Aurelio Saffi

Aurelio Saffi

Patriot and politician 

In 1848 , Saffi, who played an important role in the Italian Risorgimento, met Mazzini, and he is still regarded to be his political heir. In 1849, together with Giuseppe Mazzini and Carlo Armellini, he was one of the Triumvirs of the Roman Republic, and after its fall, he went into exile abroad. He came back to Italy after the National Unification, and in 1867 he settled in his countryside home in San Varano di Forlì, where he devoted himself to the organization of the Republican movement.

He then taught Law at Bologna University for many years, and died in the house that is now home to the House-Museum Villa Saffi. The house where he was born (via Albicini 25) is open to the general public and is home to the Institute for the History of Resistance and Contemporary Age. The large square that faces Forlì's Town Hall is dominated by an outstanding monument that is dedicated to the city's most illustrious personality. Other famous Saffi-related places are those connected with the historic-tourist circuit of Romagna's Risorgimento and the beautiful Garibaldi's itineraries of the province of Forlì-Cesena.




  • Forli, October 13, 1819 - Forli, April 10, 1890
  • 2 years as a city councilor and secretary of the province
  • 3 years of exile in Liguria, Switzerland and London
  • 1857 he married the feminist Georgina Janet Craufurd
  • had 4 sons
  • In 1861 he was elected to the parliament of the new Kingdom of Italy
  • 1874 is the year of the arrest in Rimini
  • In 1877 he moved to Bologna and began his career as a lecturer in Public Law

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