70th anniversary of Italian Constitution: exhibit starts in Milan

Travelling exhibition marks the Constitution's anniversary.

To mark the 70th anniversary of Italy’s 1947 Constitution – drawn up after the post-world war two referendum had rejected the monarchy and founded the republic – a travelling exhibit has begun its course in Milan.

Open free to the public until 17 September in the Palazzo Reale, the exhibition will visit 11 other cities with each stop dedicated to one of the first 12 articles of the document – the “fundamental principles” guiding the new order.

In Milan the focus will be on the first article: “Italy is a republic founded on labour.  Sovereignty belongs to the people, who exercise it in the form and within the limits of the Constitution.” The exhibit will discuss the other articles of the first chapter at each stop, visiting in turn Catania, Reggio Calabria, Bari, Cagliari, Aosta, Rome, Venice, Florence, Trieste, Assisi and Reggio Emilia.

Graphics and multimedia displays, historic film clips and famous quotations bring the Constitution and its principles to life.  Visitors can add their virtual signatures alongside those of the founding fathers to mark their adherence to the document’s precepts.