Holiday colonies for Italian youth during Fascism





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Thousands of summer colonies were created for youth in Fascist Italy (1922–1943). Most were temporary structures set up to assist children only during the daytime; dozens became the concrete symbol of the totalitarian project undertaken by Fascism to shape “new Italians” starting from childhood. Actually the colonies promoted by the organizations of the regime, state agencies and industrial companies, due to a lack of precise “models” of reference for the architects involved, present a highly varied expressive panorama, reflecting the complexity of the architectural debate in those years and the difficulties that faced any truly modern approach to architecture.

How to Cite

Mulazzani, M. (2019). Holiday colonies for Italian youth during Fascism. Docomomo Journal, (60), 16–23.




Author Biography

Marco Mulazzani, University of Ferrara

Associate professor of History of architecture at the Ferrara University. He is member of the editorial board of the magazine Casabella. His studies focus on 20th century Italian architecture, deepening with essays and volumes the work of architects such as Luigi Moretti, Giuseppe Vaccaro and others.


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