Jules Mazarin (July 14, 1602 – March 9, 1661), born Giulio Raimondo Mazarino, was an Italian cardinal, diplomat, and politician, who served as the chief minister of France from 1642 until his death. Mazarin succeeded his mentor, Cardinal Richelieu. He was a noted collector of art and jewels, particularly diamonds, and he bequeathed the "Mazarin diamonds" to Louis XIV in 1661, some of which remain in the collection of the Louvre museum in Paris.
Corrado Bafile (July 4, 1903 – February 3, 2005) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints from 1975 to 1980, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1976. At the time of his death, he was the oldest member of the College of Cardinals.
Benedetto Croce (February 25, 1866 – November 20, 1952) was an Italian critic, idealist philosopher, and occasionally also a politician. He wrote on numerous topics, including philosophy, history, methodology of history writing and aesthetics, and was a prominent liberal, although he opposed laissez-faire free trade. His influence on Antonio Gramsci is quite notable.
Ottaviano Del Turco is an Italian politician. After a career in trade unionism in the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) Del Turco rose to the top of Bettino Craxi's Italian Socialist Party (PSI) before it was swept away in the Tangentopoli scandals of 1992-94. Del Turco was the president of the Antimafia Commission in December 1996 until May 2000. He was minister of Finance from 2000-2001.
Giuliano Zaccardelli, COM is a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer who was the Commissioner of the RCMP from September 2, 2000 to December 15, 2006. Zaccardelli's departure from the RCMP was linked to the force's involvement in the Maher Arar Affair. He was subsequently impugned during inquiries into irregularities in the management of the RCMP's pension and insurance fund.
Dalmazio Santini was an Italian-born U.S. composer. Born in Capestrano, in the Abruzzo province of Italy, Santini immigrated to the United States at the age of 14, where he attended public schools in White Plains, New York. He was inducted into the U.S. Armed Forces and served in World War II, eventually settling in Valhalla, New York. Following the war, the G.I. Bill of Rights allowed him the opportunity to study composition at Manhattanville College and the Mannes College of Music.
Luciano Zauri (born 20 January 1978) is an Italian footballer who plays for Sampdoria, on loan from Lazio. He is a versatile and powerful full back. He is right footed but is particularly noted for some excellent performances at left back. He is also adept at playing as a holding midfielder.
Edoardo Scarfoglio (September 26, 1860 – October 6, 1917) was an Italian author and journalist, one of the early practitioners in Italian fiction of realism, a style of writing that embraced direct, colloquial language and rejected the more ornate style of earlier Italian literature.
Andrea Masi (born March 30, 1981) is an Italian rugby union footballer. His usual position is in the centres but he has also played at fly-half and at full-back. He plays for French club Racing Métro. Masi has also been capped for the national team, and was a part of their squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia and the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Masi was born in L'Aquila, Abruzzo.
Maurizio Cocciolone is an Italian Air Force officer, who served with UN Coalition forces and was a prisoner of war during the Gulf War. He was born in L'Aquila, Abruzzo. On the eve of the Operation Desert Storm the Italian government deployed eight Tornado Fighter-bombers on the Gulf Theatre of Operations. On January 16, 1991, coalition forces began concentrated air strikes on Iraqi military targets in Iraq and Kuwait.
Gianni Letta (born April 15, 1935 in Avezzano) is an Italian politician, member of the Forza Italia party. After graduating in law, he started working as a journalist for several daily newspapers, as well as RAI and ANSA. He was editor-in-law of Il Tempo from 1973 to 1987; that year, he left the newspaper in order to enter into the Fininvest group owned by Silvio Berlusconi. He hosted a number of TV programs, especially on Canale 5.
Roberto Ruscitti, is an Italian composer, soloist and pianist, Nationally and internationally recognized for his compositions, and interpretation of Venezuelan folk music. As a matter of fact, one can still regularly hear his Tango In Paradise in Japan. Studied under the tutelage of Vicente Emilio Sojo and Moises Moleiro at the Escuela Nacional de Música de Caracas, Venezuela, and graduates as Soloist and Composer for piano.
Peter of Aquila (Scotellus) was an Italian Friar Minor, theologian and bishop. Peter was born at Aquila in the Abruzzi, Italy, towards the end of the thirteenth century. In 1334 he figures as master of theology and provincial of his order in Tuscany. In 1334 he was appointed confessor of Queen Joan I of Naples and shortly afterwards inquisitor of Florence. His servants having been punished by public authority, the inquisitor excommunicated the priors and placed the town under interdict.
Carlo Festuccia (born 20 June 1980 in L'Aquila) is an Italian rugby union footballer. He started playing in L'Aquila Rugby, then moved to Gran Rugby. With both teams he competed in the Super 10 in Italy. His usual position is as a hooker. Carlo Festuccia has also played for the Italian national team. He made his debut for the national team in a 2003 match against Wales, and was that same year, included in Italy's squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.
Torquato Cardilli, (born November 24, 1942) in L'Aquila province of Italy. Cardilli graduated with a degree in oriental culture and languages from the University of Naples. He was first appointed at the Italian Foreign Ministry’s political office in 1967 and is still in service. During his tenure as the ambassador to Saudi Arabia he converted to Islam.
Maurizio Zaffiri (born 12 January 1978 in L'Aquila) is an Italian rugby player. He started playing with L'Aquila Rugby, reaching the Super 10 club competition. He later moved to Gran Parma and then to Rugby Calvisano. He has also been capped for the Italian national team, making his debut in 2000 against Fiji. His usual position is as a flanker.
Giuseppe Molinari (born January 11, 1938) in Scoppito (Aq) is an Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, currently serving as Archbishop of L'Aquila. Born in Scoppito, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1962. On September 30, 1989, Molinari was appointed Bishop of Rieti by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 8 from Archbishop Mario Peressin, with Bishop Francesco Amadio and Archbishop Cleto Bellucci serving as co-consecrators.
Vito Taccone (May 6, 1940 – October 15, 2007) was an Italian former road cyclist. He was nicknamed the "Abruzzo deer", an allusion to his native region and his capabilities as climber, but also to his ruthless behaviour. Born in Avezzano, he made his professional debut in 1961. In the same year he won the Giro di Lombardia.
Orazio di Santis (active 1568-1577) was an Italian engraver of the Renaissance period. He was probably born in Aquila. He made prints based on designs of Pompeo Aquilano. Also 74 plates of antique statues in Rome, the joint work of Santis and Cherubino Alberti, published in 1584.
Venerable Hildebrand Gregori (1894-1985), was a Roman Catholic Benedictine Abbott. He was born in Poggio Ginolfo, L'Aquila, Italy and died in Rome. In 1950, he formed the organization "Prayerful Sodality" which in 1977 became the Pontifical Congregation of the Benedictine Sisters of the Reparation of the Holy Face. On September 27, 2000 the 50th anniversary of the organization he formed was marked by an official letter from Pope John Paul II to Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini.