- Title: ITALY: GRANDAD: ITALIAN WIDOWER MOVES IN WITH HIS NEW 'ADOPTIVE' FAMILY.
- Date: 27th September 2004
- Summary: (EU) SPIRANO, NEAR BERGAMO, NORTHEAST OF MILAN, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 26, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/TILT DOWN: EXTERIOR OF HOME OF RIVA FAMILY 0.07 2. GV: RIVA FAMILY DOG 0.11 3. MV/CU: RIVA FAMILY (RETIRED TEACHER GIORGIO ANGELOZZI'S NEW ADOPTIVE FAMILY) IN THE KITCHEN - MARLENA (MOTHER), MATEUSZ (SON), DAGMARA (DAUGHTER) (5 SHOTS) 0.46 4. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) MARLENA RIVA SAYING: "When I asked the kids if they wanted a grandfather, they looked at each other and said without hesitation; 'yes'. So we virtually adopted him immediately." 1.08 5. MV/PAN: MARLENA AND GIORGIO TALK EACH OTHER 1.19 6. CU: MARLENA AND GIORGIO HAND IN HAND 1.22 7. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER GIORGIO ANGELOZZI SAYING: "This sweet woman sent a letter signed by everyone in the family, four signatures to show that everyone agreed, and she even included photos." 1.40 8. CU/MV: VARIOUS NEWSPAPERS ARTICLES ABOUT GIORGIO'S STORY, INCLUDING ONE IN ENGLISH FROM A BRITISH NEWSPAPER (3 SHOTS) 1.52 9. (SOUNDBITE) (Ialian) YOUNG MATEUSZ SAYING: "We still haven't talked together very much but with time well surely get to know each other better." 2.01 10. GV: VIEW OF RIVA HOME 2.07 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: SPIRANO, NEAR BERGAMO, NORTHEAST OF MILAN, ITALY
- Country: Italy
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- Story Text: An Italian widower has moved in with his new
An Italian grandfather has finally moved in with
his new family after placing an advert in the newspaper
describing himself as a grandfather au pair.
Life for 80-year-old retired schoolteacher Giorgio
Angelozzi (prounounced: Anjay Lotsee) will never be the
same now that the Riva family has decided to 'adopt' him.
Tired of being alone, widower Angelozzi placed an ad in
the local newspaper to try and find a family who would take
The response to his appeal was astounding, with replies
coming as far afield as New Zealand, Canada and Britain.
But Mr Angelozzi finally decided on the Riva family who
Bergamo, northeast of Milan.
Polish-born Marlena Riva and her Italian husband Elio
have happily taken Giorgio in. Mrs Riva's family still live
in Poland and Mr Riva lost both of his parents and a
quick succession. Despite having two children aged 18 and
16-years-old, they both feel in need of a babo (grandad)
close at hand.
"When I asked the kids if they wanted a grandfather,
they looked at each other and said without hesitation:
'yes'. So we virtually adopted him immediately," Marlene
"This sweet woman sent a letter signed by everyone in
the family, four signatures to show that everyone agreed,
and she even included photos," Giorgio Angelozzi told
Reuters in his
His new 'grandson' Mateusz was looking forward to
getting to know his 'grandfather' better.
"We still haven't talked together very much but with
time well surely get to know each other better," said Mateusz.
Angelozzi had lived alone outside Rome with seven cats
since his wife died in 1992 until he took the unprecedented
step of putting himself up for adoption last month via the
Corriere della Sera newspaper.
The former classics teacher had told potential families
he would contribute 500 euros ($615) a month to expenses,
but the Riva family said what they really want is a
Today, one in five Italians is over the age of 65 and
almost half of them live alone, partly because of the more
mobile lifestyle of younger generations. Italy also has one
of the lowest birth rates in Europe.
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