Said high school, initially without name, without a fixed site and with few students, became a big school destined to best receive and forge the children of the new society, the new clerk and executive class flowing into the new capital, i.e. The city of Rome of century’s end, that fatigued to support the weight of its vertigo and chaotic growth.
The “Orlandi” – report his contemporaries – knows how to be the right, severely but affectionate educator, worries that the student’s education is open and modern without abstruse minding and teaching rigidity.
He selects the teachers but he does not get tired of recommending love for the young people entrusted to them. He calls for parents to participate in the educational work and to him and to his school all parents would like to entrust their children.
He is the headmaster -we could say- that to great humanity, intelligent and non-wiggy education combines a nearly missionary vocation, inspired by Italian “Risorgimento” ideals.
Significantly, Venerio Orlandi dies just as many of his former students are called to the war, that Great War that will hit a heavy blow to the Italian based Risorgimento State, to which through his school he had relentless given ideas and energies to.
The newspapers will heavily commemorate the “valiant and wise ruler of the Regio Liceo Tasso”. At the burials at the Roman Church of the Sacred Heart will take part, together with a large crowd of his students, teachers and authorities, the Prime Ministry Salandra and the Minister of Internal affairs Grippo. Venerio Orlandi is buried in Montescdudo-Monte Colombo (Fo).
He left many philological writings and, among the schoolbooks, the lucky “Young Philologist”. It is also worth remembering its historical memory on the Torquato Tasso Rome Gymnasium. A tombstone remembers his “dear and good image” in the atrium of that school up to date.
At Montecosaro, however, there is no visible sign left of his existence, except his signature, to the most unknown, at the foot of the commemorative plaque (1893) of Mayor Malerbi located in the City Hall. On the contrary, the ancient memory of the affection of his relatives to the news that Venerio, called to give lectures to Jolanda of Savoy, had had lunch with the King will endlessly continue to be handed down to posterity.
Why in his native town no one ever thought about giving him a plate or a road to remember his name, it is hard to understand but it may be never too late.