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I was lucky to visit Italy in 2018 and 2019 (Rome-Florence-Lucca-Pisa-Milan), and only towards the end of our second journey did I realise I was discovering statues of Vittorio Emmanuele II in practically every city !
In Pisa, our apartment happened to be near Piazza Vittorio Emmanuele. The piazza results from an urban reorganization at the end of the 19th century. It is very close to the train station.

Vittorio Emmanuele II (1820-1849-1861-1878) is called “Padre della Patria”, as he is considered to be the Father of The Unified Kingdom of Italy (1861), with the help of Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882), Count Cavour (1810-1861) from Turin in the kingdom of Sardinia and Giuseppe Mazzini(1805-1872) from Genoa.

Before that it had been a series of different kingdoms and states which changed borders over the years and decades :
Kingdom of Venetia
Kingdom of Sardinia which soon included a great part of the North
Kingdom of the 2 Sicilies
The Papal States….

Before he became the King of the unified Italy in 1861, Vittorio Emmanuele was at the head of the Kingdom of Sardinia from 1849, with Cavour as prime minister.
I shall spare you the complicated fights they had to go through before the Italian Unification was finally attained in 1861.
(Perhaps our Italian friends, having learnt Italian History at school might give us a simple summary of a very complicated revolution :-)

In WS a few photos of the monuments to Vittorio Emmanuele II in the different cities I visited.

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