Milan: Fascism and the Second World War


A Virtual Walking Tour of Milan During Fascism

Saturday, February 27, 2021

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Presented in English


Milan was a very important city in the history of Fascism. Many events bearing on Facisms’s history took place there, from its foundation to its symbolic end in Piazza Loreto. During this tour, you’ll be shown some of the most significant buildings of Rationalist architecture, which were worked on by the major architects of the period, some of whom were among the greatest of 20th-century architecture. We’ll see Milano Centrale, the central station (inspired by Union Station in Washington, D.C., among others), and Palazzo Mezzanotte, the seat of the Italian Stock Exchange (also, obviously, the irreverent sculpture by Cattelan, which faces it). And we’ll also visit the Arengario in Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Sepolcro. We’ll also talk about the consequences of all this and about how Milan suffered terribly during the Second World War.

About Our Guides:


Mirella Maestri

I am Mirella. I was born and raised in Piedmont, in the north of Italy. To me, it’s still one of the most beautiful places on earth. I moved to Milan almost 20 years ago. I have a degree in archaeology and post-graduate specialization in Medieval archaeology. For many years I worked in field archaeology and as a tour guide in both Piedmont and Milan.

Since 2018, I have also been working as a teacher of Italian as a foreign language after obtaining the DITALS certification. I am a life enthusiast, a people person and I love being the bridge between my culture and others. My passions are history, art, languages, travels, food and … fashion.


Debora Zanotti

I was born and raised in Monza, a nice city near Milan. I graduated in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation and studied Chinese and English language and culture. A passion for travel has allowed me to explore art and history and to start a career as a tour guide in Milan. I love this city and its atmosphere. I collaborate with various cultural associations and Milanese tour operators.

Two years ago, I gained the DITALS I certification for teaching Italian to adults given by the University for Foreigners of Siena. I currently teach Italian to foreigners, offering the Italian language in the most entertaining way possible. I like to talk about art, food, politics and cultures with my students.

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