Giovanni Falcone was a famous Italian public prosecutor. He spent most his life fighting against the huge power of Mafia in Sicily. Thanks to his tireless effort, he was able to put to trial many leaders of this criminal organization. For this reason, Sicilian Mafia sentenced him to death. After two failed attempts, Falcone was killed, together with his wife, on May 1992, on the motorway near the small town of Capaci. Together with his friend Paolo Borsellino, he is one of the main victims of the war between the Italian State and the counter-state represented by Mafia.
Rita Levi Montalcini
Rita Levi Montalcini was a brilliant Italian scientist; she was born in Turin in 1909 to a wealthy Jewish family. She died in Rome some months ago. She was specialized in neurology and received the 1986 Nobel prize in Medicine for her discovery of nerve growth factor. She was a senator for life in Italy. In addition, she had been the oldest living Nobel laureate and the first ever to reach a 100th birthday.
Roberto Benigni is a widely-acclaimed Italian actor and director. He was born in a small town near Arezzo in 1952. He is very famous abroad for his masterpiece «La vita è bella». The movie, for which Benigni won three Oscar awards, deals with Nazi concentration camps, focusing on victims’ lives. He is appreciated for his social commitment and for his televised lectures on Dante’s Divina Commedia and on the Italian Constitution.