If you always consider yourself “troppo avanti”… we suggest you to follow us in this adventure to discover the Rome of the future, of the past and of the present. A utopian dream which is with us all along and which let us to build the huge industrial districts Garbatella and San Saba, or the factories, power stations, railways stations and offices along the Ostiense streets because it was thought that the Capital, although having its routes to the river, must extend to the sea… A journey that through intermediate steps, such as the Gazometro or the Centrale Montemartini, where the dream of the future of the imperial Rome and of the modern Rome with the first thermoelectric power plant station coexist in harmony, will immerse you in the enchanting images of tomorrow which still inhabit the present, like the MAXXI museum and the project of the Fuxas’ Nuvola in the Eur neighborhood.
Itineraries available (please let us know your choice by email after booking):
- Rome wasn't built in a day - The Roman 20th century: from the geometric symmetry of the '30s and '40s to the works of Renzo Piano. Foro Italico, Auditorium (external), Ponte della Musica, MAXXI (external)
- Metaphysical perspectives - An exciting journey into the little-known modern Rome through buildings, unusual perspectives, monumental buildings, parks and water features. EUR district, Garbatella district
- An unusual walk - The most unusual architecture of the city, real treats for fans of architecture and design. Coppedè, Villa Torlonia, Città Giardino
Available every day at 10am.
Meeting Point: Your hotel in Rome.
Duration: 3 hours and a half.
Tour price includes:
- Official guide and/or tour escort
- Languages: English. Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Russian
Not included in tour price: entrance tickets, transportation, souvenirs, personal extras, tips.
There will be no penalty for cancellations of excursion bookings communicated in writing at least three (3) days prior to the booked excursion date. No refund for further cancellations and no shows.
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The Rome of the Future: Architecture and Urban Planning
Step into the other Rome – the Rome of utopian and totalitarian dreams, the Rome of past, present, and future architectural exploits. Choose one of our Rome of the Future walking tours, and discover chapters of Rome's history reflected in its fascinating architecture.
Follow our expert guide, and see the residential districts of Garbatella (originally planned as a “garden city”) and San Saba, as well as the factories, power stations, railways stations, and offices along the Ostiense street. See milestones of industrial architecture such as the Gazometro or the Centrale Montemartini – the first thermoelectric power plant station now houses the Capitoline Museum. Visit the futuristic buildings of the MAXXI museum (architect Zaha Hadid) dedicated to contemporary creativity, and the 21st century project of the “Cloud” (architect Massimiliano Fuksas) in the EUR neighborhood.
Choose among the following Itineraries – and let us know your choice by email after booking:
- Rome Wasn't Built in a Day - the Roman 20th Century: Discover major Roman architectural landmarks, from the geometric symmetry of the 1930s and 1940s to the works of Renzo Piano. The itinerary includes the Foro Italico sports complex with the Auditorium (from the outside), the Ponte della Musica (the first public footbridge built across the Tiber since Roman times), and the MAXXI Museum (from the outside).
- Metaphysical Perspectives - An exciting journey into little known modern Rome through unusual perspectives, monumental buildings, parks, fountains and canals. Your itinerary includes the EUR residential and business district, originally planned by Mussolini as the site for the 1942 world's fair, and the Garbatella district, a housing development originally inspired by the socialist utopian concept of the “garden city,” a project which was altered under the Fascist government. Nowadays, the area is known for its people-friendly and distinctive character, as well as for its hidden gardens.
- An Unusual Walk - Discover Rome's most unusual architecture! Your itinerary includes a visit to the Coppedè neighborhood (built between 1913 and 1927). Architect Gino Coppedè was given free rein to design a whole block of the city, and he did so eclectically mixing liberty style, art nouveau, baroque, and even medieval elements of style. Take a stroll through Villa Torlonia's park and buildings – including the oddball “House of the Owls” (Casina delle Civette). Trace the history of 1920s urban planning with a visit to the Città Giardino neighborhood. This tour is a real treat for fans of architecture and design.