Villa Torlonia Bunker

Historic Site in Villa Borghese & Northern Rome

Beneath the greenery of Villa Torlonia lie reminders of a dark chapter in Rome's history. Between 1940 and 1943, Mussolini had two air raid shelters and an underground bunker built beneath what was, at the time, his family estate. Guided tours take you down into these bare underground chambers, complete with anti-gas doors and air filtration systems. The bunker, whose 4m-thick walls lie 6m below the Casino Nobile, was still being worked on when the Duce was arrested on 25 July 1943.