The museum of fascism in Predappio is one of those stories that fit in discussions by accident.
First things first: welcome to Predappio, the birthplace of Benito Mussolini, six thousand souls south of Forlì. It’s a favorite place of nostalgia for the whole country, where people regularly visit the house where Benito Mussollini was born, and the crypt that holds his remains. And in the middle: souvenir shops with plenty of fascistic junk. Beyond this, Predappio could also be a country of comrades, so to speak, with PCI-PDS-DS-Democratic Party firmly at the helm of the town hall.
The question of a museum of fascism, to be set up in a restored house, exploded a few days ago after a couple of articles were published in La Stampa and Corriere della Sera. Specifically, the museum would be a “2,700 square meters documentation center” with a tower 40 meters high and three floors surrounded by marble facade in the rationalist style. The operating cost is about 5 million Euros, part of which should come from the government.
What’s inside? No one knows. Or rather, for now we know what should not be there.