Luigi Frati, the Rector of La Sapienza University in Rome, has become one of the most notorious figures in [a] scandal which local media have dubbed “Parentopoli” – or “Relative-gate”.

A doctor by training, Professor Frati has, both as rector and formerly as head of the university’s medical faculty, overseen the promotion of his wife from being a local high school history teacher, to becoming Professor of Medical History.

His daughter also gained a post as Professor of Legal Medicine – without any specific medical education. And his son was made an associate professor in cardiology aged just 31, one of the youngest Italians to gain such an appointment.

He has denied claims of nepotism, insisting that all his loved-ones just happen to be the best qualified.

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3 Responses to “Ah, Italy…”

  1. adam Says:

    Ah, Luigi! Fratello di tutti frati.

  2. Alan Allport Says:

    Does this even qualify as a scandal by Italian standards?

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Alan: LOL.

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