November 4th is the Day of National Unity (Giornata della Unità Nazionale), which commemorates the end of the First World War in Italy.
Streets in towns and cities throughout the country are named Via Quattro Novembre, in memory of the end of warfare between Italy and Austria-Hungary, which led to the loss of 650,000 Italian lives.
Exactly three years after the end of the war, on November 4th 1921, the unknown soldier (Ignoto Militi) was laid to rest, amidst much pomp and ceremony, at the shrine of the Altar of the Fatherland (Altare della Patria), which is part of the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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