Saturday, April 14, 2012

Garibaldi looking at Via Garibaldi

The status of Garibaldi looking at Via Garibaldi from piazza Castello

Giuseppe Garibaldi Italian  (Joseph Marie Garibaldi at birth), born 4 July, 1807 in Nice (French Empire), died 2 June, 1882 in Caprera (Kingdom of Italy), was an Italian general, politician and patriot. He is considered, with Camillo Cavour, Victor Emmanuel II and Giuseppe Mazzini, as one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland".
Garibaldi was a central figure in the Italian Risorgimento, since he personally commanded and fought in many military campaigns that led eventually to the formation of unified Italy. He generally tried to act on behalf of a legitimate power, which does not make him exactly a revolutionary: for example, he was appointed general by the provisional government of Milan in 1848, General of the Roman Republic in 1849 by the Minister of War, and led the Expedition of the Thousand on behalf and with the consent of Victor Emmanuel II.

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Via Garibaldi is located in the center of Turin and connects Piazza Castello to Piazza Statute. It is the oldest street in the city, originally bounded by the current Piazza Castello and Via della Consolata. Under Vittorio Amedeo II it was extended to the current Valdocco; nineteenth century was finally connected to Piazza Statuto. Always the main street of the city, for its length and the breadth, until 1882 was known as the Turin Via Dora Grossa . It is surrounded by eighteenth century buildings, with its 963 meters long, it is considered the longest pedestrian street in Europe.

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