A Sicilian «Notabile» for Liberal Italy
The article analyzes the biography of a baron of Vittoria (Sicily): Salvatore Contarella. He is a liberal who takes part in the revolution of ‘60, member of «Sinistra storica», follower of Francesco Crispi, winemaker pointed to innovation and market. The noble is considered as part of a large group of «notabili» that – after the italian unification – engage in a revival project of «Mezzogiorno» in a more general process of change for the whole country. They identify solutions for modernizing their territories: transports, measures for agriculture and initiatives to promote the process of nationalization.