On this week’s edition of “The Diplomat,” we meet the Ambassador of Italy to South Korea, Federico Failla. Italy is the birthplace of the European Renaissance and where the three great Renaissance masters were born. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, who was one of the great Renaissance masters.

To commemorate the life and death of the great Italian Renaissance master, the Italian Embassy in South Korea organized a variety of events such as the screening of a film on da Vinci’s life, the preparation da Vinci’s hometown typical food cooked using Korean ingredients and even the promotion of cooperation with Korea’s energy technology sector by highlighting da Vinci’s achievements in the sciences.

South Korea and Italy’s relationship has been elevated to a strategic partnership after President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Italy in 2018. Let’s find out what kind of plans Ambassador Federico Failla has for the newly enhanced bilateral relations.

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Presidents Moon and Mattarella togheter in Rome in 2018