Ambassador of Italy to Georgia
The 2009 Florence symposium “The Caucasus: Georgia on the Crossroads. Cultural exchanges across Europe and beyond” enriches the long and diversified tradition of cooperation between Italy and Georgia in the field of art and culture.
Thanks to an event of such magnitude and significance, as well as to the organizers’ commitment in Georgia and Italy, it will be possible to make a greater portion of the public aware of the various intense cultural exchanges with the Caucasus and of the opportunities that could result from these historical ties.
It is a perspective which corresponds to the efforts of the Italian institutions aimed at reinforcing and multiplying any occasion of cooperation between the Italian and Georgian civic societies. I am confident that the support of the Italian Embassy in Tbilisi for the Florence symposium will contribute to further expanding such a reality.
Paolo Del Bianco
President of Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco
We are happy for this important event since the idea of the creation of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco was born right in Georgia. And I believe that it is not a mere coincidence that today, the 3rd of November 2009, the day of the opening of this prestigious symposium, is also the day of the 11th anniversary of the constitution of our Foundation.
This collaboration – in fact - represents the precious outcome of that moment. So my thanks to all those who helped me to build, in thought, this Foundation which is today an important reality and a promoter of initiatives in the City of Florence for the development of intercultural dialogue and co-operation.
Dialogue between cultures is our mission and like the fusion of two metals that leads to an “alloy,” is useful in leaving indelible memories for posterity; in our experience, we have seen how culture, combined with tourism, can contribute greatly to intercultural dialogue and ‘Life Beyond Tourism’, which offers a world of opportunities beyond merely consumerism and services but is tourismwith values.
This meeting with Georgian culture in Florence is a precious moment for the city of Florence.