Domenica Ercolani-Cristoforo

  • Full name: Domenica Ercolani-Cristoforo
  • Lifespan: 03.07.1910 – 17.11.2023
  • Age: 113 years, 137 days
  • Birthplace: Urbino, Marche, Italy
  • Last residence: Pesaro, Marche, Italy
  • Application date: 22.03.2023
  • Validation date: 22.04.2023
  • Validation source: Alfredo Nocera


Domenica Ercolani, born in Urbino, Marche, Italy, on July 3, 1910, entered into matrimony with Cristoforo, who served as a station manager. As a housewife, she not only cared for her children but also cultivated a fondness for gardening, tending to both a vegetable garden and flowers. Unfortunately, her husband passed away in 1986, and her son Sisto, a doctor, succumbed to a tumor in 1994.

In July 2020, Domenica Ercolani joyously celebrated her 110th birthday, marking her entry into the esteemed ranks of supercentenarians.

On March 30, 2021, Ercolani received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a noteworthy event that placed her among the oldest known individuals to have been vaccinated. At that time, it was reported that she was residing with her daughter, Alessandra, who was born in 1936.

As of her 113th birthday, Domenica Ercolani resided in Pesaro, Marche, Italy. She was then under the loving care of her daughter, Alessandra, with the additional assistance of her grandchildren, Marco and Luca.

By celebrating her 113th birthday, Ercolani became the first supercentenarian in Italy to do so since 22 March 2019, Anna Benericetti’s 113th birthday. She was cared for by her daughter, Alessandra, with the help of her grandchildren, Marco and Luca.

Ercolani died from natural causes on 17 November 2023 in Pesaro, Marche, Italy at the age of 113 years, 137 days. Following her death, then 113-year-old Claudia Baccarini became the oldest living person in Italy.

Longevity Recognition

Ercolani-Cristoforo became the oldest known living person in Italy after the death of 112-year-old Angela Tiraboschi on May 7, 2022. She later became the oldest known living Italian-born person after the death of 112-year-old Delio Venturotti of Brazil on June 1, 2022.

Longevity titles

  • Doyenne of Italy (07.05.2022 – present)


Domenica Ercolani-Cristoforo’s age was verified by Alfredo Nocera, GRG Correspondent for Italy, and validated by the GRG on April 22, 2023.

Domenica Ercolani-Cristoforo at age 112.

Domenica Ercolani-Cristoforo on her wedding day.

Domenica Ercolani-Cristoforo (aged 110) in March 2021, while being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Domenica Ercolani-Cristoforo on her 112th birthday.

Domenica Ercolani-Cristoforo on her 113th birthday.