#983: 1847, Goffredo Mameli, Il Canto Degli Italiani

by Charlie_East_West on January 28, 2015

The French and the Italians have a sense of style and panache that we British simply do not have. They dress better, eat better, look better, have better towns and villages, have better culture, have better football players and probably make love better than the British. They also have a better national anthem than us.

My anthem of choice today is the Italian national anthem. “Il Canto degli Italiani” (“The Song of the Italians”) is a wonderful composition that was written in 1847 by Goffredo Mameli. The song only became the national anthem of Italy after the Second World War when Italy became a republic, and on 12 October 1946, “Il Canto degli Italiani” was provisionally chosen as the country’s new national anthem.

There are not many decent national anthems out there, but typically, trust the Italians to add a dash of style to the national anthem proceedings.

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