Italian Navy Archives

1. Archive name (English)

Italian Navy Historical Office


2. Archive name (native)

Ufficio Storico della Marina Militare

3. Address

Stato Maggiore della Marina – Ufficio Pubblica Informazione e comunicazione – Ufficio Storico, postal address Via Taormina n. 4, 00135 Roma – Italia



4. Organization affiliation

The Historical Office is a department of Public information and communication Bureau of Italian Navy General Staff. Each Armed Forces in Italy has its own historical archives subordinate to the Ministry of Defence.


5. Website

6. E-Mail/Contact

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7. Phone

+39 06 3680 4220/4223


8. Fax

+39 06 8098 4220


9. General description of contents

The Historical Office is responsible for the Historical Archives of the Italian Navy. These include documents from Italian Navy General Staff all the hierarchy, in operational and logistics branch, from the top to the bottom of the chain of command.


10. Categories, Linear measurement, Period covered

By the end of 2019, the Historical Office kept holdings of approximately the following amount:

•                6 Km of written records

•                200.000 about photographs

•                40.000 books in two libraries

These holdings are from the period of 1861 up to now.


11. Access conditions (opening hours)

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 to 14:00,

Friday: 09:00 to 12:00


12. Conditions of use (legal conditions)

1. Cultural Heritage Code and Defence Ministry Decree.

2. SMM 31 – Regolamento della Biblioteca Centrale di Palazzo Marina e degli Archivi dell’Ufficio Storico della Marina Militare (Code for Italian Navy Archives and Libraries Access to Public).


13. Publications/Guides of the archive

A previous contact is necessary to fix an appointment for the Reading Room of the Archives.

Reading Room personnel helps visitors in their researches.

It is useful to have a look at the Guide for the Archives, which is available on-line at the link stated in the next column.

14. Finding aids

The Reading Room of the Archives has an internal web-designed tool with a digitalized guide for Archives and digitalized catalogues of documents and books to easy help visitors in their researches. Paper guide for the archives and paper catalogues are available as well.



15. accessible to the public (printed/electronic)

Guide for the Archives in PDF format is available on-line at the link stated at the next column.