Benito Mussolini never used his own hide out.
The Italian dictator had given the command for the construction to be built using the cellar of his luxurious villa in Rome, known as Villa Torlonia, in order to protect himself and his family in case of bombing.
This hide out amounts to a narrow corridor, measuring 60 meters long. The entrance is lost among the trees which a good thing since this is not a place that everyone needs to know about. The family managed to scrape up a few lira to buy a small wooden desk, masks, helmets, and they nailed a black phone to the wall. There was a small bed ( IKEA had a sale) for Benito to rest his weary dictator bones on after a long day of plunder and/or pillage.
Despite the careful design of the shelter, which could accommodate up to 15 people, Mussolini did not test it, as he was arrested and executed before the accomplishment of the construction.
The refuge built beneath his villa, hardly a man cave, was built to a depth of six meters- with walls four meters thick. There are no records of the bug man coming in to spray once a month or any trouble with the plumbing.
Think about it, you probably don’t want to be in an underground bomb proof tube with 12 foot thick walls when the toilet backs up, especially after you just dropped the Mussolini kids off at the pool. The”dummies guide to being a dictator and having a bomb shelter“… clearly states this in chapter 5.
In addition, there are no paper products in the photo, so I need to suss the Italian TP situation back in the day. Again, go all the way if you are gonna do the bomb shelter thing. I was going to say “Go all the way or go home… except that he would have already been home in this case so I didn’t.
Having not been there myself… Villa Torlonia was the private home of the Mussolini’s and today appears to have been converted into a hotel. Give it a quick google and there are plenty of pics and other background.. (factual in nature that I have of course ignored in favor of my own blather.)
You have to understand that the entire world hated this man and was after him. People wanted him dead. When you are a dictator whose main goal is to strike fear into your subjects, oppress, and murder at will, you go for the bunker option. Probably you need to kill the workers afterwards since a public bunker is as good as a phone booth on the corner.
There was a known mobster in my town when I was a kid, it was rumored that he owned a home several lots from his actual home. It was supposed that the homes were connected by tunnel. Although no one really gave any details, I figure it was an underground tunnel… my reasoning here is that an above ground tunnel would have been a little obvious. My bet is that he had his own (underground) tunnel for quick get aways.
When money is no object and you have people who want to skin you alive… go with a bunker!