Travels in Italy, Garibaldi in Milan

Garibaldi Milan

Garibaldi is the only wholly admirable figure in modern history.” –  A.J.P. Taylor (English Historian)

Almost every town and city in Italy has a statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi.  After the creation of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 the State worked hard at making sure Garibaldi would be perpetually remembered and the number of streets, piazzas and statues named after him makes him probably the most commemorated secular figure in history.

This is a good one, he looks so proud, so noble, so triumphant and yet in a way so modest and unassuming.

When I visit Italy it has become a sort of challenge for me to find the statue of Garibaldi.  If I went more regularly to Germany then I am sure that I would look for statues of Otto Von Bismarck.

More Garibaldi Statues…

Giuseppe in Pisa

Giuseppe in Padova

Giuseppe in Venice

Giuseppi in Naples

Click on an image to scroll through the Gallery…

7 responses to “Travels in Italy, Garibaldi in Milan

  1. I could have sworn you did this post already. I must be remembering something else.

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  2. Forest back in the 1860s used to be called the “Garibaldi Reds” because of the colour of their shirts, Better than “The Biscuits” I suppose.

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  3. He also spent some time on the Isle of Wight (with Alfred, Lord Tennyson) a visit that much upset Queen Victoria as many more people lined the lanes and streets to see him than ever turned out for her. No statues to the great man here but he planted 3 Liberty trees, all of which were destroyed in the great storm of 1987. One remained standing at Farringford House, Tennyson’s home, until recently, when the naked tree was cut down. Mazzini also came to visit as Tennyson’s liberal leanings meant that people like Garibaldi and Mazzini thought he was a republican dissident.

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  4. I’ve never quite understood this desire to have statues of historical figures. Especially as so many seem to be sitting on horses. I suppose they give the pigeons a place to roost. Perhaps my aversion stems from all those ghastly statues of Lenin and Stalin and Saddam, etc

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