Friday, May 6, 2022

A Day in Castellaneta

In 2014, Renato and I traveled south to Castellaneta from Turin to meet our host Aurelio Miccoli who gave us a fabulous tour of the city. His knowledge of the history of Castellaneta and Rudolph Valentino’s childhood was exceptional and we learned so much that magical day.

I recall my dominant thought that day being one of amazement that Rudolph Valentino could come from such a far off corner of the world to find his incredible success in Hollywood. Even in 2014 it was an arduous trek and somewhat off the path as the saying goes.

On this celebration of the birth of Rudolph Valentino, I share a few pictures of us in front of Valentino’s birthplace and I credit all the photos to Aurelio Miccoli.

The room where Rudolph Valentino was born on May 6, 1895... 125 years ago today.

A wider vantage point of Valentino's birthplace

Renato and I with the pups before the birthplace of Valentino

Renato with Professor Aurelio Miccoli

Renato Floris and Aurelio Miccoli - Rudolph Valentino Italian Scholars at the Convent di San Francesco


  1. Fabulous pictures Evelyn, anyone can see you had a magical day.

    1. It was and thanks to Aurelio Miccoli. What a perfect host!

  2. Probably the only remaining home of Valentino that hasn't been torn down. Do you think it's the only home left in the world where he lived? I guess the Alexandria Hotel room is still remaining where he lived for a time period in Los Angeles.

    1. In Aurelio Miccoli's fine book, The Infancy of the Myth he writes about and includes photos of the other Guglielmi homes in Castellaneta and Taranto.

  3. WOW, que emociĆ³n estar en la ciudad y en los lugares que vieron nacer y crecer a Rodolfo Valentino.
    Cuantos sentimientos y pensamientos debieron tener usted, sra. Zumaya y el sr. Floris, cuando recorrian sus calles.
    Una oportunidad que no todos tenemos.
    Y gracias por las fotografias, nos ayuda a tener una idea clara de como es ese pueblo; la casa donde naciĆ³ Valentino es muy bella!!!.