Renzo de' Vidovich

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The Honourable
Lorenzo de' Vidovich
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Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
for Trieste
In office
25 May 1972 – 4 July 1976
Personal details
Born (1934-02-27) 27 February 1934 (age 83)[1]
Zara, Dalmatia, Italy[1][2]
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian Social Movement[1]
Alma mater University of Trieste
Profession Journalist[1]
Religion Roman Catholic

Renzo de' Vidovich (born 27 February 1934[2]) is an Italian politician,[1][3] historian and journalist.[1]


Born and growth up in Zadar (then official Zara),[2] from the old noble Dalmatian family of de' Vidovich, Counts Capocesto e Ragosniza; he is a close cousin of Ottavio Missoni. He left Zadar for the exile at the beginning of the massive bombing of the city made by Allies in 1943. He moved to Trieste where he was general secretary of the board of students movement which assumed the responsibility of convening the riots of 5 and 6 November 1953 in support of the return of Trieste to Italy, that time occupied by the Anglo-American Allied Military Government.

Six Italians died during the fighting and there were a total of 153 wounded. The following year there was the reunification of Trieste to Italy. According with a de' Vidovic proposal, supported by the Lega nazionale di Trieste, the Government Berlusconi II awarded the National civil gold medal to the dead fighters specifying that were decisive for the return of Trieste to its motherland.

While he was student at University of Trieste, de' Vidovich was editor of the newspaper La Zona Franca ("The Free Zone") which will result decisive for the creation of a national economic free zone of Trieste. In 1968 he became secretary of the national labor union Cisnal, today Unione Generale Lavoro (UGL), in Trieste.

He founded and directed La Città, an information magazine. Member of the municipal council of Trieste for more than ten years, he was also elected as city councilor in the town of Duino-Aurisina where he fought for the touristic development of Sistiana.

In 1972 de' Vidovich was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies for the Trieste electoral district, and was appointed secretary of the parliamentary group of the post-fascist Italian Social Movement.[1]

He was also mayor of the Free Comune of Zara in Exile.

In 1999 he was appointed as president of the Federation of Exiles from Istria, Fiume and Dalmatia. As president of the Rustia-Traine Foundation he participates actively to the creation of the Italian communities in Dalmatia: Zadar, Split, Hvar and Kotor. He also promoted courses of Italian language and culture in Dalmatia, and, in 2004, he founded the Centro di Ricerche Culturali Dalmate (Dalmatian Cultural Research Centre) in Split of which de' Vidovich is still chairman. The center promotes the publication - in collaboration with the Veneto Region - of numerous books on the cultural heritage of Dalmatia and Venice.

Books and newspapers[edit]

In the 1970s de' Vidovich collaborated with Il Borghese, Candido (humor weekly magazine) and Il Secolo d'Italia. In 1996 he re-founded Il Dalmata, published since 1865 and abolished by Austria-Hungary in 1916; he later published, in 1992, Dalmatia region of Europe, followed by I Dalmati per Trieste and L'albo d'Oro di nobili patrizi e nomi illustri nel Regno di Dalmazia ("Hall of honour of noble patricians and illustrious names in the Kingdom of Dalmatia.") He wrote numerous articles on Dalmatian press.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Renzo de' Vidovich at the Italian Chamber of Deputies website.
  2. ^ a b c Zadar was part of Italy since 1919 until 1945 and its name was Zara.
  3. ^ de' Vidovich held the following offices during his political life:
    • Member of the thirteenth Commission (Labour and Social Security)
    • Component of the Special Committee for the Review of Bill on Tax Reform
    • Component of the Special Committee for the REview of Bill converting Decree on assistance for the people of Friuli-Venezia Giulia earthquake-affected
    • Member of the Parliament's Committee on The Government Opinion on Delegate Rules for Tax Reform

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