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    Italians in Lima

    It was from the movements of rebellion in the mid-1800s, when many Italian citizens resorted voluntary exile to start a new life in the lands of Peru. The communities that were installed were composed in part by a wealthy middle class. Many of the big institutions in Lima were born with the contribute of the Italian colony. Its legacy is still appreciated today. The figure of Antonio Raimondi, the great traveler, geographer and anthropologist, is one of the signs of this step. Italian identity, although partially absorbed by the host country remains intact in the memory of people who decided to sail towards a better future.