Italian Nationalism and Processional Routes in Florence

04/11/2013 Comments Off on Italian Nationalism and Processional Routes in Florence

Procession and Nationalist Celebration in Fascist Italy

Piazza Pitti

Above is an image of Piazza Pitti today, a calm and pleasant public space attracting families and individuals relaxing in the Tuscan sun.

In this footage of Adolf Hitler’s arrival into Florence in 1938, where he was met and greeted by Benito Mussolini, Piazza Pitti and Palazzo Pitti became an important nodal point in an overtly nationalist procession through the streets and piazzas of the city, all lined with triumphal banners and seemingly adoring crowds.

Although disturbing, it offers a fascinating insight into how the city was transformed into a parade group, totally occupied by an event of which Florence has not seen the scale of since.

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