• A lamppost parking spot....

    A lamppost parking spot....

  • Warren and Margaret Dimoff amongst the Ferraris

    Warren and Margaret Dimoff amongst the Ferraris

  • Mario and Carolyn Tozzi with Gabriele Borscz

    Mario and Carolyn Tozzi with Gabriele Borscz

  • Lavinia, Isabella and Alessio with Tredbo the King Charles Spaniel

    Lavinia, Isabella and Alessio with Tredbo the King Charles Spaniel

  • Tredbo...the family King Charles paniel

    Tredbo...the family King Charles paniel

  • Frederico and Francesca Molton with Paloma Lopez and David Fricker

    Frederico and Francesca Molton with Paloma Lopez and David Fricker

  • Alison Edye, Alison Hall, Stephanie Mbombo and Stefane Mozelli

    Alison Edye, Alison Hall, Stephanie Mbombo and Stefane Mozelli

  • Tony Garreffa, Alessandro Simonelli and Leonardo D'Aquino

    Tony Garreffa, Alessandro Simonelli and Leonardo D'Aquino

  • Susie Beaver, Peter and Ruth Boggs and Martin Beaver

    Susie Beaver, Peter and Ruth Boggs and Martin Beaver

  • Oscar Moze, Nancy Pritchard and Mike Siers

    Oscar Moze, Nancy Pritchard and Mike Siers

  • Emmanuel Pierotti and Brook McBride

    Emmanuel Pierotti and Brook McBride

  • Antonella Salpietro, Pauline Adams-Caruana, Steve Gower and Julie McDonald

    Antonella Salpietro, Pauline Adams-Caruana, Steve Gower and Julie McDonald

  • Filomena Cunas Alves, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Muthoni Albrietti

    Filomena Cunas Alves, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Muthoni Albrietti

  • Denise Ferris, Lindiane Vieira and Svetlana Sharapova Zazo

    Denise Ferris, Lindiane Vieira and Svetlana Sharapova Zazo

  • Martin and Karolina Pohl

    Martin and Karolina Pohl

  • Fabio Andrade and Elena Vettorel

    Fabio Andrade and Elena Vettorel

  • Ross Dobson and Andrea Ho

    Ross Dobson and Andrea Ho

  • Joe and Chunchi Giugni

    Joe and Chunchi Giugni

  • Emily Tokic, Andrea Hutchinson and Kaitlyn Bailey

    Emily Tokic, Andrea Hutchinson and Kaitlyn Bailey

  • Zenka Petrovic and Ambassador of Serbia Miroljub Petrovic with Ambassador of Belarus Viktar Shykh

    Zenka Petrovic and Ambassador of Serbia Miroljub Petrovic with Ambassador of Belarus Viktar Shykh

Italy's Republic Day reception 2016

2 June 2016

The Italians celebrated their Republic Day in Canberra with a house full of an eclectic mix of people, all crowding companionably into their fantastic residence that makes you feel like you’re somewhere in Italy marvelling at their sense of style and design, while indulging in the best thin crust pizza and fine wines.

Regulars catch up and one most notable with a big heart and determination is Joe Giugni who has had a tough time of late but wouldn’t miss this night despite now needing a wheelchair. His ever smiling wife Chunchi takes caring for this gentle giant of a man in her tiny stride.

Welcoming guests in his smart uniform was the embassy’s resident Carabinieri  representative Alessandro Simonelli with the ever sartorial Oscar Moze the Science Attache who stood in as the Master of Ceremonies for the night, something he has declared he wont do again. Doing her best hostess with style circuits of the room was the ambassador’s wife Svetlana as the three Zazo children, Lavinia, Isabella and Alessio, sat quietly behind the glass that separates the reception rooms from the family’s living area with the nicest diplomatic dog, Tredbo, a King Charles Spaniel, I’ve offered to mind any time they go away.

Ambassador Pier Francesco Zazi spoke particularly of Italy’s current refugee crises and the mind boggling numbers who are being rescued off their coast and of course the tragedies that occur  They don’t turn the boats back, but show their humanity with 150,000 refugees in 2015.  

I love this house and the intrinsic Italian decor, the large central courtyard, huge walls of glass and marble floors and remember well crawling around the floor with fashion guru Emilio Pucci checking the models shoes for his exquisite fashion parade many years ago. That I became a fan of his designs was influenced by that occasion. Among the guests the FASHFEST creators, Andrea and Clint Hutchinson with a couple of their favourite models were a stunning addition to this night’s event.

 Outside the regular display of the covetable Ferraris, a Lamborghini and Alfa Romeos took it all up a notch for the best of Italian design and then under the lampost at the front gate a bike was parked. I love that someone had pedalled in for this celebration of Italy’s Republic Day.