Conservation News Italy

Tunnels discovered under Mussolini’s former headquarters

Restoration team at Palazzo Venezia find dictator’s planned hiding place

The Renaissance courtyard at Palazzo Venezia, Rome

A team from the cultural authority in Italy’s Lazio region have discovered an underground complex of nine reinforced concrete tunnels while carrying out restoration works in the Medieval Palazzo Venezia, a grand building once destined for high-ranking members of the clergy and subsequently used to house Venetian ambassadors.

During the Second World War, the dictator Benito Mussolini set up an office in the building and made many of his wartime speeches from the small front balcony overlooking the main square. The tunnels, located beneath his offices, were built by the dictator as a hideout when the course of the war began to turn against him.

The tunnels have now been restored and will serve as an exhibition space, but are yet to open to the public.

More from The Art Newspaper


19 Apr 13
18:25 CET


How fantastic!!!

Submit a comment

All comments are moderated. If you would like your comment to be approved, please use your real name, not a pseudonym. We ask for your email address in case we wish to contact you - it will not be made public and we do not use it for any other purpose.


Want to write a longer comment to this article? Email


Share this