We weren't sure exactly how long this has been open, but they seem to do their best to hide it at the back of a rather sad-looking half-closed 'cultural centre' called Zo, converted apparently from the old sulpher works.
We were the only visitors, but the Italian-only speaking staff were keen to welcome us and get us started on our visit. This begins with an English-version film compilation of the run up to the second world war and Italy's involvement, leading up to the point of the allied invasion of Sicily in 1943. From this you are then taken into an extraordinary staged evocation of an air raid on a Sicilian village, witnessing the transformation of the village square into a pile of ruins once you have literally been shaken about in an air raid shelter.
More film vividly portrays the devastation suffered by many towns and inhabitants throughout the allied invasion, and some good multi-visual exhibits provide a good account of the allies' rapid advance. After that there are very extensive displays of the combatants' uniforms, weapons and equipment, plus some fascinating wax works of Churchill, Mussolini, Hitler and other key players. The display of Fascist uniforms for members of the party, particularly young people was fascinating and highly disturbing.
Don't miss this museum on a visit to Catania, it's well worth the trouble to find it.
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