Milan’s Risorgimento Museum: Now Free…and Still Empty

I’m a sucker for Risorgimento history — the thrilling story of how the small countries of the Italian peninsula united, against the wishes of the established European powers, to create modern Italy in the 19th century. And the only real museum dedicated to that story is in Milano.

I spend four months of every year in Europe, notebook in hand, researching the new editions of our guidebooks and keeping all our listings up to date. This museum is a good example of how things change: Last year, it cost €5 and had no English descriptions. This year, it’s free and has fine English descriptions.

Follow me as I nervously sneak a quick, forbidden video, with guards chasing me as I film…rushing, whispering, going faster and faster…let’s all get excited about 1870 and Italian unity!