UFO sightings in Italy

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This is a list of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects or UFOs in Italy.

100 BC

  • Iulius Obsequens reports: When C. Murius and L. Valerius were consuls, in Tarquinia towards sunset, a round object, like a globe, a round or circular shield, took its path in the sky from west to east.

91 BC

  • Iulius Obsequens reports: At Aenariae, while Livius Troso was promulgating the laws at the beginning of the Italian war, at sunrise, there came a terrific noise in the sky, and a globe of fire appeared burning in the north. In the territory of Spoletum, a globe of fire, of golden color, fell to the earth gyrating. It then seemed to increase in size, rose from the earth and ascended into the sky, where it obscured the sun with its brilliance. It revolved toward the eastern quadrant of the sky.

42 BC

  • Iulius Obsequens reports: something like a sort of weapon, or missile, rose with a great noise from the earth and soared into the sky.


  • In 2000, Roberto Pinotti published material regarding the so-called "Fascist UFO Files", which dealt with a flying saucer that had crashed near Milan in 1933 (some 14 years before the Roswell, New Mexico crash), and of the subsequent investigation by a never mentioned before Cabinet RS/33, that allegedly was authorized by Benito Mussolini, and headed by the Nobel scientist Guglielmo Marconi. A spaceship was allegedly stored in the hangars of the SIAI Marchetti in Vergiate near Milan.[1]


  • Large object with four red lights seen in March in Turin.[2]


  • A factory worker while was working near Varese sighted three humanoids near a craft. One of the entities saw him and shot him with a beam, although it did not do any harm to the man. Afterwards, the humanoids went into the craft and started up to the sky.[3]




  • Two young hikers while walking on Monte Musinè near Torino saw a bright light; one of them temporarily disappered and after a while was found in a state of shock and with a noticeable scald on one leg. After regaining consciousness he reported having seen an elongated veicle and that some strangely shaped beings descended from it touching and efting him. Both the young hikers soffered of conjunctivitis for some time.[7]
  • A close encounter reported in September 1978 in Torrita di Siena in the Province of Siena. A young motorist saw in front of him a bright object, two beings of small stature who wore suits and helmets, the two approached the car, and after watching it carefully went back and rose again to the UFO. A boy who lived with his family in a country house not far from there said he had seen at the same time "a kind of small reddish sun".[8]
  • Yet in 1978, there has been also the story of Pier Fortunato Zanfretta, the best known and most controversial case of an Italian alleged alien abduction. Zanfretta said to have been kidnapped on the night of 6 December and 7 December while he was performing his job at Marzano, in the municipality of Torriglia in the Province of Genoa.[9]

See also


  1. Roberto Pinotti, Alfredo Lissoni. Mussolini e gli UFO. Idea Libri, Bologna, 2001
  2. Keith Chester, Strange Company, Anomalist Books, 2007
  3. 1950-Alien Encounter at Varese, Italy
  4. Pirro, Deirdre (June 17, 2010). "Unexpected fans". The Florentine (125/2010). Florence: The Florentine Group. Retrieved 2013-07-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Innocenti, Stefano. "Gli UFO nel Lazio". UFO.it (in Italian). Cermenate: Maurizio Verga. Retrieved 2013-07-13. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Fiorino, Paolo. "Caselle, 1973". UFO.it (in Italian). Cermenate: Maurizio Verga. Retrieved 2013-05-16. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Nattero, Rosalba (2011-06-14). "Il Monte Musiné tra storia, tradizione, UFO e viaggi nel tempo". Shan Newspaper. Retrieved 2014-02-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Viberti 2010
  9. Francesco Castagna: Il caso Zanfretta[incomplete short citation]

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