The visitor is captivated by the song that seems to come from the document hanging on the center column of the virtual scripofile document gallery room. And indeed it is King Victor Emmanuel II himself singing a typical Neapolitan song.
The Unification of Italy is finally accomplished and all traditions and cultures can mingle to give birth to a new national identity and the realization of the dream of the gallant King.
And his song is so powerful that it cracks the glass that protects him, because Dreams cannot be locked up, and sooner or later they will break every limit and every obstacle.
Consolidated Five percent
Law of July 10, 1861
Named certificate for the annual annuity of 700 Lire. Florence July 24, 1879. Double sheet, watermark. Impressive frontal effigy of Victor Emmanuel II, designer L. Bigola.
Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy (Vittorio Emanuele Maria Alberto Eugenio Ferdinando Tommaso di Savoia; Turin, March 14, 1820 - Rome, January 9, 1878) was the last king of Sardinia (from 1849 to 1861) and the first king of Italy (from 1861 to 1878).
He was also duke of Savoy, prince of Piedmont and duke of Genoa from 1849 to 1861. He is also remembered with the appellation of King gallant, because after his accession to the throne he did not withdraw the Statuto Albertino promulgated by his father Charles Albert.
Assisted by Prime Minister Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, he brought the Risorgimento to fruition, culminating in the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy.
For bringing about the Unification of Italy, he is referred to as Father of the Fatherland, as appears in the inscription on the national monument named after him, Vittoriano, located in Rome's Piazza Venezia.