An image of the front page of Il Secolo, showing depictions of Carnevale


Il Secolo


Site Creator

Dr. Silvia Valisa

Florida State University Libraries


Founded in 1866 by publisher Edoardo Sonzogno, Il secolo is a 4 page political daily that introduced many technological and thematic innovations in Italian journalism. In the space of a decade, it became the most widely read national daily across the country, reaching print runs up to 300,000 copies during the 1870s and 1880s. Its democratic, republican and anticlerical leanings made it an important voice of modernity in the Liberal years. The new century brought an increasing challenge in readership and political influence by the more conservative daily Corriere della sera. The paper was sold to the daily La Sera in 1927; La Sera-Il Secolo closed in 1945.

This website provides information about the digitized newspapers made available through DigiNole: FSU’s Digital Repository.