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...

Italian lawmakers will start voting to elect the country’s new president on Jan. 24, with Prime Minister Mario Draghi a top contender in a process that could last several days and spark political turmoil. The date of the first secret ballot for choosing a successor to President Sergio Mattarella was announced by the head of the parliament’s lower c...

In what was due to be his last New Year speech as the country's president, Sergio Mattarella on Friday thanked Italians for their "maturity and sense of responsibility" during the two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Mattarella, 80, was elected Italy's 12th president on Jan. 31, 2015, and his seven-year mandate will end in January. He repeatedly...

An extraordinary project opens the doors of the Quirinale to (virtual) visitors from all over the world. Just go to the Google Arts & Culture platform to visit rooms, courtyards, details little known to the general public: the Courtyard of Honor or the Salone dei Corazzieri, the largest room of all, of which you can admire the magnificent wooden ce...

The celebrated designer Giorgio Armani received Italy's highest honour on Friday for his services to Italian fashion. The president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, bestowed the Knight Grand Cross on the 87-year-old fashion stylist at a private ceremony in the Quirinal Palace. Armani stated that he was "proud to represent Italy" and "honoured to receiv...

The youngest is eleven year old Gennaro Dragone, who in San Giovanni a Tenduccio, in Naples, has managed to create the first "energy community of Central Southern" Italy. The most creative Federica Mauro, an autistic girl from Arezzo, whose work was chosen by the Dante society of London as the poster for the international competition 'Dante 700' an...

Italy's president Sergio Mattarella will attend the annual ceremony to mark National Unity and Armed Forces Day at Rome’s Altare della Patria at 10.00 on 4 November. Accompanied by defence minister Lorenzo Guerini and top military authorities, the head of state will lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, or il Milite Ignoto, a century aft...

The witness of the winning relay. The gift, the moment, the thrill even if it’s hot in the Quirinale gardens. Lorenzo Patta, Marcell Jacobs, Fausto Desalu and Filippo Tortu deliver the object of their golden sprint to the head of state. It is the most exciting moment, but another one with the same impact immediately follows: with Ambra Sabatini, Ma...

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, I wish first and foremost to express the closeness of the Italian people to the families of the victims of that heinous attack and to all the people of the United States, in keeping with the deep and long-standing friendship that binds our two countries. A s...