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The Embassy of Italy Launches Celebration Commemorating 160 Years of Diplomatic Relations with the United States

Ambassador Armando Varricchio Unveils New Logo to Kick Off Year-Long Anniversary Events 

Today, Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio and the Italian Embassy in Washington unveiled a new logo commemorating 160 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States of America. The anniversary logo serves as the official kick-off to a year-long celebration examining the past, present, and future ties between the two countries.

While paying homage to the traditional links between Italy and the U.S., the anniversary celebration will include discussions and events highlighting opportunities for cooperation around innovation, technology, research, economic, and trade relations. In addition, there will be a particular focus on the role of younger generations in enriching and strengthening our contemporary transatlantic relations. The entire Italian government network in the U.S. will participate in the celebration. Many of the events will also feature U.S. government officials.

“This is an important anniversary,” said Ambassador Varricchio. “It is about our two countries, the friendship between our peoples, the strength of our communities, the values we share, and the inspiration we draw from each other in all fields.”

A series of eight large-scale events will take place over the course of 2021 to highlight various topics including history and politics, youth, art, music and cinema, Italian language and literature, innovation and technology, science and space, and the economy. The anniversary celebrations will also feature collaborations and partnerships with universities, museums, companies, and concert halls in both Italy and the U.S.

Throughout the year, Americans, Italians, and Italian-Americans are encouraged to sign a virtual “guestbook” to share their messages, ideas, and testimonials celebrating our great relationship.

A complete list of events and public diplomacy activities will be included in a new website. More information is available on our social media accounts @ItalyInUS and on the website

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