Dongo is the place where Benito Mussolini and the fascist ministers of the RSI (Italian Social Republic) were captured on 27th April 1945.
They were all taken to the Town Hall, in Palazzo Manzi, in order to formalize the arrest. Only a few days before, the Golden Room (the hall of honour of Palazzo Manzi) was arranged as mortuary for the bodies of the partisans slain by the fascist brigades.
The palace was therefore the stage of momentous historic events and is now the evocative and ideal setting for their commemoration in a museum. And thus Dongo’s innovative End of WWII Museum was born: a virtual and interactive journey into the depths of one of the most controversial pages of Italian history.
Through the exposure of original relics, documentary evidence and witness accounts, new archive footage and engaging re-enactments, the exhibition invites the public to step onto the stage of history.
Advanced multimedia technology thrusts visitors into the tragic all-Italian war of Liberation fought by the Resistance movement on Lake Como as in the whole of Italy. The visitors will be able, in this way, to experience the capture and execution of Mussolini, dramatic end of twenty years Italian Fascism.