Pier Luigi Vestrini

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePier Luigi•Vestrini
Used namePier Luigi•Vestrini
Born26 January 1905 in Firenze, Firenze (ITA)
Died30 November 1989 in Rosignano Marittimo, Livorno (ITA)
AffiliationsU.C. Livornesi, Livorno (ITA)
NOC Italy


Pier Luigi Vestrini was an Italian rower and painter. With his brothers Renzo and Roberto, he was part of the Unione Canottieri Livornesi. They took part in the European Championships at Lucerne in 1926, winning a silver in the coxed pair; at Como in 1927, where they won both the coxed and coxless pair; and at Bydgoszcz in 1929, defending their title in the coxed pair. They also competed at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, after having won four Italian championships,

In 1928 at Amsterdam, in the semifinal they beat the favored United States boat, and in the final they faced Switzerland. Renzo was suffering from fever, unbeknownst to Pier Luigi, and he fell into the water from exhaustion, the boat overturned, which cost them any chance at victory.

After the Olympics, Pier Luigi stopped rowing competitively and became a breeder of hunting dogs. He was co-founder of the Pointer Club Italia, the first Italian breeder of Irish Setters, and then he focused on English Setters and Pointers. He worked together in the breeding business with his son, Carlo Augusto.

Pier Luigi Vestrini was also a painter and a pupil of Angiolo Tommasi. From an early age he devoted himself to painting hunting scenes, Maremma landscapes, horses, cowboys, and oxen. His paintings were published by numerous magazines.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Rowing ITA Pier Luigi Vestrini
Coxed Pairs, Men (Olympic) Italy AC h1 r3/5

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