I'm proud to be Italian. Maybe patriotism is something the world only sees when the soccer team (oops, I should say football) wins the World Cup and the flags come out. Yes, many of them are still made of wool and get washed an ironed by the wonderful mothers of a country used to be seen as the underdog.
Creativity and verve are the every day staple of the Italian business diet. Having lived and worked in Philadelphia for so many years, sometimes I forget that I have colleagues who are doing great work in my native land. We all know and love Gianandrea Facchini who has participated in our conversations with enthusiasm and heart.
I've mentioned Maurizio Goetz of Marketing Usabile as well. Maurizio is a marketing consultant who works and lives in Milan, the city seen more as the business and fashion center of Italy. Gianandrea is based in Rome, where the world used to be run at one point -- caput mundi, they called it.
Alessandro Bevacqua also works in Rome and blogs at WebA-Ziende, where he shares very interesting views on corporate and official blogging.
Dr. Who, whose real name I promised to keep a secret (I always keep my promises), blogs at Unconventional Marketing with Leonardo de Nardis. He is experienced in the dynamics of mature markets and consumer products. They are based in Rome.
Luca Oliverio is brand manager at Comunitazione, a portal for all communications theories, tactics and best practices. He is also involved in an initiative to showcase the ads that did not make the cut, which will be running from July 26-30 in Salerno. See more information at Creatives are Bad.
I would be remiss if I did not mention Bruno Giussani. He lives in Switzerland, yet I'm pretty sure he has a lot more Italian than just the language in him. He has quickly become my source of all news and opinions European, and for good reason. See his amazing list of accomplishments here.
Buona Festa della Repubblica to all Italian bloggers. If I haven't discovered you yet, drop by and leave a note in your comment here so I can add you to my growing Italian blogroll. I'm loving this Italian connection!