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Palestrina Italy: the specter of World War 2

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Summer 2019, in the countryside of Palestrina, a gem on the outskirts of Rome unknown to most of the tourists who are visiting Rome, the specter of the II World War reappears.
For its high strategic importance, Palestrina Italy began to suffer the Allied bombing since November 1943.

Now memories recall the violent bombing that devastated Palestrina at the end of the Second World War and brought to light the Temple of the Goddess Fortuna Primigena

Palestrina Italy: summer 2019

In the countryside of Palestrina Italy, a gem on the outskirts of Rome unknown to most of the tourists who are visiting Rome, the specter of the Second World War reappears. Memories recall the violent bombing that devastated Palestrina at the end of the Second World War and brought to light the Temple of the Goddess Fortuna Primigena.

Palestrina-ritrovamento-bellico

An unexploded 250-pound American-style bomb has been founded between Palestrina and Zagarolo. Five Thousand people within 1.7 km (1 mile) have been evacuated.

A few years ago in the same area and more properly in the countryside between Zagarolo and Gallicano in Lazio a German arsenal was founded.

The arsenal was found hidden in one of the many caves dug in the tuff by the ancient inhabitants of the area.

Composed of tanks, machine guns, ammunition, bombs, and dynamite, the arsenal had been abandoned by the Germans now on the run and had subsequently been discovered and used by a gang of bank robbers during their raids.

Palestrina-ritrovamento-bellico

An unexploded 250-pound American-style bomb has been founded between Palestrina and Zagarolo. Five Thousand people within 1.7 km (1 mile)  have been evacuated.
A few years ago in the same area and more properly in the countryside between Zagarolo and Gallicano in Lazio a German arsenal was founded.
The  arsenal was found hidden in one of the many caves dug in the tuff by the ancient inhabitants of the area.
Composed of tanks, machine guns, ammunition, bombs, and dynamite, the arsenal had been abandoned by the Germans now on the run and had subsequently been discovered and used by a gang of bank robbers during their raids.

What happened in Palestrina that fateful spring day in 1944?

With Operation Strangle, the allies set themselves the goal of cutting off the German army’s communication routes. The American flying fortresses, in support of the landing of Anzio and Nettuno expected in the following days, heavily bombed the town of Palestrina and the district of Zagarolo.

Palestrina, now reduced to a heap of rubble, was freed on the morning of June 4, 1944, by the troops of the French Expeditionary Force in Italy, while the bulk of the allied army had deviated from Valmontone to head towards the capital.

In the meantime, among so many ruins and destruction, the temple of the Goddess Fortuna Primigena has come to light.

For its high strategic importance, Palestrina began to suffer the Allied bombing since November 1943 and still nowdays the ghosts of war return to talk about themselves.

The temple of the Goddess Fortuna Primigena in Palestrina Italy

The temple of the Goddess Fortuna Primigena in Palestrina  is an amazing constrution built at the end of the 2nd century B.C..

Palestrina Italy: a must see when visiting Rome

Palestrina, represent one of the hidden gems outside Rome, unknown to most of the foreigners visiting Rome.

Apart from the temple of the Goddes Fortuna Primigena the history of Palestrina Italy is connected to The Avignon Papacy, a conflict between the papacy and the French crown, culminating with the move of the papal enclave at Avignon in France.

Furthermore, Palestrina Italy is the birth town of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and representative of the Roman School of musical composition.

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