“I hope that you can all remember him with the same affection and admiration that we have for him”. This is how the granddaughter of the president emeritus, visibly moved, remembers her grandfather, speaking in the Chamber of Deputies during the secular funeral
A politician of great value but also a very present grandfather. The chamber of the Chamber conquered by the memory of Giorgio Napolitano’s niece, Sofia May. “She taught us how important it is to love what you do, and fight for your ideals, without worrying about the obstacles or complications to overcome” said the young woman, visibly moved. “Even today, the advice you gave us makes us feel confident in ourselves, when we have to face difficult choices in our love and professional life” concluded Sofia in front of the hemicycle.
“An exceptional grandfather”
“He was a politician and leader of great value but also a formidable grandfather, always present, who listened to our problems in a participatory way and tried to offer solutions”. It is the memory of Sofia May in the Chamber during the secular ceremony of homage to the president emeritus. “You taught us to treat everyone with respect and courtesy, regardless of beliefs. When we were little she used to pick us up from school and take us to Villa Borghese to have an ice cream” the young woman recalls. Then she continues: “he always wrote to us, even when we didn’t know how to read yet, he called us when he saw cartoons on television that he thought we would like. He always found time for me and Simone, despite his busy schedule.”
“He taught us the importance of family and friends”
“I hope that you can all remember him with the same affection and admiration that we have for him” says Giorgio Napolitano’s niece. “He taught us the importance of family and friends. The deep bond that he has managed to build with people is testimony to this “This is how Sofia May Napolitano speaks, visibly moved. “He has always found time for me and Simone despite his many commitments.” Napolitano went to visit his grandchildren abroad “in England and Switzerland, where we studied, he was never condescending or insistent. He was always interested in our interests, for him it didn’t matter which career we chose as long as we were happy and fulfilled.”
“He will always be the person we admire most”
“He introduced us to great personalities, including Queen Elizabeth to whom he was particularly close. He took us to Stromboli and Capri, places dear to him. We were always struck by how much he was admired and appreciated everywhere in the world and we always felt proud to be his grandchildren”. Despite his many commitments, “the fact that he was such an affectionate and present grandfather is testimony to the exceptional man he was. He will always be the person we admire most” adds Sofia May Napolitano speaking in the Chamber.