Answer Rome, of course. When Mussolini was removed from power on July 24, 1943, the Germans eventually grabbed him back. The Germans set him up as a puppet leader with his new residence at the Villa Feltrinelli located in Gargnano on the western shore of Lake Garda. During the last few days of the war, Mussolini was captured trying to escape out of Italy while hidding in the back of a German truck. His residence was "captured" by members of the US 10th Mountain Division.