Dal Pozzo Della Cisterna, Maria Vittoria b. August 9, 1846 d. November 8, 1876 Queen of Spain. An Italian noblewoman. Born Maria Vittoria Carlotta Enrichetta, Princess del Pozzo della Cisterna. She was the daughter of the prince and patriot Carlo Emanuele, a Senator of the Kingdom of Italy and of the Countess Louise de Merode, with her has extinguished the line of Princes della Cisterna. She married in Turin on May 30, 1867 with Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, son of Vittorio Emanuele II, King of Italy. In 1870, following the deposing of Queen Isabella II of Spain, her...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Basilica di Superga, Superga, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Crypt of the Basilica
Fietta, Cardinal. Giuseppe b. November 6, 1883 d. October 1, 1960 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Ivrea born Giuseppe Fietta was ordained priest on November 4, 1906. Secretary to the bishop of Alghero, Oristano and Cagliari between 1907 and 1923, he was named rector of the seminary of Alghero and canon of its cathedral chapter before being appointed secretary and successively chargé d'affaires of the apostolic nunciature in Costa Rica by the Holy See in 1924. Pope Pius XI elected him archbishop of the titular see of Sardica on March 30, 1926 and appointed him...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Duomo di Ivrea, Ivrea, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Fossati, Cardinal. Maurilio b. May 24, 1876 d. March 30, 1965 Roman Catholic Cardinal. One of ten children of a steamboat operator, Maurilio Fossati entered seminary in Novara and was ordained priest in November 1898 by Msgr. Edoardo Pulciano, bishop of Novara, whom he had been serving as a secretary for a year. Moving with the named bishop to Genoa following the latter's appointment to the archbishopric of the local metropolitan see, Pulciano's sudden death made Fossati return to Novara where he eventually joined the Oblates of Saints Charles and...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica Santuario della Consolata, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Gamba, Cardinal. Giuseppe b. April 25, 1857 d. December 26, 1929 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of the hamlet of San Giulio in San Damiano d'Asti, Giuseppe Gamba came from a family of modest share croppers, who was raised along with his two younger sisters by their mother Lucia, who upon the death of her husband worked on the fields and as a laundrywoman in order to support her family. Being unable to cover Giuseppe's seminary expenses, it was Don Giovanni Bosco, founder of the Salesians and future saint, who took care of his studies, who after learning...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Ghione, Emilio b. July 30, 1879 d. January 7, 1930 Italian silent film actor, director and screenwriter. Born Emilio Luigi Carlo Giuseppe Maria Ghione, best known for being the creator and interpreter of the Za la Mort character. He was one of the most significant personalities of the Italian silent cinema. Son of a painter of considerable quality, Giovanni began as a painter and miniaturist. He made his debut in cinema in 1909, holding positions of stuntman. After working for a short time at the Itala Films, the production company of Giovanni...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Parco di Torino, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Giolitti, Giovanni b. October 27, 1842 d. July 17, 1928 Italian Statesman. President of the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Italy. In the political history of United Italy, his stay as head of government was one of the longest. The historical period during which he exercised his political leadership on Italy is nowadays called Giolitti era. He was one of the liberal politicians more engaged in the extension of the base of the newly Italian democratic unitary state, and in economic modernization, industrial and cultural policy of the Italian...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cavour Cemetery, Cavour, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Levi, Primo Michele b. July 31, 1919 d. April 11, 1987 Author. Born in Turin, Italy, he was a member of Anti-fascist resistance during World War II. When captured, he was deported by the Nazis to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland in 1944, spending eleven months there until it was liberated by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. He wrote of his experiences, and his books detailed the atrocities of the Nazis in the death camps in works such as "Se Questo è un Uomo" (If This Is a Man), "La Tregua," "Storie Naturalli," "Vizio di Forma," "La Ricerca...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimitero Monumentale di Torino, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Levi-Montalcini, Dr. Rita b. April 22, 1909 d. December 30, 2012 Scientist, Physician. Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology. She conducted experiments from a home laboratory, studying the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos, which laid the groundwork for much of her later research. (She described this experience decades later in the science documentary film Death by Design/The Life and Times of Life and Times (1997), which also features her identical twin sister Paola, who had entered a decades-long career in the arts.) Her first genetics laboratory was in...[Read More] Cimitero Monumentale di Torino, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Family tomb
Liedholm, Nils b. October 8, 1922 d. November 5, 2007 Olympic Athlete, Professional Soccer Coach. Born in Valdemarsvik, Sweden, he was the captain of the Swedish National Team that won the gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, and a silver medal at the 1958 World Cup in Stockholm, Sweden. As a member of the Swedish National Team, he appeared in 23 international matches scoring 11 goals. From 1949 to 1961 he played in Italy, helping AC Milan to win Italian championships during the 1951, 1955, 1957 and 1959 seasons. During his...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Cimitero Monumentale di Torino, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Family tomb Gabotto di San Giovanni, along with his wife
Macario, Erminio b. May 27, 1902 d. March 26, 1980 Actor. One of the best known figures of Italian theater and motion pictures, his career began in the 1920s, touring with secondary companies of northern Italy. Born in Turin, Italy, he is remembered for his massive revues, comedies and movies production spanning five decades. He worked along with personalities such as Wanda Osiris, Isa Bluette, Isa Barzizza, Raffaella Carrà, Sandra Mondaini, Totò (Antonio De Curtis) and Margherita Fumero. (Bio by: Luca Cottone) Cimitero Monumentale di Torino, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Section A, Plot A60
Majorian, Julius Valerius b. November, 420 d. August 7, 461 Roman Emperor. He was born into an influential family in 420 AD and had a successful military career under the Emperor Aetius until he was forced to retire due to his unpopularity with the Emperor's wife. He was recalled to military service after Aetius died and was later raised to the rank of patrician by the Eastern Emperor Leo who then nominated him as Western Emperor, probably on the advice of the powerful general Ricimer. His first act as Emperor was to put down an uprising in Gaul by...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Tomb of Majorian, Alessandria, Provincia di Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy
Marchisano, Cardinal. Francesco b. June 25, 1929 d. July 27, 2014 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Racconigi, Francesco Marchisano frequented the seminaries of Giaveno, Chieri, Turin, Rivoli Torinese, and the Lombard of Rome prior to his ordination in June 1952 in Turin. Moving to Rome for a brief period in order to further his studies, Cardinal Giuseppe Pizzardo soon had him called to the Sacred Congregation of Seminaries and Universities in 1956, which led him to spend the rest of his lifetime in Rome. First assigned with the European countries and...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Racconigi, Racconigi, Provincia di Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Tomba del Clero.
of Sardinia, Victor Amadeus II b. May 14, 1666 d. October 31, 1732 King of Sicily and Sardinia. Victor Amadeus of Savoy, only child of Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy, and his second wife Marie Jeanne of Savoy, was born at the Royal Palace of Turin in Italy. After the death of his father in 1675, his mother assumed power as regent. King Louis XIV of France arranged his marriage to Anne Marie d'Orléans. The proxy marriage took place on April 10, 1684 in Versailles. The couple met for the first time on May 6th, the day of their wedding in Savoy. That year...[Read More] (Bio by: Anne Philbrick) Basilica di Superga, Superga, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Pellegrino, Cardinal. Michele b. April 25, 1903 d. October 10, 1986 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The only child of Giuseppe Pellegrino, a bricklayer, and his wife Angela Ristorti, who died of typhus only four months after delivering her child, Michele Pellegrino was born in Roata Chiusani and received his priestly formation at the seminary of Fossano. During this period, he rendered military service in Mantova between March 1923 and April 1924. Ordained priest on September 19, 1925 in Centallo by Monsignor Quirico Travaini, he frequented the Università Cattolica...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Roata Chiusani, Provincia di Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Family Vault.
Perosi, Cardinal. Carlo b. December 18, 1868 d. February 22, 1930 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The elder brother of renowned sacred music composer Msgr. Lorenzo (1872-1956), Carlo Perosi entered seminary in his native Tortona, later furthering his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome and the Collegio Lombardo. Ordained priest on November 8, 1891, he was named faculty member at the seminary of Tortona of which he also served as vice-rector. Appointed counselor adjunct for the Provincial Councils in Rome on September 21, 1904, he served as...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Tortona, Tortona, Provincia di Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Beside His Brother, Monsignor Lorenzo.
Pininfarina, Sergio b. September 8, 1926 d. July 3, 2012 Automobile Designer, Italian Senator. Pininfarina, whose very name is synonymous with exotic automobile design, was chairman of the company that his father founded in 1930. He obtained a degree in mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin in 1950 and assumed control of the design studios upon his fathers death. The company climbed to prominence in the 50s for cutting-edge and elegant designs for among such automakers as Ferrari, Maserati, Roll-Royce, Cadillac, Jaguar, Volvo...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Monumentale di Torino, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Raimondi, Cardinal. Luigi b. October 25, 1912 d. June 24, 1975 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Lussito, Acqui Terme, Luigi Raimondi entered seminary in Acqui, later furthering his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran Athenaeum and the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Ordained priest in Acqui on June 6, 1936, he served as secretary of apostolic nunciature in Guatemala between 1938 and 1942. Named Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness on March 3, 1939, he acted as auditor of the apostolic delegation in the United States of America from 1942 until...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Comunale di Acqui Terme, Acqui Terme, Provincia di Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Family Vault.