, Saint. Ambrose b. 340 d. 397 Archbishop of Milan, Roman Catholic Saint, Patron Saint of Milan. He is remembered as one of the most influential ecclesiastical leaders of the 4th century A.D. and was one of the four original Doctors of the Church. He is also credited with introducing hymnology from the Eastern Church into the West. Born Aurelius Ambrosius around 340 A.D. into a Roman Christian family at Trier, in present-day Germany, his father was the praetorian perfect of Gaul and his mother was an intellectual and pious...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Natural causes Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: In Basilica's crypt, open to public on Ambrose's feast day
, Saint. Augustine b. November 13, 354 d. August 28, 430 Roman Catholic Saint and Bishop of Hippo Regius. He is best remembered as the person who laid the foundation for the development of Western Christianity and philosophy. He was one of the four original Doctors of the Western Church and authored many books, most notably "Confessions of Saint Augustine," City of God," and "On Christian Doctrine." Born Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis or Augustine of Hippo, his father, Patricius, was a pagan and Roman citizen who tended to be violent and loose-...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, Pavia, Provincia di Pavia, Lombardia, Italy Plot: The altar
Ascari, Alberto b. July 13, 1918 d. May 26, 1955 European Race Car Driver. He was born into a motor racing family in Milan, Italy. His famous father Antonio Ascari was killed at the French Grand Prix when he was just seven. Alberto Ascari started his career racing motorcycles and then race cars. World War II interrupted his racing. During the war, Ascari started a road transportation business with a partner and hauled fuel to Musolini's armies in North Africa. Resuming his racing in the postwar, he won 47 international races in 56 starts...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Family
Ascari, Antonio b. September 15, 1888 d. July 26, 1925 Auto Racing Champion. A former car salesman, he began racing professionally in 1919, always driving Alfa Romeos. He won the Italian Grand Prix in 1924 and the European Grand Prix in 1925. Ascari was killed in a crash while competing in the French Grand Prix in July 1925. His son was auto racing legend Alberto Ascari, and the two are buried together. (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Aulenti, Gaetana 'Gae' b. December 4, 1927 d. November 1, 2012 Italian architect and designer. Best known as designer of the Orsay Museum in Paris. Graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan, her career is divided between the university teaching and the design and restructuring of important works, including the "National Museum of Catalan art" in Barcelona, the "Scuderie del Quirinale" in Rome, the Italian Pavilion at EXPO 92 in Sevilla, the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the renovation of...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Basilico, Gabriele b. April 12, 1944 d. February 12, 2013 Photographer. Called the "Genius of the Black and White" because of his photographic technique, he is regarded by many as one of the greatest contemporary documentary photographers and is remembered for his photographic reportages of the urban landscapes of some of the largest cities in the world. After studying architecture in 1973, he started his profession as a photographer dedicating himself to landscape photography and more particularly to architectural photography. In 1982, he achieved...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Battisti, Lucio b. March 5, 1943 d. September 9, 1998 Italian Composer, Songwriter and Record Producer. He is considered the greatest personalities in the history of italian pop music both as composer and performer of his own music, both as songwriter for other artists. His musical career began in 1969, and was full of many successes both nationally and internationally. Songs such as "Acqua azzurra, acqua chiara", "Fiori rosa, fiori di pesco" and "Emozioni" have been shown around the world. He has written over 100 songs, recorded 20 albums and...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Civic Cemetery, Molteno, Provincia di Lecco, Lombardia, Italy
Boito, Arrigo b. February 24, 1842 d. June 10, 1918 Composer, Librettist, Critic. He is remembered today for his opera "Mefistofele" and his collaborations with composer Giuseppe Verdi. Boito was born in Padua, Italy, of Italian-Polish descent. His early musical gifts enabled him to attend the Milan Conservatory on a scholarship and later to study abroad, during which he was introduced to Verdi in Paris. Moving to Milan in 1862, he was a member of the controversial Scapigliatura literary movement and penned sardonic verse condemning...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Corridor B/G. Familiar Grave
Bonetto, Felice b. June 9, 1903 d. November 21, 1953 Auto Race Car Driver. An prewar Alfa Romeo sports car driver, he had an opportunity in the inmediate postwar period with the Cisitalia team. He drove briefly for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. In 1952-53 he drove for Maserati doing a full Formula 1 program before his fatal crash at Mexico driving a Lancia during the Carrera Panamericana. Burial Place (ashes minus heart.):Cimetero Monumentale di Milano.Galleria de Levante, Colombaro No.6 Cassella No.35. (Bio by: 380W) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Borromeo, Saint. Carlo b. October 2, 1538 d. November 3, 1584 Roman Catholic Saint. He was made a Cardinal at age 22 by his uncle, Pope Pius IV. Shortly afterwards he was made Archbishop of Milan, and is best remembered for his work amongst the poor, especially during 1576 when Milan was struck by the plague. He spared no thought for his own health and sort accomodation for the sick and assisted in the burial of the dead. He was canonized in 1st November 1610, and his feast is celebrated on the 4th of November. He is the patron Saint of stomach diseases. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Cathedral of Milan, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Canova da Milano, Francesco b. August 18, 1497 d. January 2, 1543 Lutenist, Composer. Arguably the greatest lute player of the Renaissance, he was called "Il divino" ("The Divine"). Francesco was born in Monza, near Milan. From 1519 he was based in Rome, where he was employed at the Papal Courts of Leo X, Clement VII, and Paul III, as well as by Cardinal Ippolito de' Medici. He maintained close ties with his native region and was appointed a Canon at Milan's Basilica dei SS Apostoli e Nazaro Maggiore, a position he later resigned to marry a wealthy...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala (Defunct), Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Site now the La Scala Opera House
Cavagnis, Cardinal. Felice b. January 13, 1841 d. December 29, 1906 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Bordogna born Felice Cavagnis received his early education at the local school and later in Zogno and Bergamo, where he entered seminary in 1853. Moving to the Pontifical Roman Seminary, he underwent further studies at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum of S. Apollinare, from where he earned his doctorates in philosophy, theology and utroque iure in both civil and canon laws. Ordained priest on September 19, 1863 in Rome, he returned to his native Bergamo where he lectured...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Serina, Serina, Provincia di Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Chapel Of The Cemetery.
Colleoni, Bartolomeo b. 1395 d. November 3, 1475 15th century military leader, mercenary soldier. Hero of medieval wars as general of the Venice's armies. He ordered that a church be built, later named Colleoni chapel. It now holds his majestic grave, admired today by tourist and art- lovers as a true Renaissance jewel. The tomb itself is empty as Colleoni's remains were originally misplaced until 1969, 494 yearsÊafter Colleoni's death. The remains and his armor were placed, under the floor of the chapel, near the tomb. He was rumored to...[Read More] Colleoni Chapel, Bergamo, Provincia di Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy
Confalonieri, Cardinal. Carlo b. July 25, 1893 d. August 1, 1986 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Seveso born Carlo Confalonieri was the son of a cabinet maker. Entering the local seminary in 1904, he successively moved to that of Monza in 1909, later furthering his studies at the Milanese Parini Lyceum and in Rome, at the Pontifical Seminary of Saints Ambrogio e Carlo, known as the Collegio Lombardo and the Pontifical Gregorian University from where he obtained his bachelor's degree in theology in 1913. He then served as infantryman with the Italian Army during the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Seveso, Seveso, Provincia di Monza e della Brianza, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Family Plot.