Agnese Landini, First Lady of Italy (since Feb 2014)
Agnese Landini was born in Florence, in 1976 and she has brother, Filippo who is a priest.
During the adolescence she was a scout in the Association of Catholic Guides and Scouts of Italy (AGESCI); in these years she met her future husband and Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi.
On 27 August 1999 Agnese Landini married Renzi, with whom she has two sons, Francesco and Emanuele, and a daughter, Ester. Like her husband, she is a regular Mass-goer.
She is a teacher of Italian literature, latin and history in a lyceum of Florence.
Veronica Lario, Former First Lady of Italy
Born in Bologna, Lario was an actress in low budget films. She also worked in theatrical plays with well-known actors; she retired from acting after meeting Silvio Berlusconi.
Married on 15 December 1990, Berlusconi and Lario have three children together: Barbara (1984), Eleonora (1986), and Luigi (1988). In the 80s, before the birth of the first-born daughter Barbara, Lario terminated an earlier pregnancy with an induced abortion, in order not to give birth to a child affected by significant morbidity.
As the wife of the Italian premier, Veronica Lario has chosen to maintain a low public profile. She has avoided most public events and meetings and she seldom accompanies her husband Silvio Berlusconi at official meetings. On the other hand, she has been known to have publicly expressed political opinions contrasting with those of her husband (for example, on bioethics or in backing for protesters demonstrating against the war in Iraq).
Lario’s husband was never shy about mentioning her on public occasions, and he has alluded at least once to a supposed affair between her and opposition politician Massimo Cacciari.
On 31 January 2007, Lario said her dignity had been damaged by comments Berlusconi reportedly made during the VIP party after a TV awards ceremony broadcast by one of his channels.
“If I weren’t married I would marry you immediately”, the 70-year-old media mogul told showgirl and future parliamentarian Mara Carfagna, according to reports widely carried in the Italian press. He reportedly told another, “With you, I’d go anywhere”.
Lario’s letter appeared in La Repubblica, a left-leaning newspaper fiercely opposed to the conservative Berlusconi. She declared:
I see these statements as damaging my dignity. To both my husband and the public man, I therefore demand a public apology, since I haven’t received any privately. I have faced the inevitable contrasts and the more painful moments that a long conjugal relation entails with respect and discretion.
“Now I write to state my reaction,” added Lario, saying her husband’s comments were “unacceptable” and could not be reduced to mere jokes.
But after few hours, Silvio Berlusconi wrote back a public letter to his wife and apologized for what he had said three days before.
In April 2009 she once more published an open letter, criticising her husband for consorting with young ladies and defining his chosen candidates for the European Parliament as “shameless rubbish”.
On May 3rd 2009 it was reported that she is to file for divorce, which under Italian law can only be started after a couple has reached a separation agreement. On 10 May 2010 it was revealed that a separation settlement had been reached, with Berlusconi accepting alimony payments of €3.5 million per year, and allowing her to live in their luxury home near Milan.