Cerisola Mausoleum

Cerisola Mausoleum
Cerisola Mausoleum

After the detour to the Church of San Lorenzo you will come across a colorful wall called "Mausoleum Cerisola" built by Giuseppe "Peppin" Cerisola.

Peppin, called "Carnera" for his powerful physique, was a typical character, very famous in Varigotti. He was taken prisoner by the English during the last war and brought to Australia in the labour camps. After the war he returned to Varigotti but, on discovering his beloved fiancée married with children, he returned to the Australian continent where he remained for thirty years as a lifeguard. He then returned in 1976 when his parents' health required it. It is said that in that period he saved a person at sea thanks to his excellent qualities as a swimmer. He was a loner, with a gloomy and shady character, but he taught children to swim and many remembered him as they grew up. He created this bizarre monument near his garden; a wall with lifebuoys and other marine symbols, terracotta tiles, niches and notice boards. Numerous inscriptions in English and Italian appear, as well as newspaper articles in which Cerisola also records the people he had saved in the seas of the world.

Curious is the detail of the encounter with a white shark of which it details its weight and dimensions.

Carnera for his physical prowess, the Australian for having lived in Australia, Hero of the Seven Seas for having saved many lives, he died in 2006 leaving this colourful mark in the history of Varigotti's country.

Giuseppe (Peppin) Cerisola
Giuseppe (Peppin) Cerisola