What a glorious day today was. With the exception of a couple of brief periods of rain, the weather in Rome has been perfect (I.e. Sunny, and temperatures near 60 degrees Fahrenheit ). So with that in mind, we took a large circular walking route past the Vatican, over the river to Via del Corso (near the Spanish Steps), down past the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Victor Emanuel Memorial, over to the Theater of Marcello, through the Ghetto, back to the Tiber River, along its banks and back past the Vatican and home again.
Along the way, as is our custom, we looked for the smaller, out-of-the-way museums and attractions which might not be on everyone's tourist agenda. About a block from St.Peter's square, we came across a museum dedicated to the Carabinieri. Italy, like many countries, has several levels of law enforcement (e.g. National, regional, State, local). The premier law enforcement agency in Italy is the Carabinieri. It has both military and civilian responsibilities. The pictures below show a small portion of this museum.
The Carabinieri statue in the square just outside the museum dedicated to their service.
Originally founded as the police force of the Kingdom of Sardinia by King Victor Emannuel I , it was appointed the "First Force" of the new national military organization following Italian Unification.
The traditional ceremonial look.
The Carabinieri have served in many parts of the world since Italian Unification
Several exquisite dress uniforms are on display in the museum