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.

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