Sapri also played an important part in the history of Italy. In 1857 Carlo Pisacane landed at Sapri with 300 men in an attempt to defeat the Bourbons. The event was written about in a famous poem by Luigi Mercantini in which their fate is described: "They were three hundred, they were young, strong and dead!"
Although unsuccessful, the event fueled anti-bourbon feeling, leading to the formation of Garibaldi's army and the eventual unification of Italy. The story is commemorated with a bronze statue of the 'Spigolatrice of Sapri' lying on a rock out at sea as if awaiting the arrival of the three hundred. Every August the town holds a re-enactment of the battle.
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