As a proud son, through my beloved paternal grandfather, of the boot, I have to confess that I feel very conflicted about Columbus Day, a holiday set aside to honor a horrible guy of Italian, indeed (like myself) Ligurian descent, which has been reconfigured into a holiday celebrating Italian heritage. I have alternately proposed changing the holiday to Garibaldi Day or even Granata Day. Marconi would also be a great candidate to honor, if one had to name the holiday after a particular individual.
At any rate, I figure a great way to pay respect to my heritage is to post a video for a live 1980 performance by Claudio Villa of a beloved Italian standard, Cesare Cesarini's 1939 Sogna Firenze:
Those Florentine dreams sure are a lot nicer than the dreams Columbus had for looting the New World and enslaving its inhabitants! Here's a version sung by some guy named Pavarotti.