"Fratelli d'Italia / L'Italia s'è desta, / Dell'elmo di Scipio / S'è cinta la testa. / Dov'è la Vittoria? / Le porga la chioma, / Ché schiava di Roma / Iddio la creò. / Stringiamci a coorte / Siam pronti alla morte / L'Italia chiamò. "
("Brothers of Italy/ Italy has awoken, / with Scipio's helmet / binding her head. / Where is Victory? / Let her bow down, / For God has made her / Rome's slave. / Let us join in a cohort, / We are ready to die / Italy has called".)
This is the first verse of "the Song of the Italians", better known as "Mameli's Hymn", named after the Ligurian patriot, who composed its verses in 1847 and that, thanks to its fast and relentless pace, was accepted and adopted with enthusiasm not only during the years of the Italian Risorgimento, but also in 1946, when it became the National Anthem of the Italian Republic.
The hymn narrates the history of Italy and of the Italians, the story of a land that for centuries has been divided, but at the same time has co-existed under the rule of several dominations; the story of a population that, despite the different historical and cultural events, has always felt a keen desire to unite under one flag. Wish that, after the Italian Risorgimento and the expedition of Garibaldi in Sicily, became a reality, March 17th, 1861, when the national unity was officially proclaimed and of which this year marks the 150th anniversary.
Italy is the result of different influences that, alternated over the past centuries, have given form to a cultural and artistic diversity, that combined with the charm of the landscapes and the entire environment, makes it unmistakably unique.