Secret Mussolini bunker
Mussolini’s Cozy Secret Bunker, Built For Two, Discovered In Rome, When workers restoring the caverns of Rome’s historic Palazzo Venezia spied a small wooden trapdoor, they had no idea what was behind it. Neither did anyone else. The long-forgotten entryway led to Benito Mussolini’s last secret bunker. Located some 50 feet below ground, the fortified concrete shelter is unfinished, lacking flooring, electricity and a sewer system, but could potentially have withstood heavy air bombing, an attack vetoed in 1943 by British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden due to probable civilian casualties.
The bunker was cozy, designed to fit two people, most likely Il Duce and his mistress. Though the discovery was made in 2011, it has recently been revealed to the public, and will open for tourists this summer, complete with an air raid simulation.
Workers restoring Rome’s historic Palazzo Venezia have discovered what they are calling Benito Mussolini’s 12th and most secret bunker, reports La Stampa.
There are no records or mentions of this bunker, which was abandoned and left incomplete. City superintendent Anna Imponente and architect Carlo Serafini made the discovery after they had seen a one-meter by one-meter wooden trap-door while inspecting work on restoring the caverns of the 15th century building.
After they opened the door and walked along the short passage with flashlights, they came into a square that was divided by partitions into nine spaces. “When we saw the concrete, it was all clear,” says Serafini. “It’s the twelfth bunker of Rome — Benito Mussolini’s last bunker.”
The discovery was made in 2011, but has only been revealed now. La Stampa reports that the bunker is clearly unfinished — there are holes in the wall meant for a sewer system and electric wiring, and flooring had not yet been installed.