[quote]”Farewell Maceratesi, You have deserved that we divide ourselves, moved and grateful. Saddened soul from distancing us as dear friends, we direct you the word of love and brotherhood; we start moved by your affection … and we will reciprocate with the dedication of the first feat of arms which can be said of the legion who has deserved the fatherland. Goodbye!” (Giuseppe Garibaldi)[/quote]
In January 1849 Giuseppe Garibaldi, “the hero of two worlds” who unified Italy, stayed for 23 days in Macerata; in this period he was formed, to defend the newborn Roman Republic, the “Maceratese legion” and prepared as a constituent member of parliament, elected in the college of Macerata, to take part in future parliamentary work. Upon departure, the hero addressed to the maceratesi a thank you letter, promising to give them the first victory of his legion. Garibaldi, keeping promise, dedicating to Macerata the first victory, achieved in the battle of Porta San Pancrazio, April 30, 1849 in Rome. The maceratesi, dedicated to the patriot the “big road” which leads from Piazza della libertà at the Porta Romana (today’s “I Cancelli”), and later this statue, that one time was stationed at the center of the homonymous Square.
Title: L’eroe dei due mondi
Location: Piazza Garibaldi, Macerata
Date: 11 January 2016
Album: Macerata di bellezza
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