03 November 2020 12:30

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Rome to declare day of mourning for Proietti on 5 November. Rome bid farewell to one of the city's favourite sons, Gigi Proietti, the actor, director, comedian and musician who died on 2 November, the day of his 80th birthday. Romans took to their windows and balconies in many districts to honour Proietti with a minute of applause at 20.00 while the capital projected his image on the Campidoglio and the Colosseum. Profondo dolore e grande tristezza per la morte di #GigiProietti. Con lui perdiamo un pezzo di anima della nostra città.

In questo momento siamo vicini alla famiglia, agli amici e a tutti coloro che lo hanno amato. Roma non lo dimenticherà mai. pic.twitter.com/gzhQ7fDEZe — Virginia Raggi (@virginiaraggi) November 2, 2020 Proietti's funeral is expected to take place on 5 November in a private ceremony at the Chiesa degli Artisti in Piazza del Popolo, without the public, to avoid any crowds due to the covid-19 protocols. Rome mayor is however in contact with the Proietti family, according to news agency ANSA, to honour the much-loved maestro with a funeral cortege in cars. The proposed idea is for the procession to drive past places symbolic with Proietti's life including Via GIulia where he was born and the Globe Theatre in Villa Borghese with which he had a long association.

Proietti's death has provoked a huge outpouring of grief in Italy but particularly in Rome, with the actor receiving a flood of tributes from all walks of life. Morto Gigi Proietti: ore 20, Roma applaude l'attore da finestre e balconi [aggiornamento delle 21:06] — Repubblica Roma (@rep_roma) November 2, 2020 Photo Quotidiano.net (ANSA) - ROME, NOV 3 - Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi said Tuesday that the city's Globe Theatre will be named after late comedy great Gigi Proietti. Proietti died on his 80th birthday on Monday. Although best-known for his comedy work, the Rome native was also highly cultured and, among other things, he was the director of the Globe, a reconstruction of Shakespeare's theatre in the Italian capital. "Rome wants to pay tribute to Gigi Proietti by dedicating to him one of the places that was dearest to him, the Globe Theatre," Raggi said. "He was its artistic manager for years and put on marvellous masterpieces. "Our city wants to remember him always in this way". The city will hold a day of mourning on Thursday, the day of Proietti's funeral. It screened his image on the exterior of town hall and the Colosseum on Monday with the message "we'll miss you". (ANSA).