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A minute with

A minute with Beatrice Vecchioni First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission – Embassy of Italy

 Where do you live?

In Nicosia, Cyprus

Best childhood memory?

My best childhood memories are the holidays I used to spend in Italy, in the Dolomites, during Christmas and at the beach, in Abruzzo, during summer holidays. As I used to live abroad with my parents and sisters, twice a year it felt like coming back home.

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?

You can already guess my answer… I cannot live without eating pasta at least once in a week! My favourite dish is one of the simplest Italian dishes namely “spaghetti al pomodoro”. When I am abroad I always try the local Italian restaurants but it never tastes like our homemade pasta.

In Cyprus I also started to appreciate some of the local dishes and I can enjoy meze because it is based on the same Mediterranean ingredients that we have in Italy, such as tomatoes and olives.

What food would you really turn your nose up to?

I would not turn my nose up to any food, although I am not too keen on very spicy food because I am used to the Italian delicate flavours. However, I love to try new things from all over the world and I think it is worthy to try different types of food at least once.

What did you have for breakfast?

Corn flakes, some fruit and a coffee

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?

Definitely a day person. I have always been much more active in the morning but it does not mean I do not like to go out at night! I like unexpected programmes, so my perfect day out would be sailing or diving, while at night I would enjoy salsa dancing or going to a music concert with friends.

Best book ever read?

My father’s books! My father writes a lot about historical figures. I particularly enjoyed his book about Evita Peron. The story of her life is so romantic and passionate that it inspired one of the most famous and successful Broadway musicals.

I also appreciated the book about Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat in Budapest who saved 100,000 Jewish people during the Second World War.

Favourite film of all time?

This list would be long but I really liked Divorzio all’italiana, a classic movie directed by Pietro Germi describing the old Italian society at a time when divorce was not allowed.

Another movie that I particularly enjoyed and that I can watch over and over again is The Lost City produced by Andy Garcia. The movie takes palace in Havana, where I have lived for three years. It is such a romantic movie!

Favorite holiday destination? What’s your dream trip?

My favourite holiday destination is of course Italy. There is such a variety of places to visit! However, I am also very curious to discover new places and other countries. My dream trip would be sailing around the world. I like adventure!

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?

Depends on my mood. Italian or international music.

What is always in your fridge?

Fruit, Parmesan cheese, Italian ham and tomatoes.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?

I have always lived in big cities and so my dream house would definitely be an urban dwelling. It could be in any capital in the world but most likely Rome. It could be a house or an apartment. It would be like a combination of modern and traditional Italian style.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?

I would like to have a chat with Jean Monnet about the future of Europe, as he is one of the founding fathers of the European Union. As I am a believer in European cooperation and integration, I would be very curious to know his view on the present state of the European Union and ask him if he has any bright ideas for a better Europe.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?

I am a very optimistic person so I generally do not think about doomsday scenarios. But I guess, if the world was ending in 24 hours, I would take the first plane and fly back to Italy to stay with my family.

What is your greatest fear?

I do not want to reveal my greatest fear because I am a very superstitious person (like most Italians). I am too afraid this could really happen so I prefer not even to mention it!



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