Latina, the history

Founded in 1932 under the Fascism regime and originally named Littoria, the city was built on the site of a small village which had developed during the reclamation of the Pontine marshes. The building project was led by Valentino Orsoline Cancelli, Government Commissioner for the Reclamation of the Pontine Marshes. The reclamation work was widely exploited by Fascist propagandists and indeed they are many famous images of Mussolini working in fields where there was once nothing but marshland. The city changed its name from Littoria to Latina with the fall of Fascism and, despite having been seriously damaged during the second world war, experienced great economic development in the 1960s and 1070s as a result of its inclusion in the Cassa del Mezzogiorno.

Latina is now the second most highly populated city in Lazio and an important agricultural and industrial centre. It also has a military airport. Developed according to a plan based on the fundamental principles of urban design and architectural rationalism, Latina is a fine example of a modern Italian city whose geometrically inspired streets and squares are typical of minimalist architecture.

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