Bunker di Mussolini a Villa Torlonia

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Bunker di Mussolini a Villa Torlonia

Bunker di Mussolini a Villa Torlonia
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3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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La visita si svolge nei due rifugi antiaerei e nel bunker, costruiti fra il 1940 e il 1943. Nel bunker si potrà assistere alla "Air raid experience" un'esperienza immersiva di 3 minuti per rivivere le sensazioni di un bombardamento aereo all'interno. L'area espositiva è stata allestita con una corposa documentazione che spazia dai manifesti di propaganda, ai volantini (i cosiddetti flying leaflets), a giornali stranieri dell'epoca, a maschere antigas e molto altro. La visita si concluderà con un suggestivo documentario realizzato appositamente per noi dal noto autore e documentarista Fabio Toncelli: attraverso la sua voce e con l'ausilio di immagini esclusive, si racconterà del progetto della Royal Air Force di uccidere il Duce bombardando contemporanemaente Villa Torlonia e Palazzo Venezia.
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Aurora S
Ipswich, UK127 contributions
A good short tour around the bunkers, there are several of them. You experience an insight into what it would have been like to be in the tunnels with an air raid. There is also the house you can go through as a seperate tour as well as the Old Prince's Residence as well.. The guides are wonderful, The tour group is Underground Rome? They also have a book you can purchase for such experiences. They have several other unusual tours around Rome too.. If you enjoy history or anything to do with WW2 we highly recommend.. There are limited tours in English. Visit Roma Sotterranea is the group
Written March 9, 2020
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Thomas F
London, UK5 contributions
Couples
My wife and I decided to book this as something out of the ordinary in Rome, and as there were no places left on an English-speaking tour, we paid extra to have one just for the two of us. As someone who enjoys being underground, and having visited caverns, caves, crypts, catacombs, shelters, bunkers, tunnels etc across Europe, the excellent tour guide (Francesca) really brought this place to life, and ably explained the historical context. So, highly recommended, and we'll look out for other underground tours by the same company when we next visit Rome.
Written October 29, 2018
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy23,844 contributions
Couples
Our guide was supposed to be Annalisa, but she did not show, nor apparently notify the organization that leads the tours. There were 8 of us waiting for the 3 pm English-language tour. At 3:30, a guide who was supposed to lead a later tour noticed the group standing around. He was a very good sport and quickly made arrangements for another guide to lead his tour, so he could take us on our tour as soon as possible.

The tour itself was very interesting, walking through the grounds of Villa Torlonia, discussing the history of the villa (rented by Mussolini for the bargain price of one lira per year) as well as the relevant WWII history. We learned about the engineering that went into the construction and operation of the bunkers, and toured them. There are some educational posters and short videos as well. Very sad (but not unexpected) to learn about how poor quality the bunkers were for the Roman citizens, versus what was provided (with free labor) for Mussolini. A must for those with an interest in WWII history in Rome.
Written October 4, 2016
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Asbjørn Bech
3 contributions
Couples
We went to the site and bought tickets to specifically visit the bunker. We actually made it very clear in the ticket shop, that we were only interested in seeing the bunker, which was no problem.

After a walk around the vila, we asked the staff where we could find the entrance to the bunker, but now the bunker apparently was closed and no one could tell us why. I even tried using Google Translate because most of the staff couldn’t speak English. I was again just told that it was closed and that “they can’t tell me why”.

Then we tried asking for our money back in the ticket shop since they sold us tickets for something that was closed. Again we were just told it was closed, and then the clerk just started checking her phone to avoid further discussion.

A complete waste of time and money for the worst and most rude service I’ve experienced in Rome.
Written March 24, 2022
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Slartibartfarst
Epsom, UK43 contributions
An interesting tour of Mussolini's Bunker which is actually two different underground facilities. One from WW1 and one from WW2. Our tour guide spoke good English and was very knowledgeable. There was just 4 of us on the tour which made things very easy. They currently only do one English speaking tour a week which is 330pm on a Wednesday so do book ahead. I found it very interesting but my partner did not. This is probably for WW2 buffs and underground installation fans. The tour was just 7 euros making it the cheapest guided tour of the week.

