Our Story

Celebrating life's Passaggi since 2014

After gaining diplomas in Funeral Celebrancy and Wedding Celebrancy in the UK from the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants (FOIC), Clarissa Botsford and Sarah Morgan formed Passaggi 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.

We have since had the privilege to expand our team with the addition of Giulia and to celebrate funerals in Rome and Central Italy and weddings throughout Italy. We’ve also been involved in training Italian celebrants on behalf of Cerimonie Uniche as we firmly believe that growing the number of well-trained celebrants in Italy will not only raise the standard of the profession but also provide more options for the growing number of people seeking them for important moments in their lives.

Since our humble beginnings in 2014, we’ve made a name for ourselves collecting positive mentions in the press and kind words from people who have used our services.

All of this would not have been possible on our own: as independent celebrants we’ve been able to rely on a structured network of collaborators who have contributed to different aspects of our work with professionalism and care.

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved together so far and are looking forward to what comes next!

Our Celebrants

Different backgrounds, same passion
Photo: Marina Di Roberto

Photo: Marina Di Roberto

Sarah Morgan

💬Native English speaker, Italian bilingual proficiency — based in Amelia, Umbria

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. As well as being a celebrant, I work as a translator and I lead walking tours. I sing in the Reginelle quintet with Clarissa in Rome and also in a choir in Amelia.

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Photo: Photographers Name

Clarissa Botsford

💬Native English speaker, Italian bilingual proficiency — based in Rome, Lazio

I grew up in the UK and studied English and Italian literature at Cambridge University. After university I moved to Rome and have lived there ever since, where I teach Language and Translation Studies at Roma Tre University. I also work as a translator of Italian literature and poetry. 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.

Photo: Emanuele Grilli

Photo: Emanuele Grilli

Giulia Curiotto

💬Native Italian speaker, English advanced proficiency — based in Amelia, Umbria

I grew up in Rome and then moved to Amelia in my teens. I studied Biotechnology at La Sapienza University in Rome, but after my degree I decided to follow 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 also love to paint and I work in an art studio of decorative arts in Amelia.

Our Values

Ideals all our celebrants strongly believe in

Providing ceremony to acknowledge all life celebrations and significant events;

Preserving the right of personal choice and decision in ceremonies;

Maintaining the highest standards of professional and personal conduct;

Maintaining truth, accuracy, dignity and integrity;

Serving all individuals with respect, sensitivity and professionalism;

Providing a service that recognises the unique personalities of all individuals, being sensitive to their needs, wishes, values, philosophical and spiritual beliefs and cultural backgrounds;

Maintaining cultural awareness with our ceremonies and services;

Refuse to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, philosophy of life, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.

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Image credits

Marina Di Roberto