminders of the dictatorship.
|Fasci on a school building in Centocelle, a|
close-in suburb of Rome
year (A.) 9. In Garbatella
in the main piazza in Grottaferrata,
a town in the Alban Hills. Probably 1920s.
Below, we offer some of those we found in the last two years. Good hunting!
|The base of a flagpole at Cinecittá, the |
movie-making center, with wrap-around fish.
|One seldom sees a light standard with fasci, perhaps because they're quite public. This one, featuring a schematic design, was in an ironworks exhibit in the Casino delle Civette, in Villa Torlonia.|
|Because manhole covers are seldom changed and seldom stolen, they are a good source of fasci. This one is obviously from Pomezia. |
|Here, a contemporary artist has juxtaposed fasci with|
other images from or of the 1930s.