Foro Italico Sports Center, Rome
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Tuesday 10th January 2012
Foro Italico is a great sport center, created in the zone originally named Prati della Farnesina (after the Farnese family, which had it as a property), in the years of fascist regime. The project belonged to Enrico Del Debbio, and was realized starting from the late 20's, until 1960, the year of Olympic Games held in Rome. In the very beginning it was named Foro Mussolini, and after the WWII received its present name.
Fig: Foro Italico Sports Center
Fig: the Stadio dei Marmi and the
Palazzo della Farnesina behind
Foro Italico is a district situated 5 km north of the city centre. Foro Italico includes:
- Stadio Olimpico with the capacity of 100,000 spectators; it was reconstructed for the World Cup in 1990. Stadio dei Marmi (pictured above) with the 60 colossal statues of athletes gifted by the Italian provinces, able to accommodate 20,000 spectators.
- The other constructions are: open-air and close swimming-pools, lawn-tennis and basketball courts, running tracks, fencing halls and gymnasium. Beside the entrance to the Olympic Stadium is marble monolith (pictured) with the inscription "Mussolini Dux" (1932, by Constantino Constantini); it is 17m high without the base, and 36m high with the base and the point.
Fig: Foschini, Del Debbio, Morpurgo
Beside the Foro Italico is a huge Palazzo del Ministero degli Affari Esteri (Italian Foreign Office) (1956, Foschini, Del Debbio, Morpurgo) (pictured); the round sculpture is by A.Pomodoro (1968). In front of it is a complex of little red buildings named International Student's House.
- Foro Italico sports complex in Rome contains numerous sports venues, such as the Stadio Olimpico, the Stadio dei Marmi and the Stadio del Nuoto ("Swimming Stadium"), and it has hosted important events, most prominently the 1960 Summer Olympics. The tennis center is the host of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier event. The tennis stadium court formerly had a capacity of 8,000 spectators; however a new center court was constructed for the 2010 tournament, which has 10,400 seats.
The bridge bringing directly to the Forum, Ponte Duca D'Aosta, by V.Fasolo, was erected in 1936-39. It is made of reinforced cement, with three spans, 222m long and 29m wide.
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Piazza Lauro De Bosis, 3, 00194, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Shown By Map A Zone As "12"
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