The risorgimento created a unified political entity but didn't fully succeed in unifying the nation culturally (or even linguistically, as many regions hold tight to their distinct dialects). Down here, they viewed the unification as trading one foreign ruler (the Bourbon king) for another (the Savoy king, Vittorio Emanuele, who didn't speak Italian), which, they say, resulted only in territorial expansion and continued exploitation, rather than a united nation. Loyalty stays with the region - or better to say, with the province or localized area around your town and with your famiglia; politicians and national entities can't be trusted to hold the people's interests at heart. Campanilismo, is devotion to one's town - only people within earshot of your campanile (bell tower) can be truly trusted.
So...it's complicated. As with all things political in Italia. Rather than celebrating the unification, we're told that the festa della repubblica is a more worthy celebration, when a post-war popular vote sent the king into exile and the constitution was established. But even better than the festa della repubblica, says our barista, is the festa di Sant'Antuon or a nice sagra della salsiccia. Local celebrations, those are the ones that are most important, he says. Unity stays within sight of the campanile.
Read Other Bloggers' Views of the 150th Anniverary of Italy's Unification:
Happy Birthday, Italy - Rob at Windrose Hotel
150th Anniversario dell'Unita' d'Italia - Bryan at 2 Italy
Crostini Tricolore - Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino's recipe tribute
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Italy and the Italian Language - Becoming Italian Word by Word
150 Unita' d'Italia - News From Italy blog