This little known museum is located towards the South of Rome, just a block away from the metro station
"EUR Palasport", and well away from the main tourist areas. It's not easy to visit but it's very worthwhile. You must
a reservation by calling them on +39 06 54442045 or 54443000. (see their website on
Our hotel spent a long time trying to make contact with them and was eventually successful in getting us an appointment to view.
That consisted of a 1 1/2 hour guided tour of the exhibits, the museum having been specially opened up for us.
Unfortunately we were not able to wander round as we might have liked, but you can't have everything!
If you're in Rome it's really worth the effort of arranging a visit, and they even gave us a free, lavishly illustrated,
souvenir book "Il Museo Dello Post" (in English and Italian) at the conclusion of our free visit.
The collection was started by the then General Director of Telegraphs, Ernesto D'Amico, who from 1878 to telegraph
collected equipment and materials gathered from the Post Offices of the Italian states prior to unification.
Inside the museum you can see devices by Meucci and Morse, the floating laboratory used by Guglielmo Marconi in his experiments,
the Pantelegraph ancestor of the fax, and one of three copies in the world, of the cryptographic machine Enigma,
used during the second World War to transmit coded messages.
The museum also has historic mailboxes and an excellent collection of stamps, as well as a section
dedicated to the history of telegraphy, telephony and military radio communications.