Day Tour

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

Context Travel

Rome, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 23 Mar 2019

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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The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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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

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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!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington