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Lombardy and Queensland get closer with the Giro d’Italia through Queensland



Lombardy and Queensland get closer with the Giro d’Italia through Queensland

On 13 September at ANFE-The Italian Club in Brisbane 90 guests attended the "Giro d'Italia through Queensland- Lombardy" event, organized by the Consul of Italy in Brisbane Salvatore Napolitano to promote institutional, economic, cultural and sports collaborations. Chef Andrea Ravezzani, Noosa Waterfront, created a special Lumbard menu for this initiative, which aims at collecting the stories of the Italians of Queensland and their territories of origin through a modern dynamic format.

A video message from the Mayor of Bormio Roberto Volpato offered the opportunity to envisage possible collaborations between Winter Olympics Milan-Cortina 2026 and the Brisbane Olympics in 2032. Renowned violinist Brendan Joyce, Artistic Director and Leader Camerata Queensland, performed an appreciated homage to Antonio Stradivari from Cremona. Products from the Lombard design company Calligaris and Bianchi bicycles were on display, including a replica of Marco Pantani's bike at the 1998 Tour.

Marco De Santis, Deputy General Manager of Mapei Australia and one of the keynote speakers interviewed by MC and Ambassador Damien Anthony Rossi, described the action plans of the Lombard Company that is active in Australia and Queensland since 1993. Dean Merlo, founder and owner of the renowned “Merlo Coffee”, told how the story of his family from Villa di Sirano, Sondrio, inspired his highly successful entrepreneurial project. Prof. Stefano Girola entertained the guests with an interesting presentation on "homo salvadego" from Valtellina and its affinities with local characters, Yowie or Quinkin / Joogabinna.

During the event, at the presence of State Librarian Vicky McDonald FALIA, Consul Salvatore Napolitano announced that the Queensland State Library will display all the video material, interviews with community members and the contents of the Giro d'Italia through Queensland.

The one dedicated to Lombardy was the third stage of the initiative, which last June 18 had touched Tuscany, remembering both the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri and the first Australian translation of the Divine Comedy by the "Queenslander" Sir Samuel Griffith. The event also touched upon the stories of the architect Stombuco, born in Florence and creator of works in the Australian and Queensland cultural heritage as well as Bert Hinkler, Australian aviation pioneer native of Bundaberg, who died in Pratomagno in 1933 and is buried in the Florence Cemetery of the Laurels.

The Giro d'Italia through Queensland counts on a website where all content is uploaded. Everyone can join and participate in the initiative, writing their own histories connecting Italian Regions and Queensland through the contact section of the website.