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'Tour Around Italy' ANSA photo show unveiled in D.C.

'Reflects country's unfathomable beauty' says ambassador

'Tour Around Italy' ANSA photo show unveiled in D.C.

Washington, May 12 - The Italian ambassador to Washington this weekend unveiled a collection of ANSA photographs on show in Washington. "It is a beautiful collection that reflects the unfathomable beauty of our landscapes, as well as the highlights of Italian society, our culture and our passion: images of the highest emotional impact," Claudio Bisogniero told ANSA. The exhibition, entitled Tour Around Italy, opened Saturday inside the atrium of the Italian embassy in the American capital and runs through May 25. It features 100 digital images by ANSA photographers with special attention paid to sides of Italy that are less familiar to audiences abroad. Organizers said thousands of people attended the opening, held on a day in which all European embassies in the United States opened their doors to the public. "As always, our embassy is the most crowded and most appreciated by Americans," said the ambassador. "People are drawn to it, they like it. Today's crowds prove as much. "In addition to the ANSA exhibit, we have a show dedicated to Giovanni Falcone," an anti-Mafia prosecutor killed by a massive bomb under the highway from Palermo to its airport this month in 1992, two months before his friend and fellow magistrate Paolo Borsellino was assassinated by a huge car bomb outside his mother's apartment block. Bisogniero also pointed out an exhibit on Italy's armed forces currently serving in peace missions around the world. "Then of course we couldn't go without showcasing our national products beloved by all," he added. Hundreds of people lined up beside the ambassador, inside what has been turned into a virtual Italian piazza, to try samples of coffee, gelato, and pizza fresh from an oven installed in the embassy garden. Also on show was a selection of Italian automobiles, from Lamborghini and Maserati racecars to a Fiat 500, as well as a 300 model by Michigan-based Chrysler, which is majority owned and controlled by Fiat. Next to them were five fire-engine-red performance motorcycles by Ducati. 'Tour Around Italy' can also be attended virtually using a free Apple Store application. The show is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Embassy in the United States, as well as Milan Expo 2015 to coincide with 2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States. A twin exhibit featuring prints opens Tuesday at the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) headquarters in New York and runs until June 2.

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