Thursday, March 17, 2011

One Hundred and Fifty

Italian flag in via Grande, LivornoToday we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy as a single country in 1861, on March 17. I am not sure there is much to celebrate here (or elsewhere), but the “tricolori”, the Italian flags, are all over the city.
Italian flag in piazza Grande, LivornoOur National Day is on June 2, the proclamation of the Republic in 1946. In 1861, on March 17, the first Italian Parliament in Turin proclaimed Vittorio Emanuele II King of Italy.
So Italy was born... on Saint Patrick's Day!

19 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Thank you VP. Congratulations! My dad was also born in Saint Patrick's day.

ρομπερτ said...

May time and life continue to treat you all kind.


daily athens

Farmchick said...

Nice to see those tri colored flags flying.

brattcat said...

Happy Unification Day.

Randy said...

Have a wonderful Unification Day!

Jack said...

Well, happy birthday, Italy! Italy seems like such an old country, yet it is actually pretty young.

Theanne and Baron said...

Saluti to Italy for 150 years of unification! Nice photos!

Small City Scenes said...

Well happy birthday and your Tricolori is beautiful
begorra St. Paddys day too. MB

Dina said...

Mazal tov Italy!
A beautiful flag, long may she wave.

Gunn said...

Congratulations!
Saluti from me up in the north!:)

cieldequimper said...

Bon anniversaire, bonne Saint Patrick e tutti quanti.

Kate said...

Happy Unification Day to you and your country!

Arianna said...

Per me è una festa importante! Peccato solo che piove...ho messo anch'io il tricolore, è bagnato ma chi se ne frega! Ciao, Arianna

joo said...

Happy Unification Day to your country and Happy St. Patric's:)

JM said...

Congratulations, Italy! It seems our National Days are just one week apart: Italy-June 2, Portugal-June 10. :-)

Cezar and Léia said...

This flag is magnificent, and it also reminds me so much my family!
It's an important day!
Thanks for this post!
Léia

Traveling Hawk said...

Happy celebration!

And what a coincidence :)

EG Wow said...

Gee, I wonder if that makes you part Irish. :))

Halcyon said...

Ha ha! At first I thought this was an Irish flag for St. Patty's Day. :)