The celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and Georgia, which is taking place against the background of excellent relations in the political, economic, scientific and cultural fields, is completed with an extraordinary joint initiative: two anniversary postage stamps were printed and put into circulation. Both on the stamp prepared by the Ministry of Italian Enterprises and Italian Products, as well as on the stamp issued by the Post Office of Georgia, the Temple of Bichvinta painted by the Italian monk, Cristoforo Castelli, is depicted.
It is no coincidence that the choice stopped on one of the paintings of Cristoforo Castelli, which he created in the 17th century during his almost twenty-five years living in Georgia (now these paintings are kept in the Leonardo Sasha Municipal Library of St. Palermo) – this choice indicates both the two countries on the intensity and depth of historical ties, as well as on the contribution of Italians to the European cultural family in getting to know Georgia better.
According to Italian Ambassador to Georgia, Enrico Valvo, “The 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Georgia gives us the opportunity to look not only at the path we have traveled together over the last three decades, but also at the centuries-old tradition of friendship and mutual cooperation between the two countries.”
On December 27, at 12:00 p.m., the National Library of the Parliament of Georgia will host an auction of postage stamps printed by the Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (circulation: 350,010 pieces, value “B” tariff: 2.40 Euros) and postage stamps issued by the Post Office of Georgia Presentation of the stamp (circulation: 20,000 pieces, value: 7 GEL). Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Guram Guramishvili, Italian Ambassador to Georgia Enrico Valvo and Director General of Georgian Post Levan Chikvaidze will take part in the event.