"Duke gives up puppet throne". The Tiepolo fresco covering the ceiling below a bathroom also needed work. Glancing around with her wolfish blue eyes, she darts toward it. It is a life, however, that has been made more complicated in the past few years by the fact that members of her family have had their sometimes racy private lives scrutinized by the Italian press. HRH Princess Maria Gabriella 96. “Suddenly we had all this empty space to deal with,” says Bianca. Giberto says his father, a high-ranking officer in the Italian navy, imparted to him an unusually stern education: “I remember him coming into the nursery when we were kids just to make sure I washed with icy cold water, while my sisters were allowed to have warm baths.” He blames that strictness for making him feel what he describes as “a manic pressure and responsibility about keeping up family traditions and a sense of place.” His heightened sense of duty includes a lifelong commitment to holding on to the family palazzo. Eugenio Armando Dondero, spokesman for the Coordinamento Monarchico Italiano, has asked why Amedeo did not claim to be head of the House of Savoy in 1983 when Umberto II died. He is an honorary citizen of the towns of Marigliano, Pantelleria, and Abetone. “I grew up on a farm in Tuscany with my father and my younger brother and sister,” says Bianca, whose parents separated when she was nine. All rights reserved. The magnitude of owning such a grand home, however, became clear three years ago, when the tenants, mostly aristocrats and academics who had occupied the main floor for decades, left. This was not his first brush with the law. From 2003 to 2006, he was president of the committee responsible for the nature reserve on the island of Vivara. He is an Honorary Companion of the Pennsylvania Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, assigned insignia number 21015, as a great-grandson of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris. “Aha!  The swift intervention of another guest, former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, who propped him up, prevented Amedeo from falling to the ground. “Water flooded through the painting and onto the floor. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. Yet it is Giberto who loves to deal with certain details at home: fabrics, perfumes etc. Some rooms are so spacious that the Arrivabene brood—four girls and a boy, ranging in age from six to 16—use them for roller-skating and playing soccer. With the help of friends like painter-in-residence Davide Battistin and several local technicians and craftsmen, the couple restored the palazzo to its original grandeur. Suddenly she stops. HRH The Duke of Aosta He then attended the Naval Academy in Livorno from which he graduated as an officer in the Italian Navy. His father, then king-designate of Croatia, abdicated. “I used to design things for my family and friends,” says Giberto. State proclamation, On termination of Rome treaties, poglavnik Ante Pavelić, Zagreb 10. [St. Petersburg Times]. Although a return to the monarchy in Italy is a most unlikely scenario, leading monarchists have placed Bianca’s father and her brother Aimone, who works in Moscow and is engaged to Olga of Greece, as the first in line of succession to Italy’s throne. “I must tend to the needs of a demanding creature.” That creature is the family palace. p.1., Public proclamation of the "Nova hrvatska dinastija" (new Croatian dynasty) 18 May 1941. Amedeo and Claude officially separated 20 July 1976, obtained a civil divorce 26 April 1982, and an ecclesiastical annulment from the Roman Rota 8 January 1987. Christie’s Venice representative Countess Bianca Arrivabene is the châtelaine of the Palazzo Papadopoli, now also home to the city’s Aman hotel Countess Bianca Arrivabene … After working in advertising in Milan, he jumped at an opportunity in Venice to work for Aon insurance brokers. Although Kyara van Ellinkhuizen, the 39-year-old woman in question, had given multiple interviews about the affair, it was Amedeo’s own confession that caused the greater stir. Princess Mafalda of Savoy-Aosta (b. Florence, 20 September 1969) married firstly on 18 September 1993 in San Giustino Valdarno, Ginevra Maria Gabriella van Ellinkhuizen (b. Milan, 19 March 2006), who was born with, This page was last edited on 7 October 2020, at 22:25. “Venetians would say the Papadopolis were so wealthy, they owned their own wave in the ocean,” says Giberto. Even in Venice, a city not known for architectural demureness, Palazzo Papadopoli is impossible to miss. The 41-year-old Bianca, whom most people call by her first name, is used to taking care of things herself. Amedeo and Claude have three children:. (copy in book dr. Marijan Rogić, Pod Zvonimirovom krunom, sources page XXXIV. Sitting cross-legged on the floor in the unfurnished room under the restored Tiepolo ceiling, Bianca delves into what Venice and this palace mean to her. The gardener must have seen a