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Tutti potenziali bersagli

It wasn’t Peter after all, but Ruth who solved the riddle for me. Her photos don’t show, unfortunately, but now we know what those sculptures are all about.

Thank you, Ruth.

My Life: Part Two

I was in the vicinity of Piazzale Ostiense this week and I thought I’d stop off and take a photo for you, Gentle Reader.  It’s a fairly boring piazza in front of the Roma-Ostia train station but there’s a cool monument there called tutti potenziali bersagli (all potential targets), which was mounted on the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Italy. On April 25, 1945, Mussolini’s puppet government in northern Italy fell, as Italian partisans declared a general uprising and American forces seized Turin and Milan. Two days later, Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were captured in the village of Dongo (best village name ever!) while trying to flee to Switzerland. They were shot by a firing squad along with 16 Fascist associates. Six of them, including Mussolini and Petacci, were dumped in the Piazza Quindici Martiri (formerly Piazzale Loreto, the piazza had recently been renamed to honor the 15 anti-Fascists recently executed…

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Another mystery solved

Thanks to that wonderful Peter who introduced me to so many of the wonders of hidden Rome, I now know the meaning of the sculptures that I saw while on my way from the Protestant cemetery in Ostiense, to the metro station there.

I’ll post the photos for now, and when I get permission from Peter, I’ll copy and paste what he told me in a second post.  I think he may have a place in my will now.






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Looking for Gramsci in Ostiense

A short metro ride from Termini brings you to the Piramide stop. The name says it all, there is a genuine pyramid smacked down in a busy intersection. It was built in the 12th century as a tomb for Gaius Cestius. Tucked in behind it is the very crowded “non-Catholic” cemetery of Rome.  Protestant Cemetery

I had a specific grave site I wanted to find, that of Antonio Gramsci. 


The Pyramid of Cestius

As I walked through the cemetery, I found many beautiful tributes to people who died in Rome.


I wonder who left the fresh flowers in her hand?


Oh my, there must be a story behind this memorial.



Such a pensive face.

He looks rather laid back, and has his cute little dog as a companion, forever.


There weren’t many touches of colour in the cemetery, so this one really catches your eye.


I had to ask one of the workers in the cemetery where Signor Gramsci’s grave was to be found. It is at the furthest reach of the site.

Now, I wasn’t there because of being a follower of Gramsci’s political beliefs ( he was co-founder of the Italian Communist party). No, I was there because of a cat called Gramsci, an important character in a series of books I have read and enjoyed. PG Jones

And, I rather think this is what Gramsci, the cat, might look like.



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