Although better than one...
... three would have been optimal
Goffredo Mameli (1827 - 1849) was an Italian patriot, poet and writer who,
during the struggle for Italy's unification and independence, authored the
words of the national anthem - Il Canto degli Italiani (Song of the Italians).
He's also commemorated by a bust, one of many along the Janiculum Hill,
and a plaque on the wall of the hospice next to the church of Santissima
Trinita dei Pellegrini, where he died just before his 22nd birthday from
an infected bayonet wound, inflicted accidentally by a companion.
The music, which for years must have been mistaken for Michael Schumacher's
own personal theme tune, was composed by Michele Novaro.
Oddly, the anthem's status was only made official some 60 years later, in
2005... just after Schumi's run of world titles with Ferrari ended.
By Luciano Campisi (1859-1933).... in Rome's Verano Monumental cemetery.
Up close..and personal
For more from the National Roman Museum in the Baths of Diocletian,
Statue of the Muse Polymnia from the Horti Spei Veteris
Statua della Musa Polimnia dagli Horti Spei Veteris
More pictures of the Centrale Montemartini collection
Piazza Navona - Christmas fair - 2001