For years now, the Festival of Philosophy in Magna Graecia has been attracting young people to Ascea, in the sacred hills of the Greek ruins of Velia, the cradle of Magna Graecia. This year, after the success recorded by the first edition, the Philosophy Festival has made its comeback with a throbbing heart and its authenticity of roots, and has turned its focus onto the origin: Greece. Greece’s second edition of the Festival started off with 500 lyceum students from all over Italy who will take part in philosophical workshops, dialogues and promenades on the theme of “Philia” (friendship), to be held in Athens, Corinth and Delphi until March 19. On Wednesday, March 16, the Italian Institute of Culture (IIC) in Athens will hold a press conference at 12 p.m. to present the Festival of Philosophy in Magna Graecia. After the official greetings by Monica Zecca, the director of the IIC and cultural attaché at the Italian Embassy, Giuseppina Russo and Iriana Marini, the president and vice president of the Festival of Philosophy in Magna Graecia, will present the programme together with Salvatore Ferrara, the Festival’s scientific director and head of dialogical analysis. Through philosophy, the project aims to build a bridge between Italy and Greece and to convey a message of friendship from Naples and Athens. Precisely Naples will host the celebrations for the first International Day dedicated to Greece which will include, among its activities, a tribute to Greek artist Belisario Corenzio.