Remarks by Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg at SelectUSA Seminar in Florence

It’s a real pleasure for me to back in Firenze – a city I visited twice in my first 100 days. I am particularly pleased to be here in front of you: We have over 75 delegates from Italian companies as well as representatives from 17 U.S. states present. Our shared goal is to find ... Read More»

Consul General Benjamin Wohlauer visited Baker Hughes’ Nuovo Pignone

Consul General Benjamin Wohlauer visited Baker Hughes' Nuovo Pignone, a GE company, the largest private sector employer in Tuscany. Around 11,000 Tuscans work for American investors. Promoting Italian investment in the United States and supporting U.S. investors in Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, and San Marino are top priorities for U.S. Consulate General Florence. Read More»

Consul General Benjamin Wohlauer remembered September 11

Consul General Benjamin Wohlauer remembered September 11, 2001 by lowering the American Flag of the consulate on the Arno and taking part in the commemoration ceremony in Modena. The Monument in Modena contains two beams of the world trade center in New York. Since the consulate was established in 1819, at 2001, we are always ... Read More»

Independence Day at the American Consulate in Florence

I am only one in a long chain of Consuls General who have served our country from Florence, and all of us leave a piece of ourselves here when we go. This city, which over hundreds of years has generated international dialogue, revolutionary art, and controversial philosophy, inspires us all. If I had to pick ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at Florence American Cemetery

On Monday, May 29, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States in Italy and San Marino Kelly C. Degnan, Italian for Defense Domenico Rossi, and Commander U.S. Army Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges delivered remarks at the Memorial Day ceremony which took place at the Florence American Military Cemetery. Together, they also laid wreaths at the ... Read More»

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp speaks at Donation Day

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp spoke alongside Florence City Councilor for Welfare Sara Funaro at the American International League’s (AILO) annual Donation Day ceremony hosted by the City of Florence at the Palagio di Parte Guelfa. In her remarks, Consul General Rupp emphasized the point that among the many shared values that bind the U.S. ... Read More»

Ambassador D. Bruce Wharton Press Statement

As we discussed this afternoon, cultural heritage sites and objects globally are at grave risk, not only from natural disasters, but also from man-made destruction, looting, and trafficking at the hands of terrorist organizations and criminal networks. Cherished heritage sites and precious artifacts from Timbuktu in Mali to Palmyra in Syria and the Mosul Museum ... Read More»

U.S. Consul General Abigail M. Rupp celebrates Women’s History Month in Bologna:

Every year in the month of March, the U.S. celebrates Women's History Month to recognize the accomplishments that so many women fought so hard to achieve, as well as the accomplishments of women making history today. To mark the occasion, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp traveled to Bologna to engage with leading women in their ... Read More»

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp Visits Ferrara

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp traveled to Ferrara to meet with Prefect Michele Tortora, Mayor Tiziano Tagliani, and Questore Antonio Sbordone. She visited the Castello Estense and met with its director Ethel Guidi. She also visited the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) study program to meet with director Patrizia Turchi. Read More»

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp Visits Reggio Emilia

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp traveled to Reggio Emilia to meet with City Councilwoman for International Relations Serena Foracchia, Vice Prefect Alessandra De Notaristefani Di Vastogirardi, Questore Isabella Fusiello and Chamber of Commerce President Stefano Landi. Following the meetings, she spoke at a seminar, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, entitled, "Le opportunità commerciali tra ... Read More»

Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Gloria Berbena attends preview of Palazzo Strozzi’s Bill Viola Retrospective

March 8, 2017 Gloria Berbena attended a preview of Palazzo Strozzi’s new Bill Viola retrospective, “Electronic Renaissance.”  The retrospective featuring Viola, an unchallenged master of contemporary video art, will run from March 10 to July 23.  The exhibition is a celebration of Viola’s special relationship with Florence, where his career in video art began when ... Read More»

Consulate Launches Concert Featuring Gloria Gaynor, Queen of Disco

At a press conference hosted at the Consulate on March 1 launching the Gloria Gaynor concert on March 7 in Santa Croce Sull'Arno (Pisa), U.S. Consul General Abigail M. Rupp focused on the importance of Women's History Month. In her remarks, she said: "Gloria Gaynor does not belong just to America -- she belongs to ... Read More»

Consul General Celebrates Lions Clubs’ Centenary in Florence

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp was a guest speaker at the Lions Club Bargello event celebrating the Lions Clubs' 100-year anniversary. In her remarks, Consul General Rupp stressed the importance of raising awareness and engaging future generations in volunteer activities, talked about National Volunteer Week in the U.S. as well as her personal volunteer experiences, ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Degnan and U.S. Consul General Rupp Met with Managers Silvester, Hossain, Giotti, and Bonavia

Chargé d'Affaires Kelly C. Degnan and U.S. Consul General in Florence Abigail M. Rupp toured the historic Giotti factory, and met with managers Chris Silvester, Amira Hossain, Enrico Giotti, and Carlo Bonavia. Giotti is a leading producer of flavors, aromatic herbal extracts, and concentrated juices - and is now part of McCormick Italy Holdings. Read More»

Consul General Visits “Ecosistemi” Art Exhibition Featuring Work by Fulbright Alumna Victoria DeBlassie

On February 2, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp visited the “Ecosistemi” art exhibition at the Biagiotti Progetto Arte Gallery which features exhibitions of eight international artists, including that of Fulbright alumna Victoria DeBlassie. DeBlassie uses discarded objects and materials to create art work that suggests change and development over time. She also applies a special ... Read More»

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp Lectures on Rock and Roll Diplomacy

On February 1, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp was a guest speaker at the British Institute Library's 100th anniversary speaker program and gave a lecture entitled, "Rock and Roll Diplomacy: How American Music Influenced the Rolling Stones, and How the Stones Changed America." In her lecture, CG Rupp looked at a slice of American musical ... Read More»

Consul General Abigail commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp attended a special council session alongside top authorities and members of the local community at the Tuscany Regional Council honoring Holocaust Memorial Day. The event featured speeches by Eugenio Giani, President del Consiglio Regionale della Toscana; Enrico Rossi, President of the Region of Tuscany; Dario Bedarda, President ... Read More»

U.S. Elections at the University of Siena

On October 12, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp spoke about the U.S. election cycle at an event hosted by the University of Siena. Students eagerly asked questions on everything from Edward Snowden to Venezuela during the Q&A discussion moderated by Prof. Daniele Pasquinucci, Jean Monnet Chair in History of European Integration of the Department of ... Read More»

Consul General Visit to Vinci

On October 11, Consul General Abigail M. Rupp visited Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, meeting with Mayor Giuseppe Torchia and Assessore for Culture Paolo Santini. The Consul General also met with Leonardo Museum director Roberta Barsanti and toured the museum. The town is working with the city of Florence on the celebrations for ... Read More»

Consul General Abigail M. Rupp attends Inferno World Premiere

On October 8, the red carpet was rolled out and Florence embraced the Hollywood spirit at the world premiere of the blockbuster movie "Inferno," starring Tom Hanks. Ambassador John R. Phillips and Consul General Abigail M. Rupp attended the premiere of "Inferno," directed by Ron Howard, and based on the novel by Dan Brown. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the Memorial Day Commemoration

On Memorial Day around the world, and in towns and cities at home, Americans and their allies gather to stand silently at the final resting places of so many of our countrymen who heeded our nation’s call to arms. Just as we have come here this morning, thousands have gathered across Europe this weekend at ... Read More»
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