Gabriele Camozzi - 1848
A twenty-five year old from a noble family, Gabriele Camozzi had studied with the Barnabite monks in Monza and read law in Pavia before coming into contact with Mazzinian ideas and circles. He carried out his first revolutionary action in Bergamo in 1848 – the year that saw the European continent engulfed in revolutions – laying siege along with other patriots to the former convent of Santa Marta. Following its suppression under Napoleon, the convent had become an Austrian barracks and now housed a garrison of Croatian troops. Eventually, the valorous efforts of the patriots succeeded in achieving the flight of the Austrians. Camozzi set up a provisional government but the Austrians’ return later forced him into a lengthy exile in Turin, Genoa and Switzerland.