On June 2, 1946 Italy became a Republic after a referendum to abolish the Monarchy, King Umberto II of the House of Savoy left for exile in Switzerland where he died in 1983. So today is la Festa della Repubblica Italiana. An event we witnessed while living in Rome. Highly ceremonial and done well with a great military parade on Via del Foro Romano. The Italians love uniforms and parades and we discovered that the Italian Navy has a cavalry regiment probably the only one in the world. This video is about the ceremony at the Altar to the Nation on Piazza Venezia, the centre of Rome and before the military parade which takes place moments later behind this giant white marble monument amongst the ruins of the Roman Empire. The Ceremony is presided by the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella accompanied by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.