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The Made in Italy Awards are given to companies and individuals who have actively contributed to Italy's prestige, to the promotion of the best Italian products, brands and arts, and to the education of the American market on everything Italian.

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Category: Food & Beverage – FOOD

While Parmigiano Reggiano cheese has more than 800 years of history, the Consorzio that represents all the milk and cheese producers of this Italian icon came into being 81 years ago in 1914. The Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano is the oldest quality control and food marketing organization in Europe. It created an imitable model by which hundreds and thousands of European producers could combine their production and marketing interests in one representative body. Today there are 363 cheese producer members, who receive the milk from 3,348 dairies to make 3,297,723 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano (data from 2014). But beyond the facts and figures the Consorzio helps to protect, defend, and celebrate the rich rural cultural and ecological patrimony of generation upon generation of Italian dairymen and women and their families.

For more than 800 years Parmigiano Reggiano has been identified not only with its place of origin in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena and portions of Mantua and Bologna, but with the quality that “Made in Italy” represents to the world. By the mid-thirteen Caseum Paramensis (the Latin name for “cheese from Parma” given by its Benedictine creators) became one of the first Italian food products to leave it place of origin and become commercialized throughout the Mediterranean as an exceptional cheese that preserved the nutritional goodness of milk in a form that was transportable and required no refrigeration. It was adored by the French from the Renaissance onward, who made it a part of their inspired cuisine and called it Parmesan. From France it became known in the newly established United States of America thanks to Thomas Jefferson, who discovered it while in Paris as ambassador. His diaries record that he imported Parmesan made in Italy and served it at the White House. Jefferson’s cousin, Mary Randolph, author of “The Virginia Housewife” (1824) included Cheddar and Parmesan cheese in her recipe for “Macaroni and Cheese,” linking it forever to an American classic comfort food. From here Parmigiano Reggiano, as it came to be known after the Risorgimento, began conquering the hearts of cooks from Argentina to Canada and from Asia to Moscow.





Category: Food & Beverage – WINE

Since 1902, Ferrari has been Italy's celebratory sparkling wine par excellence. The irresistible delicacy of its bubbles highlights a taste for beauty and a certain savoir vivre. The metodo Ferrari is essentially the same as le methode Champenoise, with the wine being aged for four to five years, though being Italian, the product cannot be called champagne. Ferrari Spumante was conceived of by Cantine Ferrari, manufactured then as now in Trento.

The legend of Ferrari began with a man, Giulio Ferrari (1902) and his dream of creating a wine in Trentino capable of competing with the best French Champagnes. He was a pioneer; it was he who was the first to realize the extraordinary vocation of his area, and it was he who first made substantial plantings of Chardonnay in Italy. Ferrari started to produce a few highly select bottles, with an obsessive attention to quality.
Ferrari immediately received major international accolades and remains the reserve of an extremely discriminating clientele.

As he had no children, Giulio Ferrari began looking for a successor to whom he could entrust his dream. Among many candidates he chose Bruno Lunelli, owner of a wine shop in Trento. Thanks to his passion and entrepreneurial talent, Bruno Lunelli succeeded in increasing production without ever compromising on quality.

The third generation of the Lunelli family is keeping the Ferrari dream alive. Marcello, Matteo, Camilla and Alessandro lead the company with the aim of combining innovation and tradition, taking Ferrari around the world as ambassadors of the Italian Art of Living.





Category: Food & Beverage – SPIRITS

With its signature red color, Campari, an aperitif, was invented in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara, Italy. It was originally colored with carmine dye, derived from crushed cochineal insects, which gave the drink its distinctive red colour.

In 1904, Campari's first production plant was opened near Milan. Under the direction of Davide Campari, Gaspare's son, the company began to export the beverage, first to Nice in the heart of the French Riviera, then overseas. The Campari brand is now distributed in over 190 countries. In the Italian market, Campari mixed with soda water is sold in individual bottles as Campari Soda. Campari is an essential ingredient in the classic Negroni cocktail, the Garibaldi cocktail, and in the Americano.

In 2006, Gruppo Campari ceased using carmine in its production.

Campari America is the sixth-largest spirits company in the US, boasting a rich, comprehensive portfolio of more than 20 brands.



Lidia Bastianich


Category: Food & Beverage – RESTAURANTS & CHEFS

Lidia Maticchio was born on February 21, 1947 in Pula, Istria, a region that was once part of Italy. She immigrated to the U.S. when she was 12.

