Mussolini Slept Here: Unearthing a Roman Villa’s Uneasy Past

Aug 10, 2015 898

by Rachel Donadio

Deep beneath the historic Villa Torlonia, where Benito Mussolini lived for nearly two decades, a wine cellar repurposed in 1941 as a bunker to protect the Fascist leader was recently opened to the public.

Even in a city stratified with centuries of history, where archaeologists are digging up the remains of an ancient empire, the damp underground space is a telling sign of how deeply Italy's relatively recent past can stay buried.

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