Sonia Gandhi nee Maino was born on December 9, 1946 in Orbassano, near Turin in Italy. Her father Stefano Maino was a building contractor. Sonia's mother's name is Paola Maino.|
Sonia's father died in 1983. Her mother and two sisters still live in Orbassano, Italy.
Sonia is a Roman Catholic. During her childhood days, Sonia attended a Roman Catholic school run by the Salesian Order.
Sonia met Rajiv Gandhi in 1965 in England, where both were studying.
Rajiv, son of late prime minister Indira Gandhi and grandson of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was studying engineering.
Sony was studying for a Diploma in English. The two fell in love and were married in December 1968.
The marriage took place in Delhi. By all accounts, it was a happy marriage.