An Italian Education

In Italy, the streets are almost always named for great people in Italian history. Nearly every city and town will have a piazza or viale honoring the protagonists of the Italian unification: Garibaldi, Mazzini, Vittorio Emanuele II, and Cavour. Sometimes you get the great Renaissance painters, sometimes you get the most famous authors and poets; Via A. Manzoni, Via Michelangelo. Everyone knows those guys. Who they don’t know are the other dudes Italian streets are named for. I pass by them: Bruno Buozzi, C. Battisti, Don Luigi Storzo, Carlo Pisacane, etc, etc. I ask my friends: Who was that? The answer is almost invariably: Boh.

2 Replies to “An Italian Education”

  1. priceless!
    share much of that feeling, having concluded my Italian academic career in 6th grade (prima media) before disembarking into the US school system. And 50 years of living in Italy have not sufficed to close the gap… (yep, i’m that old….)

    1. ieatmypigeon says: Reply

      On the bright side, I guess we got the school experience our Italian peers have only seen in movies….

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