|Grandad Mario Floriani and his only grandson.
Often a tourist to Switzerland, in 1914 meets a young Russian girl, Evgenia Leonidovna Alexeieva, in Lausanne, and shortly gets engaged..
Interventionist and a volunteer in the First World War, he is wounded on September 14, 1916 on the Carso front while leading as a Lieutenant his platoon of the 29th Infantry division attacking the Austrian trenches during the Bainsizza battle, and refuses a proposed decoration since it would have been awarded through Royal decree - unacceptable by a staunch Republican!
Marries Evgenia eventually, while convalescing from his battle wounds - too busy otherwise, professionally and politically.
Graduates in Business Administration at the University of Florence in the early 1930s with top grades but no 'cum laude' because he is not a member of the ruling Fascist party, then a statutory requirement for academic excellence .
The leaflet at bottom, promoting his candicacy at Milan's 1951 municipal and provincial elections - which I remember tossing out of our family car on Milan's streets to help him, albeit unsuccesfully - gives a summary of his professional career and his political activity as a lifelong, ardent Republican.
At the end of 1952 he is awarded the "Knighthood" of the Order of Merit of Italian Republic.
In Suna on Lake Maggiore
In Ruta, Liguria