He says that he is only interested in two things: cutting hair and writing.
Franco Bompieri was born in Volta Mantovana in 1934 and arrived in Milan in 1949.
He is the owner of Antica Barbieria Colla, one of the oldest and most prestigious hair salons and barber shops in the city, in Via Morone 3. In his spare time, Franco Bompieri is also a writer.
Over the years, a lot of famous people have been in his shop, a sort of British club, where people often discussed about politics and literature.
The most famous Italian publishing companies have published Bompieri’s books: Il freddo nelle ossa (1975) published by Longanesi and Feltrinelli, Arriva il Principe (1978) published by Il Formichiere and Scheiwiller, Antica Barbieria Colla, ovvero della salute dei capelli (1980) published by Feltrinelli, Augusto di Setteprati (1984) published by Sipiel and Mondadori, La chiave sulla porta (1991) published by Sugarco Edizioni, Ai margini: racconti italiani, a cura di Mario Spinella e Massimo Cecconi (1991) published by Franco Angeli, Un’allegra disperazione (1998) published by Mondadori, Presi per i capelli (2000) published by Mondadori, Antica Barbieria Colla: 1904-2004 (2004), Pietre e ritorno published by Rizzoli (2011), Robinie a Manhattan published by Rizzoli (2012).
Franco Bompieri and thus Antica Barbieria Colla reflects a city, Milan, that does not exist any more: the same city where the street cleaners in “Miracolo a Milano” or the pickpockets and the immigrants in “Rocco e i suoi fratelli” lived, and also the elegant city where Luchino Visconti lived. He is a “craftsman of elegance”, who experienced hunger but also attended La Scala theatre, saw street cleaners and princes, thieves and big bankers.