Giorgio Guazzaloca

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Giorgio Guazzaloca
Mayor of Bologna
In office
30 June 1999 – 12 June 2004
Preceded byWalter Vitali
Succeeded bySergio Cofferati
Personal details
Born(1944-02-06)6 February 1944
Bazzano, Italy
Died26 April 2017(2017-04-26) (aged 73)
Bologna, Italy
Political partyCentre-right independent
OccupationPolitician, butcher

Giorgio Guazzaloca (6 February 1944 – 26 April 2017) was an Italian politician, Mayor of Bologna from 1999 to 2004.


Guazzaloca left school when he was 14 and started working in his father's butcher's shop, opening one of his own in 1965.[1]

From 1985 to 1999, Guazzaloca has been the president of the Italian General Confederation of Enterprises office of Bologna, and has been, from 1991 to 1998, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Artisanship.[2]

Mayor of Bologna[edit]

On 19 December 1998, Guazzaloca announced his intention to run for the office of Mayor of Bologna as a centre-right independent candidate, receiving support from the Pole for Freedoms coalition.[3] Surprisingly, in June 1999, Guazzaloca won the runoff against the Olive Tree candidate and became the first right-wing Mayor of Bologna since the end of World War II.[4] He declared that he wanted a city guided not on the basis of political ideologies but exclusively on the basis of the interests of the people of Bologna.

Guazzaloca tried to run for a second term in 2004, but he is defeated in the first round by the Union candidate Sergio Cofferati.[5]

Later life and death[edit]

In 2005, Guazzaloca became a member of the Italian Competition Authority.[6]

Guazzaloca tried one more time to run for the office of Mayor of Bologna in 2009 with his own civic list, ranking third.[7]

He died in the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic in Bologna on 26 April 2017, at the age of 73, after having fought for years against a multiple myeloma.[8]


  1. ^ "È morto Guazzaloca, il macellaio colto che entrò nella storia espugnando Bologna la "rossa"". La Stampa. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Guazzaloca, nella storia di Bologna". Il Resto del Carlino. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Bologna la rossa si divide quanti veleni per un sindaco". La Repubblica. 24 January 1999. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Il crollo del muro rosso". La Repubblica. 28 January 1999. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "La rivincita di Bologna". La Repubblica. 14 June 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Antitrust, entrano Pilati e Guazzaloca". Corriere della Sera. 30 December 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Mille candidati a caccia di 10mila firme". La Repubblica. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  8. ^ "È morto Giorgio Guazzaloca, primo sindaco non comunista di Bologna". La Repubblica. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2018.