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1806-1813 - Haymarket (Westminster) Entertainment & Music & Xenophopbia & Italy & place: Senigallia Soprano Angelica Catalani was born on 10 May 1780 in Senigallia, Ancona. At the age of twelve she was sent to the convent of Santa Lucia at Gubbio, 1790-1814 - Strand (Covent Garden) Animal Trade & Entertainment & Painting & Italy & place: Moltrasio Showman and menagerie keeper Stephano [Stephen] Polito was born in 1763/4 at Moltrasio on Lake Como. In the early 1790s he specialised in the 1932-1966 - Kings Road (Chelsea) Entertainment & Trade & Italy & place: Formia Club owner Reny U. de Meo was born about 1890 in Formia on the coast of Lazio. Having served in World War I, he sailed to New York, spent time in 1780-1787 - Artillery Ground (City of London) Ballooning & Entertainment & Italy & place: Lucca Hot air balloonist Vincenzo Lunardi was born in Lucca on 11 January 1759 into a family of minor 1774-1828 - Strand (Covent Garden) Entertainment & Royalty & Theatre & Italy & place: Rome Pantomimist, dancer, and theatrical manager Carlo Antonio Delpini was born around 1740 in Rome, possibly in the parish of San Martino. He was a 1758-1788 Clare Market (Westminster) Dance & Dentistry & Entertainment & Sex & Italy Giuseppe [Joseph] Grimaldi was probably born between 1709 and 1716, the son of the dancer John Baptist Grimaldi, one of a family of Italian 1742-1805 - Elystan Place (Chelsea) Entertainment & Gardens & Jews & Music & Italy In the course of the eighteenth century in England witnessed the flourishing of the ‘tea garden’. Designed for entertainment, it contained a 1720-1728 - Haymarket (Westminster) Dance & Entertainment Rope-dancer, acrobat, and theatre company manager Signora Violante was born in 1682 (details are lacking). Her maiden name is not known; her husband 1729-1815 - Haymarket (Westminster) Entertainment & Impresarios & Salons & Sex & Italy & place: Venice British Grand Tourists brought back a passionate love of all aspects of Italian culture. When Vauxhall Gardens opened to the paying public in 1729, 1662-onwards - The Piazza (Covent Garden) Entertainment & Linguistics & Pubs & Polari The Punch and Judy show has its roots in the sixteenth-century Italian commedia dell’arte. The figure of Punch derives from the Neapolitan stock