Today, the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), together with the Cultural Institute of Italy in Shanghai, jointly organized a special celebration – the Italian Day took place at the Italian Pavilion of the Shanghai National Convention and Exhibition Center (CNCEC).

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, (from left to right) Aldo Cibic, Designer and curator of the Italian Pavilion, Tiziana D’Angelo, Consul General of Consulate General of the Republic of Italy in Shanghai, H.E. Massimo Ambrosetti, Ambassador of Italy to the People’s Republic of China, Gianpaolo Bruno, General Coordinator of ICE/ITA offices in China and Mongolia, Augusto Di Giacinto, Trade Commissioner of Italian Trade Commission (Shanghai Office), and Francesco D’Arelli, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Shanghai.

The Italian Day started with a grand unveiling ceremony in the presence of several important guests and speeches by H.E. Massimo Ambrosetti, Ambassador of Italy to the People’s Republic of China, Gianpaolo Bruno, General Coordinator of ICE/ITA offices in China and Mongolia.


H.E. Massimo Ambrosetti, Ambassador of Italy to China, delivered a speech.


Gianpaolo Bruno, General Coordinator for China and Mongolia, Italian Foreign Trade Commission, delivered a speech.

Cremona, Italy – a city renowned worldwide for its outstanding violin making – has nurtured the enduring art of violin making over the centuries. Five hundred years of practice, profound knowledge and experimentation, subtle and patient movements – this is what the violin makers of the Cremona Artisanal Workshop still practice every day. Their craftsmanship is of such artistic value that it has been recognized by UNESCO since 2012 as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

At the opening ceremony, Marco Imer Piccinotti, a renowned violin maker from the Consorzio Liutai “Antonio Stradivari” di Cremona, was invited to the event.

Accompanied by beautiful music, Marco Imer Piccinotti carefully modeled the wooden materials, chisel by chisel, reflecting the Made in Italy mastery and craftsmanship. The performance was highly praised by the leaders and loved by the audience.

The success of the Italian Day event allowed the Chinese audience to better appreciate the charm of Italian handicrafts and arts, and to experience the elegance of the Made in Italy to its fullest extent.