mouse,” she says, crouching into the shed’s dark recesses and digging out bags of old garbage herself. Ginevra, the Duke’s child with van Ellinkhuizen, is now 18 months old. In 1978 he allegedly shot a 19-year-old German named Dirk Hamer, who died four months afterward. She smells something iffy coming from the shed, she explains. On 30 March 1987 Amedeo married Silvia Paternò di Spedalotto (b. Palermo, 31 December 1953) in the chapel of Villa Spedalotto in Bagheria, Sicily. Only three weeks before Amedeo's birth, Italy had surrendered to the Allies. As for the palazzo, “I love the story,” she says simply. , On 21 May 2004, at a soirée held at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid during the wedding celebrations of the Spanish royal heir apparent, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, Amedeo approached Vittorio Emanuele who reportedly punched him twice in the face, causing him to stumble backward down the steps. , On 22 July 1964 Amedeo married Princess Claude of Orléans (born 11 December 1943) in Sintra, Portugal. The Papadopolis, an industrial dynasty of Greek origin, were so rich that when Napoleon went to Venice, he taxed them 10 times more than he did other aristocratic families. HRH Princess Maria Beatrice. (With his family no longer living there, the palazzo had been divided into apartments.) Thirteen years later, Victor Emmanuel was acquitted in a French court. Amedeo was born at Villa della Cisterna in Florence, the only child of Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, formerly designated king of Croatia as Tomislav II, and of Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark..  Amedeo's claim has also received the support of Vittorio Emanuele's sister, Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy. The second-floor landing of the grand staircase inside the Palazzo Papadopoli. It’s the 18th-century terrazzo floors, the frescoed paintings on the walls and everything else that requires continuous care and attention. The second-floor landing of the grand staircase inside the Palazzo Papadopoli. Bianca planted roses and wisteria in the garden, and the attic became crowded with little Arrivabenes, their voices echoing in the hollow vastness of the rooms below.  Amedeo and Silvia have no children. Back in Venice, life seems to flow more gracefully. “This is a private story,” Bianca concludes, “and, to my eyes at least, a more gripping one.”. In February 2010, the court of Arezzo ruled that the Duke of Aosta and his son must pay damages totalling 50,000 euros to their cousins and cease using the surname Savoy instead of Savoy-Aosta. Sergio Pellecchi, President of the Giunta of the Chivalric Orders of the House of Savoy, has stated that the Council of the Senators of the Kingdom was dissolved in 2002 and that it never had any authority in matters of the succession. In June 2006 scandal struck again. Meanwhile, Bianca has learned to distance herself from the complexities of her clan’s emotionally charged history. 32.5k Followers, 1,988 Following, 1,195 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Viola Arrivabene (@lolaarrivabene) Married to Bianca di Savoia Aosta, Giberto has four daughters and one son, who is the youngest. “He’s terrified of them, so whenever he sees one, I have to clean up and make sure there are none left before he resumes his job.”. Povijest hrvatskotalijanskih odnosa u prvoj polovici XX.st. Victor Emmanuel was indicted and imprisoned for several weeks, but the charges were subsequently dropped. “One day I left the tap running,” Bianca recalls, still cringing. 21 August 1943. p. 10. Their presence quickly transformed the rambling palace into a comfortable home. He is involved in various agricultural activities including the production of wine marketed under the name Vini Savoia Aosta. She is the second eldest child of Count Gilberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga (b.1961) and Princess Bianca of Savoy-Aosta (b.1966). The Papadopolis bought two smaller palaces next door and tore them down in order to make space for a garden and a new wing. “I was nine years old and living in Rome when my father died,” says Giberto, whom friends and family call Gibi. Until 7 July 2006, Amedeo was styled Duke of Aosta; on that date he declared himself Duke of Savoy, a title that is disputed between him and his third cousin, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples. A series of large glasses displaying the facade of a Venetian palazzo are hand-engraved using a painstakingly slow technique that is nearly extinct. With five children and a successful career as chief representative of Christie’s in the Veneto region, she leads a full life. Women are still his universe. She lives with her mother and has been officially recognized as the Duke of Aosta’s daughter. Vera dei Conti Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga was born at Samedan, Switzerland, on 18 August 1993. “By that time most of the Papadopoli