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Tiny retro Italian town with just 5,000 locals built as a 'utopia' that feels like going back in time | The Sun
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A TINY town in Italy was once built as a 'utopia' – but has been left untouched ever since.
Tresigallo is found between Bologna and Venice, with many of the buildings built in the 1930s.
The town structure was entirely built from scratch by the Minister of Agriculture at the time Edmondo Rossoni, who kept it a secret from then-leader Mussolini.
The town was built as a futuristic endeavour, nicknamed the City of the 20th Century or Metaphysical City which saw the local population jump from 500 to 9,000 people.
The majority of the buildings were built between 1927 and 1934, across two axes – the horizontal being for spirituality with the church and youth centre, while the vertical was for everyday life including the main civic centre.
Now it is a symbol of Rationalism Architecture from many of the buildings remaining intact.
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The most famous is the pastel-blue Sogni, which means dreams in Italian, which was once a bathhouse and is now an exhibition centre.
There is also the House of Culture, the S.A.I.M.M, a former engineering factory now home to local artisans, and Bar Roma, which is now abandoned.
Teatro 900 is now a music school, while there are also churches, sports fields, schools and a large plaza Piazza della Repubblica.
And it's not just the buildings that made it a modern city at the time.
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