In the states, Lidia Maticchio attended Hunter College for a time before marrying Felice Bastianich. The two eventually opened up the restaurant Buonavia in Forest Hills, Queens. A second eatery, Villa Secondo, was launched in 1972.

Ten years later, the upscale establishment Felidia was opened in Manhattan’s East Side and became a major draw with its distinctive, acclaimed take on Italian dishes. Lidia Bastianich opened three more restaurants in New York as well as places in Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

Over the years she has won multiple James Beard Foundation prizes, including the 1999 Best Chefs in America award.


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Category: Fashion – WOMEN CLOTHING

Tied to their aesthetic innovation and technical invention that forever changed the identity of knitwear, Missoni is one of the best known, loved, and recognized fashion and design brands in the world. Missoni style is the result of a partnership between two people. In 1953 Ottavio and Rosita decided to set up a knitwear business, and were soon at the cutting edge of Italian fashion. Missoni inaugurated and affirmed an unmistakable way of dressing and living: with a colorful “put-together” design of zigzag motifs, stripes, waves and slub yarns in a patchwork of geometric and floral jacquard. The couple started a family and their children Vittorio, Luca and Angela (the brand's creative director since 1996), grew up in direct contact with their parents' work. Closely involved with the business, they took on increasingly responsible roles, becoming co-creators in a project that continues to seduce and excite today. Missoni is now one of the best representatives of Italian fashion and design excellence around the world. With its pioneering multicolored aesthetic vision, it continues to influence contemporary lifestyle, thanks also to the success of the Missoni Home line.
Missoni reached the peak of its influence in the fashion world in the early 1970s (though has since been the subject of revivals in interest as new generations of fashion writers discovered the appeal of its core knitwear). In 2011, Target stores offered low-cost variants of Missoni products in their stores and on their website. Most items sold out within 24 hours, there were long queues outside stores, and the Target website was overloaded.

Sumirago - VARESE




Category: Fashion – WOMEN ACCESSORIES

Prada is an Italian luxury fashion house, specializing in ready-to-wear leather and fashion accessories, shoes, luggage, perfumes, watches, etc., founded in 1913 by Mario Prada. The company was started in 1913 by Mario Prada and his brother Martino as a leather goods shop in Milan, Italy. Initially, the shop sold leather goods and imported English steamer trunks and handbags. When the signature Prada suitcase, made from heavy, cumbersome walrus skin, proved to be ill suited for air travel, Prada concentrated on designing exquisite leather accessories and waterproof handbags. In 1978, Mario's granddaughter, Miuccia Prada, took over the company, steering the House of Prada towards the world of haute couture.
By the 1990's, Prada was a leading force in fashion. The garments and accessories were smart, sophisticated, and extremely high quality. Luxurious fabrics and simple styles, mostly in blacks, browns, grays, greens, and creams, became the signature Prada look. Prada has gone on to open boutiques in dozens of cities and countries across the globe. Their shoes for men and women have become a staple for fashion enthusiasts and celebrities alike, and those extraordinary handbags are still wildly popular. The distinct silver Prada triangle is a status symbol all over Europe and North America.





Category: Fashion – MEN CLOTHING

As a family business, Ermenegildo Zegna goes back to the second half of the 19th century. Angelo Zegna a watchmaker by trade, started weaving wool from four looms. Of his ten children it was the last, Ermenegildo, born in 1892, who took over what was to become one of Italy’s best known and most dynamic family businesses.
It was the young 18-year-old entrepreneur Ermenegildo who founded the Lanificio Zegna (wool mill) in 1910, in Trivero, in the Alpine foothills near Biella. Ermenegildo began to produce fabrics using four looms. In his own words, these fabrics had to be “the most beautiful in the world.” Today, Zegna fabrics are still one of Italy’s most acclaimed exports, identified internationally by a red seal. With more than 550 monobrand stores and annual revenue of over €1 billion, it is the largest menswear brand in the world.
As well as producing men's suits for its own labels, the company manufactures suits for labels such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Dunhill, and Tom Ford. As one of the biggest global producers of fine fabrics (2.3 million meters per year), Zegna has been active in promoting improvements in wool production around the world.

Trivero - BIELLA




Category: Fashion – SARTORIAL CLOTHING

Stefano Ricci S.p.A., an international luxury fashion and lifestyle company, was founded by the Florentine designer Stefano Ricci in 1972. The extreme pursuit of perfection, the selection of leathers and fabrics, and the greatest care for details, represent the core values of the Brand.

