Day Tour

Garibaldi, Risorgimento, and the Birth of Italy (3 Hours)

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Rome, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

Garibaldi, Risorgimento, and the Birth of Italy (3 Hours )

Rome, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



In 1861, proponents of the Risorgimento, the movement to create a united Italy, declared victory and Turin was crowned the capital of the newly formed Kingdom of Italy. Another nine long years of battle remained, as Garibaldi, Mazzini and others sought to bring Papal ruled Rome into the national fold. Our three-hour walking seminar discusses the history surrounding the Unification of 1861, as well as the events leading up to the capture of Rome in 1870 and the subsequent use of this history to further the ideals of later leaders, such a Mussolini. Our time begins near the Campo de' Fiori where we will learn the foundations of the Risorgimento in Italy and the struggles that Rome faced while remaining under Papal rule. We then move to the Trastevere area of Rome, where many of the battles to liberate Rome took place. Important events, such as the battle in the Ajani wool mill, demonstrate the tenuous nature of the era, as patriots fought against Papal authority for a united Italy. We then journey up the Janiculum Hill, where we'll visit Mausoleum-Ossarium Gianicolense, Porta San Pancrazio, and Piazzale Garibaldi. Here, overlooking the Vatican we'll discuss the importance of the Second Roman Republic, its role in the battle for the unification of Italy and the democratic concepts it introduced. We'll set the Roman situation in context with the rest of Europe, appreciating the importance of the fighting that took place in these locations. If time allows, we'll end our walk at the Villa Pamphilj. From this vantage point we'll be able to have a bird's eye view of the city, and a more comprehensive understanding of how Rome has been capital of a democratic country for 150 years, capital of the Vatican State and battle field for many battles.

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Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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By: Joe C

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.
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By: MJ

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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By: Shari

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
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Context Travel: One very good tour, one medium good tour

By: Rob

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: DHunt

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

We were highly impressed with context tours. Each guide was very knowledgeable and the private group setting allowed us to really spend time and enjoy each site without feeling like we were part of a herd. Further, the guide is interactive, not just dictating into a radio with information.
Travel Advisor:  Nathan Cripps