This short course is an introduction to the story of the unification of Italy in the mid-nineteenth century, and the central role of the city of Rome and the Papal States. The guided walks follow in the footsteps of Garibaldi, King Victor Emmanuel, Pope Pius IX and an exotic cast of characters that include Charles Dickens, Verdi, the Orsini bomb making family and an Irish soldier of fortune who would die alongside General Custer at the Little Big Horn. The walks include visits to the Janiculum Hill, the English cemetery, the Central Museum of the Risorgimento and the Vatican. The themes of nationalism, faith, revolution and the interaction between church and state are explored in this study.
There are four books for recommended reading.