Jonathan Meades

The Palazzo della Civia Italiana, part of the EUR complex in Rome and now home to the fashion house Fendi

Though many writers, film-makers and other artists found it difficult to work in Fascist Italy, modernist architecture flourished under the less than watchful gaze of Mussolini.

Pevsner Architectural Guides still bear the mark of their founder, despite ample revision. Jonathan Meades plots their glorious evolution.