The Italian National Day was celebrated on June 1, 2009, under the patronage of the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia. The event took place in the magnificent setting of the prestigious Franklin Institute, where important members of the American, Italo-American and Italian communities of Philadelphia participated. All were welcomed by Consul General Luigi Scotto and his wife Alexandra.
The evening’s program included various manifestations of Italian Culture and Tradition, such as the concert by the Artistic Duo Milo-Faillaci, pianist and tenor who arrived from Italy specifically for this event and featured a performance of Italian regional, modern and opera songs. The attentive crowd enjoyed a multimedia presentation of the Italian Acrobatic Air Force ‘Frecce Tricolore’, the display of a Ferrari 550 Maranello at the museum entrance, and a cocktail reception which offered a vast selection of Italian culinary delights and wines.
One of the most important moments of the evening came when Consul General Scotto addressed his guests stressing the strong ties and common values between the two countries and in particular how Philadelphia shares a common history with Florence, his sister city. The presence of Mayor Michael Nutter was most appreciated, this being his first appearance at an Italian National Day Celebration, and his remarks regarding the attachments he feels to the Italian Community in the city were welcomed with enthusiasm by all.
In addition, during the course of the evening’s celebration, the invited guests had the opportunity to privately view the exhibit, Galileo – The Medici & The Age of Astronomy featuring Galileo’s original telescope as well as many other historical scientific instruments. The exhibit will be open until September 9.
(Pictured above, Consul General Luigi Scotto with his wife Alexandra and Philly Mayor Michael Nutter)