MUSEUM OF ITALIAN PARACADUTES
The Museum began as "Sala Ricordi" on October 24th 1971, and was initially located inside the "Vannucci" Barracks in Livorno. In 1992 it was transferred, again to Livorno, in some rooms specially set up inside the "Palazzo del Picchetto", headquarters of the "Bagna" Barracks, where the presidio command was located first and then some offices of the "Folgore" paratrooper brigade command. Only later did it take on the name "Museo Nazionale delle Aviotruppe".
At the beginning, the collection and cataloging of the materials was due to the lively passion of the Mar. Mayor "A" par. Carmelo Napolitano effective at the 185° group art.par."Viterbo". A commitment that followed not only until retired but beyond.
After various vicissitudes thanks to the interest of the various commanders of the brigades that followed, we arrive at an important transfer of the museum to the motherhouse of the Italian Military Parachuting, that is to the skydiving training center in Pisa.
From 2002 remarkable increase of the material begins, thanks to a continuos collection and significant expansion of the whole documentary and historiographical part.
Currently the museum is developed in 15 exhibition rooms arranged in chronological order. As a whole the museum occupies an area of over 800 squares metres and collects well over 3000 pieces of the most diverse types materials, uniforms , armaments, common soldiers' objects and authentic documents that tell our story. Only in the last few years the many materials deployed for the various barracks of the brigade "Folgore" were centralized at the museum which began to take on its current consistency.
Numerous infrastructure works were needed to reach the current configuration. Many of the pieces kept in the Museum are also the result of donations from veterans, paratroopers of every age and their families members who have thus wanted to leave a remembrance for them or their loved ones to posterity. It is also important to remember the active contribution of the National Paratroopers Association of Italy, which resulted in promotion of subscription in favor of the Museum and in the research among its members of materials and vintage memorabilia.