The Italian Airforce Museum of Vigna di Valle, on Lake Bracciano, house a superb collection of airplanes and seaplanes made in Italy in the XX century.
Hangar Badoni is dedicated to Italian original items chic partecipated WW2, including the notorius SM-79, the “bloody hanchback”, very much feared by allied navy sailing in the Mediterranean.
The Museum also boasts a faithful re production of the motor glider Teichfuss Cicogna, with which Otto Skorzeny rescued Mussolini away from Campo Imperatore prison.
Interesting side extras are the baloon launched from Paris for the crowning of Napoleon in 1804, memorabilia from general Umberto Nobile and the keys of Chicago that mayor Farley handed over to Italo Balbo, the transvolator who flew from Orbetello in Toscany to Lake Michigan in 1933.
term ‘OPEN CITY’ signifies a city that has surrendered to an enemy without any fighting or resistance. A unilateral declaration, however, may not be recognised by the enemy. This eventuality is what took place in Rome: after arresting Mussolini, although King Victor Emanuel III declared Rome to be ‘Open City’, German troops occupied the Eternal City and the Allies bombed it 51 times.
ROUND TRIP DURATION: 5 hours
WHEN: from Tuesday to Sunday, but the following dates: Easter, August 1st-31st, December 25th, January 1st
HOW: by private transportation (SUV, minibus, VAN)
MEETING POINT: at your hotel/residence
MEETING TIME: am: 8.30/9.00; pm: 13.00/13.30 (to be agreed)
PRIVATE TOUR RATE:
€ 550 (for a party of maximum 4 people)
€ 650 (for a party from 5 to 7 people)€ 750 (for a party from 8 to 13 people)
MUSEUM OF AIRFORCE IS FREE
FINAL STOP: at your hotel/residence
GUIDED BY: Max