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Portofino, a World apart
July 2009

The great musician Victor de Sabata in Portofino.

The great musician Victor de Sabata, born in Trieste in 1892, conductor of the orchestra of teatro La Scala, an academic of Santa Cecilia, awarded the Gold Medal for Arts and Letters of the city of Milan, and decorated with many Italian and Foreign honours. After a serious heart attack in 1947 due to overwork while in America, he spent a lot of time in Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino because of its ideal mild climate.

Here, where he wanted to spend the last years of his life, he was very close to the young pianist Piero Lo Faro.

Recognizing his talent, he wanted to encourage him and attended manie of his concerts.

A personwith a princely demeanor and a distinctly aristocratic presence, de Sabata often used to visit his friend Piero in his beautiful villa and take walks along the beach of Portofino. He lived in a suite in the Metropole Hotel and then in the Regina Elena where his great friend and doctor Ettore Alberti went to cure him and give him comfort.

He died in the Casa di Salute Villa Attilia, a sanitorium, in December of 1967.

Victor de Sabata
1892 – 1967

Portofino, a World apart.