Giorgio Napolitano

Giorgio Napolitano

President of Italy

Giorgio Napolitano is an Italian politician who has been the 11th President of the Italian Republic since 2006. A long-time member of the Italian Communist Party and later the Democrats of the Left, he served as President of the Chamber of Deputies from 1992 to 1994 and as Minister of the Interior from 1996 to 1998.… Read More

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1925 Birth Giorgio Napolitano was born in Naples, Italy, in 1925. … Read More


1942 17 Years Old In 1942, he matriculated at the University of Naples Federico II. … Read More


1945 20 Years Old Following the end of the war in 1945, Napolitano joined the Italian Communist Party (PCI). … Read More
1946 21 Years Old He became a member of the Secretariat of the Italian Economic Centre for Southern Italy in 1946, which was represented by Senator Paratore, where he remained for two years. … Read More
1947 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Another matter of debate in Croatia was that the Italian President made awards to relatives of 25 foibe victims, who included the last fascist Italian prefect in Zadar, Vincenzo Serrentino, who was sentenced to death in 1947 in Šibenik. … Read More
…  First elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1953, he took an assiduous interest in parliamentary life, and was President of the Chamber of Deputies from 1992 to 1994. … Read More


1956 31 Years Old He was elected to the National Committee of the party during its eighth national congress in 1956, largely thanks to the support offered by Palmiro Togliatti, who wanted to involve younger politicians in the central direction of the party. … Read More
1963 38 Years Old Between 1963 and 1966, Napolitano was party chairman in the city of Naples and later, between 1966 and 1969, he was appointed as chairman of the secretary's office and of the political office. … Read More


1977 52 Years Old Between 1977 and 1981 Napolitano had some secret meetings with the United States ambassador Richard Gardner, at a time when the PCI was seeking contact with the US administration, in the context of its definitive break with its past relationship with the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the beginning of eurocommunism, the attempt to develop a theory and practice more adequate to the democratic countries of Western Europe.
1982 57 Years Old He is the second President of the Italian Republic to be present at a FIFA World Cup final won by the Italian team, after Sandro Pertini in 1982.


1991 66 Years Old 1 More Event
He was an active member of the party until it ended in 1991.
1996 - 1999 3 More Events
2005 80 Years Old 1 More Event
Napolitano was appointed a Senator for life in 2005 by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
In May 2006, he was elected by parliament as President of Italy. During his first term of office, he oversaw governments both of the centre-left, led by Prodi, and the centre-right, led by Silvio Berlusconi. In November 2011, Berlusconi resigned as Prime Minister amid financial and economic problems. … Read More
2007 - 2012 5 More Events
When his seven-year presidential term expired in April 2013, Napolitano (then aged 87) reluctantly agreed to stand again, to safeguard the continuity of the country's institutions during the parliamentary deadlock that followed the 2013 general election. … Read More
On 30 January 2014 the Five Star Movement deposited an impeachment accusing Napolitano of harming the Italian Constitution, to allow unconstitutional laws and in relation of the events State-Mafia negotiation. … Read More
2015 90 Years Old 1 More Event
After a record eight and a half years as president, Napolitano resigned at age 89 in January 2015.
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