The Stefano Ricci menswear collection consists of a wide range of menswear-suits, dress shirts, jeans, polo shirts, casual wear, and neckties. In addition, Stefano Ricci produces exclusive cufflinks and leather goods. The brand’s line is expanding with its home collections, in constant evolution, covering various types of products: porcelain and crystal dinner services, silverware, furnishing accessories, luxury linens, and leather goods.

In 2011 the company opened new headquarters in the province of Florence, 5000 m2 in the region of Fiesole with more than 100 employees. Today, the brand is run by Stefano Ricci and his two sons, Niccolò and Filippo. They are deeply committed to bringing Italian fashion to the world, with 22 boutiques internationally including Beijing, Beverly Hills, Milan, Monte-Carlo, Moscow, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Doha.

Stefano Ricci has been called the King of Ties, although he has an entire fashion line ranging from shirts and shoes to cufflinks and briefcases. He personally designs each tie, drawing from over 7,000 color combinations and 60 to 70 patterns for each collection. The production process is just as rigorous as the design methods, with only two neckties produced every hour on antique looms. The serographic instruments used for tie production are then destroyed, ensuring each collection’s uniqueness. In making silk shirts, Ricci is just as meticulous.





Category: Fashion – MEN ACCESSORIES

The story begins in the early 1900s when Diego Della Valle's grandfather, Filippo, founded a small shoe factory. In the 70's, a major turnaround: from a family run business to an industrial company, this happens when Diego Della Valle enters the firm and leads the development of the business.

The high standard of quality met by the products is guaranteed by the strong craftsmanship involved in each phase of production: every product is handmade, crafted with techniques of the highest skilled handcraftsmanship. After various production steps and control phases the product is destined to become an exclusive and distinguishable object. Tod's has numerous stores around the world, including large flagship stores in Europe, US, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Australia.

Sant’Epidio a Mare – FERMO




Category: Fashion – JEWELRY

Founded in 1884, Bulgari is an Italian jewelry and luxury goods brand that produces and markets several product lines including jewelry, watches, fragrances, accessories, and hotels. Bulgari relies on a distribution network of about 300 stores, located in the most exclusive shopping areas in the world. The largest Bulgari store in the world is the 10-story Bulgari Ginza Tower in Tokyo, 940 square meters of retail floor space, including a restaurant and lounge bar. North American Bulgari boutiques and distributors are found in Aspen, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Bal Harbour, Boca Raton, Bethesda, Charlotte, Dallas, Honolulu, Houston, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and others. Bulgari is a major supporter of Save The Children. So far its donations have directly reached more than 300,000 children.



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Category: Motors – AUTOMOTIVE

Ferrari has been building elegant, exotic automobiles since Enzo Ferrari rolled the first 125 S out of his workshop in 1947. The tradition has continued through to the company's current HQ in Maranello, with supercars like the Enzo and four-seaters like the 612 Scaglietti.

After decades in racing with Alfa Romeo, Enzo Ferrari struck out on his own. He spent his life dedicated to innovating on the track and transferring what worked to fast, sexy, exclusive road cars. Though there were some rough years, the company continues in that same tradition today.

Ferrari exports around 95% of its output and is present on 60 markets, having officially launched on the Indian market in 2011 and on the Israel market in 2012. Its dealership network is divided into: Europe, Middle East and Africa; North America (the Americas and Canada); Greater China and Far East. Ferrari has 200 dealerships worldwide.

Maranello - MODENA




Category: Motors – MOTORCYCLES

The Ducati Company was founded in 1926 by the three Ducati brothers, Bruno, Adriano and Marcello. At first, the company had nothing to do with motorcycles, but managed electrical components. Then the Italian government took over the company during the Second World War and pushed Ducati into making motorcycles. The first motorized attempt on behalf of Ducati was the clip-on 50cc bicycle engine produced in 1946. In the 1950, the Italian company developed its first vehicle, the 1952 Cruiser 175cc, a scooter which had electric starter and automatic transmission.
Ducati is best known for high performance motorcycles characterized by large capacity four-stroke, 90° V-twin engines,with its renowned desmodromic valve design. Modern Ducatis remain among the dominant performance motorcycles available today partly because of the desmodromic valve design, which is nearing its fiftieth year of use.





