Visit Florence, Rome, Venice, or almost any other Italian city, town or charming village in Italy, and you are bound to find a street, piazza, important building or monument named ‘Garibaldi’ (pronounced something like, ‘Garry-ba-l-dee’).
Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) has become a national hero for his efforts in leading an Italian revolution in 1848, together with Giuseppe Mazzini – who in this particular instance was considered the mastermind, whilst Garibaldi provided the muscle.
Garibaldi was born in Nice, at the time owned by the French before it was awarded to Italy’s King Victorio Emanuel I in 1814 (although Victorio Emanuel II later just handed it back!).
He was a man who was not afraid to fight for his ideals, and did so in many places around the world including Marseilles, Tunesia, Urugay, Montevideo and Brazil – where he met the future Mrs. Garibaldi, Ana Ribeiro da Silvia, who battled side-by-side until retiring from the battlefield to birth their 4 children.
His travels abroad may or may not have had something to with the fact that he had been exiled from Italy by the Piedmont region who had a less-than-positive reaction to Garibaldi’s involvement in Giuseppe Mazzini’s initial failed attempt at an initial revolution there.
However, it was the newly-appointed Pope Pius IX who eventually beckoned the roving warrior back to Italian shores and to the battles that would deem him a national hero – and later, his second exile!
Luckily the Italians are a forgiving bunch because the long list of battles Garibaldi fought, the amazing ways in which he won (or at least survived them!) have become legendary in Italy, and have inspired many books, films and even artworks.
In fact, from Monday 5 September 2011 a new exhibition in Florence is opening in honour of Italy’s most famed battle-fighter. Open until the 16th September, 2011, the exhibition, ‘Garibaldi per l’Italia’ (Italy for Garibaldi) by Lorenzo Capellini is a collection of pictures of all the monuments dedicated to Garibaldi – story in pictures of Italy’s amazing fighter, defender and hero.
To see the world’s most famous statue of all times – Michelangelo’s David, we have a skip-the-line Accademia visit –The Original David Tour. To explore some of the world’s greatest 2-dimentional art in one of the top museums with an expert tour guide, we have The Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour. Combined with a small-group walking tour of Florence, Original Florence Walk, to hear more about Italian traditions and the fascinating history of Florence with an excellent English-speaking tour guide, we have the Florence tours discounted package, Florence in One Glorious Day (or 2).
In Rome, we have a guided small-group, skip-the-line tour of the Vatican where you can see more classic artworks in the Vatican Museum with a great tour guide.
To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.
We also have a great range of fantastic private tours that cater to your every desire. From Private tours in Florence (and Tuscany Private Tours ) to Rome with a Private Guide, Venice private tours to the Private Tours of the Cinque Terre and beyond, we are at your beck and call.
L’Italia per Garibaldi
di Lorenzo Capellini
Palagio di Parte Guelfa – Salone Brunelleschi – Firenze
Volta dei Mercanti,1 – 50122 Firenze – Tel. 055.218271