and Arrivabene fortunes had been dispersed. With its 21,000-square-foot interior, it’s the largest private palazzo on the Grand Canal and one of the largest in Venice. Since 1997, Amedeo has been president of the International Foundation Pro Herbario Mediterraneo. ), Zagreb 2007. Miles of delicate stucco decorations on the walls were repaired and cleaned. At 18, Giberto persuaded a bank to give him a huge mortgage in order to repair the palazzo’s leaking roof, which in turn gave him leverage to renegotiate rental fees with his tenants. September 1943. Prince Victor Emmanuel IV of Savoy, a cousin on Bianca’s father’s side and the would-be king of Italy, was torpedoed by accusations regarding financial corruption and an involvement with illegal gambling and prostitution. On a recent morning in Venice, Countess Bianca di Savoia Aosta Arrivabene, a descendant of what used to … By then, most of the palace’s furniture and paintings had been sold in an effort to keep up with the exorbitant expense of owning a palazzo in Venice. Amedeo has a daughter with Kyara van Ellinkhuizen, born outside of wedlock: Amedeo and his wife Silvia live in the village of San Rocco near the town of Castiglion Fibocchi in Tuscany (about 15 km northwest of Arezzo). Always close to the head of the Savoy dynasty, ex-King Umberto II, Amedeo was long viewed by Italian royalists as a likely claimant to the throne if Umberto's own son failed to live up to monarchist expectations. Munchen 2008. vojvoda od Spoleta. “My mind, these days, is focused on a much more interesting issue,” she says, half jokingly. “Nicolò Papadopoli, a forebear of my father, bought this palace in the middle of the 19th century and transformed it completely,” says Bianca’s husband of 19 years, Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, whose long name mirrors an equally complex family history that goes back 800 years. On a recent morning in Venice, Countess Bianca di Savoia Aosta Arrivabene, a descendant of what used to be the Italian royal family, is watering the roses in her palatial garden. Eight of them were family members, and the rest were servants and craftsmen. She helped him move indoors and stanched his bleeding facial wound until first aid was administered. A descendant of the first king of Italy, the Duke of Aosta belongs to what is commonly considered the most aristocratic—and best-looking—branch of the former royal family. , Although many monarchists transferred their allegiance to Prince Amedeo at some point after King Umberto's death, Aosta has been criticized by other Italian royalists who continue to support Prince Vittorio Emanuele. When Amedeo was only four years old, his father died in exile in Buenos Aires, and he succeeded as Duke of Aosta, Prince della Cisterna e Belriguardo, Marchese di Voghera, and Count di Ponderano.. “It’s part of my mother’s inheritance,” he says, “I consider it a wonderful gift.” But others, including constitutional jurist Guido Locatello, declared the marriage of Vittorio Emanuele to be in violation of Savoy dynastic law years before scandal evoked any clamor for Amedeo to replace him. “I have happy memories of days bicycling in a landscape of wheat fields and olive groves.” Living in Venice, she says, gives her a similar sense of inner joy.  Italy's former ally, Germany, thereupon launched a military operation to occupy Italy. A handsome 46-year-old with a beard and a mane of graying hair, Giberto got himself a real job as soon as he could. Amedeo is a Knight of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation named by Umberto II, a Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, and a Knight of Honor and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem. (Her mother, the beautiful Claude d’Orléans, a descendant of the French royal family, recently married for the third time.) The Unione Monarchica Italiana published in its newsletter, Monarchia Nuova, on 12 February 1987 that the Prince of Naples' marriage to Marina Doria violated the decree of Victor Amadeus III, issued 13 September 1780, regulating the marriages of princes of the blood royal, compelling the Unione to recognise Amedeo as rightful head of the royal house—although at that time Aosta had put forth no public dynastic claim. The turn of events has created a rift within the Italian monarchist movement, rekindling an age-old feud between the two branches of the family, both of which claim their right to the would-be kingdom. The infant Amedeo was arrested by the Nazis along with his mother, aunt, and two cousins, and sent to an internment camp in Austria. Jan 22, 2020 - Explore Queen Elizabeth the Cat's board "Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga" on Pinterest. (Designated Croatian king Tomislav II. “When the demand became greater than expected, we decided to get serious.” Every piece, whether it be a cup, a candleholder or a carafe, is hand-blown in Murano. HRH The Duchess of Aosta, HI&RH The Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este, HRH The Prince of NaplesHRH The Princess of Naples, HRH Princess Maria Pia Duke of Spoleto. 