Category: Motors - BOATS

The Riva Aquarama was a luxury wooden runabout built by Italian yachtbuilder Riva. Production of it and its derivatives (the Lungo, Super, and Special) ran from 1962 until 1996. The hull was based on the Riva Tritone, an earlier model speedboat by Riva, which in turn was inspired by the American mahogany Chris-Craft runabouts. The boat's speed, beauty, and craftsmanship earned it praise as the Ferrari of the boat world. The company was founded by Pietro Riva in 1842, and run by Carlo Riva through its 1969 sale to the American Whittaker Corporation.
Riva models were featured in Ocean’s Twelve, in the movie Goldeneye, and a Riva Aquarama Special was driven by Jude Law for the Dior 2011 campaign.

In 2000 the Ferretti Group took over the Riva boatyard, which could thus go back to flying the Italian flag. The Group had a strong will to relaunch Riva products and the brand by focusing on quality, design, and uniqueness. Riva celebrated the turn of the millennium with the largest rally of period boats in history: more than one hundred yachts, representing all Riva models, paraded on Lake Iseo on 10 September 2000, led by the Aquarama carrying onboard Carlo Riva and Norberto Ferretti, bonded by friendship and mutual esteem. Aquariva continues the Aquarama heritage with elegant sinuous lines, the use of precious woods, and all-around attention to detail.



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Category: Travel & Leisure - HOTELS

In times of increased globalization and consolidation, a distinctive element of Villa d’ Este is its capacity to remain independent through ongoing innovations financed internally, thanks to the high profitability of the group. In spite of the difficult global economic situation, year by year the net earnings of the company increase. As a resul,t the hotel is at the forefront of the Italian yearly benchmark on hotels’ assets and financial ratios published by Databank. Italian, independent. and highly reputed (named best hotel in the World by Forbes in 2009 and Favourite Hotel Worldwide by the Daily Telegraph in 2011), Villa d’Este represents the top qualities of Italian style in the elite international communities.

The company Villa d’Este S.p.A., established in 1873, currently comprises four hotels. The first two, Grand Hotel Villa d’Este (Cernobbio, Lake Como) and Villa la Massa—a Renaissance villa on the banks of the Arno (Florence, Candeli), offer a total of 198 deluxe rooms in historical buildings with upscale facilities. The other two hotels, Barchetta Excelsior and Palace, both located on the lake side of downtown Como, are 4-star facilities with 172 rooms in total. Villa d’Este is an internationally recognized brand synonymous with aristocratic hospitality. This reputation is mainly due to the company’s historical hotel, considered by affluent clientele as a destination in itself—a “must” on the Italian Grand Tour.

Cernobbio – COMO




Category: Travel & Leisure – TOURISM SERVICES

Agriturismo.it provides an online guide to quality farm and country holidays in Italy.. “Agriturismo” is synonymous with free time spent in the open air, at one with nature, immersed in a social-rural environment abounding in culture, authentic traditions, and quality agricultural food products.
Agriturism’s staff carefully selects only those companies that offer a true rural vacation. The companies are described in detail and truthfully: some offer luxurious accommodations, others are basic; the important thing is that they deliver what they promise.
All of the companies listed on Agriturismo.it offer this type of Italian hospitality, as well as a variety of prices and services that meet a wide range of needs.

The site is a project by Premiaweb, a company specialized in creating and managing topic-specific Internet sites



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Category: Design – HOME

Kartell is a leading design company founded in 1949 by Giulio Castelli and now run by Claudio Luti, and is one of the symbols of Italian design around the world.

Kartell is a success story told through an incredible series of products—furniture, furnishings, lighting, home accessories—that have become part of the domestic landscape, not to mention actual contemporary design icons. Kartell collaborates with the most prestigious international designers and the Kartell collection is multifunctional and of broad appeal, easy to use, and beautiful to behold. Color, irony, transparency, unique shapes, and a play of the senses all come together to make unique pieces. Kartell now has more than 130 single-brand flagship stores, 250 shop-in-shops, and 2500 retailers in more than 130 countries.

Noviglio – MILANO


Daniela Boccadoro


Category: Design – DESIGN

Born and raised in Rome, Daniela Boccadoro studied at the European Institute of Design specializing in Graphic Design, something of a natural course of studies for a typographer's daughter. Her father’s work and the great beauty surrounding her in Rome ignited her passion and love for the art of graphic and visual communication. After graduation she started working on visual communication for major companies, focusing on the record company business where she specialized in the creation of logos, packaging, point of sales communication, and so on. Working closely with artists, management, and record companies has been, since then, her main vehicle for artistic expression: translating music, moods and emotions into visual and graphic still gives her tremendous satisfaction. The list of artists in Ms. Boccadoro’s portfolio include many of the greats: Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, EnnioMorricone, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and many more.


