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Garibaldi's House Museum

Listed under Military History in Sardinia, Italy.

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General Giuseppe Garibaldi, by then a grizzled revolutionary, came to Sardinia in 1855 and bought a farmhouse on Caprera. When his daughter was born he planted a marine pine, which is still standing today, outside the same farmhouse, on an island that was until recently, still owned by the Garibaldi family.

The house is like a museum, it has his things and then more of his things and things about him. You can see the bed he shared with his wife and his death bed and his wheelchairs, and even the cage he used to put his gun shot wounded leg in so that the sheets didn’t touch it in his sleep. Letters, photos, portraits, the great man’s weapons and other personal artefacts make up the rest of the collection.

His tomb is here as well – grand in marble, it’s slightly incongruous with what would once have been a relatively simple house. The interesting thing about the tomb is that it’s got two big iron rings coming out of the top of it which were for lowering it into place – which never happened. Garibaldi has wanted to be cremated and scattered round his own garden, but the Italian state and the Church wanted him buried in Rome – this strange compromise happened because the issue was never really resolved.

It takes a ferry trip from Palau to reach the island and museum.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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