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Rome, 31 May 1991), Maddalena Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (b. Conegliano Veneto, 24 April 2000), Leonardo Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (b. Conegliano Veneto, 5 October 2001), Prince Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi (b. Paris, 24 May 2011), Princess Isabella of Savoy-Aosta (b. Paris, 14 December 2012). (The monarchy was abolished in the aftermath of World War II.) Vittorio Emanuele and his son, Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice, sought judicial intervention to forbid Amedeo's use of the title "Duke of Savoy". It all started in October 2005, when her father, Amedeo, the Duke of Aosta, spoke on national television about having fathered an illegitimate child with a much younger woman. Michelangelo Guggenheim, the chicest designer of the era, reimagined the rooms to reflect the period’s taste for bombastic, overdecorated interiors.  Upon learning of the incident Spain's King Juan Carlos I, a cousin of both men, reportedly declared that "never again" would an opportunity to abuse his hospitality be afforded the rivals.. My mother, my two sisters and I were left mostly with this crumbling old palazzo and a lot of worries.”.  She was the ninth child and fifth daughter of Henri, comte de Paris, Orléanist claimant to the French throne, and of Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza. See more ideas about Gonzaga, Valenti, Mantua italy.  The President of the Council of the Senators of the Kingdom, Aldo Alessandro Mola, published a declaration in favour of Amedeo's claim; in fact only nine members of the 62 member council voted in support of the declaration. When they moved into the attic in 1989, Bianca was just 23 and her husband five years older. 17 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from ‘biancaarrivabene’ hashtag Hrvatski Narod (newspaper)19 May 1941. no. Bianca is trying to put some distance between herself and the media attention that has enveloped her family. Prince Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta (Amedeo Umberto Costantino Giorgio Paolo Elena Maria Fiorenzo Zvonimir di Savoia; born 27 September 1943) is a claimant to the headship of the House of Savoy, the family which ruled Italy from 1861 to 1946. Nineteenth-century Murano chandeliers were dismantled and carefully polished. Princess Bianca of Savoy-Aosta (b. Florence, 2 April 1966), married on 11 September 1988 in San Giustino Valdarno, Giberto, Count Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (b. Rome, 5 July 1961), son of Leonardo, Count Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga, and Maria delle Grazie Brandolini d'Adda. “Up to World War I,” he says in an attempt to put things in perspective, “there were 88 people living in this palazzo. “The problem here is not just the salt air and the humidity that eats up the walls,” says Giberto.  On 7 July 2006 Amedeo declared himself to be the head of the House of Savoy and Duke of Savoy, claiming that his third cousin Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples had lost his dynastic rights when he married, just following the time of his arrest, without previously obtaining the permission of his father, former King Umberto II in 1971, authorization which had been required under monarchical law. History of Croatian-Italian relationships in first half of the 20th century), Zagreb 2007. Amedeo studied at the Collegio Navale Morosini in Venice and in England. I remember thinking, If the marriage survives this disaster, it will survive anything.” Most important, the ancient wiring was replaced by a state-of-the-art computerized system that is put to full use when the Arrivabenes host a party or rent out the palazzo for an event. “So many people have written and analyzed it,” she says, “there is not much left to discover.” By creating a brood of her own and working with her husband during their hands-on restoration of Palazzo Papadopoli, Bianca has created a family narrative that seems closer to her nature. Hrvoje Matković, Designirani hrvatski kralj Tomislav II.  She is the daughter of Vincenzo Paternò di Spedalotto, 6th Marchese di Reggiovanni, and of Rosanna Bellardo e Ferraris. Maintaining the palace has plagued the Count’s sleep for decades. Although his longtime second wife, Silvia Paternò di Spedalotto, stood by his side during and after the teeth-clenching interview, his persona as a respectable, quiet gentleman farmer in Tuscany was tainted by the publicity. Bianca and I,” he adds in what sounds like a massive understatement, “have learned to live more efficiently.”. He is also a self-taught designer and recently founded a company called A Venetian Design that produces a line of sophisticated glassware.
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