When Saucers came to Earth” is the English-language book authored by UFO researcher Maurizio Verga about the Italian saucer landings (unitl 1954).

The scope of this blog is to provide updates, new material and new cases not originally included in the book.

The book can be bought at Amazon.com


When writing “When saucers came to Earth” I produced also a DVD including five different videoclips. It was just an experiment to have a sort of visual companion to the book.

Four out of five videoclips were devoted to the most classic encounter cases thoroughly described in the book. Most of the available pictures about each single case were put together with news clippings and other documents, then edited with pan and zoom effects and merged with a soundtrack.

Here below the video index of the first of those videoclips, devoted to the ultra-classic landing cases took place in 1950 at Abbiate Guazzone and witnessed by Bruno Facchini.

Video index of the Abbiate Guazzone 1950 UFO landing videoclip

Video Index of the short videoclip devoted to the Abbiate Guazzone UFO landing


According to the evening newspaper Il Giornale del Pomeriggio dated November 8-9, 1954 “many” people sighted a strange flying white-hot beam. It was around 5:00 am in Aversa (province of Naples) and the event was reported to the paper by a brother of a journalist. The phenomenon was about 4 meters in lenght and it landed “on” the parsonage of a local church, then it “disappeared”. Anyway the priest didn’t see anything.

This is just a rumor with very few details. Short or very short news like this were pretty common during the 1954 wave, just word of mouth circulating among people and then collected by avid journalists.


Il Giornale del Popolo 30 dicembre 1954

We have likely found the ultimate source for the famous Trussardi case happened on December 29, 1954 (case 5438.). We checked an obscure local newspaper named Il Giornale del Popolo and we found the most detailed source for the case.

The encounter took place about two kilometers off the village of Clusone, next to Rovetta, in the province of Bergamo (not Brescia). The witness, Mr. Pietro Trussardi heard a loud noise, like that produced by a very powerful engine. Then he saw the mysterious object just above the telegraph pole next where he was, about 10-15 meters above the ground. The unusual craft flew quickly from the church at Somma Prada towards the Borlezza valley. At first it looked to fall down to the small village of San Lorenzo, but then it nosed up and flew over the local mountains.

The sighting was short: this was different from the news from other (non local) dailies and from the investigation report happened 20 years later when the witness was very old. Mr. Trussardi reported the presence of two “heads” wearing an unusual helmet, behind a transparent pane on the visible side of the object.


 The daily “La patria” dated November 24, 1954 reported a given Mr. Giorgio Nissin had been claiming to have been on Mars by one of those “saucers” or “cigars” frequently seen in the region Toscana during the past weeks.

The man, living in Pisa, claimed to have seen the high level of civilization reached by the men from Mars, who were scheduling a landing on Earth in the near future. Their goal was to oblige the Earthlings to become more reasonable. Mr. Minin was even reported of lighting a bonfire in the garden behind his house in order to show the right path to the Martians coming to Earth. The man was sent to an asylum.

A similar even took place in a nearby town, Leghorn (Livorno), in early October 1954. The man was named Bruno Senesi, who was later sued. A few other similar episodes were reported even during the 1897 airship wave in the US and in Australia in 1929.


The Tradate hoax (page 90-93) produced a lot of coverage on the Italian press and soon became a classic in UFO literature. Unfortunately, it was considered a genuine landing and even doubled in a second case, placed ten days later in Monza.

What remained of the paper-covered frame used by the pranksters.

I recently came across a new clipping from the newspaper “La Patria” dated October 30, 1954 showing (on the first page of the daily) a picture of the crude frame assembled by the pranksters making using of wood, paper, lamps and other materials. This is a previously unkwnon picture.

The hoax didn’t took place inside the local small staidum, but on a field. The owner of the field was the same man friend of Mr. Facchini, the witness of the famous 1950 UFO encounter in Abbiate Guazzone. Abbiate Guazzone is a suburb of Tradate. Such a man was one of the very first persons to learn about that event and he was possibly the one who told the story to the journalists. 


The (last) small fragment of the 1950 Facchini case

Close-up of the surface of the fragment

On April 24, 1950 a man named Bruno Facchini observed a landed odd-looking aircraft with four people around it, one seemingly soldering something on the surface of the object. Facchini was pretty near his home in Abbiate Guazzone, a suburb of Tradate, in Northern Italy.

This soon became a super-classic UFO close encounter, also because of the metallic fragments found by the witness on the landing spot. The witness was interviewed a few times by journalists and UFO buffs, but some points of the events are still pretty obscure.

My book put together all the available information about the case, highlighting some controversial points about this fantastic one-witness close encounter.

In the spring of 2008 I and Corrado Guarisco, a local UFO investigator, made contact with the last surviving son of the witness, who died in the eighties. The man was completely bored with UFO enthusiasts regularly calling or visiting him in search of “news” about his father’s experience. He wanted to avoid it, since it was the cause of many personal troubles to him and his late brother. The people of the local village ridiculed both of them and their father for many years.

At last the man accepted to talk to us, but his memory was extremely vague and deeply influenced by what he read and heard from other people. I helped him to get a better overview about the whole event.

The witness’ son remembered the trouble his father and his family suffered because of the publication of the story on the then popular “La Domenica del Corriere” weekly. I had the chance to meet briefly the witness’s sister. After 58 years she still remembered the episode and the “yellow face” of Mr. Facchini when she met him a few days after his encounter, on May 1st 1950. He was strangely quiet and he looked like sick.

I met again the witness’s son a couple of times in September 2009 and he kindly borrowed me the last metallic fragment that his father found on the landing spot. All the few others went lost or were given to other people and never returned, though it is not clear how many fragments were found and collected.

We are currently seeking a laboratory able to carry out a non-destructive analysis on the fragment. The witness’ son strong desire is to avoid the loss of this last “souvenier” left to him by his late father. The search for a suitable laboratory isn’t easy for many reasons, anyway we will post any result we should get in the future.

In 1953 some small fragments were analyzed by a metallurgical laboratory in Novara (Northern Italy) after the paid order by Renato Vesco, then a young UFO enthusiast (later he authored three books claiming that the flying saucers were man-made, a British  achievement after the advanced projects developed by the Nazis in 1944-1945). Nothing unearthly emerged: it was suggested they were parts from the overlay of a ball bearing.

Though the case has still some unclear points (for example: why the case emerged two years later? How did it become public?), the reliability of Mr. Facchini looks unquestionable. The possibility he invented the whole story seems remote. All the available evidence outlines a simple and honest man with no apparent reason to conceive such a fantastic story and then bear all the later social consequences. This does not necessarily mean he had a truly real experience, but he was completely sure of that. It seems he was aware of the “flying saucers” and it is likely he had a chance to see (a couple of weeks before his encounter) the nice cover of the “La Domenica del Corriere” weekly, depicting a saucer chased by an American jet.