Rome - Via Rasella

On 23 March 1944, an attack was carried out against the German SS police regiment Bozen on Via Rasella in central Rome. About 150 men were marching when an explosive device detonated. The explosion were followed by a gun fire between partisans and SS soldiers. 25 Germans were killed instantly and seven were fatally wounded. The next day, the Germans retaliated when 335 civilians were murdered in an old quarry (Fosse Ardeatine) in southern Rome.

Current status: Preserved (2018).

Address: Via del Boccaccio 3, 00187 Rom.

Get there: Metro to Piazza Barberini station.

My comment:

On the facade it is still possible to see traces of the fighting that followed the attack. One might ask why the facade has not been repaired. But the damages inflicted by bullets could be seen as a kind of monument worth preserving in the absence of a memorial tablet.

Follow up in books: Katz, Robert: The Battle for Rome: The Germans, the Allies, the Partisans, and the Pope, september 1943–June 1944 (2004).