Garibaldi, Anita

The equestrian statue by Mario Rutelli shows Anita on a rearing horse, holding a gun in her right hand and a child in her left arm. The story is that Mussolini insisted on the baby in order to include the ‘role of women as mothers’. This addition most probably caused the statue to be out of balance, resulting in the need for an ugly structure to keep it upright. The statue is not only a monument: it is also Anita’s grave. Five former soldiers from Garibaldi’s army carried her body, wrapped in the Italian flag, from Piazza Venezia to the Janiculum. We can only imagine what an effort that must have been for those old veterans.

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