Giuseppina Projetto, born on March 20th, 1903 and dubbed the “grandmother of Italy”, became Europe's oldest living person last December, and was the world's second oldest person when she died at home last Friday. She had said eating chocolate every day and keeping positive were the keys to her long life.
Now Maria Giuseppa Robucci, known locally as 'nonna Peppa', is the third oldest person in the world and oldest woman in Europe. The two oldest woman on the globe both live in Japan and are aged 117 and 115.
Nonna Peppa on her 115th birthday earlier this year. Photo: Foggia Today TV
Robucci also holds the title of Italy's oldest mayor, having been named honorary mayor of her hometown, Poggio Imperiale, in 2015.
She was born on March 20th, 1903, and lives with her daughter Filomena and son-in-law, according to local paper Foggia Today. She has had five children, nine grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren, and managed a bar with her husband, who died in 1982.
As for her secret to old age, Robucci has previously said she has been able to stay healthy by abstaining from alcohol and cigarettes.
Many scientists have sought to identify the key to Italy's extraordinary longevity, with suggestions ranging from a Mediterranean diet to hormones to sex.