Emanuele ll, Vittorio

This double equestrian statue was erected in Fiesole near Florence to memorize the historical meeting between Garibaldi and Vittorio Emanuele, then King of Sardinia. This meeting took place in 1860 in Teano, a little town between Naples and Rome. Having wrested the Kingdom of the two Sicilies from the Neapolitan Bourbons, Garibaldi shook Vittorio Emanuele’s hand and hailed him as King of Italy. Thus, Garibaldi sacrificed republican dreams for the sake of unity under a monarchy.

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