about us

After gaining diplomas in Funeral Celebrancy and Wedding Celebrancy in the UK from the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants (FOIC), Clarissa and Sarah founded the Passaggi Association in order “to provide support and ritual to people who seek non-religious ceremonies for the important passages of life: funerals, weddings, civil unions, naming ceremonies and renewal of vows”  (click here for our mission statement and Statute).  We have since had the privilege to celebrate funerals in Rome and Central Italy and weddings throughout Italy, and have been involved in training Italian celebrants on behalf of Cerimonie Uniche. We are proud that Giulia has joined the Passaggi team.

 

Passaggi celebrants

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.

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. I am a trainer for Italian celebrants on behalf of Cerimonie Uniche.

Giulia Curiotto

I grew up in Rome and then moved to Amelia in my teens, where I feel completely at home in the Umbrian countryside. I got a degree in Biotechnology from La Sapienza University in Rome, but instead of working in that field I followed my interests in communication and human relationships and studied to become a counsellor. I was drawn by the same reasons to become a celebrant and enjoy getting to know people’s stories. I did my training in wedding and funeral celebrancy with Cerimonie Uniche and I am really happy to be working with Passaggi. I also love to paint and I work in an art studio of decorative arts in Amelia.

Passaggi in the press

“Celebrancy Comes to Italy: independent celebrants provide Rome residents with non-religious rites of passage”, Wanted in Rome, April 2017, pp. 10-12

Click here for part one.

Click here for part two.

Passaggi is mentioned in “Feste, nozze e funerali: ecco i celebranti laici” from Venerdì di Repubblia, May 22, 2015, p. 47