Immerse ourselves in the forties, explore the Art Deco, imagine being in a painting by Carra or Sironi. Take an interest in architecture is intriguing that he knows of “cinema of white telephones,” of majesty, of futurism. This happens at the Hotel Mediterraneo Rome , built between 1936 and 1944, which is the only one in Europe to be preserved with great care, intact over time, and outdoor furniture designed in the Italian rationalist style, one of the most controversial seasons Our history of art, which is now re-evaluated and living a second youth.
It is an Italian style, geometric simplification “modern” sobriety of classical architecture, typical of the period between the two world wars, which is linked to the tradition of the Bauhaus and Futurist Painting and metaphysics. The Hotel Mediterraneo is a strategic location, just steps from Termini Station, the maximum of comfort for those arriving by train or plane, with monuments, museums and shops at your fingertips.
From the roof terrace on the tenth floor of the Hotel Mediterraneo enjoys a unique view: the Colosseum, the Victorian, San Pietro, the domes and churches, its flowered terraces. Against the backdrop of the Roman Castles. For a drink, lunch or a romantic dinner by candlelight, the bar / restaurant on the terrace is open from 12 to 24.
The decor of the hotel, completely in Art Deco style, purity of line and design, the refined luxury, to transmit the force of res evocations. Rationality and geometry, and metaphysical painting futuristic, sophisticated style as a backdrop for movies and fiction, and as a location for fashion catalogs. Wanted around 1930 by Maurizio Bettoja, founder of the oldest hotel group in Rome (and whose family originally from Piedmont, the fifth generation, management still holds) the Mediterranean Hotel was designed in 1936 by Mario Loreti, and terminated in 1944. Ten floors, 50 meters high, 266 rooms, the hotel still maintains its charm and originality: the marble busts of Roman emperors placed in the lobby, mosaics depicting the adventures of Odysseus, the symbolism of bells and lanterns, even, in a room, a table clock resting on the waves, emphasizing the vocation “marinara” which justifies the name. And then the grand marble staircase, a bar with the bar of alabaster, the absence of paintings and other pieces of furniture that are not consistent with the setting: what place can enjoy the sophistication of a very important time in our history better than this?. Double room price from 168 euros including breakfast.
The name Art Deco derived from the initials of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. The Art Deco is characterized by the use of materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, lacquer, inlaid wood, sharkskin or zebra and zigzag shapes or chess, the vast curves, the reasons to ‘V’ and sunlight. The style of the Italian Rationalist is part of the Art Deco style, with exceptional quality and innovative aesthetics, which attempts to reconcile the Roman tradition and modernism more advanced. The style “Mussolini” MATERIALS OF noble and traditional uses (travertine, brick, marble) and adds statues, bas-reliefs and mosaics very decorative, as in the sports complex of the Mussolini Forum / Foro Italico (Enrico Del Debbio, 1932).
To complete an unusual experience dedicated to rationalist, especially recommend a visit to the EUR. The clean lines of the buildings and open spaces in this neighborhood have inspired many famous directors – Antonioni, Fellini, Bertolucci – who have used them as a backdrop for their films. We admire majestic palaces with columns and arches of travertine on the model of the Colosseum: the famous Palace of Italian Civilization / Labour (John Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno La Padula , Mario Romano, under the direction of Marcello Piacentini, 1938), also called Square Colosseum and the Museum of Roman Civilization (Angiolo Mazzoni, 1938-39), which displays models that reconstruct monuments and architectural complexes of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire, the Church of St. Peter and Paul (Arnaldo Foschini, 1937-1941). Other important examples of this style are the beautiful bridge Flaminio (Armando Brasini, 1939-1951), the path of conciliation (Marcello Piacentini and Spaccarelli, 1938-1950), the palace of Littorio (now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Ministry of Italian colonies (now the headquarters of FAO).
Another interesting area is the Pigneto neighborhood located between Prenestina and Casilina, where Pier Paolo Pasolini has set the film “Accattone”, was built in the early twenties as housing for railroad workers. It’s a “garden city” of futuristic, like Garbatella and Montesacro. The Pigneto is now considered an emerging area and is full of eateries and pubs frequented by youngsters. In the city center, example of art of those years is the Piazza Augusto Imperatore. Here the glass cabinet post in 1938 by Vittorio Morpurgo to contain the Ara Pacis of Augustus, was replaced in 2006 by that of Richard Meier.
Originally posted 2012-07-21 22:33:51.