The equestrian statue of Italy's first king, Vittorio Emmanuele II, originally stood in the centre of the city, in Piazza della Repubblica. However, in 1932 it was relegated to a spot near the Parco delle Cascine, where it still stands, forlorn and forgotten.
The statue, which is the work of the Florentine sculptor Emilio Zocchi (1835-1913). was unveiled on September 20th 1890 in what was then Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (today's Piazza della Repubblica).
Victor Emmanuel II (1820-1878) was King of Sardinia from 1849 until March 17th 1861, when he assumed the title King of Italy.
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