Albanese, Francesco b. August 13, 1912 d. June 11, 2005 Opera Singer. A lyric tenor, he had a two decade-long career that saw him perform in a number of leading venues. A native of Naples, he initially studied in Boston where he won a major vocal competition, then in Rome with Francesco Salfi. Albanese began performing Neapolitan Songs, for which he was known throughout his life, and cut his first records around 1937. He made his June 10, 1940 operatic bow as Evander from Gluck's "Alceste" at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, then remained at that theatre...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Flaminio, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Aleramo, Sibilla b. August 14, 1876 d. January 13, 1960 Author, Social Reformer. Born Rina Faccio in Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy, her first novel, "A Woman" was published in 1906 and republished in 1973. It gained wide acclaim for it's autobiographical telling the story of her escape from a forced marriage to a man who had raped her and of her struggle to live independently as a woman and a writer at the beginning of the twentieth century. Her other works include "Diary of a Woman," "Moving and Being," "The Crossing" and "Letters." (Bio by: MC) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Section 61
Allegri, Gregorio b. 1582 d. February 7, 1652 Singer, Composer. Born in Rome, he sang tenor at the Cathedral in Fermo from 1607 until 1628, when he joined Rome's prestigious Papal Choir. It was for this group that he composed his famous "Miserere" (c. 1636). It has been sung at the Sistine Chapel during Holy Week every year since. The Vatican refused to let Allegri publish the "Miserere" and its mysterious harmonies were kept a closely guarded secret until 1770, when a 14 year-old Wolfgang Mozart wrote it down from memory after hearing...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa Nuova, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Chapel of St. Philip Neri
Allemand-Lavigerie, Cardinal. Charles Martial b. October 31, 1825 d. November 26, 1892 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Bayonne, Charles Martial Allemand-Lavigerie was ordained priest on June 2, 1849 in Paris and for almost seven years he lectured at the theological faculty of Paris and later at the university of Sorbonne, of which he was named titular of the chair of Church history. Director of 'L'Oeuvre des Écoles d'Orient', Lavigerie was soon decorated with the Légion d'honneur, appointed auditor of the Sacred Roman Rota and named domestic prelate of His Holiness on...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Maison Généralice Missionnaires d'Afrique, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Crypt Of The General Curia Of The Society Of The Missionaries Of Africa.
Almirante, Italia b. June 4, 1890 d. September 16, 1941 Actress. Considered one of the great divas of the Italian silent cinema, she was born into a family of actors. Beginning her career at a young age she started performing with various theatrical companies. She made her film debut starring in the film "Maria di Magdala" (1910) directed by Mario Caserini, which was followed by films such as "Il poverello di Assisi" (1911) and "Sul sentiero della vipera" (1912). The fame came with the film "Cabiria" (1914) by Giovanni Pastrone, which...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Andreotti, Giulio b. January 14, 1919 d. May 6, 2013 Italian Statesman. He will be remembered for being one of the leading exponents of the party of Democrazia Cristiana and as protagonist of Italian and international political life throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Graduated in Law in 1941 at the Università La Sapienza in Rome, he was a member of the Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana, Director of the Catholic magazine Azione Fucina and from 1946, youngest deputy of the Constituent Assembly of Italy. During his...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Angelico, Fra b. 1395 d. February 18, 1455 Early Italian Renaissance Artist. Known to contemporaries as Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (Brother John of Fiesole) and Fra Giovanni Angelico (Angelic Brother John), he was born Guido di Pietro at Rupecanina, in the Mugello region of the then Republic of Florence, in present-day Italy. Nothing is known of his childhood or his parents. In October 1417 he joined a religions confraternity at the Santa Maria del Carmine Church in Florence under his birth name. By this time he was already recognized as a...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Anterus Roman Catholic Pope. Anterus served as Pope from November 21, 235 until his death on January 3, 236. It is thought that he was martyred for having ordered a collection of the acts of the Martyrs to be made and included in the archives of the church. He was the first Pope to be buried in the Catacombs of Saint Callistus. In the 16th century what was left of his ashes were removed to the Church of San Silvestro in Capite at the direction of Pope Clement VIII. (Bio by: Saratoga) Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: AKA-Catacombs of Saint Callistus on the Appian Way
Antonelli, Cardinal. Giacomo b. April 2, 1806 d. November 6, 1876 Roman Catholic Cardinal. An Italian lay Cardinal who served among others as Papal Secretary of State from 1848 until his death, Giacomo Antonelli played a key role in Italian politics, resisting the Unification of Italy and effecting Roman Catholic interests in European affairs, leading thus many to call him the "Italian Richelieu". A native of Sonnino, near Terracina, he came from a then recently enriched family of merchants. Receiving his education at the Collegio Romano, the Seminario Romano...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Family Chapel.
