Friday, June 18, 2010

Lido Ostia

Lido Ostia is the beach closest to Rome on the Mediterranean and it's life obviously depends on servicing the seaside "tempo libero" (free time/holidays) needs of the Romans. The beach is lined with bathing concessions. John and I visited just at the beginning of June before the real Season begins.
Rent a change-room, umbrella and lawn chairs and join the throngs on a Sunday afternoon soon to come. Summer is just beginning in Rome.
The beach is lined on the landward side with funky, holiday hotels worthy of Jacques Tati, don't you think?
The seaside/holiday architecture continues into the town.
In the end however, I think the most impressive architecture was a remnant of Mussolini's favoured structures that often seemed to try to suggest a New Rome.
The main Post Office is a good example, designed by Angiolo Mazzoni, and commissioned during the Fascist years. 

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