Foro Italico

sights / Sporting venues

Foro Italico information

Rome , Italy
Address
Street Viale del Foro Italico
Getting there
bus Piazzale della Farnesina
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Lonely Planet review

At the foot of Monte Mario , the Foro Italico is a grandiose Fascist-era sports complex, centred on the Stadio Olimpico , Rome’s 70,000-seat football stadium. Most people pass through en route to the football, but if you’re interested in Fascist architecture, it’s worth a look.

Designed by the architect Enrico Del Debbio, it remains much as it was originally conceived. A 17m-high marble obelisk , inscribed with the words ‘Mussolini Dux’, stands at the beginning of a broad avenue leading down to the Stadio dei Marmi , a running track surrounded by 60 marble nudes, and the Stadio Olimpico.