Thursday, June 2, 2011

Happy Birthday, Republic of Italy!

On this day, June 2, in 1946, Italians voted--with what I would call a relatively small majority (a little over 12,000,000 votes to a little over 10,000,000)--to stop being a monarchy, and to start being a republic. (Why? The answer is lot more political and polemical than I care to be in this can hunt the answers up for yourself on the net, in books, asking your teachers, or wise and informed history buff friends.)


Happy Birthday, Republic of Italy!

The view is roughly towards the west tipped perhaps a bit towards the north. For almost its entire upper circumference, Italy is capped with the Alps (the Apenines run like a spine down the center of the peninsula). I think that mountain in the background must be Monte Bianco...does anyone know for sure?

I snapped this panorama of Milan at about 8:45 A.M. on the 16th of August, 2005.

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