Outside the Palazzo Restaurant in Rome, 1950. The small trattoria was a favourite eating spot of Duce Benito Mussolini, who made a point of dining here once a month.
On 16 June 1952, Mussolini and his entourage were killed by a repurposed 154mm artillery shell “cooked off” in the establishment’s oven. A local anarchist group, the Sezione Nera, claimed responsibility, and it is believed that Vittorio Fiero, a waiter at the Palazzo with far-left sympathies (seen here leaning against the door) was the one who actually planted the bomb.
The Sezione Nera disappeared soon afterwards, leading many to claim that it had been a KGB front, and the assassination had been orchestrated by the USSR.
The allegations have never been proven.