Thursday, March 11, 2010

WW2 MUSEUM IN CATANIA

Recently DH and I visited the the World War 2 Museum in Catania for the first time. It is fantastic! Pictures just don't do it justice --- you need to see it for yourself to get the true impact. This is the emblem of the museum -- took me a while (sometimes it takes me a while to "see" things), but it is a tank overlaid the outline of Sicily. 1943 was the year of the Allied liberation of Sicily.


This map shows the movements of English, American and German forces during the liberation. A calendar at the top (currently showing 20 July [Luglio]) scrolls June-July-August so you can see just how quickly things were changing here on the island.
There are lots of displays of uniforms, newspapers and magazines, photos, life-size figures (I was amazed at how short Victor Emmanual III actually was, just barely 5-foot tall) and several nearly life-size replicas of town squares, streets and bunkers that you can walk through. I wish more of my pictures had turned out ... maybe next time.



Quote by Pope John, XXIII, near the exit. .. roughly translated it reads "Peace is the supreme good. To forget this is the greatest madness".

We'll be going back soon ...

6 comments:

lakeviewer said...

It's on my list for when I make that trip to Sicily. I was a little girl during WWII in Southern Italy, and I still remember the tanks, the air raids, the distribution of food and medicine. It's nice to have these museums.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

The emblem says it all. Thank you for this post as I didn't know about this museum. I will visit it next time I go to Catania.

Anonymous said...

Where in the city is the museum? Am off there in a couple of weeks and would like to visit

Holly said...

The museum is a bit north of (but still close) to the train station... south of the small port. It is in an old brick factory...you can see the stack from the roadway.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post. I plan to visit this musuem next month. How much time do you think I should plan to spend at the museum? Thanks.

Holly said...

I would plan for 2 to 3 hours .... there is a lot to see. You could easily spend most of a day wandering the exhibits.
Enjoy your visit -- Holly