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Livorno and Greece, an everlasting bond

This afternoon the Managing Director of the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority, Matteo Paroli took part in the conference dedicated to Livorno’s Greek community in the Old Fortress’ Ferretti Conference Hall. This initiative is part of a series of events celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of the Greek Revolution.

On the occasion of the presentation of the book by the historian Despina Vlami, entitled: “Greek merchants in Livorno, 1750-1868”, Mr. Paroli stressed  the importance of a privileged relationship, the one linking Italy to Greece. “A bond” – said Mr. Paroli – “that has endured over the centuries and which has been firmly rooted in Livorno since the second half of the 1500s, when the first urbanization projects of the so-called ‘new city’ successfully took off.”

Mr Paroli stressed that it was a great pleasure for him to be present at the event. Moreover, he considered the fact that, just a month after taking office as managing director at the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority, he found himself hosting an initiative focusing the everlasting ties between two Mediterranean countries as a good omen.A relationship to which he is professionally linked since the time he worked in Ancona as managing director at the Central Adriatic Port Network Authority: “In Ancona, where 65% of passenger traffic links Italy to Greece, I was practically  in constant contact with the Greek honorary consul. Everyday we dealt with problems regarding Greek citizens travelling to Piraeus and Igoumenitsa.  A strange twist of fate has led me to meet up with the community again, this time on the banks of the Tyrrhenian sea, that I had the opportunity to get to know and appreciate on the Adriatic. I consider it a good sign.”