The monument to the irredentist Nazario Sauro in Trieste/Trst was unveiled in 1966 on the 50th anniversary of his death. Nazario was born in Koper/Capodistria, which was under Austria-Hungary. Nevertheless, he always fought for Istria, formerly in Venetian possession, to become part of the Kingdom of Italy. When World War I broke out, he volunteered for the Italian Navy. In 1916, during a sabotage mission, his boat crashed into a rock. He was imprisoned and soon identified as a traitor to Austria-Hungary. He was sentenced to death in Pula.
Together with Guglielmo Oberdan and Cesare Battisti, he is mentioned in a patriotic song “La Leggenda del Piave” (The Piave Legend). Sauro received posthumously Gold Military Merit Medal.
The monument of Nazario Sauro stands in front of Trieste Maritime Station (Molo dei Bersaglieri, 3), not far from Audace pier and Piazza Unità d’Italia.