Artist Andrew Vicari
|Regions with significant populations|
|English, Welsh, Italian|
|Christian: Mostly Roman Catholic|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Italians, Italian Scots, Welsh|
Welsh Italians are an ethnic minority of Italian descent living in Wales. Welsh Italians refers to people who are born in Wales and of Italian descent. It can also refer to people of mixed Welsh and Italian descents. Most Italian immigration to Wales took place in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with the largest number of migrants settling in Glamorgan and Newport.
Italian immigrants to Wales, mainly originating in the Apennine Mountains and in particular the town of Bardi, established a network of cafés, ice cream parlours and fish and chip shops in Wales from the 1890s onwards. One of the few Welsh Italian ice cream parlours that still manufacture their own ice cream is The Square Cafe in Bargoed, owned and run by the Ricci brothers.
In the Rhondda Valley the cafes became known as 'Bracchis' after an early café owner. The brothers Frank and Aldo Berni, who started in business in Merthyr Tydfil, went on to found the Berni Inn chain.
During the Second World War, Welsh-Italians without British citizenship were declared enemy aliens and a number were interned on the Isle of Man or in Canada. 53 Welsh Italians lost their lives in the sinking of the Arandora Star in 1940. A memorial was recently placed in Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral to commemorate the tragedy. A roadside memorial and memorial chapel can be found in Bardi.
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- Actor Victor Spinetti
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- Footballers, David D'Auria, Donato Nardiello
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- Artist Andrew Vicari