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DESTINATION europe Representing Italy in Kazakhstan is challenging. Kazakhstan is so far away, and not so very well known to most Italians. Your country is also very unique. It is a peaceful state committed to prosperity and international dialogue. We have all the potential to accomplish great things in this land. We have been mutually very successful in oil and gas, in agribusiness, infrastructure, and in goods’ consumption cooperation. It is amazing how many Italian restaurants are in Astana and Almaty. There are so many people applying for Italian visas in Kazakhstan. People here appreciate Italy very much. And this is also amazing how many Kazakhstanis can speak and sing in Italian. They recognize the special charm of our country that only this year celebrated Rossini and will be celebrating Leonardo da Vinci and Dante Alighieri in the upcoming years. So many countries have seen all that in Italy and yet we still suffer from the same old prejudice about us. The Ambassador’s job is fascinating and complicated at the same time. You should be approachable to everyone, support conversations, be part of the game, a theatre. Sometimes we are even called Mafia (the audience is laughing). Well, we invented Comedia del ‘Arte, so theatre is everyday life for us. You have to be patient, reflect on jokes properly, develop the conversation in an easy and sometimes humorous context, and become a part of the game. It feels, Mr Ambassador, that your personal attitude reflects on your experience here. From what you have shared the main unique quality of yours is acceptance. This is very impressive. What has helped you to become Ambassador, apart from inclusiveness and acceptance? What influenced you to reach this position in your career? The list is very long. You definitely need a good amount of luck to be successful in this job. Apart from luck, it is strong family background and a strong education. There are also so many clichés about Italian families: ten children, eating pasta every day. What is still true to Italian families is how we keep up values. Parents are crazy about their children – they care too much for what their children do. But such love in Italian family gives you a ‘second bone’ or ‘back bone’, as we say. It is your foundation that makes you stronger. My daughter, for instance, works in Germany. Being far away, she loves the fact that she can still come to her family with any issue. The other aspect – education – does not only refer to school, but also is everything in life that gives you a chance to learn and grow as a person. I was very lucky to be raised at a very civilized neighborhood in Rome with great stimulus for growth. You have good teachers at school, a good landscape around you, cultural heritage, music and arts everywhere. Even when you go to a pizzeria, someone is singing a song or does something artistic. I absorbed it all and it made me extremely fortunate. You mentioned one of the most important aspects in everyone’s lives – family. You have probably been given certain advice from your father when you were younger or pursued your career. Going back in your lifetime what did you dream of when you were a kid? What special advice did your father give you to help you in your career? When I was a school boy, I went once to a wonderful disco party. I had seen the guy named Gigi. He was a piano player. All the girls were around him, everyone offering him a drink. I went back to my dad and said: “I want to be a piano player”. My dad replied: “This is not a wise decision, boy. Keep studying, forget the piano player and the bar. You’ll get a job that pays well and then you can have any piano player to play for you”. It was a little confusing at that particular time. Yet, I realized later my father was right. Another dream I had was to become an architect. When you grow up in Italy and look around, you see beautiful churches: one differs from another. In Rome you are shocked the first time you see St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square. You think: “Why does this impress me so much?” There was Michelangelo, who built this church. It is the symbol of beauty, harmony. There are no other cathedrals like this. The square with the colonnade made by Bernini. It exists in such a harmony with the old square. It makes you wonder why beauty is so important. It is an immaterial thing, because it fills your brain and your heart. It gives you the understanding of harmony elements. It evokes you to think, make certain choices. Beauty is the symbol for the quality of living that is in your own hands. That is why I was very enthusiastic about being an architect. The first example of technology in the older Roman days was when Roman genies took water from a Therma region and brought it to Roma. The largest technology that made Rome so powerful later. Today we have Renzo Piano who built the auditorium in Roma few years ago. He is the opposite of the heavy architecture of the Roman Empire. His constructions are very light, with new technological materials and again the sense of harmony. It looks like a turtle from the outside. When you get inside the acoustics are perfect. So, you see new materials and a new vision of the world, supported by EUROBAK 19