, Saint. Petronius d. 450 (circa) Roman Catholic Saint, Patron Saint of Bologna. Believed to be a Roman official who visited the holy land. The visits that he made influenced him to enter the priesthood and he became bishop of Bologna in about 432. His main achievements were the repair of many buildings and churches destroyed by the Goths and the building of the monastery of Santo Stefano. His feast day is celebrated on 4 October. His tomb is modelled on the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Abbazia di Santo Stefano, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: In the church of San Sepolcro
Alexander V b. 1339 d. May 3, 1410 Roman Catholic Antipope. Born Petros Philarges on the island of Crete, he entered the Franciscan order at a young age. While he was studying in Paris, France the Roman Catholic Church split, known as the Great Schism, which resulted in two Popes. In 1405 Petros was created Cardinal by Pope Innocent VII and spent the majority of his time campaigning for the re-unification of the church. In 1409 the Council of Pisa was held and they elected Petros as Pope Alexander V, deposing the rival Popes...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica di San Francesco, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Bacciochi, Elisa b. January 3, 1777 d. August 7, 1820 French Nobility. Sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. Born Maria Anna Bonaparte in Ajaccio, Corsica. Married Felix Pasquale Bacciochi on 1st May 1797 in Marseille. Napoleon made her princess of Piombino and Lucca (1805) and grand duchess of Tuscany (1809). Elisa was a competent administrator and was admired for her intelligence. After Waterloo she lived in retirement and died in Trieste. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Banchieri, Adriano b. September 3, 1568 d. 1634 Composer, Theorist, Author. A versatile figure of the early Baroque era. Along with Orazio Vecchi he was the leading creator of "Madrigal Comedies", a popular Italian theatre genre of the 1600s. Once considered a forerunner of opera, these entertainments presented groups of related songs to tell a story without plot or staging, and were closer in spirit to musical comedy or cabaret revue. Banchieri wrote the music and texts for 12 such comedies, and their earthy humor is still ingratiating...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di San Bernardo, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Bassi, Ugo b. August 12, 1800 d. August 8, 1849 Italian Patriot. Joining the Barnabite order after an unsuccessful love story, he was an ardent follower of Giuseppe Garibaldi in his fight for Italian independence. Known to have endangered his life several times while assisting the wounded under heavy fire, after a long search, he was captured along with count Giovanni Livraghi near Comacchio and escorted to Bologna by Austrian troops. Convicted by a military tribunal with having been caught carrying arms, both men were executed by firing...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Biffi, Cardinal. Giacomo b. June 13, 1928 d. July 11, 2015 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of a bookbinder, Giacomo Biffi was born in Milan and entered seminary there. Obtaining a licentiate and a doctorate in theology, he was ordained priest by Blessed Cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster in his native city on December 23, 1950. Appointed to the teaching staff of the seminary of Milan, in 1960 he was named pastor of the populous parish of Ss. Martiri Anauniani of Legnano, a position he held until 1969 when he was transferred to the parish of Sant'...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di San Pietro, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Galvani, Luigi b. September 9, 1737 d. December 4, 1798 Scientist. His name is the origin of the word ‘galvanize’. In 1755 he began studying at the University of Bologna in the Faculty of Medicine, graduating in 1759. He was appointed lecturer in anatomy at the University. He married Lucia Galleazzi in 1764, the only daughter of Professor Galeazzi of the Bologna Academy of Science. Lucia was a modern woman who assisted Galvani in his experiments. Galvani began to experiment with muscular stimulation by electrical means. His notebooks indicate that...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Corpus Domini, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Gobatti, Stefano b. July 14, 1852 d. December 17, 1913 Composer. He gained fleeting celebrity with his first opera, "I Goti" ("The Goths", 1873). Gobatti is a sad footnote in the history of 19th Century Italian music. Much like the "one-hit wonders" of today's pop music world, he was exploited by a cynical entertainment business and then cast aside when he failed to live up to his hype. He came to believe his own publicity and it ruined his life. Born into a peasant family in Italy's Rovigo province, Gobatti studied music with composer Lauro Rossi...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Terza Sala del Colombario.