Garibaldi: The Italian Gaucho

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807 -1882) was an Italian revolutionary and statesman, famous for his South American adventures, uniting Italy and -for some reason- wearing a poncho. Born in Nice, France he became a merchant marine captain aged 25 and eventually sailed to Brazil.

The pope and coffee

The origins of coffee are in Ethiopia around the 10th century. It then spread to the Middle East and then reached Europe in the 1500s, where it was considered a drink of the “infidels or heathens”.

The invention of eyeglasses

While many rumors exist that eyeglasses were invented in China or India, the only factual evidence points to an unknown Italian as the inventor.

Marconi’s pursuit for funding

The Italian Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) was one of the most important inventors in regards to radio transmissions. His work laid the foundation for modern wireless communication.