Renzo Piano


Category: Design – ARCHITECTURE

The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) is an international architectural practice with offices in Paris, Genoa, and New York City. The Workshop is led by 13 partners, including founder and Pritzker Prize laureate, architect Renzo Piano. The company permanently employs close to 130 people. Since its formation in 1981, RPBW has successfully undertaken and completed over 120 projects across Europe, North America, Australasia, and East Asia. Among its best known works are the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas; the Kansai International Airport Terminal Building in Osaka; the Kanak Cultural Center in New Caledonia; the Beyeler Foundation in Basel; the Rome Auditorium; the Maison Hermès in Tokyo; the Morgan Library and the New York Times Building in New York City; and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Recently completed works include the Shard in London, and the New Whitney Museum in New York. The quality of RPBW’s work has been recognized by more than 70 design awards, including major awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).


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Liliana Faccioli Pintozzi


Category: Media – JOURNALIST

Liliana Faccioli Pintozzi is the New York correspondent for Sky TG24.

She is a journalist because in her own words, "I want to be where things happen."
She came to Sky two weeks after the launch of the channel in mid-September 2003. Her beat is mostly but not only, foreign policy and international relations, and she has a PhD in the latter subject.

Events she has covered include all European Council meetings since December 2003; the 2004 presidential election in the United States; the referendum on the European Constitutional Treaty in the Netherlands in 2005; the sickness and death of John Paul II, his funeral, the convening of the Conclave and the election of Benedict XVI; the funeral of Slobodan Milosevic in 2006; the emergence of bird flu in Turkey in the same year; the election of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Between September 2007 and November 2009 she was the Brussels correspondent, dealing particularly the financial crisis, but also following all major electoral events of the Old Continent. She was embedded with the US in Afghanistan in September 2009, and spent three weeks in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake.


Andrea Camilleri


Category: Media – WRITER

Born in Sicily in 1925, Andrea Camilleri is the author of many books, including his Montalbano series, which has been adapted for Italian television and translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, and finally, English. He was born at Porto Empedocle, near Agrigento. About 10 million copies of his novels have been sold to date and are becoming increasingly popular in the UK (where the BBC broadcast the Montalbano TV series from mid-2011), Australia, and North America.


Eleonora Baldwin


Category: Media – BLOGGER

Eleonora Baldwin started her food blog in 2009, with the intent on sharing her Italian family’s recipes. In time, the blog developed to become a window for showcasing Italian culinary customs and lifestyle. The blog has won numerous awards and boasts a large and loyal following. The name of the blog is the name of a very simple recipe: only three ingredients, they come together beautifully when simmered in a wide=bottomed pot, creating a flavorful mixture to dress pasta or form the base of the vast majority of sauces in Italian cuisine. She choses this name hoping to convey the simplicity and versatility typical of Italian culture and lifestyle.




Category: Media – DIGITAL

Cloud4Wi is the world’s first open Wi-Fi engagement platform for businesses. Bridging the gap between business objectives and customer demand, Cloud4Wi provides customers with an enriched Guest Wi-Fi experience at venues, while allowing businesses to track presence analytics and deliver effective proximity marketing campaigns.

Customers increasingly expect Wi-Fi to be available wherever they go. Cloud4Wi helps businesses deliver a fully customizable Guest Wi-Fi at their venues for an enhanced on-site experience. Businesses can collect valuable data about their customers, better understand their behavior and deliver more personalized marketing initiatives. Using Cloud4Wi’s SDK businesses can also build their own web applications to optimize their operations and provide customers with a seamless digital experience while they are on site. Whether they are a large global company or a newly expanded mom and pop shop, Cloud4Wi’s platform will empower businesses to create value on top of your Guest Wi-Fi.


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Roberto Benigni


Category: Artists – ACTOR

Roberto Benigni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI, is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. He was born in 1952 in Castiglion Fiorentino. Beginning in 1986, Benigni became known beyond his native Italy for starring in three films by American indie director Jim Jarmusch. Benigni is best known for co-writing, directing and acting in the 1997 film, Life Is Beautiful, which garnered him the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


Laura Morante


Category: Artists – ACTRESS

Laura Morante was born in 1956 and has had a notable film career in Italy and beyond. Her roles include La Tragedia di Un Uomo Ridicolo (1981), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and Bianca (1984) and The Son's Room (2001), both directed by Nanni Moretti. She starred alongside Javier Bardem in The Dancer Upstairs (2002), the directorial debut of John Malkovich, and in Remember Me, My Love (2003) directed by Gabriele Muccino. Morante attracted considerable attention with her performance as the neglected Madame Jourdain, with whom the young Molière, played by Romain Duris, falls in love, in the 2007 release Molière. She also provided the voice of Helen Parr/Elastigirl in the Italian-dubbed version of the Pixar animated film, The Incredibles.


