CnP: Well, you are a family of many talents. Your family name is Gibelli. Does your family's lineage go all the way back to the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick von Hohenstaufen or his close associates?
CG:We don't know exactly how old our family name is. The oldest living part of the family says that there are two different family roots, but both lead to the same root name. From one way there is a branch of our family that should derive from an Arabian pirate but I don't know exactly when. The root word here is GEBEL that means MOUNTAIN. Our cousin Maria Grazia says that my father and me belong to that branch, with his deeply dark velvet eyes and black hair. The other branch of the Gibelli family comes from the north of Europe. They are very tall and thin, and have a particular hair color that is not simply red, but precisely "Tiziano red" (you know? That's copper red), and grey-green eyes. They descend from an ancient aristocratic lineage and the name Gibelli, in this case, surely comes from the German word "Wibellingen" that used to describe the supporters of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (copper red beard, of course) in the Middle Ages. My cousin says that their features (tall, red copper hair, thin, etc) prove that they were a noble lineage. I want to tell you another interesting thing! My father's uncle Vincenzo Gibelli (from the red-hair branch) was THE FIRST ITALIAN TO GRADUATE IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE at the University of Venice, Ca' Foscari. He taught and translated a lot of prominent Russian authors, like Chekhov and Turgenev. He is also the author of the 1964 Encyclopedia of the Soviet Music History in 2 volumes, that was praised by the Moscow State University! He spoke a lot of languages, for instance German with a cultural and elegant accent and had real passion for Russia!