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Edda Ciano Mussolini: The War Years

On 1 September 1939, World War II broke out. But Italy didn’t enter the war straight away. Its army wasn’t ready and its people against the war, so for the moment Mussolini had no choice but to declare that Italy would remain neutral. Edda thought this was a mistake. She wanted Italy to join the

Edda Ciano Mussolini: Early Childhood

At about three in the morning on 1st September 1910, in Forlì’, the first daughter of Benito Mussolini and Rachele Guidi was born. The baby was given the name Edda Rosa Edvige. Rosa was the name of Benito’s mother, Edvige that of his younger sister. Edda, instead, was inspired by Hedda Glamer, a play by

Edda Ciano Mussolini: The School Years

Mussolini didn’t want his daughter to go to school. Instead, he had planned to home school Edda after his return from the war. His wife Rachele didn’t agree with this plan and enrolled their daughter at a primary school near their house. Both her parents, though, opposed Edda’s idea of enrolling at a dance school

Edda Ciano Mussolini: Edda’s loves

As a teenager, Edda Mussolini wasn’t a beauty but she had a strong personality. She was confident, bold and always looked into a man’s eyes when talking to him. She was also one of the first Italian women to drive a car, would wear makeup, trousers and, at the beach, skimpy swimsuits. She was different

Edda Ciano Mussolini: Countess Ciano (Part 1)

The new Count and Countess Ciano spent their honeymoon on the Capri island, where they were triumphantly received by a big crowd. The couple was staying in a four-room suite at the Hotel Quisisana, and, upon their arrival, they found a telegram from Mussolini, who wanted to be the first person to salute them in

Edda Ciano Mussolini: Countess Ciano (Part 2)

The Cianos were back in Rome. The Italian capital just wasn’t as exciting as Shangai, despite the fact it was undergoing a major transformation, with the construction of new monuments and streets inspired by the architectural styles of ancient Rome. But was the city really changing? Or behind this new facade were things still the