Italian heritage: from Pavia to Philadelphia with passion

3 April 2016


“I wish more people knew that Italy’s No. 1 export is machinery — not food, as many seem to believe.” says Andrea Canepari, Italian Consul General in Philadelphia.


This sentence might illustrate the importance of Italian entrepreneurship for the American economy. Canepari wanted to showcase this influence of Italian craftsmanship and innovation in America, while celebrating the Italian culture. This has led to a monthlong series of events during October, called Ciao Philadelphia.


More than 30 public events create a significant celebration focused on the innovation of Italian manufacturing from the historical to the modern, from “Men of Cloth: Three Master Tailors. A Vanishing Craft” on October 2nd to a symposium on wireless technologies Oct. 8th, both at Drexel University.


Celebrating Italian craftsmanship and innovation


“The initiative of Ciao Philadelphia brings together the Italian tradition and the advanced technological contributions of our entrepreneurial spirit. Our mark is the courage to be different, working with enthusiasm and creativity to build the future. But we cannot forget our heritage, our culture and the strong influence of our land on our achievements. Sponsoring the exhibition of photographs of Pavia is a way to promote the values of our company that are rooted in the land we come from.”, says Giuseppe Fedegari, President of Fedegari Technologies, Inc.

Ciao Philadelphia aims to honor the interests of Italians, Italian Americans, and “friends of Italy” by offering varied events, since Philadelphia has one of the “largest and most accomplished Italian American communities.” Andrea Canepari was honoured by the community’s reception of the Italian Heritage Month, particularly by top professionals and universities, namely Drexel, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania.


Fedegari state-of-the-art Training Academy in Philadelphia


Recently, Fedegari has completed the construction of a new facility and innovative training center in Sellersville (PA).  It represents a clear commitment of the company with the region, with high investments in R&D and training. The new facility will increase the interaction with American customers from process development activities to all levels of training in the field of sterilization and contamination control in general.


“We believe in the heritage of our territory, in the Italian expertise and tradition in building distinguishing values. Today Fedegari is a highly dynamic industrial group, ready to tackle the challenges of a global technological scenario. The region of Philadelphia is a bridge between the Italian shared values of entrepreneurship, craftsmanship and innovation and the American openness to advanced technologies, research and development. That’s why we have chosen to invest in a very innovative project building a state-of-the-art training center in Sellersville. We want to make our experience available to American customers, to better understand their needs and their vision for future developments in order to design more cost-effective solutions.” Giuseppe Fedegari, President of Fedegari Technologies, Inc.


Photos of Pavia from the 19th to the 21st century

An  educational exhibit of photographs of Pavia, City of Saint Augustine, by six Italian photographers: Fiorenzo Cantalupi, Guglielmo Chiolini, Antonio Manidi, Giuseppe Nazzari, Pierino Sacchi, and Ettore Valli. Exhibition sections include the views of the city from the Ticinor river, The Piazza Grande, the Visconti Castle, the University of Pavia, streets and squares of the city center and Pavia’s waterway.

 October 1 | 12:00 pm – October 29 | 5:00 pm

Where? Villanova University | President’s Lounge | Connelly Center+ Google Map

800 E Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA 19085 United States




Ciao Philadelphia Events


Oct 1 Kick-Off with Mayoral Proclamation – Philadelphia City Hall

Oct 1, 3, 5 The Barber of Seville – Opera Philadelphia

Oct 1-31 Photos of Pavia from the 19th to the 21st century – Villanova University

Oct 2 Men of Cloth: Three Master Tailors. A Vanishing Craft – Drexel University

Oct 4 ICoN Workshop – AP Italian Language and Culture Online Course – Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia

Oct 7 Culture, Climate, and Techniques in the Architecture of Renzo Piano  – University of Pennsylvania

Oct 8 Radio Waves: Live Amateur Radio Communications – Drexel University

Oct 8 Back to the Future: The New Era of Wireless Communications – Drexel University

Oct 8 The Man and the Myth: Marconi’s History and Legacy – Drexel University

Oct 9 Natural Italian Dinner – Osteria of Vetri Group

Oct 9 1492 Society Gala – Galdo’s

Oct 10 Il Mosaico performance – Temple University

Oct 10 1492 Society Proclamation at City Hall and Wreath Laying at Memorial City Hall and Columbus Memorial

Oct 11 Salute Columbus at Italian Market – Italian Market

Oct 12 Columbus Day Parade by 1492 Society

Oct 12 – 19 The Italian Renaissance – The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Oct 13 Land Buoy: A Marker of Three Journeys – Jody Pinto Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Oct 14 My Two Italies by Professor Joe Luzzi – University of Pennsylvania

Oct 14 Barolo, Truffles and the Best of the Alps – The Palm

Oct 15 Ciao Bella: Eight Decades of Italian Shoe Design -Drexel University

Oct 16 Lecture by Consul General Andrea Canepari – Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Oct 18 Italian Knowledge in the United States – University of Pennsylvania

Oct 18 FriulianMigration to the United States – EFASCE at The Venetian Club of Philadelphia

Oct 21-31 Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography – The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Oct 21 Medicine: from Salerno to Philadelphia, Dr. Joseph Gonnella – General Consulate of Italy in Philadelphia

Oct 22 Diamante Gallina & The Italian Quartet performance – St. Joseph’s University

Oct 22 Italian Books, Authors, and Readers in the Digital Era – University of Pennsylvania

Oct 23 Leonardo and the Reinvention of Anatomy by Dr. Salvatore Mangione  -Mutter Museum

Oct 27 750 Years Later, Dante in Our World – Villanova University

Oct 28 Architectural Tour of Philadelphia by Francesco Sgrazzutti Philadelphia Hospitality

Oct 30 The Orlando Furioso in 16th and 17th Century Pictorial Cycles with Federica Caneparo – University of Pennsylvania

Oct 30 Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Italian Inspirations Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum – Drexel University


More information is available at:

Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia:


Watch the Inaugural Ciao Philadelphia Launch Event