Laura Denise: Italy’s Cultural, Social Maven in Washington

Oct 23, 2013 1665

By Gail Scott

She loves what she does. "It's easy to promote my country because I love my country," said Laura Denise Noce Benigni Olivieri, wife of Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero. "I love meeting people. When I tell people I'm from Italy, they have wonderful things to say: It's so lovely, I really enjoyed Italy, or they just smile."

And the Bisognieros have used the love that they and many Americans have for Italy in an unprecedented promotional campaign, both inside and outside the Beltway. Since arriving in Washington in January 2012, Laura Denise and her husband have become one of the most — if not the most — active diplomatic couples in town.

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