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BIOGRAPHY

Lovallo was born in a vineyard in the hamlet of Avigliano, Basilicata, Italy, on 28 March 1914. His first job was a shepherd, which he acquired aged 16. Later, until the onset of World War II, he worked cultivating land with wheat and corn.

During World War II, Lovallo fought on the front lines. He was in Bari, and was held prisoner in Corfu for a time. After the war’s end, he returned to his homeland and found employment as a muleteer.

Lovallo married and had three children, two daughters and one son. As a centenarian, he would remain active, tending his vineyard or nurturing his flock of 10 sheep. When he was 103 years old, he claimed that a healthy, stress-free life was the secret of his longevity. He still possessed the ability to use a hoe and pruning shears.

Lovallo lives in Avigliano, in the smaller hamlet of Sarnelli, at the age of 110.

RECOGNITION

Following the death of Michele Cicora on 31 March 2024, Lovallo became Italy’s oldest living man. He is the first male from the region of Basilicata to attain supercentenarian status.

Lovallo’s age was validated by the ESO on 14 May 2024.

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