Partecipanti al Congresso Ginnastico di Venezia del 1869 (Archivio privato). Immagine tratta dal libro "Costantino Reyer e Pietro Gallo" di Crovato e Rizzardini, Marsilio (per gentile concessione degli autori).

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Pietro Gallo nasce a Lissaro di Mestrino, all’epoca in provincia di Vicenza e attualmente di Padova, il 27 dicembre 1841, da Bernardo e Stefania Guerra. Non ci sono precise notizie sulla famiglia anche se si può intuire un’estrazione borghese: il piccolo Pietro viene mandato a studiare a Venezia presso il Liceo-convitto “Santa Caterina” (che dopo il 1866 assumerà il nome di “Marco Foscarini”). È probabile uno spiccato sentimento risorgimentale da parte del giovane Pietro che, nel 1860 — al momento del servizio di leva sotto l’amministrazione austriaca — preferisce fuggire da Venezia per rec

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