, Saint. Ambrose b. 340 d. April 4, 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, Città Metropolitana 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
Agliardi, Cardinal. Antonio b. September 4, 1832 d. March 19, 1915 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in Cologno al Serio to an ancient family of Hungarian origins present in the Veneto region since the fourteenth century, Antonio Agliardi received his first education at the Celana College before entering seminary in Bergamo, later heading to Rome where he frequented the Nobile Collegio Cerasoli, the Roman Seminary and the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant'Apollinare, earning doctorates in doctorates in philosophy, theology and utroque iuris in both civil and canon laws...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Osio Sotto, Osio Sotto, Provincia di Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Cappella dei Sacerdoti.
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) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Città Metropolitana di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Family
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, Città Metropolitana 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, Città Metropolitana 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
Bevilacqua, Cardinal. Giulio b. November 14, 1881 d. May 6, 1965 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Longtime confessor of Monsignor Giovanni Battista Enrico Maria Montini, future Blessed Pope Paul VI, Padre Giulio Bevilacqua CO., came from a family of merchants. Born at Isola d'Ischia, he underwent studies at the University of Louvain in Belgium prior to his entry in the Diocesan Seminary of Brescia. Joining eventually the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, through which he was ordained priest on June 13, 1908 in Brescia, he served as military chaplain...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa di S. Antonio della Pace, Brescia, Provincia di Brescia, 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, Città Metropolitana 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, Città Metropolitana 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, Città Metropolitana di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: "Scurolo di San Carlo", Beneath The Main Altar.
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: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala (Defunct), Milan, Città Metropolitana di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Site now the La Scala Opera House
Capovilla, Cardinal. Loris Francesco b. October 14, 1915 d. May 26, 2016 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Pontelongo born Loris Francesco Capovilla was the son of a functionary of the Società Belga Zuccherifici. The latter's early death caused a difficult upbringing to young Loris and his sister Lia, with their mother forced to move from one place to another until settling in Mestre. Entering the Patriarchal Seminary of Venice, he was ordained priest by Cardinal Adeodato Giovanni Piazza OCD., on May 23, 1940. Assigned to both the parish of San Zaccaria and the patriarchal...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Casa S. Egidio di Fontanella, Fontanella, Provincia di Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy