Carlo Pisacane: Dying for Italy

SERIES: From Rome to the rest of the world. Tales from a past that lives on - Under the aegis of Francesco Benigno, professor of Modern History, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa 
SPEAKER: Marco Meriggi
DATE: 26 October, 6pm
PLACE: Palazzo Venezia, Sala del Refettorio

On 24 June 1857 Carlo Pisacane sailed from Genoa with a group of patriots to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies with the aim of fomenting a popular insurrection that would overthrow the Bourbon regime. But on landing near Sapri a few days later, he was greeted not by the people he had dreamed of making the protagonists of what he called the Italian revolution, but a mass of hostile peasants who attacked him. Like many of the participants in his expedition, Pisacane died a few days later, not yet forty years old. This was the dramatic ending of a life spent entirely on the edge, both by his intense involvement as a libertarian socialist in the Risorgimento and his nonconformist life choices, which made him the supreme interpreter of Risorgimento Romanticism.


Marco Meriggi teaches the History of Political Institutions at the Department of Humanities of the Università di Napoli Federico II. His books on topics of Risorgimento history include “La nazione populista. Il Mezzogiorno e i Borboni dal 1848 all’Unità”, (il Mulino, 2021) and “Il regno Lombardo-Veneto” (UTET, 1987).