Sunday lunch seemed as good a time as any to test one of my pet theories: people will pass by monuments or statues for years without ever really looking at them or knowing anything about them. Of the 12 of us sitting around the table, 9 were Italians (5 of them native Florentines) and 3 foreigners, all of us long-time residents in the city. I asked if anyone could tell me the name of the person represented in the statue standing in the middle of piazza San Marco. Nobody could. This was surprising, as San Marco is a major bus hub and one of the busiest squares in town, through which thousands of people transit every day. It was also surprising as this is a very elaborate and handsome statue of one of the major figures of Italian unification.