The Guarienti Family
The documented history of the Counts Guarienti dates back to the XIII century, when Guglielmo Guarienti, a man of arms, decided to settle in Verona to trade. Over the centuries the family distinguished itself in the economic, financial and political fields by dealing with the Medici, financing Popes, building relations with kings and emperors.
Many members of the family also distinguished themselves in cultural fields as artists, poets, architects, painters and sculptors.
To come to more recent times, we find the same qualities in the Guarienti family; for example, Carla Guarienti, who in the ’40s, when the emancipation of women was still far off, graduated in nuclear physics to follow her vocation, taking her vows as a little sister of Jesus, to devote herself to the poor and most underprivileged in Eastern Europe.
Humanity is a distinctive trait that also stands out in Francesco Guarienti, father of the present Count Marco Guarienti Torello. Francesco, when only 17, became a partisan, freeing Sandro Pertini who was imprisoned in Milan by the Nazis. Pertini never forgot his liberator, even when he became President of Italy.
Francesco cultivated his generous nature by graduating in medicine. Although he became a famous luminary, he never stopped opening his surgery in Gualtieri to the needy, completely free of charge, and for this was granted honorary citizenship.
Francesco also had another great passion – his lands on the banks of the Po and agriculture. A love which he passed down to his son Marco, who began accompanying him to the fields as a child. When he grew up, Marco decided to study agriculture and devote himself completely to the cultivation of these fertile lands.
A story of passion and humanity.