On October 26, 1860, the great warrior who had led his troops across Sicily and into the city of Naples, now met the other great warrior from the north, King Vittorio Emanuele II outside of the small town of Teano. They shook hands, and with this gesture they assured the unification of Italy. It was not yet complete. Important parts of the peninsula (Rome and Venice) were still outside of the new Italy. The future was assured. The real hero of this moment was Garibaldi. He could have refused to give way to the king from Piedmont. But Garibaldi was a generous and insightful man.


Giuseppe Di Lampedusa,

The Leopard: A Novel,

Pantheon; Reprint edition (November 6, 2007),

ISBN 0375714790

Christopher Duggan,

A Concise History of Italy,

Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (January 20, 2014),

ISBN 0521747430