My name is Al Stefanelli. I am a retired author, writer, journalist and publisher. I am a citizen of both the United States (by birth), and Italy (via ruling of the Corte Suprema di Cassazione – Sezione prima – sentenza 13 maggio – 28 luglio 2009, n. 17548 – Jus Sanguinis). I am also a descendant of the Filangeri (Filangieri) Royal Family through maternal line.
This entire website is a tribute to my family, their history, ancestry, triumphs, tribulations and how they shaped Sicily. It is a labor of love. The information contained herein has been gathered from the Internet, family histories, personal images and collections of writing that I’ve been collecting over the years.
Below, you will find a couple of galleries in the form of slideshows and thumbnails. These galleries represent only some of the images on this website, and comprise images of the Filangeri Palaces, Villas and Castles, as well as other images of various ancestors and other related images. There are also pictures along both side of this article.
Couple Things First
This is a work in progress, and it is expansive. While there is a lot of information about my ancestors, as well as many pictures, I still have many documents and pictures to scan and will be adding to this site regularly. Also, other family members send me things that need to be formatted, etc. Also, a lot of the information I receive is in Italian and has to be translated.
The information on this page is an amalgamation of some of the more interesting points in the family history. For details, visit the pages under the “Lineage” link on the menu bar. It is much more detailed, as are all the individual pages here.
Since this is not an income-generating website, and my Italian is horrific, I have to use translation software then attempt to correct the grammar. So, sometimes the grammar is a bit iffy.
A special shout-out to my cousin, Dennis Filangeri, who has spent considerable time on another Filangeri Website, “The Filangeri Project.”
A page has also been set up for another special member of the family, Beatrice Feo Filangeri. Check the menu above under “Lineages”
The Filangeris had palaces, castles and villas all over Sicily. For a time, the family owned almost a third of the entire island. The most famous is the Palazzo Filangeri-Cuto. There is also the Castle Avellino, the Palazzo Mirto, the Palazzo Filangeri in Monreale, and structures the cities of Villafrati, San Marco D’Alunzio and the Castlemarra.
Here are couple galleries of the Palazzo Filangeri-Cuto, and a couple pics of other places.
For more images, click the menu links above.
For more images, please feel free to click around a bit. This site is updated periodically.