Italian ambassador to Australia dies after falling from hometown balcony | Italy

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The Italian ambassador to Australia died after falling from a balcony in her home town of Foligno in the Umbria region.

Ambassador Francesca Tardioli, 56, was found dead outside her home after apparently falling from the third floor, according to reports. The incident is being investigated by Italian police.

“Heartbreaking news of the passing of Ambassador Francesca Tardioli. Dear friend. Brilliant colleague. Highly respected diplomat,” Australian Ambassador to Italy Margaret Twomey wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts are with her family, his friends.”

Twomey described Tardioli as one of Italy’s greatest gifts to Australia.

The Italian embassy and foreign ministry also mourned her on social media.

”It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Francesca Tardioli and join in the grief of the family. She was a great diplomat and servant of the state,’ the Italian foreign ministry said on Twitter.

“She reportedly lost her balance as she leaned over her balcony,” Italian news agency AGI reported.

Tardioli, who served as Ambassador since September 2019 and was fluent in English and French and had a good knowledge of German and Spanish. She joined the Italian National Diplomatic Service in 1991.

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