Ambassador Francesca Tardioli, 56, was found dead outside her house in her hometown of Foligno, north of Rome. According to reports, Ms Tardioli (pictured) lost her balance while leaning over her balcony. The incident is being investigated by the police in Italy.
Members of the local Italian community and dignitaries gathered for the Memorial Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Friday February 25 to remember Ms Tardioli’s life and her work as a diplomat.
Special guests included the Governor, the Hon Frances Adamson AC, Premier Steven Marshall, several Members of Parliament, and the Consul of Italy in South Australia, Adriano Stendardo.
During the Mass celebrated by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan there were prayers for Ms Tardioli’s family and friends and her colleagues at the Italian Embassy in Canberra and at consular offices across Australia.
Assisting in organising the Mass was Phillip Donato, who has strong ties with the Church and the local Italian community and is president of the SA Italian Association.
Ms Tardioli had held the position of ambassador since September 2019 and was fluent in English and French and had a good knowledge of German and Spanish. She joined the Italian National Diplomatic Service in 1991.