Wonder  }  Museum

Salvo D'Acquisto and the Tower of Palidoro

Lest we forget

Automatically translated page.

Where is


Via della Torre di Palidoro, 193, 00054 Fiumicino RM, Italia (7m s.l.m.)


What it is and where it is

Long the Via Aurelia, not far from Rome, stands isolated the ancient coastal tower of Palidoro. Surrounded by greenery and overlooking the sea, the watchtower once stood as a defense against Saracen invasions, and today it stands in defense... of our memory. It was here that, on September 23, 1943, Vice Brigadier Salvo D'Acquisto gave his life in exchange for that of 22 civilians, taken hostage by the Nazis and threatened with death in retaliation. He was 23 years old.

Why it is special

The tower today has become a museum dedicated to the memory of Salvo d'Acquisto, Gold Medal for Military Valor. When we enter, the room is bare: it is the walls that speak. The images projected on the four walls take us inside to the past, to the Italy of World War II. A sort of red thread around the perimeter of the tower evokes the salient events, from Mussolini's speech in Piazza Venezia on June 10, 1940, to the plebiscite of June 2, 1946. And it recounts episodes, unknown to most, that had the military of the Carabinieri as protagonists.

Don't miss

We get ready to meet Salvo. We silently go up to the second floor and the important moments and memories of his short life are painted on the walls: the early years, already marked by a mild and generous temperament, the shoes given to a poor child in the cold winter of '32, enlistment, Africa, the many letters, the Royal Carabinieri Non-Commissioned Officers School and the first assignment in Torrimpietra. And then, September 23, 1943.

A bit of history

The Palidoro Tower Museum, a branch office of MuSAC, was inaugurated on September 23, 2020, on the 77th anniversary of Salvo d'Acquisto's death. All the works-the historical and artistic recovery of the tower, the design and implementation of the exhibition, and the restoration of the outdoor areas, which are of great naturalistic interest-were carried out in record time in less than a year, under the supervision of the Carabinieri Force.


Salvo loved to write: many are the letters preserved today at MuSAC. Among them, one, addressed to his parents, describes his first days of enlistment at the Scuola Allievi Carabinieri in Rome, his new military life, and a visit to the Historical Museum of the Arma and St. Peter's. Others are addressed to his war godmother, Miss Maria Calignano, where one can read all his sensitivity and goodness of heart.

Salvo D'Acquisto and the Tower of PalidoroVittorio Pisani, Vice Brigadier Salvo D'Acquisto on Sept. 23, 1943, oil on canvas, MuSAC

In the Community

Ciao , share photos and emotions about this Wonder

The Map thanks:

Recommended by
Maria Del Mar

Place of Salvo D'Acquisto's historical memory and branch office of MuSAC.


Give the gift of a SharryLand Trip!
With the Gift Card it's that easy!