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Monument to the Bersaglieri

Posted on May 26, 2009 | 23 comments

This monument stands in Porta Pia to memorialize when the Bersaglieri corps of the Italian army stormed Rome in 1870, ending the power of the Pope and bringing Rome into the fold with Unified Italy. The monument was commissioned by Mussolini in the 1930s and there’s even a Museum of the Bersaglieri in Porta Pia (I’ve never been as war history isn’t really my thing, but the official site has its opening hours).

I pass this monument every single day, at least twice a day, and looking at this shot, it’s rather majestic looking I think. Here’s a poster from World War I that’s quite interesting. I remember my high school history teacher showing us old American propaganda posters from WWI and WWII. It’s an interesting topic how these graphics are used and it’s something that continues today all around us if you stop and think about it.


  1. I’m so glad I discovered your blog! I last visited Rome when I was 4 and have wanted to visit again ever since. I’m a diehard fan of Ancient Roman history…a sucker for the Gladiator movie and also HBO’s series Rome if you ever had the chance to watch them. I just can’t get enough of it! Until I return again, I’ll have to live vicariously through you. Great blog and awesome pictures! πŸ™‚

  2. great shot of a powerful statue

  3. Salad – I haven’t ever watched the Rome series bc I didn’t have HBO at home and I think I might have already been here anyway when it aired. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about it however. You definitely must come back!

    This Too – Grazie mille. The sculpture is powerful, no? The artist did a nice job in capturing that.

  4. WOW! I love Rome!

  5. Auch,, that’s a huge picture.. I think you should center the smaller picture.

  6. I am glad I found your blog as well. We visited Rome in 2008 and I can’t get it out of my head!
    Love your photographs. Thanks

  7. …fabulous….i invite you to join globalove think tank.

  8. Nice poster. Is the Statue above of any important person? Or is it that of an unknown soldier?

  9. Wow! Nice photos. I especially like the urban decay types as it reminds of what I would think that Rome might have looked like in the day.

  10. Congratulations on being blog of note!!

  11. waw.. this is cool blog… by the way.. can you post your shot about UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IN ROME TONIGHT…??

    i’m really want to know about this..

    thank’s in advance.. cheers.. πŸ˜€

  12. Thanks for all the comments guys! I’m very happy to be a Blog of Note.

    Arja – The sculpture isn’t a specific soldier, just one to be representative of them all.

    Sam – Yes, I love the urban decay ones myself πŸ™‚

    Better – Aww….I don’t have a photo for Champions League…sorry! The stadium area is pretty crazy right now so I’m staying away from it.

  13. Your blog is featured on blog of notes!!! Congrats!!!!

  14. Great pictures.

    Well done !

  15. I have always been fascinated by Roman history, and hope to visit and live in that great city some day… your blog is a great, great discovery!
    Till the time I can manage the time, finances and the visas to visit this great city, I’ll be happy to view it through your eyes.

  16. Wow, the picture’s so wonderfull. And your blog is so good. I’m very glad to find and read your blog.

  17. hi Jessica, how are you doing,your blog is wonderful, l found it very interesting. l will sone to visit rome to see some day.

  18. Oh yay!!

    This came at just the right time :o). I’m actually coming to Rome on Wednesday, only for 3 days. I’m now going to commence scouring your blog for all the great off-the-beaten-tracks places I should check out πŸ˜€

    B xx

  19. hello Jessica,

    this is a very nice information. when i come to rome, your blog will be very helpfull

  20. love it love it love it!!!!

  21. Hi everyone….wow I’m so pleased and overwhelmed by the response! Glad you enjoy seeing the photos of Rome and I hope it helps you plan future trips (or just learn more about the city).

    Sproglet – Have a good trip! And be prepared….Rome is hot!

  22. You are like Jamie Oliver. Except the cooking part. And Jamie Oliver doesn’t smoke crack.

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