The shelter was discovered by the householder, Bruno Neri, and his family after they found a gap in the ground, which opened up into a small corridor. Mr Neri said: “We came across a little gap between the slabs and we tried to fill the gap with soil, but we heard water dripping.”
He added: “We saw a little corridor and then we realized we had an air raid shelter.”
The family bought the house about a month ago and Mr Neri was planning to build a new shed in his garden. After finding this new feature of their garden and after clearing away the soil they found a small room filled with rubble.
“We didn’t know what we were going to find there, we didn’t know if we were going to find remains of people or something else”, he said.
The chamber, which has a fireplace and a chimney had rusty items suggesting that no-one had been inside since 1940s.
She used to come here to hide when the sirens rang.
While trying to find out more about the history of that shelter, a lady contacted the family saying she used to live in the house and her grandfather built it during the war. Another lady approached them and said “she used to live across the street and when she was little she used to come here to hide when the sirens rang”, explained Mr Neri.
With around four meters by two and 1.8 meters in height, the Neri’s still haven’t decide what to do with their new piece of history.
Mr Neri’s first steps into the shelter can be seen below: