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Surprising 7: Hobbies of dictators

Mussolini, the violin virtuoso

Mussolini, who considered himself intellectually superior to most, and previously earned his living as a journalist, was a real patron of the arts. He was known as an excellent violinist and had played on the instrument since childhood.

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Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 - 1945) playing a violin.   (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 – 1945) playing a violin. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

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