Serbs in Italy

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Serbs in Italy
Serbi in Italia
Срби у Италији

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Saint Spyridon Church, Trieste
Famous Serbs

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Total population
46,958
Regions with significant populations
Rome, Trieste, Arzignano
Religion
Serbian Orthodox Church
Related ethnic groups
South Slavs

Italian Serbs (Serbs of Italy, Italian: Serbi in Italia) number around 46,958 in the territory of Italy.[1]

History[edit]

According to Graziadio Isaia Ascoli, the 19th century writer Giovanni de Rubertis considered the Schiavoni (Slavs) or Dalmati (Dalmatians) of Molise in Italy to be Serbs that were brought there by Skanderbeg during his Italian expedition in 1460—1462 along with the Albanians.[2]

In 1497 Italian court poet Rogeri de Pacienza di Nardo wrote about a group of Serbian refugees who left the Despotate of Đurađ Branković to settle in the village of Gioia del Colle near Bari, Italy. He describes how they sang and danced the kolo (dance) in honour of the Queen of Naples, Isabella del Balzo. The names of the singers that Pacienza wrote down are common Serbian names.[3]

In 1782 the first Serbian school opened in Trieste, and in the 19th century the Serbian Orthodox "Saint Spyridon church" in Trieste was built near the Ponte Rosso square.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Some 40,000 Serbs live in northern Italy. In Arzignano there are non-autochthonous thousands of Serbs from all over former Yugoslavia.[5] In Trieste, 10,000-15,000 Serbs live in the city.[6]

  • 46,958 (2013 census), "Foreign citizens" from Serbia (excl. Kosovo) [7]

Notable people[edit]

Football
  • Siniša Mihajlović (born 1969), retired footballer (played for Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Internationale), current manager (for AC Milan), lives in Italy since 1992
  • Dejan Stanković (born 1978), retired footballer (played for Lazio and Internationale), current assistant coach (for Udinese), lives in Italy since 1998
  • Dušan Basta (born 1984), active footballer, plays for Lazio, lives in Italy since 2008
  • Miloš Malivojević (born 1993), active footballer born in Scandiano, Reggio Emilia
  • Marino Nicolich (born 1910), late footballer born in Monfalcone, whose name was italianized in "Marino Nicoli" by the Italian Fascist government.
TV and Cinema
  • Nina Seničar (born 1985), model and actress, lives in Italy since 2006
  • Sasha Montenegro (born 1945), actress born in Bari as Aleksandra Acimović Popović
  • Ivan Rassimov (born 1938-died 2003), late actor born in Trieste to Serbian parents as Ivan Djerasimović; brother of Rada Rassimov.
  • Rada Rassimov (born 1938), actress born in Trieste to Serbian parents as Rada Djerasimović; sister of Ivan Rassimov.
Volleyball
Rugby Union
  • Marko Stanojevic (born 1979), rugby union player born in Birmingham to a Serbian father and an Italian mother. He played for the Italian national team.
Singing
  • Sara Jovanović (born 1993), Serbian singer born in Rome that represented Serbia at Eurovision Song Contest 2008

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistiche demografiche ISTAT" (PDF). Demo.istat.it. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  2. ^ Kovačić, Risto (1885). "Srpske Naseobine u Južnoj Italiji". Glasnik Srpskoga učenog društva, Volume 62. Serbian Learned Society. pp. 273–340 [281]. Retrieved 21 July 2011. По господину де Рубертису, вели госп. Асколи ондје, први Срби — или како их онамо обичније зову Schiavoni или Dalmati — дошли су у Молизе заедно с Арбанасима (Албанези) што их је онамо довео Скендербег. 
  3. ^ Mundal, Else; Wellendorf, Jonas, eds. (2008). Oral Art Forms and Their Passage Into Writing. Museum Tusculanum Press. p. 98. ISBN 9788763505048. 
  4. ^ Sve Vesti, Udruzenje Srba "Vuk Karadzic" najstarija u Italiji
  5. ^ RTS.rs, Srbi u severnoj Italiji
  6. ^ "Rete Civica Trieste". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cittadini Stranieri". December 31, 2013. Cittadini Stranieri. Popolazione residente per sesso e cittadinanza al 31 dicembre 2013 Italia - Europa