Nizza di Sicilia owes its name to Garibaldi who personally attributed it to him during the expedition that united Italy.
The city of Nizza di Sicilia was in fact called San Ferdinando until 1860 when with Royal Decree 1218 of 11 May 1863, issued by the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II, it changed its name and became Nizza di Sicilia in honor of the Hero of the Two Worlds Giuseppe Garibaldi. In reality, however, Garibaldi had already called the city this way in 1860 in a receipt issued by him to a delegation of San Ferdinandesi, who had given him a cash contribution for the national cause.

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