Sumptuous in their bearing and popular in their function, the buildings of the Italian post office are points of reference throughout the country that still today tell of a united and unified country.
From that of Naples to that of Milan, passing through Lecce or Grosseto, Alessandria or Salerno, entering it always stimulates that feeling of majestic authority, as if you were crossing the threshold of banks of physical information (or database, said in a contemporary way): how many letters have been sent and received, how many loves, how many unhappy news and how many power agreements have been in transit?
To celebrate 160 years of Italian post office Franco Maria Ricci Editore has chosen to reprint the volume dedicated to them and published for the first time in 1996: a collection of technical data sheets, images and insights accompanied by sketches, sketches, drawings and shots made by excellent photographers of the caliber of Luciano Romano, Giovanni Ricci-Novara and Massimo Listri.
In what can be defined as a review (the volume devotes ample space to each of the Italian post office buildings throughout Italy) LE BELLE POSTE. Historic buildings of the Italian Post Office traces a clear image of how these buildings with unquestionable historical evidence are still not only aesthetically beautiful, but also speaking symbols of an era.
Often works by the author, in their most diverse artistic and structural declinations have represented over the years the transformation that our country has experienced between the end of the nineteenth century and the second post-war period.
Also from the point of view of Italian architectural culture, they contributed to outline the outline of an unprecedented Italian modernity: especially from the 1930s, when the birth and development of the Rationalist style caused the contrast between traditionalist, reactionary and modern demands.
Without forgetting the immense social role that they have, from generation to generation, embodied: "See you at the post office" is a now cult phrase, perhaps decayed with the advent of smartphones, but which perfectly describes the influence of these buildings in the life of every Italian citizen.
THE BEAUTIFUL PLACES. Historic palaces of the Italian Post Office is available in the new edition from 15 June 2022, is opened by the introduction of the president of Poste Italiane Maria Bianca Farina, and accompanied in the it was written by the essays of the scholars Giuseppe Strappa and Giorgio Di Giorgio .