Who’s who in Abruzzo
Abruzzo is a land offering very different natural landscapes, from large natural parks to the coast on the sea.
Many famous people are born in Abruzzo:
– One of the three canonical poets of Latin literature along with Virgil and Horace, the poet Publius Ovidius Naso known as Ovid (Sulmona 43 BC – Tomi 17/18 AD),
– Roman Catholic priest Camillus de Lellis (Bucchianico 1550 – Rome 1614) founder of the Camillians, a religious order dedicated to the care of the sick.
– the statesman Silvio Spaventa (Bomba 1822 – Rome, 1893)
– the astronomers Annibale de Gasparis (Bugnara 1819 – Naples 1892) e Vincenzo Cerulli (Teramo 1859 – Merate 1927).
– the poet Gabriele d’Annunzio (Pescara 1863 – Gardone Riviera 1938)
– the philosopher Benedetto Croce ( Pescasseroli 1866- Naples 1952).
– the political leader, novelist, and short-story writer Ignazio Silone (Pescina 1900 – Geneva 1978).
– the screenwriter and playwright Ennio Flaiano (Pescara 1910 – Rome 1972).
– the singer-songwriter Ivan Graziani (Teramo 1945 – Novafeltria 1997).
– the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sergio Marchionne, (Chieti 1952 – Zurich 2018)
– the porno actor and director Rocco Siffredi, born Rocco Antonio Tano (Ortona 1964).
To be remembered also Nick Fante, the father of the American writer John Fante, emigrated from Torricella Peligna to the United States in 1901, just 21 years old. Since 2006, every year in August Torricella Peligna hosts the John Fante Festival, an international cultural event with meetings with authors, debates and the John Fante literary prize