Geographer, socialist politician and irredentist.
Cesare Battisti was born on the 4th of February 1875 in Trento, when the town was still part of the Danube Monarchy. In 1898 he completed his literature studies in Florence and began to study geography. He studied the nature of the territory and published several books on the natural landscapes of the Trentino. As a politician, he dealed with the social question. At the head of the Trentino Socialists, he fought for better living conditions for the working class and for the autonomy of the Trentino.
In 1911 Battisti was elected to the Vienna Assembly (parliament), in 1914 also to the Landtag of Innsbruck. After the outbreak of the war between Austria and Serbia, he fled to Italy, where he agitated for the war entry of the young kingdom on the Entente side. On the 23rd of May 1915, when Italy entered the war, Battisti joined as a volunteer. In 1916 he was captured, sentenced and executed by the Austrians.
For his courage and sacrifice Cesare Battisti was awarded the “Medaglia d’Oro al Valor Militare”.