Truzzi Family History Page
Extract taken from a letter by Massimilliano Truzzi to his son Marcello in May 1971 regarding our family history.
Sometime around the year 1820 in the Town of Ferrara in Italy there was a Marquis by the name of Gofredo di Montalcino his wife was a Society lady who kept a big stable of horses-they had a son Massimilliano (my grandfather).Originally the Montalcinos came from Venice but some time in the 16th century one of them killed the son of the Doge in a duel and the family fled to Ferrara. After the death of her husband the Marquisa married Serafina Truzzi a Horseman and owner of a Circus in Rome-he adopted the young Massimilliano.
her death Truzzi continued in the Circus and
married the widow of Allesandro Franconi
–Luisa Busani (The Franconis
owned many circuses and Hippodromes in Paris) she had three children: Rodolfo
who was in College in Milan and Luigi (Gigetto) &
Esterina who became circus artists Esterina being one of the greatest bareback riders of her
time. My father Enrico was born in 1870. In 1880
the great entrepreneur Albert Salamonsky heard
about the wonderful performers, horse trainers, the Truzzi
Family and invited them to
Then came the Revolution, all of the Truzzis fled except William the son of Gigetto-during the Revolution the people looted the Circus and Pantomime costumes and it is said that during the winter you could see walking the streets Louis XIV, Napoleon or a Lady Macbeth holding hands with Sherlock Holmes.
Your grandfather Enrico was a remarkable man, one of the best jugglers on horseback of his time and a great producer and director of pantomime. He also composed the music for his productions of Quo Vadis, Marco Polo, Sherlock Holmes etc.
remarkable man in the family was William Truzzi
(son of Gigetto).
One of the greatest trainers of
was a very courageous and extremely ambitious man. He stayed in
Grandfather was William Truzzi, my father Gigetto toured abroad in many circuses and latterly in
See also: www.juggling.org/fame/truzziact.html
grave in the
David Truzzi- Franconi