Province of Latina, Latium, Italy

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About Sabaudia

Sabaudia is a coastal city in the province of Latina, Lazio, central Italy. The center of Sabaudia is characterized by numerous examples of fascist architecture.


An hour and a half south of Rome, Sabaudia is a coastal city. It is one of the many cities built on the reclaimed marsh of the Pontine Marshes Agro Pontino. This swamp was dried up by order of Benito Mussolini. Vast tracts of swamp infested with malaria were drained by workers transported from the poor areas of northern Italy, leaving the coastal area south of Rome with rich agricultural land. These cities were built so that the fascist regime could demonstrate the drainage of the marshes, as well as provide housing communities for the growing urban populations of large Italian cities.

The architects Gino Cancellotti, Eugenio Montuori, Luigi Piccinato and Alfredo Scalpelli were responsible for the urban plan and for many buildings after winning a competition for the design of Sabaudia, sponsored by Mussolini. Work began on building the city on August 5, 1933 and was completed 253 days later. The city itself is based on a Roman grid plan and rationalist architecture.

Sabaudia is well frequented by residents of Rome and Naples, as it is located about halfway between the two cities. Sabaudia has 15 kilometers of beach that boast the Blue Flag (Blue Flag) denomination, which is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The FEE classifies a beach based on water quality, recycling and waste management practices, the presence of lifeguards and the inclusion of pedestrian walkways and green areas. Surrounded by the Circeo forest, access is guaranteed by a walkway along the entire coast.

Twin cities / sister cities

Saint-M├ędard-en-Jalles, France

El Vendrell, Spain

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