Colonna, Giovanni born at the beginning of the 13th century. He entered the Dominican order; was in 1236 provincial of his order in Tuscany; became in 1255 archbishop of Messina, and in 1262 archbishop of Nicosia, in Cyprus. The latter see he resigned in 1263, on account of political disturbances in Cyprus. He died between 1280 and 1290. He wrote Liber de viris illustribus ethnicis et Christianis (published in 1720, with notes by B. Zoanelli). A number of other works (as Mare historiarum, Epistolae ad diversos, De gloria Paradisi, etc.) have never been printed. See Wetzer u. Welte, Kirchen-Lex. 2:679 sq.