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Maria Oliva
Maria Oliva
Oliva at age 110
Birth: 16 April 1909
Piazza Armerina, Enna, Sicily, Italy
Death: 27 August 2021
Armerina, Enna, Sicily, Italy
Age: 112 years, 133 day
Country: Italy ITA

Maria Oliva (born 16 April 1909 – 27 August 2021), known as "Grandma Marietta" was an Italian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was the oldest living person in Italy from the death of Erminia Bianchini until her own.


Maria Oliva was born in Piazza Armerina, Enna, Sicily, Italy on 16 April 1909. She had seven siblings: the last surviving, Lucia, died in March 2021 at the age of 99 in Torino. She survived the Spanish flu in 1918.

Oliva married in 1927, and moved in Monte neighborhood. She had eight children (three are dead as of 2021), who gave her 58 grandchildren and great-grandchildren (as of 2021). Her husband died in 1975. The secret of her longevity is an healthy alimentation, with the countryside's vegetables, that she picked up until she couldn't.

Oliva is a fervent believer. In September 2018, aged 109, she met Pope Francis during his visit in Piazza Armerina. In the front row, she was determined to meet him, and the Pope shaked her hand. It was the last time she left her house.

Aged 111, Oliva became the oldest living person in Italy following the death of Erminia Bianchini on 23 June 2020. Oliva was reported to be lucid, and can remember things well; however, she was bedridden. On 14 April 2021, she was visited by Nino Cammarata, the mayor of Piazza Armerina, who gave her flowers.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Olivia celebrated her 112th birthday in restricted committee, with her daughter Nunzia and some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, her family being waiting the doctor's mind.

Oliva died in Piazza Armerina, Enna, Sicily, Italy, at the age of 112 years, 133 days. Following her death, Ida Zoccarato became the oldest living person in Italy.



Italy's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Maria Fionda • Maria Luisa Pepe • Carmela Sansone • Paolina Picchi • Marta Cerruti • Eugenia Raco • Francesco Paba • Maria Irrigato • Francesco Soldati Gabbini • Peppa Ferrante • Giuseppina Misasi • Vincenza Pannuti • Maria Imperiali • Ulrico Miani • Assunta Mazzotta • Caterina Cipolla • Lida Bertonati • Nazzarena Di Leo • Santa Caddeo • Carolina Piatti • Annunziata Di Vincenzo • Luigi Saba • Ida Pietrobon • Giuseppe De Bonis • Cesare Di Claudio • Ottavia Trafeli • Rosalinda Del Duca • Paolo Gioletta • Luigina Pepe • Francesca Adelfio • Domenico Minervino • Maddalena Figone • Maria Sirianni • Giuseppa Spolitu • Chelidonia Merosi-Lollobrigida • Valentino Stella • Eleonora Casagrande • Maria Addolorata de Vitis • Antonio Baldo • Giovanna Lizzio • Antonio Todde • Teresa Fumarola • Giovanni Frau • Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi • Giulia Sani-Casagli • Lorenza Dotta • Maria Negri • Lucia Lauria • Ida Frabboni • Venere Pizzinato-Papo • Stella Nardari-Vecchiato • Maria Redaelli • Emma Morano • Marie-Josephine GaudetteGiuseppina Projetto-FrauMaria Giuseppa RobucciAnna BenericettiValesca TanganelliErminia BianchiniMaria Oliva