Sergio Romano (writer)

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Sergio Romano
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Sergio Romano (2008)
Born (1929-07-07) 7 July 1929 (age 88)
Nationality Italian
Occupation Diplomat, historian

Sergio Romano (born 7 July 1929 in Vicenza) is an Italian writer, journalist, and historian. He is a columnist for the newspaper Corriere della Sera.[1] Romano is also a former Italian ambassador to Moscow.


Born in Vicenza, he grew up between Milano and Genova in a middle-class business family. He graduated from the liceo classico Cesare Beccaria of Milan, then began working as a journalist; in 1952 he obtained a degree in law at the University of Milan, but he never finished his studies in Political Science at the University of Genova before graduation.[2] He travelled to European capitals (Paris, London, Vienna) recently emerged from the war, which directed him to a diplomatic career: he joined the Foreign Ministry in 1954, and after four years spent in Rome he was assigned to the seat in London, where he remained until 1964. He returned to Rome to assist in the Cabinet Minister Saragat; when the latter was elected President of the Republic he followed him to the Quirinale, assigned to the General Secretariat of the Presidency.

From 1968 to 1977 he was in Paris and, after being general manager of cultural relations and Ambassador to NATO (1983–85), he concluded his diplomatic career in Moscow, in the then Soviet Union. He talks about this experience in the book Memoirs of a Conservative (2002), concise portrait of the bureaucratic class and Italian diplomacy (and not only) in the era of the Cold War.

He became a commentator for a number of Italian newspapers and magazines (la Stampa, il Corriere della Sera, Limes, Il Mulino), the editor of a historical series for the publisher Corbaccio. He has also taught at the University of California, Harvard, the University of Pavia, University of Sassari and Bocconi University in Milan. He is also President of the General Prize Committee of the Balzan Foundation and a member of the Scientific Committee for the magazine Geopolitica[3]

In 1993 he won the "Pisa National Literary Prize" in the non-fiction section. In 2010 he won the prize "È giornalismo",[4] confirming that he had been ambassador for years without having a bachelor's degree in Political Science (which is not required to enter the diplomatic service).[5]

In 2010, he spoke at the 2010 Ambrosetti Forum.



  1. ^ "Sergio Romano". The Guardian. London. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Sergio Romano. "Quando occorre una laurea quando si può farne a meno". Il Corriere della Sera. 
  3. ^ "Comitato Scientifico". 
  4. ^ Article on Brescia Oggi
  5. ^

    I took ten months of practical training in a small newspaper of Piedmont, which, however, closed. And so I had to look for another job. Later I enrolled in law school at the university. But at the same time I set to work and graduation, with only three exams missing, remained in the drawer. I close this chapter getting an honorary degree. And today, with this recognition, I also close what was left over in my journalistic activities

    — Interview on Italia Oggi, 26 March 2010