There is also a cookie named after him, though over here it's called a biscuit and I've yet to ever meet one. But here's a recipe for you, should you get a hankering for a bit of Anglo-Italian Garibaldi biscuits.
The thing that actually lead me to write about Garibaldi is that I was wondering why we never found the chateau on the hill at Nice. Did we take a wrong turn or something? So I started digging and came up with this name. A travel website states:
Le Chateau (Castle Hill)
Le Chateau, the shaded hill and park at the eastern end of Quai des Etats-Unis, is named after a 12th century chateau that was razed by Louis XIV in a fit of pique in 1706 and never rebuilt. There are some ruins but not really a chateau to speak of. In the one remaining tower, the 16th century Tour Bellanda, is the Musée Naval.The cemetery where Garibaldi is buried covers the northwest of the park.
|Just inside the cemetery a sign says 'no photographs'. |
Must as I enjoyed Pere Lachaise, I think that's a lovely idea.
I was intrigued that we'd just been to the birth and burial place of Garibaldi - he covered a lot of ground in between - but I've not been able to confirm the story about Louis XIV. According to Wikipedia, Garibaldi is buried on the island of Caprera, which seems perhaps more fitting as it is in Italy.
But wait, his place of burial isn't that straight forward either. His remains were exhumed last year so that his family could do DNA testing to assure themselves it was really Garibaldi buried there. (Does this strike anyone else as bizarre? What if it's really him but they're not really descendants?) So, he could be buried in Nice on Castle Hill, or put back to rest on Caprera. He might be lost to posterity or stored under someone's house waiting for siblings to agree what to do with him. Don't laugh, it happens.