Prince Albert II of Monaco continues his cultural and honorific trip to Italy.
Today April 23, he landed in Genoa, in Northern Italy, on the Ligurian Sea, to pay tribute to the beautiful and famous flower exhibit, Euroflora.
Prince Albert opened this year's edition with a speech in the Italian language and was awarded the honorary citizenship of Genoa.
"It is a great joy to receive the honorary citizenship of the city of Genoa because the story of my ancestors began there" Prince Albert declared today, in Genoa, for the Italian television and press. (source: ansa.it)
The Prince paid tribute to his wonderful mother, Grace Kelly, remembering her first inauguration visit in 1966 when the Euroflora event took wings. The Princess of Monaco had developed a true passion for flowers that she cultivated along with her life, with art exhibitions and more. (source: Corriere.it)
Also, Albert's visit to Genoa is meant to reinforce cultural and economic relations with the Serenissima, as a neighbor of the Principality of Monaco. "It all started here", he said, remembering a piece of Genoa and Monaco's common history, about the Grimaldi family who had ruled in Monaco in the XIII century. Since then, the relations between the two "cousins", Genoa and Monaco, have continued to be strong.
"My ancestors have long maintained economic and cultural relations with their Genoese cousins. Genoa was an extraordinary laboratory of artistic creations from the 16th to the 18th century and has remained a center of attraction." (source: ansa.it)
This year's edition of Euroflora has many main themes: 18 scenic fountains, sustainability, and environmentally friendly behavior, and a 3,000-meter walk among set-ups of exhibitors from all over the world. The flower show has just begun. (source: IlsecoloXIX.it)