(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 19 - The "greatest legacy that Gina has left is love ... let us pray for her and let her rest in peace".
Thus Don Walter Insero, with a phrase that also seems to be a call to leave aside the controversies faced by the actress in recent years, concluded the homily at the funeral of Gina Lollobrigida, in the Church of the Artists in Piazza del Popolo.
In the front row to listen to the son and grandson of the actress, Andrea Milko Skofic and Dimitri, next to her Spanish ex-husband Francisco Javier Rigau.
A few desks further back was also the other party involved in the clash of recent years, Gina Lollobrigida's assistant, Andrea Piazzolla, who entered without stopping with the press.
The arrival of the coffin in Piazza del Popolo was greeted by the applause of the crowd,
and the fanfare of the Bersaglieri coordinated by the National Bersaglieri Association and composed of about 30 elements, coming from Rome and from various places in Lazio.
In the church also the many homage crowns already present yesterday at the funeral chamber in the Campidoglio (among others, that of the Ministry of Culture and Rome Capital) and the guard of honor of the Carabinieri at the sides of the coffin, on which the pillow of red roses of the son was laid and the actress' nephew.
To say goodbye to the interpreter of La Romana, among others, friends such as Mara Venier, Adriano Aragozzini, Barbara Bouchet, Giulio Base and his wife Tiziana Rocca, Vladimir Luxuria; Patrizia Mirigliani, organizer of Miss Italy, the contest in which Gina Lollobrigida had finished third in 1947 (after Lucia Bosè and Gianna Maria Canale);
the minister Francesco Lollobrigida, great-grandson of the actress;
the undersecretary for culture Lucia Borgonzoni and Domenico Petrini, mayor of Subiaco, the Lazio town where Gina Lollobrigida was born in 1927, while the premier Giorgia Meloni had paid her last respects in the funeral home in the presence of the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri.