- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert Says:
A trip to this cave is an emotional voyage. When the Italian Resistance set off a bomb that killed German soldiers during WWII, Adolf Hitler was rumored to have ordered 100 Italians shot for each German killed. Although it would be expected that the prisoners were primarily Jewish, only 75 of the 335 were Jewish. The rest were either residents of the area where the bomb went off or members of the Italian Resistance involved in fending off the Nazis. Be prepared for a shock of WWII reality.
- Located behind the Catacombe di Domitilla, this is also an old burial site of Christian martyrs. More than three hundred people, mainly Jews, political prisoners, and even a priest and a 14-year-old boy, were brought here and killed. After this massacre, the German troops blew up the tunnel leading to the Chamber of death in an attempt to destroy all traces of the crime. This modern catacomb can be visited together with the Museum of the Resistance and modern sculptures by Coccia and Basaldella. Admission is free.
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