about us

We founded the Passaggi Association in order “to provide support and ritual to people who seek non-religious cerimonies for the important passages of life: funerals, weddings, civil unions, naming ceremonies and renewal of vows” as stated in our Statute. After gaining diplomas in Funeral Celebrancy and Wedding Celebrancy in the UK from the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants (FOIC), we have had the privilege to celebrate funerals in Rome and Central Italy and weddings throughout Italy. We are now working as trainers for Italian celebrants and our profiles feature in the national website Cerimonie Uniche, or Unique Ceremonies (www.cerimonieuniche.com).

Click here for our mission statement and Statute.

Passaggi celebrants


Clarissa Botsford

I grew up in the UK and studied English and Italian literature at Cambridge University and Comparative Education and Intercultural Studies at London University. After university I moved to Italy and I have lived in Rome ever since, where I teach Language and Translation Studies at Roma Tre University and have brought up three
children. I am an award-winning translator of Italian literature and poetry and am passionate about music. I sing in a Renaissance all women’s quintet and play the violin, viola and mandolin in a folk group.



Sarah Morgan

I grew up in Australia and studied History and Literature there, in the US and in Italy. I moved to Italy permanently after my Ph.D and lived in Rome before moving to Amelia in Umbria. I work as a translator from Italian to English, teach English in Italian schools, organise cultural travel tours, and I am the secretary of an association that supports parenting and breastfeeding. I sing in the Reginelle quintet with Clarissa in Rome and also in a choir in Amelia.