Giorgio Asproni

Giorgio Asproni

The intellectual from Bitti Giorgio Asproni, who had been a priest until the age of 39, when he left the Order to devote himself to politics, is undoubtedly one of the most honest and rigorous figures of the Italian Risorgimento. He was a friend of national heroes such as Giuseppe Mazzini, Giuseppe Garibaldi and Carlo Cattaneo and was known for his left-wing passionate Republican ideals. He was a Member of Parliament for twenty-seven years (1849-1876), when he stood out for his oratorical skills and his experience and expertise, which made him become the most appreciated Sardinian politician of the second half of the nineteenth century. The poet Sebastiano Satta from Nuoro and Antioco Casula (Montanaru) from Desulo even honored him with their verses. His Diario politico, published posthumously, is a monumental work and an essential source for understanding the history of Italy during the Risorgimento. At his death, "official mourning” was declared. His native house in Bitti is now a house-museum, and even the Regio Ginnasio in Nuoro – which is the town’s High School nowadays - was named after him. A plaque in the street that was named after him pays homage to his figure, whereas his Roman grave in the cemetery of Verano is emblazoned with the inscription NON FLECTAR.

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