I think this may be one of the hidden treasures on Rhodes. It is a long drive up, but we did see several coaches coming down the mountain so it's a scheduled stop on some tours; otherwise, you need a hire car. I've been up twice now, and never once have I seen anyone else making the climb all the way up to Mussolini's old house. It is quite hidden from view. From the parking lot of the Elafos Hotel, turn south, look up the mountain and to your right. At one point the house was painted red but it has faded. (If you can't see it because of the trees, staff at the hotel will point out the steps to you.) Climbing to the top was a challenge but well worth it. The house is in total ruins and completely open. It has obviously been vandalized so you are able to easily go in. It really doesn't take a lot of imagination to understand the magnificence of the house in its day but again, it's also in ruins so be very careful inside the house and out on what's left of the balconies. Surrounding the house along the mountainside are ruins of old barracks. My Greek neighbors tell me that Mussolini never stayed at the house -- he just had it built. It would be very interesting to research that. Word of caution: there is a very old narrow road leading up to the house (entrance is not marked) but don't try to take a hire car up there! Once we made it to the top, we found a man there and it looked to us like he had torn out the undercarriage. There were some guys trying to help him, and he managed to get the car back down but I doubt he made it back to Rhodes with all the damage! Even walking the road rather than the steps is slightly treacherous due to deep ruts and large rocks that are jutting up in the road. There is no room at the top for even turning one car around. Walking is the only way to get up there!
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