Tuesday, September 8, 2020



Via Flaminia 489

1920/25 and 1932/38 Armando Brasini (1879/1965)

Known as Castellaccio Brasini (The Ugly Brasini Castle) after the name of the builder and owner

Curious eclectic architecture, with medieval and seventeenth century quotations

"Despite having worked during the period at the beginning of the modern movement, Brasini has always been inspired, in his architecture, by the art of the past, especially Baroque and Renaissance art, mixing styles, sometimes fancifully, and preferring grandiose and monumental concepts, in order to latch on to the courtly Italian and especially Roman artistic tradition. His vast production reveals exceptional ease and graphical richness, as well as an attitude more of a stage designer than of an architect, in a style that can be referred to as eclectic although still bearing, very evident, the imprint of his personality" (Raffo Pani – Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani)

NYMPHAEUM and COLLECTION OF INSCRIPTIONS with items dating back to antiquity and to the renaissance period, found during the demolition of the center of Rome during the fascist period

Authentic sculptures of the fifteenth century and ceilings of the sixteenth and seventeenth century

Armando Brasini also used materials from the Italian pavilion of the Universal Exhibition in Paris of 1925 that he designed himself

It is also known as Villa del Pianto (Wailing Villa) because, during the war, it was a Gestapo headquarters, where prisoners were interrogated and executed

It is said that Armando Brasini was spared from the fury of the Nazis because he revealed them a secret: how to recover a precious vessel, without breaking it, under the floor where it had been buried

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