Museo storico della Fanteria (the Italian Infantry Museum)

 Not the most obvious choice for a visit, but this free museum is situated on the south-eastern edge of the city – close to the Porta Maggiore. It’s built in the ruins of the Sessoriana Palace, which you can just see under scaffolding in the photo below.   That palace may have once belonged to Emperor Constantine’s mother St Helena, who also has strong connections with the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme next door – a church we visited but couldn’t photograph.

Again, we found the ubiquitous Vittorio Emanuele II…

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We almost had the place to ourselves, which was a shame as there was a lot to see as the museum took us from model recreations of ancient battles, through the role of the army in the unification of Italy, the World Wars and beyond.

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Most description was in Italian, but we were given a little English booklet on entry.   I personally wasn’t interested in looking at anything resembling weaponry, but there was enough of the human interest to keep me occupied and interested, including the stunning Il Partente below, depicting a father leaving his son to go to war…

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… and uniforms galore…

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VLUU L310W L313 M310W / Samsung L310W L313 M310W

VLUU L310W L313 M310W / Samsung L310W L313 M310W

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