story is one of a woman who exploited every single minute of her life to
live, to discover, to make acquaintances, to organize, to travel, to eat.
Marinella’s story is one of a woman who had the unique ability of
meeting and getting to know people, of taking care of them, of
getting them together, of creating strong ties amongst them.
Marinella’s story is one of a woman who felt at home everywhere, in
Milan, in Ferrara, in Berlin, in Salzburg, in New York, in Amsterdam, but above
all in Lucca and in Siena and, lately, in Engadin.
was she found her friends and the things which interested her.
Marinella’s story is one of a woman who in the last fifteen years was
able to discover and experience the world of classical music. She enjoyed it to
the full, just like all the other things which really interested her, together
with her friends of Ferrara Musica, with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the
Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Marinella’s story is one of a woman who before leaving us suffered
greatly, for a year and a half.
She did not
want to show her illness because gradually, very slowly she was no longer what
she wished to appear to us all: strong, full of life and above all independent.
She was and she wanted to be a free woman.
Marinella’s story comes to a close in Basel where the professional and
extraordinary assistance of the staff of Lukas Klinik and the staff of the
Cantonal Hospital of Basel spared
her the sufferance of the last days and moments.
I thank Marinella for everything she has given me, her children and
I thank her
children Federica and Stefano who drew very close to her during these last
I thank all those who have helped her during this illness which was so
hard to endure.
While saying all this, let us not forget that Marinella’s story
is also the story of a woman who has made most of her dreams come true.
And it is
this which is really important.
Now she leaves a void which cannot be filled.
I would like to ask you to think of Marinella as she was and act so
that her presence in our midst will never be forgotten.