In 1860, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the man who reunified Italy and is affectionately known as the Eroe dei due mondi (Hero of the two worlds), stopped in Talamone.
Legend says he was only there to collect food and supplies before continuing his journey north to drive out the foreign invaders.
But on his way, he met with the mille – thousands of volunteers, 16 from Talamone, who insisted on joining him to fight the Papal State in Central Italy.
The residents of Talamone have always felt a great affinity for Garibaldi. A couple of years after he left, they built this marble statue and placed it in a piazza named after him in honour of his visit and his great deeds.