Italy: Hundreds mourn director Zeffirelli at funeral in Florence Cathedral

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Hundreds gathered to mourn legendary Italian director Franco Zeffirelli as he was laid to rest at Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral on Monday.

The accomplished film, opera and television director, who was known for such films as his adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and the 1977 miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, passed away on Saturday at 96 years of age after a long illness.

Among the attendees at Zeffirelli’s funeral were the Major of Florence Dario Nardella, Zeffirelli’s two adopted sons Luciano and Pippo, and President of the Italian Senate Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, who said she wanted to pay tribute to Zeffirelli’s contribution to Italy and the world.

“Zeffirelli represents excellence and genius in the world. I wanted, in the context of my initiatives, Senate and Culture, to remember it and give it recognition for what it represented for Italy and for the universe,” she said.

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