While cleaning up the basement of Palazzo Venezia in Rome – Benito Mussolini’s headquarters when he was the dictator of Italy -, some officers and workers of the local Superintendency for Cultural Heritage discovered by chance an unfinished underground bunker.
The bunker was probably meant to protect the Duce from the increasingly aggressive air raids by the RAF and the US Army Air Forces, and its construction halted by Mussolini’s arrest, ordered by the King of Italy in 1943.
The bunker was able to host just one person, two at maximum. Once finished, it would have probably been connected with the small network of bunkers built under Rome, twelve in total including the newly-discovered one.
The Superintendency is now planning to open the bunker to visitors.