The Quilietti Family

Your Quilietti family heritage


From Tuscany in Italy, from  Edinburgh in Scotland, from  Rotterdam in Holland, to Rhode Island in America, to Canada and South Africa, and to many more worldwide areas, that is where our family have found themselves, all thanks to one man, to Leonardo Quilietti, the forefather of the Quilietti family.

Map of the Serchio Valley

Castelvecchio Pascoli

Castelavecchio Pascoli lies north of Barga and in the region of  LUCCA in Tuscany.

It was here that the true beginnings of the Quilietti family lie.  Our family history is here in the Church of  Saint Nicoli’ .

Vorno,  Lucca, Tuscany.

The birthplace of Leonardo Quilietti

Vorno Church.

Barga, Lucca, Tuscany

The roots of the Conti and Brucciani families

Gifted to Barga by Maurio from Edinburgh.

Garfagnana Tuscany, the Region

The roots of our extended Italian familiesThe Garfagnana is one of the most famous ‘undiscovered’ parts of Italy. It’s a large area of valley and mountain north of Lucca andPisa, in the northern part of Tuscany. Although mostly rural and little affected, so far, by tourism, the Garfagnana has been creeping onto the itinerary of more adventurous tourists for some years. Like much of rural Italy, it has links – through emigration – to faraway places, in this case chiefly to Britain and especially to Scotland. The small town of Barga, though hardly a capital, is the closest to becoming a tourist hotspot.

About the Garfagnana

From the northern end of the Garfagnana, the river Serchio winds roughly parallel with the coast for 30-odd miles (50km) down to Lucca. There is some industry on the flatter valley bottom but the sides generally run up quite swiftly into a patchwork of woods and farms with their own network of tributary streams. The skies are broad, because the summits of the mountains lie well back. On the east side these mountains form sweeping ridges typically 4-5,000 feet (around 1,400m) above sea level. On the western side – between the river and the coast – they are more aggressively shaped, attain well over 5,000 feet (1,500m) and have taken the title “Apuan Alps”. Their upper reaches are green pasture and white limestone: they have been massively quarried (mostly on the farther side) for the marble prized by Renaissance architects and used for graveyard memorials ever since.

Until the 1400s, the area was under the sway of Lucca, the source for its art and culture and the destination for any local agricultural surplus (there would not have been much) as well as timber, stone and the product of its mines. Other powers held the Garfagnana subsequently, without much affecting the normal course of affairs. An industrial tradition has remained part of the the picture, chiefly along the riverbank southward from Barga.

The largest towns in the region are Barga and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, but settlement is mostly a matter of small and scattered communities, whose orchards, vineyards and grazing lands are separated by oak and chestnut forest. Its attractions for the tourist – landscapes, picturesque villages, churches and castles – are many but widely dispersed. Garfagnese winters are cold. Unless you go there for the limited skiing facilities of the Apuan Alps, the best time to visit the Garfagnana is either the spring, when the trees are in young leaf and the mountaintops still streaked with snow, or autumn, when all colours converge to bronze and gold. Summertime is also a possibility, as travellers may find respite from the boiling cities.

Parma, Italy

The home of our branch of the Brattesani family

Borgotora Italy

The roots of the Brattesani family

Paris, France

Birthplace of Valentina Brattesani

Italy in the 19th Century

An understanding of the times

Edinburgh, Scotland

Is where our Branch of the Quilietti family settled

A little bit of history


The new homeland


The Van Druten connections

Rhode Island, U.S.A.

Is where other Quilietti family members made their new home

Rhode Island’s Italian Catholics

A wee bit history

The Padrone System

Another wee bit history

10 Responses to “PLACES CONNECTED with OUR FAMILY”

  1. Greetings from sunny Florida,

    My name is Robert Gregory Fusco, son of Gregory Joseph Fusco (lost on USS Thresher 1963), son of Libborrio Anthony Fusco (Fusco’s Italian Restaurant) of Endicott, New york. Son of Gregorio Fusco from Scanno Italy. I would enjoy making contact with the Fusco family from other parts of America or Italy. My family doesn’t have any knowledge of the were abouts of my Great Grandfathers 1st cousin Alfonso Fusco, if you or any other family know, please contact me. All of my family, past & present are important to myself & my immediate family. I can be contacted at the below e-mails. Ciao for now & salute’ ROBERT.FUSCO@EGLIN.AF.MIL or RGFRLF2@AOL.COM

  2. Helen says:

    Thank you for getting in touch with me. I will keep a record of your Alfonso and if he comes up in any of my information I will most certainly be in touch. The Fusco family are very large and extended and I know that your quest is very great. But who knows with the help of the internet and people like us it gets a bit easier to find lost relations.

    I will be in touch if I find anything. Helen

  3. Alberta Cook says:

    What a wonderful website it really is a credit to all the hours and hard work that you have put in.A big thank you for the Neri Family imput it is very important to our Family.
    Regards Alberta

  4. Helen says:

    thanks for your comments. Will get back to you soon

  5. hi its Allison nicky quiliettis kid hi people

  6. hi its Allison quilietti nicky quilietties kid hi everyone how things

  7. Helen says:

    like to hear more from you Allison

  8. Helen says:

    Hi Allison glad to meet you and welcome to the family.

  9. Allison quilietti says:

    Hi it’s Allison again just checking in with my fam what uz all up to treasa nearly 90 year old well done glad to still have a great grandma xx

  10. allison quilietti says:

    hi helen who are u
    related to in the family

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