Saturday, February 24, 2007

Where diplomacy meets art

Ugo Colombo Sacco di Albiano, an Italian diplomat, has published an interesting and original book on the history of the buildings that have housed the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Using the words of the author "For the first time, this book presents to the eyes of the general public the interiors of the state receptions rooms in the successive historical buildings of the mother house of Italian diplomacy: Palazzo delle Segreterie di Stato in Turin; Palazzo Vecchio in Florence; Palazzo della Consulta, Palazzo Chigi, the Farnesina, and Villa Madama in Rome."

The book is in Italian, but an illustrated brochure of the book in English can be consulted here.