Augusta, Livia Drusilla Born in 58 B.C. to a powerful and ancient Claudian family, and later married to Cesar Octavian. She was the first woman in Roman history to be actively and influentially involved in all major decisions during her husband's 45-year reign. She was extraordinarily wealthy, and managed her property and assets carefully. Her husband elevated her above all others when he placed statues of her around the city. Her grace, charm and wit served him well in diplomatic affairs. She was considered the...[Read More] (Bio by: Amorifera) Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy GPS coordinates: 41.9061089, 12.4763899 (hddd.dddd)
Aurelius, Marcus Roman Emperor and Philosopher. He was born in 121 AD, and, along with Lucius Verus, he was adopted as a son of heir the Emperor Antoninus Pius in 138 AD. As a young man he studied philosophy, particularly the stoic Epicetus, and was made consul for the first time in 140 AD. On Pius's death in 161 AD he and Verus were made joint Emperors, with Verus commanding the legions in the east and Aurelius ruling from Rome. He passed laws to improve the situation of slaves, widows and children and...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Hadrian, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Baduario, Cardinal. Bonaventura b. June 22, 1332 d. July 10, 1381 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born to a noble family in Padova, many are the forms in which his name is presented by his biographers. Known as the "Cardinal of Padua", having entered the Order of the Eremites of Saint Augustine at a very early age, he started his career as a professor at the University of Paris. Pope Innocent VI entrusted him with the foundation of a college at the University of Bologna. Elected prior general of his Order in Verona on May 17, 1377, Pope Gregory XI sent him as his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica di Sant'Agostino, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Cappella di San Nicola da Tolentino.
Balbinus Roman Emperor. He was born into a patrician family in approximately 165 AD and served twice as consul, in 203 AD and 211 AD, when he was colleague to the Emperor Caracalla. He acquired a reputation as a poet, orator and magistrate, before serving on a committee to co-ordinate operations against Maximinus Thrax on behalf of the joint Emperors Gordian I and Gordian II. The senate then voted him co-Emperor with Pupianus, with the young Gordian III as their colleague. Pupianus oversaw the campaign...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Via Appia, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Tomb of Babinus
Barbato, Elisabetta b. September 11, 1921 d. February 1, 2014 Opera Singer. A dramatic soprano who performed in major venues on both sides of the Atlantic, she is perhaps best remembered for interpreting the title heroine of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca". Raised in Rome from early childhood, she began her vocal training in 1939 with Maria Angucci in Bologna, continued with Luigi Ricci in Rome, made her December 25, 1944 professional bow as Garsenda in a Rome Opera production of Riccardo Zandonai's "Francesca di Rimini", and in 1946 provided Anna Magnani's...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Baronio, Cardinal. Cesare b. October 31, 1538 d. June 30, 1607 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Sora born Cesaro Baronio came from a rich Neapolitan family. Receiving his early education in Veroli, he moved to Naples in order to study law and successively to Rome. There he met Saint Philip Neri who soon became his spiritual father. Moving into his Oratory at the church of San Girolamo della Carità, he resigned a captainship in Parma and an abbey in Sora in order to remain with him. Ordained priest on May 27, 1564, he eventually took up residence adjacent to the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa Nuova, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Cappella Spada.
Becker, Cardinal. Karl Josef b. April 18, 1928 d. February 10, 2015 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Cologne born Karl Josef Becker received his first education at the local Dreikönigsgymnasium before entering the Society of Jesus on April 3, 1948. Following his novitiate in Cologne, he studied philosophy at the Jesuit University of Pullach between 1950 and 1953 and later theology at the University for Philosophy and Theology Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt from 1955 to 1959. Ordained priest in the latter city on July 31, 1958, he furthered on with his studies up to 1965...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Sacello dei Gesuiti.
Bellezza, Dario b. September 5, 1944 d. March 31, 1996 Poet, Author. Bellezza wrote fiction, plays and poetry, for which he won the 'Viareggio Prize' in 1976. He was writing a book, "My AIDS," about his struggle with the disease, when he died. About Bellezza's first volume, "Invectives and Licenses." In 1971, Pier Paoolo Pasolini wrote: "Here is the best poet of the new generation." Death and rebellion against the conventions of society were frequent themes in his work. (Bio by: MC) Campo Cestio, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy