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, 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
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
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
Richelmy, Cardinal. Agostino b. November 29, 1850 d. August 10, 1923 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in Turin to a noble family, Agostino Richelmy studied at the local seminary and following his priesthood ordination in April 1873, voluntarily joined the Garibaldian forces in the war of 1866. Joining the teaching faculty of the seminary of Turin, in 1886 he was appointed bishop of the diocese of Ivrea, receiving his episcopal consecration on October 28 of that year. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Turin on September 18, 1897, Pope Leo XIII created him cardinal...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica Santuario della Consolata, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Riemann, Bernhard Georg Friedrich b. September 17, 1826 d. July 20, 1866 Bernhard Riemann has been one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. His contributions span from algebra to analysis, from non-euclidean geometry to topology. After the solution of the Last Theorem of Fermat, the Riemann's Hypothesis on the distribution of the Prime Numbers is the last big problem still open from the 19th century. He spent the last years of his life mainly in Italy, in the disperate tentative to recover from tubercolosys. He passed away in Selasca, Lake Maggiore, assisted...[Read More] (Bio by: Duke) Cimitero di Biganzolo di Selasca, Verbania, Provincia Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piemonte, Italy
Saldarini, Cardinal. Giovanni b. December 11, 1924 d. April 18, 2011 Roman Catholic Cardinal. He is remembered for his tenure as Archbishop of Turin during which time he was custodian of the famous Shroud of Turin. Born in Cantu, he was educated at Venegono and in Milan prior to his ordination as a priest on May 31, 1947. After teaching in Desio he held a professorship at the Seminary of Venegono from 1952 thru 1967 then served as a parish priest of the Milan Archdiocese until 1982. Consecrated Bishop on November 10, 1984, he was Auxiliary of Milan until...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Tamagno, Francesco b. December 28, 1850 d. August 31, 1905 Opera singer. A dramatic tenor, he sang in most of the world's leading operatic venues during the late 1800s. Raised in Turin by a middle class restaurant-owning family, Tamagno served in the Italian military then got his professional start with the chorus at his home city's Teatro Regio in 1870, progressing over the next few years to comprimario parts. His first major role was Riccardo in Giuseppe Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" at Palermo's Teatro Bellini in 1874 while his La Scala Milano...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Monumentale di Torino, Turin, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Tenco, Luigi b. March 21, 1938 d. January 26, 1967 Musician. Talented singer and songwriter who committed suicide in his hotel room after knowing that his song had been eliminated from the 17th edition of "Sanremo", the worldwide famous Italian song contest. During that time he was romantically involved with singer/actress Dalida. Among his greatest hits are: "Quando," Vedrai, Vedrai" and "Ciao Amore Ciao." (Bio by: MC) Cimitero di Ricaldone, Ricaldone, Provincia di Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy
Travers, James b. October 6, 1820 d. April 1, 1884 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Cork, Ireland, he was a Colonel in the 2nd Bengal Native Infantry, Bengal Army. On July 1, 1857, the Indore Presidency post was suddenly attacked by Holkar's Troops. Colonel Travers with only five men to support him, charged to enable many Europeans to escape from actual slaughter. Even having his horse shot from under him and wounded, he commanded the Bhopal Artillery to man their guns which saved the lives of many persons. For most prestigious...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Municipal Ossuary, Pallanza, Provincia Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Grave is not marked.
Varzi, Achille b. July 7, 1904 d. July 1, 1948 Auto Race Car Driver. Born in Galliate (NO), Novara, Piedmont, Italy, he was the son of a prosperous textile manufacturer. As with many racing drivers, he began with racing motorcycles until he progressed to four wheels in 1928 where for the next ten years, he would rival Tazio Nuvolari. One of his big victories came in the prestigious Targa Florio, where he would beat the favorite Louis Chiron. After racing Alfa Romeo cars he moved to Auto Union in 1935. His driving became overshadowed by...[Read More] (Bio by: Paul Narramore) Cimitero di Galliate, Galliate, Provincia di Novara, Piemonte, Italy
Zerba, Cardinal. Cesare b. April 15, 1892 d. July 11, 1973 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Castelnuovo Scrivia, Cesare Zerba entered seminary in Stazzano, later moving to that of Tortona. Pursuing his studies at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare and the University of Pavia, he was ordained priest in July 1915 and soon went on the serve as a military chaplain in the midst of the Great War. Staff member of the Sacred Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments between 1924 and 1939, Zerba was named undersecretary of the Sacred...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Parrocchia Santi Pietro e Paolo, Castelnuovo Scrivia, Provincia di Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Cappella del Suffragio.