Mussolini’s Villa Opens to Public

After $6 million of renovations to restore decades of decay, Rome’s Villa Torlonia, the home of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his family from 1925 to 1943, has opened to the public. Visitors will be able to see the the hidden bunkers and anti-gas chamber Il Duce constructed.

According to the AP, “While restoring the chamber, archeologists discovered it was built over a second-century Christian tomb, where they found three bodies. The area was a common burial ground in Roman times, housing mainly the sprawling underground corridors of one of six Jewish catacombs in the city.”

Visits require reservations and take place in small guided tours. For more information, call (39) 6 6488991. The villa is surrounded by noteworthy gardens.