Yesterday, March 17th, was the 150th birthday of the Italian Republic. 17th March, 1861 was the date of Italy's unification as a republican nation. I only found out by watching BBC World News on TV. I had seen a few Italian flags hanging out of windows but there was nothing else to indicate it was a special day. According to the news it's no big deal in the north of the country. I got the impression that many places would prefer to go back to the independent city-states of yesteryear.
Mind you, Italy has never been known for the stability of its politics.
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