It is not clear in the booking but you actually meet your guide just inside the gates to the park.
Written March 27, 2016
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Julie C
Gateshead, UK269 contributions
Couples
We booked the tour through the website, initially no dates were available for English languages tours but after emailing to check further slots were added. Payment was straightforward with a credit card through Paypal (no account necessary). We received a confirmation email which warned that we should arrive on time or the group might leave without us.

We arrived at Villa Torlonia about 15 minutes early and there met another participant of the tour but no guide arrived, we found a leaflet with a contact number but no English speaker at the other end. As our tour was booked on a Monday the Villa Torlonia ticket office was not open, eventually we found an office in a side building and staff who were able to contact Sotterranei di Roma for us and a guide was sent to arrive two hours after the original start time. Fortunately we were not constrained for time as the one hour tour ended up taking a four hour chunk out of the middle of our day.

When she arrived our guide Alessandra was friendly and knowledgeable. The tour takes in three separate underground shelters used, or planned for use by Mussolini and his family. There were some original artefacts on display such as the air cleaning system. We liked that Alessandra gave us additional information when she saw we were interested in something and didn't just stick to a scripted spiel. In one of the rooms there was a short video showing the range of air raid shelters across the city.

I hope that the organisational problems can be ironed out as the tours become more established as it is a really interesting visit.
Written April 3, 2015
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TraceyM7
30 contributions
Family
The only difficult part of the tour was booking it! The website does not work and we phoned in the morning to book an afternoon tour. It is essential to book as the tour guide turned up especially for us - this is small informal operation which does not detract from the tour but adds to it. The guide was knowledgeable and able to answer all our extra questions.

The tunnels are hidden under the gardens of Villa Torlonia and are accessed via locked gates. We felt we were entering a hidden world walking deeper into the chambers. The guide was excellent at setting the building of the different tunnels within the historical context of the world stage but also locally, the situation in Rome at the time.

We took a taxi to Villa Torlonia and walked back to the centre of Rome, which took about 30 minutes at teenager pace.

Highly recommended - it was interesting in a city of ancient history to learn a bit of modern history from another point of view; our teenagers were engaged; away from the heaving mass of tourism this was a welcome tour by an engaging well-informed guide.
Written August 10, 2016
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EPerlman58
Tel Aviv, Israel130 contributions
Couples
we had such a hard time making a reservation for this tour. we wanted an English speaking tour. the website wasn't working so we couldn't reserve the dates. we were asked to make a money transfer to a bank in Rome for the reservation since they don't work with credit cards. we were asked to pay three times as much for an English tour. it was all absurd. when we got there no one was there, it was pitch dark and raining, the guide was late. the guide of the previous tour never came, so another couple who had been waiting for an hour in the rain, and wanted an Italian tour joined us. so we payed in cash, for an Italian tour, which started 30 minutes late and went on to 90 minutes instead of being 60 minutes, and would have been longer had we not had to leave.
the bunker is fascinating. it is well hidden and has an amazing story behind it. the details of the construction, of Mussolini's decision making process and choices all lead to a fascinating trip. the Italians we met were very surprised we made effort. all told us that there are much more important and interesting things to do in Rome. but I am very happy we made the effort.
Written February 19, 2015
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twinridge
Charlottesville, VA65 contributions
Our hotel arranged a guide given by Lorenzo Grassi, a journalist by occupation. There are two bunkers: an initial, small one adapted from an existing wine cellar, and a purpose-built (though not completed) one closer to the mansion. Only bits and pieces of the anti-gas protection system remain, but Lorenzo made the tour interesting and enjoyable.
Written October 24, 2016
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ACG681
Swansea, UK4 contributions
Couples
This was a fantastic experience. We emailed them in the morning as the website wasnt working for bookings, explaining that we only had two days in Rome. We heard back within a couple of hours with a reservation for a tour the same afternoon. The guide met us at the gate and he was brilliant - really friendly and knowledgeable. It was just the two of us and we had a one to one guided tour for over an hour and it only cost 14 euros. I would recommend it to anyone as a must do.
Written August 27, 2016
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