Coronini Carlo (1818 - 1910)

03/03/2020

Carlo Coronini was born on April 20, 1818 in Paris, where his father Michele was an embassy attaché. He was a doctor, he held several times roles in administrative life and not only local: he was an official of the Circular Captaincy of Gorizia, district captain of Trento, governor of the Duchy of Salzburg. 

In 1872 he was elected Podesta of Gorizia. He actively worked for the revival of the city as a health resort, also through the establishment of the Sea Hospice of Grado and the design of a gallery connecting the Piazza Grande to the Rafut (the Bombi gallery, built only half a century later). During his term of office Gorizia was struck by a smallpox epidemic, against which the Podesta Coronini, also thanks to his professional skills, took care to have interventions carried out to protect public health, such as the expulsion of cesspools and the disinfection of sewers and other infected areas. As soon as the emergency ended, in the autumn of 1873, Coronini resigned from office, also in protest against the brutal repression by the police of the festive demonstrations of the citizens at the station of Gorizia when the train of the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II travelling towards Vienna passed by. He then devoted himself to literature and poetry, publishing short stories and poems in German; some poems in Friulian appeared on the "Pagine friulane" (Friulian Pages). He continued to promote tourism in Gorizia, and in 1875 he was among the founders of the society promoting climate care. He died in Gorizia on 2 January 1910.