Aiuti, Cardinal. Andrea b. June 17, 1849 d. April 28, 1905 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Roman born Andrea Aiuti received his education at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, obtaining doctorates in philosophy, theology and canon law. Ordained priest in September 1871, he was named secretary to Msgr. Cesare Roncetti, Apostolic Internuncio in Brazil and later chargÚ d'affaires of the latter internunciature. Attached to the Secretariat for the Affairs of the Oriental Church within the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda Fide and named Privy Chamberlain...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Family Vault.
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, Provincia di Roma, 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, Provincia di Roma, 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, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Chapel of St. Philip Neri
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, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Amendola, Ferruccio b. July 22, 1930 d. September 3, 2001 Actor, dubber. The nephew of director/writer Mario Amendola, he made his cinema debut in the early 1930s. After years of revue stage, cinema and TV, he devoted himself almost exclusively to dubbing and he gave his voice to some of the biggest male stars in Hollywood; including Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the Italian versions of their movies. He also dubbed Sylvester Stallone in the "Rocky" and "Rambo" films and Bill Cosby in his long-running television comedy show. (Bio by: MC) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, 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 UniversitÓ 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, Provincia di Roma, 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, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
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, Provincia di Roma, 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, Provincia di Roma, 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, Provincia di Roma, 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, Provincia di Roma, 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, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
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, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Berlinguer, Enrico b. May 25, 1922 d. June 11, 1984 Enrico Berlinguer was an Italian Politician and National Secretary of the Italian Communist Party (Partito Comunista Italiano or PCI) from 1972, until his death. The son of Mario Berlinguer and Maria Loriga, Enrico Berlinguer was born in Sassari, Italy, to a noble and important Sardinian family, in a notable cultural context and with familial and political relationships that would heavily influence his life and his career. His surname 'Berlinguer' is of Catalan origin, a reminder of the period...[Read More] Cimitero Flaminio, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Bertini, Francesca b. April 11, 1892 d. October 13, 1985 Actress. Born Elena Seracini Vitiello. Described as one of the first divas of cinema. She made her film debut in 1907 with "La Dea del Mare". With the movies "Lucrezia Borgia," "Giulietta e Romeo," and "L'arrivista," Her popularity obtained gigantic dimensions as they are hardly imaginable today. In 1921 she married the Swiss banker Paul Cartier and she retired from the film business. (Bio by: MC) Cimitero Flaminio, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy