Isola delle Femmine Connection



Monuments to the Immigrants

Monuments recognizing the contributions of the Isola delle Femmine immigrants can be found in Monterey, Martinez, and Pittsburg, all in California.

Monterey, CA

Left: Pietro (Pete) Ferranti immigrated to the U.S.  in 1899.  Here he is recognized as a founder of the fishing and canning industries in Monterey.  The inscription reads "Pietro Ferranti, 1867-1954, by vision and example an inspiration and leader among the founders of the Monterey fishing and canning industry which added greatly to the history and fortune of Monterey."  This bust is located between Fisherman's Wharf and the Heritage Harbor complex in Monterey.

 Above Right: A statue of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Monterey's Sicilian fisherman, stands on a pedestal overlooking Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf.  The inscription at the base of the statue reads "Santa Rosalia patron saint of the Italian fisherman in Monterey (Palermo 1132-September 4, 1166).  This monument is respectfully and gratefully dedicated in memory of those courageous Sicilian fisherman whose labors and pioneering spirit, at the beginning of the 20th century, created and developed a great sardine industry and whose heritage and culture contributed significantly to the growth of this City and its surrounding areas."

Below: Buildings in the Heritage Harbor complex near Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey are named for individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community.  The Giamona building, shown below, is named for Francesca Giamona, a founder of Monterey's Santa Rosalia Festival.

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Martinez, CA

This monument is located in Martinez, California.  It can be found at the water front overlooking the Sacramento River. It recognizes the original Sicilian fisherman.  The names on this memorial are:

  • Aiello, Antonino & Family 

  • Aiello, Francesco & Family
  • Aiello, Giuseppe & Family 
  • Aiello, Mercurio & Family 
  • Aiello, Vincenzo& Family 
  • Amato, Peter 
  • Balestrieri, Giuseppe 
  • Bellecci, Francesco & Family
  • Bellecci, John & Salvadore C.
  • Bellecci, Giovanni & Family
  • Bruno, Gaetano & Family 
  • Bruno, Francesco 
  • Cardinalli, Nino & Family 
  • Chantri, Andrew & Family 
  • Ciaramitero, Francesco 
  • Compagno, Salvatore 
  • Compagno, Salvatore R. 
  • Costanza, Rocco & Family 
  • Davi, Peter B. 
  • DiMaggio, Giuseppe & Family 
  • DiMaggio, Nino & Francesco 
  • DiMaggio, Salvatore & Family 
  • DiMaggio, Vincenzo& Family 
  • Drago, Salvatore & Family 
  • Ferranti, Horace 
  • Ferranti, Giuseppe & Family 
  • Ferranti, Peter & Family 
  • Fontana, Giuseppe & Family 
  • Franchi, Tony & Family 
  • Galli, Salvatore 
  • Giamona, Paul & Family 
  • Gianno, Pietro & Family 
  • LoBello, Vincenzo & Rocco 
  • LiCavoli, Giuseppe 
  • Lucido, Agostino & Family 
  • Lucido, Francesco & Orazio 
  • Lucido, Frank Paul & Family 
  • Lucido, G. (Gavallo) & Family 
  • Lucido, Nino, Ray & Sal 
  • Lucido, Peppi (Palido) & Family 
  • Lucido, Pietro 
  • Marazzani Family 
  • Marchi, Francesco 
  • Mercurio, Domenio & Sal 
  • Pagnini, Paul 
  • Pellegrini, Luigi & Family 
  • Pizzimenti, Natale & Family 
  • Quontamatteo, Fred Sr. & Family 
  • Romeo, Vincent & Family 
  • Rubino, Neno 
  • Russo, Antonio & Family 
  • Russo, Natali 
  • Russo, Salvatore & Family 
  • San Filippo, Francesco 
  • Sansone, Giuseppe & Family 
  • Savioni, Mario 
  • Scola, Jim & Family 
  • Tarantino, Giuseppe 
  • Troia, Pietro & Family 
  • Vitale, Nick 

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Pittsburg, CA

Isola delle Femmine Plaza in Pittsburg, California honors the Sicilian fisherman for their contribution to the City of Pittsburg.  The park also contains a monument (not pictured) listing the names of the original fisherman. This listing appears  below.  Pittsburg and Isola delle Femmine are sister cities.  A replica of the fisherman statue shown here can be found in a waterfront park, the Piazza de Pittsburg, in Isola delle Femmine (see Photo 1 page). The sculptor of both statues was Frank Vitale.  The fisherman in the art work is a likeness of the sculptor's father.

Fishermen's Memorial, Pittsburg, California (not pictured)  

  The inscription on the memorial reads, "In memory of the Italian fishing pioneers who  settled and developed early Pittsburg."  The names on the memorial are listed below  alphabetically.  This is not the order in which they appear on the memorial.

Vincenzo Adante

Vincenzo Adante

Antonio Aiello

Arasino Aiello

Erasimo Aiello

Francesco Aiello

Gioacchino Aiello

Giovanni Aiello

Giuseppe Aiello

Giuseppe Aiello

Giuseppe Aiello

Giuseppe Aiello

John Aiello

Joseph Aiello

Matteo Aiello

Michele Aiello

Orazio Aiello

Paolo Aiello

Paul Aiello

Pietro Aiello

Rosario Aiello

Salvatore Aiello

Tuni Aiello

Vincenzo Aiello

Vincenzo Aiello

Orazio Abono

Giuseppe Allioti

Giovanni Anello

Giuseppe Archedono 

Salvatore Arno

Tredo Ballante 

Antonio Bellecci

Ciro Bellecci 

Giuseppe Bellecci

Marco Bellecci 

Orazio Bellecci 

Orazio Bellecci 

Paolo Bellecc

Pete Bellecci

Salvatore Bellecci

Stefano Bellecci 

Steve Bellecc

Vincenzo Belleci 

Natale Bologna

Placid Bono 

Antonino Bruno 

Antonio Bruno

B.C. Bruno

Benito Bruno

Benito Bruno

Cosimo Bruno

Erasimo Bruno

Francesco Bruno

Frank Bruno 

Giuseppe Bruno

Giuseppe Bruno 

Giuseppe S. Bruno

Nino Bruno 

Pepino Bruno

Pietro Bruno

Salvatore Bruno

Shedo Bruno

Shedo Bruno

Tredo Bruno

Tredo Bruno

Vincenzo Bruno

Vincenzo Bruno

Bonaventura Calvaliere

Andrew Cardinale

A.W. Cardinale

Benito Cardinale

George Cardinale

Girolamo Cardinale

Giuseppe Cardinale

Pietro Cardinale

Rosario Cardinale 

Salvatore Cardinale 

Shedo Cardinale

Stefano Cardinale

Vincenzo Cardinale 

Vincenzo Cardinale 

Vincenzo Cardinale 

Erasimo Cataldo

Giuseppe Catalone

Nick Catania

Vincenzo Catania 

Dave Cato

Pasquale Ciaramitero 

Santo Comina

Gaetano Compagno

Nino Compagno

Nito Compagno

Sal Compagno 

Ratzi Coniglio

Paolo Costa 

Frank Costanza

Gaetano Costanza

Joseph Costanza 

Nino Costanza 

Nino Costanza 

Rocco Costanza

Andrew Crivello

Gaetano Cutino

Paolo Cutino

A.E. Davi

A.G. Davi

Anthony Davi

Antonio Davi

Antonio Davi

Antonio Davi

Antonio Davi

Antonio B .Davi

Barney Davi 

Bartolo Davi

Benito Davi 

Erasimo Davi 

Erasimo Davi 

Francesco Davi 

Giuseppe Davi 

Giuseppe Davi 

James Davi

Joe Davi

Nino Davi 

Nino Davi 

Orazio Davi 

Salvatore Davi

Tredo Davi

O.V. Davi

Giuseppe DiFlori

Chico DiMaggio 

Gaetano DiMaggio 

Gaetano DiMaggio 

Giuseppe DiMaggio

Giuseppe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio

Nino DiMaggio

Ratzi DiMaggio

Salvatore DiMaggio

Victor DiMaggio 

Vincent DiMaggio 

Vincenzo DiMaggio

Ciro DiMercurio

Giovanni DiMercurio

Matteo DiMercurio 

Pepe DiMercurio

Sal DiMercurio

Salvatore DiMercurio

Shedo DiMercurio 

Tonto DiMercurio 

Joseph DeRosa

Giuseppe DiStefano

Joe DiStefano

Frank Paul Enea 

Rocco Enea

Sebastian Enea 

Silvester Enea 

Antonio Ferranti 

Chico Ferranti 

Francesco Ferranti

Nino Ferranti

Pete Ferranti

Ratzi Ferranti

Vincenzo Flores 

Paul Flores

Gaetano Galla

Domenic Gentile 

Alexander Grillo

Andrew Grillo

Carl Grillo

Joe Grillo 

Antonio Lombardo

Frank Lombardo

Frank Lombardo

Frank Lombardo

Joe "Pepe" Lombardo 

Salvatore Lombardo 

Salvatore Lombardo 

Rosario Luccadello

Antonino Lucido

Erasimo Lucido

Francesco Lucido

Giovanni Lucido

Giuseppe Lucido 

Giuseppe Lucido 

Gus Lucido 

Nino Lucido 

Nino Lucido 

Orazio Lucido

Paolo Lucido

Pietro Lucido

Pietro Lucido

Pietro Lucido

Rocco Lucido

Salvatore Lucido

Vincent Lucido 

Vincenzo Lucido

Vincenzo Lucido

Vincenzo Lucido

Vincenzo Malenise

Andrew Mercurio 

Antonio Mercurio 

Frank Mercurio

Giuseppe Mercurio

Michael Mercurio 

Pepe Mercurio 

Pietro Mercurio

Salvatore Mercurio

Tredo Mercurio

Rosario Moreno 

Sebastino Napa

Lawrence Orlando 

Mercurio Orlando

Salvatore Partinico 

Fillipo Premeso

Giuseppe Rappa 

Topny Ricano

Salvatore Ricardo

Vincenzo Riccobono

Genaro Rizzo

Pietro Rizzo

Horace Romeo 

Joe Romeo

Nino Romeo

Sal Romeo 

Sal Rubino 

Antonio Russo

Antonio Russo

Antonio Russo

Antonio Russo

Antonio Russo

Antonio Russo 

Frank Russo

Gaetano Russo

Giuseppe Russo

Leonardo Russo 

Nino Russo 

Orazio Russo

Pepino Russo

Salvatore Russo

Salvatore Russo

Salvatore Russo

Stefano Russo 

Tredo Russo

Vincenzo Russov

Gaetano Scola

Erasimo Siino

Frank Siino

G.E. Siino 

Pietro Siino

Domenic Spinalli

Salvatore Taormina 

Erasimo Terezza

Francisco Terezza

Giuseppe Terezza

Antonio Troia

Antonio Troia

Joe Troia

Alfred Viscuso

Gaetano Viscuso

John Viscuso

Pepino Viscuso

Ignazio Canepa

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