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Italian Association at Asti, Italy

Members of the Italian Association were proud to be invited as guests of the Sbandieratori di Asti for the annual Palio event.  The three-day festival took place on August 30 and 31st with the final Palio race on Sunday September 1st

Frank Guzzo, Executive Director for the Italian Association attended the event along with Mickey Rao, CEO and Dario Soldan, Board Member. 

Parts of the final day of racing where broadcast live on the Italian Association Facebook page and everyone attended the final ceremony on Sunday evening with over 40 guests at Il Cichetto Restaurant owned by a former Sbandieratore himself, Franco Cavallero. 

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Amongst the presentations that evening, the Italian Association presented the group with the official invitation to return to Arizona for the 7th annual Italian Festival in March, 2020 along with an Honorary Diamondbacks jersey with Torey Lovullo's (Salvatore Anthony Lovullo) name on the back. 

Lovullo is of Italian Heritage and is a manager for the Diamondbacks.


Earlier in the day an official presentation and meeting was held with the mayor of Asti, Maurizio Rasero.

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This is all part of Italian Heritage events starting with the Diamondbacks game on Sept. 24 and other events leading up to the Italian Festival of Arizona early 2020.

Tickets to the Diamondbacks Italian Heritage Day event can be found here: Buy Tickets

Other events on the horizon are:

  • Scott Conant Italian Association fund raising event at Mora Italian restaurant in early October (limited seating)
  • Italian Networking event with wine and dinner in honor of our new Honorary Italian Counsel.
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