Today marks the end of the 8th edition of the Italian Language Olympics, the event targeting secondary school students that took place this year in the evocative setting of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The final phases of the Olympics started on March 26 at the Accademia della Crusca headquarters, where the representatives of the organising institutions welcomed the 84 finalists. Among those, Principal Director for the promotion of the Italian language and culture, Roberto Vellano, represented the Farnesina.
This year’s edition once again saw the participation of students of Italian schools here and abroad (26 schools for a total of 432 students from 18 countries). The four finalists from Italian schools abroad came from Paris, Casablanca, Athens and Istanbul.
Gold medals were awarded to Filippo Milani, from the Italian section of the Lycée de Balzac of Paris, for the junior category, and Kristi Nika of Scuola Italiana Statale in Athens, for the senior category.
As is customary, the two winners from the Italian schools abroad will go on an award trip to Italy. Meanwhile, the two winners in the national ranking will go on a study trip, organized by the Farnesina, to the state schools of Madrid and Barcelona before next autumn, in conjunction with the Week of the Italian Language in the World and the Week of Italian Cuisine, respectively.