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Italian Infantry Museum

Although the need for a central museum that would honour the ordinary Italian infantryman had first been recognised many years previously,
World War II was already long over by the time of its inauguration, in 1956 - most appropriately, on the 11th of November.

And today the site of the 'Historical Museum of Infantry' - in Italian, "Museo Storico della Fanteria" - can be found adjacent to the Basilica of
Santa Croce... at Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, 9.

The site also houses the Sardinian Grenadiers museum and, immediately behind it, there's the museum of musical instruments.

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Early during the 3rd century, in this south-eastern corner end of the city a grand new residence was built for the Emperors and their families
- taking the place of the one on the Palatine Hill. This "Sessorium" - or Palace of Sessorium - had large gardens as well as a private amphitheatre,
circus and baths, together with a large basilica building for conducting the business of state. Whilst Aurelian's city walls would eventually
incorporate those of the amphitheatre, they cut right through the imperial property - with some parts left outside, unprotected.

The museums stand in the grounds of that palace, with tanks and other military equipment displayed
amongst its ruins, surrounded by tall pine trees that harbour one of Rome's noisy flocks of parakeets!

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A short guide, in Italian, is available here: __ http://www.assofanteroma.it/Museo_Fanteria_guida.pdf

Seemingly, no English version online, although we were given a printed copy when buying our tickets
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For the Grenadiers...
For the Grenadiers...
To see a potted history....
To see a potted history....
Fortes nascuntur fortibus
Fortes nascuntur fortibus
Vittorio Emanuele II
Vittorio Emanuele II
The reverse side of Vittorio Emanuele II
The reverse side of Vittorio Emanuele II
A father's departure
A father's departure
In the Parachutists room
In the Parachutists room
Mini bike, for parachute use
Mini bike, for parachute use
Paracadutisti uniforms
Paracadutisti uniforms
Small metal model of a biplane
Small metal model of a biplane
Firearms of the Risorgimento era
Firearms of the Risorgimento era
Tank men - sculpture in the museum
Tank men - sculpture in the museum
Italians on the Russian front
Italians on the Russian front
The storming of Trani
The storming of Trani
Colonial memories
Colonial memories
Libya, Ethiopia,,,,
Libya, Ethiopia,,,,
A Sherman, and an M47, in the gardens
A Sherman, and an M47, in the gardens
M47 Patton, from the 70s
M47 Patton, from the 70s
Fiat M14/41
Fiat M14/41
Fiat M14/41
Fiat M14/41
L3/33 light tank
L3/33 light tank
L3/33
L3/33
Artillery pieces
Artillery pieces
Palace of Sessorium
Palace of Sessorium
Piazza San Croce in Gerusalemme
Piazza San Croce in Gerusalemme