Raffaele Paolucci's bust

Raffaele Paolucci’s bust can be found in the north of Pescara (via Lungomare Nord, 98), on the seafront.

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The monument is made of a bronze bust representing his face with a flying bird on the top.

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This bust stays on a stone pillar that bears the inscription that motivates his gold medal for the military value: “MOTIVAZIONE DELLA/ MEDAGLIA D’ORO/ AL VALOR MILITARE./ PORTO’ EFFICACE CONTRIBUTO/ NELL’IDEARE/ UN MIRABILE ORDIGNO/ DI GUERRA MARITTIMA/ E VOLLE A SE’/ RISERBATO L’ALTISSIMO/ ONORE DI IMPIEGARLO./ PENETRATO DI NOTTE CON/ UN SOLO COMPAGNO NEL/ MUNITO PORTO DI POLA/ ATTESE IL MOMENTO/ PROPIZIO E VERSO L’ALBA/ AFFONDO’ LA NAVE/ AMMIRAGLIA DELLA/ FLOTTA AUSTRO UNGARICA./ POLA/ NOTTE 31 OTTOBRE/1 NOVEMBRE 1918”.This inscription means: “Justification for/ the gold medal/ for military value./ He took a strong contribution/ in creating/ an amazing device/ of maritime war/ and he wanted that/ the highest honour of using it/ was reserved to himself./ Penetrating by night with/ only one fellow in/ the fortified Pola’s port/ he waited for the favorable moment/ and at sunrise/ he sank the flagship/ of the Austro-Hungaric fleet./ Pola/ Night of the 31th of October/ the first of November 1918.”1

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It was sculpted by the artist Guido Costanzo in 1973.2


Bibliography

- Fernando Galluppi, Medici illustri d'abruzzo, Editoriale Noubs, 2011, pp. 185-205
- Raffaele Paolucci, L'affondamento della viribus unitis, Tipografia Agostiniana, 1945
- Raffaele Paolucci, E. Tosatti, Cancro del polmone diffuso alle coste, Tipografia P.U.G.,1949
- Raffaele Paolucci, Il mio piccolo mondo perduto, Cappelli editore-Bologna,1947

  • Photos by Salvatore De Pasqualemoc.liamg|99elauqsaped.erotavlaS#| and Jacopo Capparellimoc.liamtoh|7991onipocaJ#| (January 2018)
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