Lodovico Pizzati

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Lodovico Pizzati (born 3 September 1973)[1] is a Venetian separatist, economist and Venetist politician.

Pizzati was born in Valdagno, the son of Giulio, one of the earliest members of Liga Veneta (and later of Liga Federativa Veneta),[2] Lodovico Pizzati has been a Venetist throughout all his life. In 1990 he was an activist of Veneto Autonomous Region Movement, his father's party at the time. Shortly after, he went to California, United States to study at a local high school and, then, decided to study economics near San Francisco. Having moved to Washington, D.C., he earned a Ph.D. in economics at Georgetown University and worked for eight years at the World Bank. In 2006 Pizzati, whose wife is an American, returned in Veneto because he wanted his children to learn the Venetian language and to live the Venetian way. From 2006 to 2013 he was a contract professor of economics at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.[3][4][5][6][7] Since 2013 he returned to the United States as a professor of economic statistics at California State University in Los Angeles, California, and later at the University of Southern California.[8]

A lapsed voter (living abroad for years), Pizzati had voted just twice during his life (Liga Veneta Repubblica in 1999 and North-East Project in 2006) before entering politics. In 2008 he joined the Venetian National Party (PNV) and was the party's president from 2009. In September 2010 Pizzati was elected secretary of Veneto State (VS), the result of the merger of the PNV with other separatist groups.[3][4] As VS leader he conceived some provoking initiatives, such as the "Monument of the Entrepreneur" (exposed in Arzignano in protest to Italian high taxation on business)[9] and the so-called "fiscal trips" (bus trips to neighbouring Austria and Slovenia, during which participants had the chance to open bank accounts).[10][11] In October 2011, after an internal struggle, Pizzati was replaced as secretary by Antonio Guadagnini.[12] In May 2012 Pizzati switched to Venetian Independence (IV) and was elected secretary of the new party.[13][14][15] In July 2013 Pizzati, who had lost a key vote during an IV's congress in June, launched Plebiscite 2013 (P2013), a cross-party nonpartisan committee for a referendum on independence, of which he became spokesperson;[16][17] subsequently, in late August, he was dismissed as secretary of IV.[18][19]

Among other things, Pizzati has been one of the six experts appointed by Veneto Region to fix the rules of standard Venetian language and the official Venetian names of all 581 municipalities of Veneto,[20] the producer of the Venetian version of Clifford the Big Red Dog,[21] and an editor of vec.Wikipedia.[22]


  1. ^ "Archivio Storico delle Elezioni - Regionali del 28 Marzo 2010" [Reference Data: Regional Election of 28 March 2010] (in Italian). Ministry of Interior (Italy). Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  2. ^ "Raixe Venete, el jornale dei Veneti - RaixeVenete.net, el sito Veneto - in lingua veneta (dialetto veneto)". Raixevenete.net. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  3. ^ a b Pizzati, Lodovico (2011-10-18). "Il segretario, breve autobriografia" [Brief autobiography of secretary] (in Italian). Veneto State. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Il Segretario" [Secretary] (in Italian). Veneto State. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Bossi torna a invocare la secessione. Ma chi lo segue?". Tutta la città ne parla (in Italian). RAI. 
  6. ^ "Ricerca Persone - Ca' Foscari" [Department of Management: People Search]. Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  7. ^ Melina, Carlo (2011-05-19). "Veneto Stato può attendere" [Veneto State can wait]. The Frontpage. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  8. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10698299/Venice-prepares-for-referendum-on-secession-from-Italy.html
  9. ^ "Veto della questura, il monumento all'evasore vessato diventa una croce". Corriere del Veneto. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Fuga fiscale, i venetisti aprono dieci conti correnti in Slovenia". Corriere del Veneto. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  11. ^ Madron, Anna (2011-09-10). "Arte d'evasione - ATTUALITA". Lettera 43. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  12. ^ Pizzati, Lodovico (2011-10-24). "Plebiscito". Veneto State. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  13. ^ Venetian Independence (2012-05-28). "Nasce Indipendenza Veneta: ora è il nome di un movimento, a breve sarà la realtà" [Birth of Venetian Independence: now the name of a movement, soon to be reality]. 
  14. ^ Ferrazza, Daniele (2012-05-28). "Pizzati è eletto segretario di Indipendenza veneta" [Pizzati elected secretary of Venetian Independence]. il Mattino di Padova. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  15. ^ "Congresso Indipendenza Veneta: Pizzati segretario". Treviso Today. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  16. ^ "Chi siamo" [About Us]. Plebiscite 2013. 
  17. ^ Pizzati, Lodovico. "Perché plebiscito, perché 2013, e perché .eu" [Why Plebiscite, why 2013, and why .eu] (in Italian). Plebiscite 2013. 
  18. ^ "Delibera del Consiglio Direttivo del 29 agosto 2013 provvedimenti" [Resolution of the Board of Directors on August 29, 2013 measures]. Venetian Independence. 2013-08-30. 
  19. ^ "Editoriali" (in Italian). Venetian Independence. 2013-08-31. 
  20. ^ "Nomi tradotti in dialetto per i 581 Comuni E nascerŕ un dizionario". Corriere del Veneto. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  21. ^ "Cartoni animati in dialetto finanziati dalla Regione: ŤGiŕ finito il doppiaggioť". Corriere del Veneto. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  22. ^ "Wikipedia, l'enciclopedia online anche in lingua veneta". Corriere del Veneto. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-11.