Vita gazette—Made in Italy is celebrated: April 15 is the National Day dedicated to Italian excellence. It is celebrated every year on April 15, the Day of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci, a symbol of Italian genius and creativity. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man was chosen as the symbol of this Day.

April 15, the first National Made in Italy Day. The initiative was created to enhance “Italian know-how”, recognising Made in Italy as a social role because it represents its identity heritage besides contributing to the territory’s economic and cultural development. Established with the bill of the same name, it will be celebrated every year on the anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci, the greatest genius in history, the symbol of the meeting between art, science and innovation.

A rich calendar of events will continue until the end of April, including exhibitions, workshops, concerts, conferences, recreational activities, sporting and culinary events, and visits to factories and open houses in companies, where visitors and students will be able to create the products and food excellences of our territory.

A genuinely national day, which will have all the Italian regions as its theatre and offer a showcase to the sectors of fashion, furniture, nautical food, hospitality and all the supply chains that have made our nation great.

For this reason, four hundred cultural, social, historical, entrepreneurial and sporting events were organised throughout the national territory and over fifty initiatives abroad. Entrepreneurs, master artisans, sector associations, representatives of local institutions and law enforcement agencies, foundations, museums and places of culture will be involved and will open their doors to citizens and students, future entrepreneurs, called one Day to govern the fate of the Village. The underlying theme of the events and appointments is to pass on values, skills and abilities to those who will be the future entrepreneurs of tomorrow, once again raising public awareness of the value of intellectual works and Italian products.

The complete calendar of initiatives can be found on the website

The official celebrations

On Monday, the official celebrations will open at Palazzo Piacentini, headquarters of the Mimit, with the presentation ceremony of the dedicated stamp, which will be attended by the minister Adolfo Urso and the undersecretary with responsibility for filament, Fasta Bergamotto. Afterwards, in the atrium of Palazzo Piacentini, the exhibition ‘‘The Mirror of Italian Excellence’’ created by the Altagamma Foundation in collaboration with Mimit will be inaugurated. Minister Adolfo Urso and the president of the Foundation, Matteo Lunelli, will participate. The exhibition, which will remain open until April 28, aims to showcase the excellence of fashion, design, jewellery, food, hospitality, motoring and boating.

At 12.30 pm, in the Sala Zuccari of Palazzo Giustiniani, seat of the Senate of the Republic, the Leonardo awards ceremony will be held in the presence of the minister Adolfo Urso, the vice-president of the Council and minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, the president of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa, the president of the Leonardo Committee, Segio Dompé and the president of the Altagamma Foundation, Matteo Lunelli.

In the second part of the Day, the celebrations will continue in Milan, where at 4.30 pm the ‘‘Design Genio Italiano’Italiano exhibition created by Elle Decor Italia will be inaugurated at the Confcommercio headquarters. At 5 pm, the events of the National Day of Made in Italy will continue at Palazzo Marino, headquarters of the Municipality of Milan, with the mayor Giuseppe Sala, the president of Assolombarda, Alessandro Spada and the minister Adolfo Urso.

The Day will end at the Technogym headquarters in Milan, where ‘‘Design Move’’ will be presented. The exhibition will be organised to mark the 40th anniversary of the birth of the brand.