Today, Italy is celebrating its 150th Birthday. Indeed, the Unification of Italy was declared on 17th march 1861 . Giuseppe Garibaldi and his men were the leading actors of this great event and Vittorio Emanuele II di Savoia was the first king of the new Kingdom of Italy.
Here's a link to Wikipedia, if you are curious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_unification.
Here is the speech of our President Giorgio Napolitano: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9wtGrynzCs . (I'm sorry, it's in Italian)
Turin was the first capital of Italy and that's the reason why lots of celebrations are taking place there.
Despite the rain, yesterday evening I was in Turin like loads of other people and it was great! Here are some pictures I took there:
|Palazzo Madama in Piazza Castello|
|The Royal Palace in Piazza Castello|
|The Murazzi and the Po river (high level of the water!)|
|Piazza San Carlo|
|The Mole Antonelliana with the Italian colours!|
|Chiesa della Gran Madre|
|Monte dei Cappuccini|
|Fireworks from the Vittorio Emanuele bridge|
Unfortunately, Italian people are a bit odd. Abroad, it may look like we have a strong sense of unity and homeland. We are those who were forced to emigrate in the past, but never forgetting their roots and traditions. Anyway, this is not what I feel here. Lots of people don't feel proud to be Italian, or even worse, somebody would prefer not to be a part of Italy, spurning our symbols, flag and anthem. That's really sad, but hopefully this is just a small minority of the population.
We should be proud of our history and thankful to those who lost their lives fighting to give us freedom and unity; and this conscience should be the basis to cooperate and work together to solve the too many problems that we have right now.
Buon Compleanno Italia!