Fascist Train Station!

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Have you ever seen a train station built by fascists? I have! And boy was it fascist-y!! Over the summer, had the opportunity to travel down to Milan for business. Was actually going outside of Milan, but I had the chance to kill a couple of hours inside.

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Although construction of the station began way back in 1906, it was interrupted by World War I and the economic crisis that came after. Building languished until Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy in 1922. Il Duce decided that he wanted the new station to represent the power of the New Italy and pulled out all the stops during construction.

Gotta admit, the fascists build some pretty impressive structures. That's a picture of the entrance hall over there to the right. Looks like it was built large enough for cars to drive through and drop off passengers on their way to points elsewhere.

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I know the question on your mind, though - "Fine Scott, enough with the Fascist 1930s Art Deco Architecture - HOW WAS THE PIZZA?"

Glad you asked. Pretty goddammed good. Even for pizza purchased in a Fascist Train Station.

There's a picture over there, again to the right. Don't remember how much it was but it was pretty reasonable, and just what I needed at the time.