Rationalism, new objectivity and Italian taste in Souty Tyrol
With the annexation to Italy and the coming to power of the Fascist Party, in Alto Adige, a massive operation of Italianisation began, which was not limited to language, administration or school. Even the architecture and urban planning of the major centres had to be of "Italian taste". Two were the stylistic strands of the fascist era that found application in the cities of South Tyrol: "rationalism" and "new objectivity". The two currents characterized the entire European scene in the 1920s. State architecture and propaganda also favoured a sort of monumental classicism in South Tyrol. The buildings built in Merano and Sinigo are valuable but less impressive and showy.