Italian tour operators hosted by Cuban Ambassador

H.E. Jose Carlo Rodriguez Ruiz, Cuban Ambassador to the Italian Republic, hosted a delegation of Italian tour operators. This delegation represented Cuba operators and the country’s largest hotel chains. He hosted the event in his Roman residence at the peak of a roadshow. Meetings were scheduled in Salerno Foggia Pescara and Rome cities.

In the short welcome speech to a large audience of travel agents, the Ambassador highlighted the attractions of Cuba. He also talked about the historical values that unite Cub with Italy. This included the architecture of some of the most famous buildings projected by Italian architects: Vittorio Garatti and Roberto Gottardi. The Italian tour operators in attendance were reminded of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana still in progress. This will end with great pomp in the coming month of November.

And the beat goes on

After all, the ambassador said, this event will be repeated in another 5 centuries!

“We have chosen to repeat this year the formula ‘Cuba presents itself’ for several reasons,” said Madelén Gonzalez-Pardo Sanchez, Councilor of Tourism of the Embassy of Cuba in Italy in her speech. “First of all it is an appreciated format, recognized and effective, but above all it has allowed us to reach Italian cities normally outside the main roadshow circuits.

“The delegation of the roadshow that will culminate at the TTG Travel Experience in Rimini represents a very important meeting point with the operators of the sector and the travel agents, to whom we want to give a clear message, of optimism and confidence: Cuba is there!”

Fiesta time!

Both the Ambassador and the Councilor gave brief introductory speeches which turned into a “fiesta” with songs and dances. This was accompanied by a tasting of Cuban culinary specialties and by drawing some trips offered by the Italian tour operators.

The Fiesta Cubana will continue also in Rimini on the evening of October 10. Then it will celebrate the success of the commercial promotion put in place for a greater presence of Italian tourists in Cuba.

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Italy presents award to Havana's historian Eusebio Leal

Rome, October 7 (RHC)--The Rotondi Prize for the Saviors of Art, awarded by the Italian State, has been awarded in its 2019 edition to Eusebio Leal Spengler.

The award was given to the historian of Havana for the rehabilitation of rhe Cuban capital, preservation of the patrimony of the Cuban nation, and especially for the work of recovery of the Havana Capitol.

The Ambassador of Cuba in Italy, José Carlos Rodríguez, by express order of the honoree, was in charge of receiving the Rotondi prize from the hands of the Undersecretary of State for Economic Development of Italy.

The award ceremony coincided with the celebrations of the Cuban Culture Days in Italian cities, which were inaugurated on October 3, and are being held by the Embassy of the island in that country, until October 31.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Cuban art in Italian cities

In October, several Italian cities will host the Cuban Culture Festival, which will be dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Havana, organizers said.

From October 3 to 13, Rome, Milan, Padua, Venice, Florence, Turin, Bari, Mater and Genoa will hold several artistic shows that will exhibit the force of Cuban culture and will strengthen cultural bridges between the two countries.

The initiative, organized by the Cuban Embassy in Italy, is sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Culture and the Italian-Latin American Institute (IILA), with support from other institutions.

Entitled #CubaCulturaItalia2019, the Festival will involve artists and intellectuals such as painter Michelangelo Pistoletto, and dance critic and historian Elissa Guzzo Vaccarino, on behalf of Italy.

Cuba will be represented by Fine Arts Museum Director Jorge Fernandez, dance maestro Santiago Alfonso and ballet dancer Carlos Acosta.

A group of Cuban artists who reside in Italy will also take part in the event, including dancers Maykel Fonts, Irma Castillo and Ulises Mora, singer Andres Roman, and musicologist and soprano Monica Marziota.

The activities will celebrate Cuba's Day of National Culture (October 20) and the 500th anniversary of Havana, which was declared Humankind's Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Starts Working Visit to Italy

Cuba's Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra began a three-day working visit to Italy, the Cuban embassy in Rome announced here.

According to the press release from the diplomatic mission, during his stay in the Italian capital Sierra will be received at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, an opportunity to continue the positive exchanges between the foreign ministries of the two countries.

In this sense, the text recalls that last February the Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ricardo Merlo, headed the Fifth Session of Political Consultations between Foreign Ministries, in Havana.

During his stay, the Cuban deputy minister will hold meetings with the Council of Delegates of the Italo-Latin American Institute, representatives of Parliament and representatives of the country's economic, social and political entities.

He will also visit the headquarters of the Community of San Egidio and meet with members of solidarity organizations and Cubans living in Italy, as well as participate in a special presentation of initiatives developed to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, the capital of the island.

