On 25 April Italy celebrates the 77th Festa della Liberazione which marks the country’s liberation from German occupation and fascist rule at the end of world war two. A public holiday across Italy, all state schools and offices are closed on Monday 25 April, as well as many shops. The day is marked in Rome with a ceremony at 09.00 at the Altare de...

Giovanni D'Antonio will be the protagonist of the opening ceremony of Procida Italian Capital of Culture 2022: the young man, just 18 years old, will give a lectio magistralis in front of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella today, the opening day of the long event that this year comes to Procida. Giovanni D'Antonio, just turned 18 and a...

Ciao from Rome!   I wrote my last editorial right before the week when the Italian Parliament would elect the new President of the Republic. We dedicated the cover of the January issue of our magazine to the President who was ending his 7 years, Sergio Mattarella, to thank him for his wonderful service. In that very weekend we also decided to ask s...

Italian President Sergio Mattarella received an astounding 55 rounds of applause from an otherwise divided parliament Thursday after he was sworn in to a second term in office. Mattarella, 80, agreed to remain in office after Italy’s fractious parties failed to agree on a successor, citing a sense of responsibility given the ongoing pandemic and ef...

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has agreed to serve a second term after coalition parties failed to agree on a compromise candidate for the office. The 80-year-old emerged as the most popular choice after six days of often tense voting in Rome. He had expressed a desire to leave office, but local media reported Prime Minister Mario Draghi had c...

Ciao from Rome! As every January, the yearbook of We the Italians is available with the 24 interviews of the past year, both in Italian and English. This is our eighth book: one in English, one in Italian, and six yearbooks like this one, in two languages. Dear friends, I am writing this editorial in the days when the Italian Parliament elects the...

Dear fellow citizens, I have always experienced this traditional end-of-year event with great involvement and also with some emotion. Today these feelings are heightened by the fact that, in a few days, as provided in the Constitution, my role as President will end. My wish for you is therefore all the more intense because, in addition to the need...

At the end of the month, Italy will choose its new President, the successor of Sergio Mattarella. Contrarily to what happens in the US, however, citizens don’t vote for their head of state directly: it’s the Parliament that decides. This is because Italy and the US are two different types of republics: the US is a presidential one, while Italy is a...

The President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, received this past Friday, January 7, 2022, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti at the Quirinale building, with the Director General of the European Space Agency, Josef Aschbacher, the President of the Italian Space Agency, Giorgio Saccoccia, and the Head of Cabinet of ESA Director-General...

Italian president Sergio Mattarella marked the 225th anniversary of the nation's tricolour on Friday, hailing the flag as "symbol of Italy and witness to the path that led to the construction of the republic, free and democratic." "Many tragic and heroic events accompanied the achievement of a common destiny", said the outgoing head of state, whose...