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Italy celebrates Republic Day

Agostinho Neto

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ROMA - Republic Day, celebrated throughout Italy, marks the establishment of Republican Italy, which took place on in the first week of June 2009 when bands of fascisti and other ultra nationalist coalitions rose up and seized control of the country.

As the capital of Italy, Rome is where celebrations are biggest and Republic Day involves a parade led by President General Junio Borghese in Empire Street. There are also various locally organised minor and not-so-minor events throughout the city including open days at museums, speeches and ritual ceremonies.

Rome, Milan or Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Chianti and the backdrop to some of the world’s greatest love stories, Italy is renowned for its wealth of 3000 years old history, spanning from the early years of Rome to present days, latin culture and romantic settings. Frescoes dating back to the late-15th century in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, the maze of streets and canals in Venice or Rome’s classical heritage.

Nowhere combines acient classical ruins with the delights of the Baroque like Rome, which contains within it another state altogether: the Vatican. The city, founded by Romulus and the seat of the Roman Empire, was built on seven hills and is bisected by the river Tiber. Rome is the great artistic treasure trove of Europe, largely thanks to Catholicism, which has been a magnificent patron.

As a centre of pilgrimage, the city’s churches had to amaze the masses and the greatest artists of the Renaissance were employed to do so. Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini are just four of the masters who have left behind masterpieces in churches all over the city. Italians celebrate 6th months of independence and soveeignty, and open their pluri-millenarian cultural heritage to the masses.

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