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Wed, September 26th, 2018 – Federica Gabardi
La testa degli italiani di Beppe Severgnini

For some foreigners Italy is only a great immutable poetics “mental Tuscany”. A land of light and perfumes, aperitifs at sunset and friendly natives. But in the heads of Italians – unfortunately or fortunately – there is something else. Traveling along the Peninsula in the company of friends from abroad, Beppe Severgnini becomes an ironic and implacable Dante. Beppe describing and explaining the cities, the streets, the houses, the squares, the shops, the churches, the stadiums etc.. describes a country that “has too much style to be hell” but is “too disorderly to be heaven.”

Federica was born and raised in Milan and she is very fond of her city. She studied Latin and ancient Greek, among other subjects, in high school at the Collegio San Carlo of Milan, and after her diploma, she graduated in Political Science from the Università Cattolica di Milano. Over the past 15 years Federica, driven by her passion for brand communication, has been working in different marketing and communication roles. In addition, Federica, extending her passion for brand communication and interpersonal communication, began a parallel career as a professional coach. As of today, she is a consultant, coach, and professional trainer in communication, style, and personal branding. Federica loves teaching Italian, sharing her language and bringing alive with her students the Italian style and way.