Die Grafen Feltrinelli

Gargnano was the "summer seat" of the lumber magnate Faustino Feltrinelli whose sons Angelo, Giuseppe and Giacomo, in 1892, built what we know today as Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli.
Their empire rose from the woods of Northern Italy, Austria, Hungary and Turkey up to the stock market and banking centers of Milan. Angelo used to stay in Gargnano for most of the year (he was also the Mayor for 15 years), while his brother Giacomo (1829 - 1913) launched the family business into new ventures in Europe and beyond, negotiating lumber contracts for new railroads from Southern Italy to Turkey and, in 1890, even founded a private bank. The intervention of the Feltrinelli family on public structures in Gargnano was conspicuousin 1903, they built the Hospital and Retirement Home; in 1913, they built the road that connects Gargnano to the hamlets of Navazzo, Sasso and Liano; in 1921, the Elementary school. Their nephew, Carlo Feltrinelli (1881 - 1935), expanded the immense fortune of the family. He was a keen financier, and one of the founders and president of Edison Electric and of the Italian Credit Institute. He married Giovanna Gianzone, a strict, iron lady nicknamed “ Prussian Officer”, always wearing a monocle on her right eye, lost during a hunting party. They had two children, Giangiacomo and Antonella. As a reward for their contributions to the economic resurgence in Northern Italy, the King, Vittorio Emmanuele II, granted the family the title of "Marchese di Gargnano" in the 1940s. The Gargnano branch of the family was also granted the title of "Conte di Gerola”.After the 2nd World War tragic end, the Villa reverted to the Feltrinelli family, namely to Giangiacomo and his sister Antonella. As the leader of the Feltrinelli publishing house (one of Italy's largest and most respected) Giangiacomo published the works of such writers as Boris Pasternak and Tomasi di Lampedusa, the author of "The Gattopardo", bringing to the attention of the Italian intellectual world a literary current that had then been deliberately ignored. Later, having joined the Communist Party, Giangiacomo met Fidel Castro, and used the Villa as a "spring board" for the political propaganda, when he was candidate for the Italian political elections.Later, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, died in a discussed failed political act of terrorism. Nowadays, Giangiacomo's son, Carlo continues his father steps in Feltrinelli Publishing House.

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