Who is the owner of Rose Island?
Lorenzo Rosa, unlike his father Georgio, says he never had ambitions to create his own micronation. In fact, he’s admits it was “a crazy thing to do… but those years were kind of crazy years”. Bolognese engineer Georgio Rosa founded his own independent state – Rose Island – on 1 May 1968.
Does Rosa island still exist?
Just 55 days after the island’s declaration of independence on 24 June 1968, the Italians sent in military forces to assume control. They destroyed Rose Island on 11 February 1969 using dynamite. Days later, a storm submerged the structure entirely. Today, its remains rest on the seabed of the Adriatic.
Why did they destroy Rose Island?
Viewed by the Italian government as a ploy by Rosa to raise money from tourists while avoiding national taxation, Rose Island was occupied by the Italian police forces on 26 June 1968, subject to naval blockade, and eventually demolished in February 1969.