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Cuban Cyclist Sierra conquers Giro de la Toscana

Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra conquered today the Premondiale Giro de la Toscana, finishing second in the second and final stage, played between the city of Lucca and this town.

Sierra, 26, and captain of the Astana Women's Team, thus achieved her tenth victory in an elite race of the world season. In the Italian test, Sierra won the prologue of two thousand 220 meters on Friday and then came second to the goal of the first segment, of 133.60 kilometers in Segromigno in Piano, a stretch decided by millimeter difference.

For the 24th edition of the Tuscan classic, the Astana team was also formed by Cuban Heidy Praderas, Ukrainian Olga Shekel, the Colombian Liliana Moreno and the Kazakhs Faina Potapova and Svetlana Pachshenko.

In addition, 25 clubs and national teams from Russia, South Africa, Israel and Ukraine participated.

The competition served as a prelude to the World Road Cycling Championship, from September 22 to 28 in Great Britain, where the elite category women will play the individual route on the final day.

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Italians Demand to End US Blockade against Cuba

The Italian-Cuba National Friendship Association (Anaic) has demanded this Monday the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for almost six decades.

In the Final Declaration of its First National Festival, held in Livorno on July 24-28, Anaic recalled that the extraterritorial effects of the blockade 'harm people, businesses, banks and even non-governmental organizations in the European Union and the rest of the world.

The solidarity organization's demand also included the closing of the U.S. military base in Guantanamo and the return of that illegally occupied territory to Cuba.

They also supported 'the progressive governments and movements of Latin America and the Caribbean in their struggle against imperialism, defending their sovereignty, including the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

In addition, 'by positively assessing the political result of the event,' they proposed to the Presidency and National Direction of the Association the holding of another similar meeting on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of Cuba's National Rebellion Day, on July 26, 2020.

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Cuban Business Delegation Carries Out Working Visit to Italy

A business delegation led by Orlando Hernandez, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, on Monday began a visit to Italy, framed in both countries'' interest to expand and deepen their bilateral relations.

The Cuban delegation is also composed of Juan Gonzalez, President of Cuba Ron Corporation and the Cuba-Italy Business Committee (CICI), and Isaac Hernandez, Director of Foreign Debt of the Central Bank of Cuba.

The delegation also includes representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, QUIMI SA company of the Ministry of Industry, Gaviota Group, Melfi Marine S.A., the Agricultural Business Group and APICUBA.

According to the information provided by the Cuban embassy in Italy, the main goal of the visit will be to participate in the 7th session of CICI, to be held on Tuesday in Padua Congress Center.

Participants in this meeting will discuss on investment and business opportunities in Cuba, based on the priorities and potentialities of both countries, and it is expected that a development plan is also approved for the positioning of joint projects in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

The program of the visit, jointly hosted by the Cuban embassy in Rome and CICI, also provides for exchanges with Italian unions and institutions in the economic, commercial and financial sectors.

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'Twitter is his sword': EPIC Warhammer 40k Trump steals the show at Italian carnival (VIDEO)

Complete with a huge 'tweet-dashing' sword and 'golden' armor, a colossal float depicted US President Donald Trump as the grandiose Emperor from the Warhammer 40,000 series.

In all his might and glory, His Majesty the Emperor of Mankind descended on the small town of Viareggio in central Italy on Saturday. As part of an annual carnival procession, US President Donald Trump 'appeared' cosplaying the iconic character from the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

The popular franchise of tabletops, which also spurred several video games, typically depicts the Emperor as a walking epitome of epicness and unparalleled power. The colossal float of Trump conveyed the same message. Clad in shiny golden armor, he sported a grim, yet pompous and regal look in his eyes.

Italy has created a giant God Emperor Trump

In his hand he wielded a huge broadsword. The phrase 'your duties' in Italian, engraved on the blade, hinted that he slays his enemies as boldly as he slaps tariffs on EU goods. The weapon’s hilt was fitted with blue Twitter birds, apparently suggesting that the US president pulls no punches while attacking opponents on social media.

A human-sized ‘Trump’ was also seen marching ahead on the giant float, dressed as one of the Space Marines, the Emperor’s loyal troops.

The striking float left some commenters questioning whether it was meant to ridicule Trump or compliment him.

God Emperor! Twitter is his Sword.

Others poked fun at the scene, saying that the president may use the sword to combat ‘fake news’, and an army of such warriors would be “better than the wall.”

Meet God Emperor Trump fighting in Italy 2019 Viareggio Carnival that is several stories high with American flags, Trump dancers Check out the size of him & those Twitter birds. They also made huge Moon Dream Trump for 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

 "Trump unveils his 2020 platform," one person wrote.

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