Roberto Bolle


Category: Artists – Performing artist

Born in Milan, Roberto Bolle trained at the Theatre La Scala Ballet School where he was chosen by Rudolf Nureyev to dance Tadzio in Death in Venice. In 1996 two years after he joined La Scala Ballet, he was promoted to principal dancer. His repertory includes The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Don Quixote (Nureyev), Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Bayadère (Makarova), Études, Giselle (Guillem), Le Spectre de la Rose, La Sylphide, Manon, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, The Merry Widow and Apollon Musagète.

Among the companies with whom Bolle has danced are The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Finnish National Ballet. At the Royal Albert Hall in London, he performed in both Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, productions created for him by English National Ballet director Derek Deane. Since December 1998 Bolle has been Resident Guest Artist at La Scala Theatre.

Bolle made his first appearance with American Ballet Theatre in 2007. His repertoire with the Company includes Albrecht in Giselle, Armand Duval in Lady of the Camellias, Des Grieux in Manon, Beliaev in A Month in the Country, Onegin in Onegin, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Aminta in Sylvia, and leading roles in The Leaves Are Fading and Symphony #9.


Paolo Sorrentino


Category: Artists – DIRECTOR

Paolo Sorrentino is a film director and screenwriter from Naples. His first film as screenwriter, The Dust of Naples, was released in 1998. He achieved international recognition in 2004 for his thriller, The Consequences of Love The film, which explores the mindset of a lonely businessman being used as a pawn by the Mafia, won many awards and was nominated for the Palme D'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. His 2013 film The Great Beauty won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards. It won BAFTA award for Best Film Not in the English Language in the 67th British Academy Film Awards. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Sorrentino's next film, Youth, is expected to be released this year. It is his second English-language film, and stars Michael Caine as a retired Orchestra conductor.


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Category: business – COMPANY

Based in Albizzate, Vibram S.p.A. is a company that both manufactures and licenses the production of Vibram-branded rubber outsoles for footwear. The company is named after its founder, Vitale Bramani, who is credited with inventing the first rubber lug soles for shoes. These soles were first used on mountaineering boots, replacing leather soles fitted with hobnails or steel cleats, commonly used up until then. In 1954, the first successful ascent to the summit of K2 was made by an Italian expedition wearing Vibram rubber on their soles.
Today, Vibram soles are manufactured in Brazil, China, Italy and the United States, and are used by more than 1,000 footwear manufacturers in their footwear products. Vibram is well known for pioneering the “barefoot running” movement with the FiveFingers line of shoes that mimic the look and mechanics of being barefoot.

Abizzate – VARESE


Oscar Farinetti


Category: Business – BUSSINESSMAN

Oscar Farinetti is the founder and creator of Eataly, the largest Italian marketplace in the world, comprising a variety of food and beverage counters, restaurants, bakeries, retail items, and a cooking school. Oscar got his start at UniEuro in 1978, a small appliance and food retail store. He focused on electronics and transformed UniEuro into one of the largest electronics retailers in Italy, opening 150 stores from 1978 to 2003. In 2003, he sold UniEuro and dedicated himself full-time to Eataly. In January 2007, he opened a 30,000 square foot store in Turin, Italy, that joins elements of the lively European open market and a learning center. Oscar’s aim is to make high quality Italian foods available to everyone, at fair prices and in an environment where people can shop, taste, and learn.


Franca Sozzani


Category: Business – BUSINESSWOMAN

Franca Sozzani is the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italiasince 1988. Sozzani frequently collaborates with artists and has also curated several exhibits and retrospectives, including: 30 Years of Italian Vogue, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Francesco Scavullo and Portraits of Elegance (Milan Triennale). She has been awarded several prizes for her contribution to art and culture including La Lupa (from the City of Rome, for making Italian fashion known throughout the world), the Premiolino, the Ambroginod'oro (for making the city of Milan more cosmopolitan and famous around the world), and the Montblanc de La Culture (Art Patronage Award 2007). In 2012 Sozzani was knighted by French president Nicolas Sarkozy with the Legion of Honour, and became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.


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