Celebrating the Italian Cultural Institute Inauguration and Simply Italian Great Wines Tour in Miami

Recent events in Miami have showcased the dynamic tapestry of Italian culture, art, and gastronomy, reinforcing the deep-rooted connections between Italy and the United States. Among these significant occasions were the inauguration of the Italian Cultural Institute of Miami and the Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour, both of which exemplify the enduring allure of Italian heritage.

I am grateful to have received invitations and attend. Live in Italy Magazine’s mission is to highlight authentic Italy and “Made in Italy” experiences to our audience of people who love to travel to Italy and include some of ‘la dolce vita’ into their lives at home.

Italian Cultural Institute of Miami Inauguration: A Celebration of Art and Culture

Italian Cultural Institute Miami ribbon cutting
Minister Alessandro De Pedys, Director General for Public and Cultural Diplomacy at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Michele Mistò, Consul General of Italy | Courtesy of the Italian Cultural Institute

The Italian Cultural Institute of Miami was inaugurated on March 7th, marking a significant milestone in the cultural landscape of Florida and the Southeastern United States. Esteemed figures including Minister Alessandro De Pedys, Director General for Public and Cultural Diplomacy at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Michele Mistò, Consul General of Italy, graced the occasion, emphasizing Italy’s commitment to fostering linguistic and cultural exchange.

“With the start of the IIC’s activities, a qualitative leap has been achieved in the projection and promotion of Italy in an extremely dynamic area of the United States.”

Director General Alessandro De Pedys
(l to r) Stefano Cerrato, Director of ICI Miami, singers Arianna Bergamashi and Virginio

The inauguration ceremony also featured performances by Latin Grammy winner Virginio (Virginio Simonelli) and Arianna Bergamaschi, interpreters of contemporary Italian and international culture and music scenes.

In close coordination with the Consulate General in Miami, the new Italian Cultural Institute, directed by Stefano Cerrato, will continue its activities with a busy calendar of events scheduled for the coming months. These initiatives will cover a wide range of topics including art, cinema, architecture and design, literature, music (from opera to song), science, and sport.

Among the first initiatives are the celebration of International Women’s Day with the screening of the film “Primadonna” as part of the Italian Screens initiative; Italian Design Day; and the participation of director and actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory at the Italian Film Festival in Miami with the documentary “A Coach As Father,” dedicated to the Italian basketball personality Sandro Gamba.

The ceremony underscored the vibrant cultural exchange between Italy and the United States, highlighting the role of the Italian Cultural Institute in promoting dialogue and collaboration in various fields of artistic and intellectual endeavor.

For more information visit The Italian Institute of Culture website.

Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour: A Showcase of Viticultural Heritage

Lyn Farmer, DipWSET presents “The Autochtonous Wines of Marche” © IEEM

The Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour brought together over 40 esteemed Italian wineries in Miami, presenting Italy’s rich viticultural heritage to importers, distributors, and industry professionals. Held at the tropical Jungle Island, this annual trade tasting event epitomized the fusion of Italian craftsmanship and innovation. Marina Nedic, Managing Director of I.E.M./I.E.E.M., expressed excitement about the tour, stating:

“We are delighted to bring the diversity of the great wines of Italy to key U.S. markets once again.”

In 2023, the United States reaffirmed its position as the world’s leading consumer and importer of wine, with Italian wines maintaining a substantial market share. The strategic selection of Miami and Houston among the tour stops, underscored the importance of these vibrant cities in the American wine market. Furthermore, the return of the prestigious “Simply the Best” Awards recognized individuals and establishments for their dedication to promoting the ethos of “Made in Italy” within the Food & Beverage industry.

Simply the Best!

Courtesy Photo IEEM

The recipients of the famed Simply the Best Awards 2024 are:

Lyn Farmer – Simply The Best Educator
Irene Moore – Simply The Best Wine, Food and Travel Writer
Mauro Bortignon (Borti Pasta) – Simply The Best Pasta
Luciano Zanon (Tullio) – Simply The Best Italian Fine Dining Newcomer
Angelo Masarin and Morris Marta (Salumeria 104) – Simply The Best Italian Trattoria Style Restaurant
Stefano Campanini (Wine by the Bay) – Simply The Best Retailer of Fine Italian Wine
Pietro Morelli – Simply The Best Italian Wine Communicator

Courtesy Image ITA New York

“The constant promotion of Italian wine is rewarded by the U.S. market, which places Italian wine at the forefront of choices from foreign countries.”

Erica di Giovancarlo, Director of the Italian Trade Agency New York

For more information visit the IEEM USA website.

The Allure of “Made in Italy”

These events served as testimony to the enduring allure of Italian culture and craftsmanship, transcending geographical boundaries to foster mutual understanding and appreciation. Through collaborative efforts between governmental agencies, cultural institutions, and industry stakeholders, the bond between Italy and the United States continues to strengthen.

In essence, the Italian Cultural Institute of Miami inauguration and the Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour exemplify the symbiotic relationship between Italy and the United States. Here, trade of goods intertwines with the exchange of ideas, creativity, and shared values. As we reflect on these achievements, let us embrace the enduring spirit of collaboration and cultural exchange. This spirit defines the relationship between Italy and the United States.

Lisa Morales


Based in Miami, I am the Editor-in-Chief for Live in Italy Magazine. I am a member of the International Food Wine Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and contributor to internationally recognized art; food and wine; and travel publications. In my free time, I love to cook and bake; take photographs; go for nature walks; and run on the beach. I am WSET 2 Certified and working on the CSW. I look forward to getting to know you! Follow Us @LiveInItalyMag 🇮🇹.

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