Newly Discovered Mussolini Bunker To Become Tourism Attraction

Statue of Mussolini © Erich Ferdinand

A World War II bunker that was discovered in 2011 by workers during the restoration of another landmark has been revealed to have been intended for Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The bunker’s existence was kept under wraps until recently, when plans were unveiled to open it as a tourist attraction with interactive digital displays.

The discovery was made by accident, when a trap door was unearthed that led to a complex of nine rooms 15 meters below ground fortified with concrete walls up to 2 meters thick. The facility is believed to have been the 12th such bunker built for Mussolini and the lack of electricity or plumbing indicate that it was left unfinished.

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