NIAF Announces ITA Airways Partnership and Emilia-Romagna Flood Relief Update

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has made two significant announcements. First, ITA Airways and the NIAF have signed an important agreement to ensure air connectivity with preferred fares to the Italian American community members. Second, the NIAF has raised $75,000 has been raised to aid the people affected by historic flooding in Emilia Romagna.

Italian Relief Fund Launched in May 2023

NIAF presented two separate checks to the Protezione Civile of Emilia-Romagna, the official civil protection agency responsible for coordinating emergency response and recovery efforts and to Coldiretti, Italy’s largest national agricultural association.

The first check for $25,000.00 was presented on June 13, during the NIAF Board of Directors Mission in Italy, where they travelled to Emilia-Romagna, NIAF’s 2023 Region of Honor and met with the President of the Region, Stefano Bonaccini.

NIAF presents check for Emilia Romagna flood relief

(l to r) Region of Emilia-Romagna: Andrea Corsini, Tourism Assessor and Stefano Bonaccini, President; NIAF Chairman, Bob Carlucci and President, Robert Allegrini. NIAF presented a donation of $25,000 for the Protezione Civile of Emilia-Romagna, the official civil protection agency responsible for coordinating emergency responses and recovery efforts raised by NIAF members and supporters). | © NIAF

The second contribution was acknowledged on Saturday, June 24, at the Italian Trade Agency event in New York City celebrating the candidacy of Italian Cuisine as an intangible world heritage of UNESCO

(l to r) Francesco Lollobrigida, Italian Agriculture Minister; Ettore Prandini, President of Coldiretti; and Robert Allegrini, NIAF President stand “Together for the Region of Emilia-Romagna, on June 24, 2023, at the Italian Trade Agency Gala in New York,” where Allegrini announced that Chicago Chefs Cook raised more than $50,000 for Emilia-Romagna flood relief.) | © NIAF

NIAF Partners with ITA Airways

ITA Airways and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) have signed an important agreement to ensure air connectivity with preferred fares to the Italian American community members. The United States represents ITA Airways’ number one international market and destination, the most strategic one after Italy, as well as the country with the largest number of Italian origins citizens. Therefore, direct flights from North America to Italy are not only means for leisure and business travel but also “bridges” connecting the broader Italian community in the U.S.

ITA Airways plane on runway

Summer Travel to Italy Savings

Additionally, is providing to NIAF members traveling between the United States and Italy an ongoing dedicated discounted offer and several flash discount promotions within the agreement term.

The first flash promotion exclusively dedicated to NIAF members, and their companions consists in a 20% discount on business class fares (excluding surcharges and taxes) on selected routes, including New York – Rome, New York – Milan, as well as Boston – Rome direct flights. The selling period will last until July 07, 2023 and travel period will end on August 31, 2023.

Fall in Italy Travel Savings

NIAF members and their companions will also benefit of an ongoing 10% reduction on fares (excluding surcharges and taxes) for all routes within ITA Airways’ network connecting the United States and Italy, as well as the entire Italian domestic network (excluding Sardinia). This special discount (non-cumulable with flash promo) is available for travel until December 31, 2023, and applicable to all cabins: economy, superior, and business.

“The partnership further strengthens ITA Airways’ commitment beyond tourism flows development by fostering the political, economic and cultural relations between the two Countries, which were recently enhanced by the opening of ITA Airways new Washington Dulles – Rome Fiumicino route. The new direct flight between the Italian and U.S. capital operating five weekly roundtrip flights that will become daily from August 1 to cover the high season demand, integrates the ITA Airways services already operating between Rome Fiumicino and New York (JFK), Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and, as of July 1st 2023 between Rome and San Francisco and from Milano Malpensa and New York (JFK).”

Emiliana Limosani, ITA Airways Chief Commercial Officer.

About NIAF

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and protecting the Italian American heritage and culture. To learn more about the Foundation and become a member, please visit

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