|Carabinieri from the TPC squad - Cultural Heritage Protection - flank a Venice painting attributed to Canaletto seized at the Florence train station on its way to an auction in Monaco.|
|1493 Columbus letter, an original and a "false" one, announcing|
the discovery of the New World.
|"Attributed" to Guido Reni, 17th-century Bolognese painter.|
|The press crowd was especially interested in the Comandante's|
discussion of the Columbus letter, which was found with the help of
the US Department of Homeland Security (who knew they did that?)
The museum is a real find too. The "hall" in which the exhibit is mounted is a great Fascist-era paean to the Carabinieri. The entire museum traces the history of the Carabineri, from their founding as the police for the Savoy kingdom, which produced the first king of unified Italy in the 1860s (the Risorgimento), to their partisan activity in WWII. After that, history stands still except for the temporary exhibition. And, unfortunately for international tourists, the museum panels are only in Italian. Still, it's a museum from which you can take away a lot simply by looking at the materials in it -- uniforms, arms, paintings, statues, photos, among others.
|The museum on Piazza Risorgimento.|
|A room in the museum devoted to the Resistance in World War II.|