Italy, Bulgaria – history and diplomacy

H. E. Stefano Baldi, Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria, before the exhibition's opening.

History, diplomacy and arts fuse and complement each other in a panel of events that are staged in Sofia to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and Bulgaria.

This history began on 3 July 1879 when Domenico Brunenghi was accredited to Bulgarian Prince Alexander I as head of diplomatic agency and consulate in Bulgaria. The bilateral relations lived through the two World Wars, survived the Cold War that divided Europe, and today the two EU Member States enjoy mutual trust and friendship. On the occasion of the anniversary, the Embassy of Italy in Sofia gathers eminent historians from Bulgarian and Italian universities at the international conference on Friday, 27 September. An exhibition of historic photographs prepared by His Excellency Stefano Baldi and dedicated to the same event will be inaugurated. It will be on show in other Bulgarian cities as well. The publication “History of Diplomatic Relations between Italy and Bulgaria through Italian Diplomatic Documents” provides exceptionally rich information about the events characterising these relations.

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