The Air Force Museum is located in Vigna di Valle and boasts an ideal position right on the banks of the lake, between Bracciano and Anguillara Sabazia.
Strongly desired by the Armed Forces, the Military Air Force Museum was built in the Idroscalo of Vigna di Valle, the oldest in Italy, in order to host the Italian aeronautical heritage.
The hydroschal was born in fact in 1904 by the will of the Major of the Genio, Mario Maurizio Moris, father of the Italian aviation, when he was implanted the first Aeronautical Experimental Shipyard.
From 24 May 1977, the day of its inauguration, it has been used as a Historical Museum.
Considered to be one of the largest and most fascinating aeronautical museums in the world, it has a total surface area of 13,000 square meters.
The museum is organized in four large exhibition pavilions, and has inside it more than 80 aircraft and a considerable collection of engines and aviation memorabilia of various types that narrate, in chronological sequence, the history of military flight in Italy and that of men who they were the protagonists.
Tourists will be able to follow a path that develops between the sectors dedicated to the Pioneers, the Airships, the First World War to the epic of Polar flights of the General Noble, to the Grandi Crociere di Massa, to the Schneider Cup, to the airplanes between the two wars, at the Second World War and the big airplanes.
The last pavilion , at the end of the visit, represents the post-war rebirth of the Italian Air Force, including contemporary jet aircraft.
Idroscalo buildings keep intact the typical architectural features of the aeronautical settlement, and today represent a unique site of its kind in Italy.
The entrance to the Museum is free of charge:
from 9 AM to 5.30 PM during daylight-savings time.
from 9 AM to 4.30 PM during winter time.
On New Year’s day, Easter, Christmas and on weekdays, the museum will be closed to visitors.
Reservations and Information:
Tel: 06.99887509 / 8
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