... his denims
Honestly, General Garibaldi's own trousers, on display in the Vittoriano
However I'm not quite so sure about one news agency's claim that they're
"the oldest jeans in the world"?
... the very boot....
The government in northern Italy was eager that Garibaldi's forces should not
continue on into the Papal States - at that time under French protection.
A division of the regular army, under Colonel Pallavicino, was dispatched against
the volunteer bands and the two forces met in the rugged Aspromonte mountains.
Although Garibaldi forbade his men from firing on fellow subjects of the Kingdom
of Italy, he himself was shot in the foot - through this very boot.
The wound refused to heal completely so, after a fund-raising tour of Great Britain,
in 1864 he was eventually shuffled off to the thermal spa town of Casamicciola - on
.. and his blanket
At the time it didn't register that the embroidery was in English,
and stupidly I failed to take a snap of the label...
.... on the stairs!
This is just one of several huge designs for the rooftop chariots, submitted for
the architectural competition when the building of the Vittoriano was being planned.
Some time in the 1990s
A famous motor torpedo boat
Hidden in the Vittoriano monument - on the side nearer to the
Forum (with its entrance on the Via dei Fori Imperiali) - you'll
find a small museum that honours the country's armed forces....
the 'Museo Sacrario delle Bandiere delle Forze Armate'.
The exhibits there include this tiny Motor Torpedo Boat, from World War One:
"Italian MAS boats were comparatively small, at 20-30 tons displacement.
MAS 15 was the only Motor Torpedo boat in history to sink a battleship,
the Austrian vessel Szent István in 1918"... from Wikipedia.