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This is one of the best modern exhibits Italy has to offer, believe it or not. It is TRULY a must-see. One of the largest WWII museums in Europe, and shockingly well-done. Housed in 'Le Ciminiere' (literally, the Smokestacks), an abandoned factory on the coast, this completely modern exhibit covers the 33 day American/British invasion from its dramatic beginnings on the southern coast near Noto, through the taking of Palermo and Catania and finally to the Axis escape across the straights. Multimedia, photography, artifacts and audio bring the story to life. Also, as an American, the opportunity to see the story from the other side was a welcome and impressive experience.

I'm sorry I don't remember how good the English was on the many, many placards and whatnot - I was reading the Italian so I didn't pay attention. The guides are also very friendly and helpful and many speak some English.

Can you believe the American forces wore WOOL? In July in Sicily? Poor planning, guys.

Directions: It along the coast, visible from the piazza in front of the train station. Look for smokestacks and bricks combined with glass and steel.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 1, 2004
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