Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

 NEWSLETTER # 138 - February 11th, 2011

  150th Anniversary of Italy

   Italy 150th birthday

2011 will be a special

 year to travel in Italy

The country is throwing itself a huge birthday bash for the 150th anniversary of its unification.

Italy before unification


Italy after unification

The celebrations will take place throughout the country, with most of the events centered in Italy’s three capital cities: Torino, Firenze and Roma.

 Torino, First Italian Capital

     Firenze, Second Italian Capital

Roma, Third Italian Capital

The festivities will commemorate Italian unification, also known as "Il Risorgimento", or "The Resurgence.” Il Risorgimento was a movement to unite all the various states on the Italian peninsula into a single country.

Following years of revolutions, wars and expeditions, national unity was proclaimed on March 17th, 1861 in Torino, which then became the new country’s first capital for four years, until the central government was moved to Firenze in 1865. Roma became the final capital in 1871 when unification was complete.

The 150th Anniversary events will kick off in March, with the calendar of festivities extending nine months, through November 2011. The unification commemoration will be a mix of cultural events, sporting events and gatherings.

Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour

Giuseppe Garibaldi

Vittorio Emanuele II


For the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, Turin and Piedmont are organizing a major event: “Esperienza Italia”. In two exceptional places: the Officine Grandi Riparazioni and La Venaria Reale, nine months of exhibitions and events for learning about the process of unification and how the Italian identity was created, and for telling about the best in Italy.

Meanwhile, following the Risorgimento itinerary, there are two events in Rome that cant be missed. One is at the Museo di Roma, with the exhibition "Il Risorgimento a colori", with has a large selection of paintings and sculptures illustrating the most significant historical events in Rome. The other one is at the Museo del Vittoriano, recently reopened after a long period, which houses a host of memorabilia from the Risorgimento, such as letters by Alessandro Manzoni and objects and clothing belonging to Garibaldi, Cavour and Mazzini. The rooms of the Vittoriano museum open onto a terrace offering a magnificent panorama over the city.


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