16th June 2018: Second edition of “Vissi d’arte sulle ali del grifo”, a fund-raising Gala Evening at Castello Grifeo in Partanna, Sicily.

Castello Grifeo in Partanna (Sicily)

On Saturday 16th June 2018, as promised two years ago, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna decided to gather some friends once again in the Castle of his ancestors in Partanna, Sicily. Thanks to Dottore Domenico de Gennaro and the “Il MedioEvo” Association, the funds reunited in occasion of this Gala Dinner will be used to restore two wonderful masterpieces of Sicilian XVIIIth Century.

An overview of the Gala Dinner on 16th June 2018 at Castello Grifeo in Partanna (Sicily)


Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, in a fraternal embrace with Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna

Before dinner, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna invited Maestro Vincenzo Marrone d’Alberti, togetehr with his talented young student, Maesto Luca Lione to play romantic pieces of Chopin, Lizst and Brahms and my emotion was at its utmost level, when  I heard the notes of Ravel’s “Ma Mère l’Oye”, a surprise for Prince Grifeo (who particularly appreciates this piece of music) but also for me, as Ravel composed it right after attending the performance of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia at Pré Catelan in Summer 1906, following King Sisowath in state visit.

Maestro Vincenzo Marrone d’Alberti and Maestro Luca Lione interpreting with grace and sentiment Maurice Ravel’s suite “Ma Mère l’Oye”.

The funds gathered two years ago served to restore a magnificent statue of San Giovanni Battista, a glory of Sicilian medieval wood sculpture tradition.

Mayor Nicolà Catania and Doctor Domenico (Mimmo) de Gennaro revealing the beautiful newly restored statue of San Giovanni Battista

Many friends of Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna have participated with enthusiasm to this prestigious Gala evening and the celebration went on, until late into the summer night, among laughs and joyful jokes of a merry company, who promised to do it again very soon !

The arrival of Doctor Domenico (Mimmo) de Gennaro and his charming wife, Doctor Rosalia Crescenti, our charming hosts on this auspicious day.
Our dear friends, Mr. Rafaele Beninati and his gorgeous wife, Mrs. Giovanna Maria Ciolino, who prepared for the happy few of us the most incredibly delicious “pasta” with the world famous red shrimps of Mazara, the day before !
Glamourous Agata Palazzo, in a splendid evening ensemble of bronze silk, together with Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna


Happy gathering at the end of the evening, around young promising Tenor Roberto de Gennaro Crescenti, Meastro Vincenzo Marrone d’Alberti, His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna, Photographer Angelo Campus, Doctor Antonio Roberto Tartamella and talented young Maestro Luca Lione.

Needless to say that this enchanting evening is still alive in our hearts and we are looking forward to going back to this lovely area of the Beautiful Sicily.

All my gratitude and sincere thanks to our marvellous photographer, Mr. Angelo Campus.






Historic photo: French President François Mitterrand and Italian President Francesco Cossiga welcomed by Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini at the Opera of Rome on 14th December 1990.

French President François Mitterrand and Italian President Francesco Cossiga welcomed for a Gala Evening at the Opera of Rome by Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini on 14th December 1990.

This photo was taken by Rino Barillari, the King of Paparazzi and published in Italian newspaper “Il Messaggero” on 15th December 1990.


VGT MItterrand Cossiga 151290 Opera di Roma

8th April 2018: Sanda Pandza’s Gala Dinner “Think equal, be different!” or how to put together Beauty, Elegance and Glamour with charm and kindness !

WP ACADEMY – “Noi non siamo i migliori o meglio degli altri perché l’umiltà è alla base del nostro pensiero. Di sicuro diamo il meglio di noi stessi in tutto quello che facciamo perché amiamo condividere la passione e l’amore per il nostro lavoro con chi la pensa come noi e con chi crede in noi.
L’uguaglianza, la lealtà e l’onestà è il motore che ci spinge verso la ricerca di quella bellezza che non deve tramontare mai: la ricchezza dei rapporti umani perché solo nei rapporti con gli altri che si ottengono i risultati migliori.”

In occasion of the end of the Spring session of the Wedding Planner Academy, Sanda Pandza, THE fairyevent maker based in Rome had the smashing idea to organise a somptuous gala dinner at Villa Aurelia on the Gianicolo, gathering all the best providers in terms of catering, floral design, entertainment, photographer, etc…

In company of Sanda Pandza, la Maga dei matrimoni di lusso e di gusto

After four days of intensive courses dealing with the various topics around the theme “How to become the ideal wedding planner”, Sanda invited all her eighteen students (including me and my delicious colleague, Cristina Procaccini from Borgo Seghetti Panichi in Castel di Lama, Ascoli Piceno) to actively participate in the “making of” of this magic evening. We were asked to be obedient and kind towards the Banqueting almighty “Signora Valentina” who taught us how to dress up a table, measuring the distance between plates, glasses, forks and knives, taking into account the magnificent flower compositions of Maestro Andrea Patrizi.

Sanda Pandza, Andrea Patrizi e Valentina Picca Bianchi

Then we watched with most attention the setting up of the light designing features by Nico Celano and the creations of two “Open Bars” of great Ivan Visentin, who, after touring the world, especially Australia and South-East Asia, chose to follow his heart and stopped in the Eternal City where love and sucess were two good reasons for him to dwell in !

With legendary Barman Ivan Visentin (OffSide Events)

In the meantime, Giuseppe Voci, Alessandro Iasevoli and Roberto Marchionne, photographers and videomakers from Latitude41 studio, together with charming Alessandro Zingone and young Paolo Furente were bursting into butterfly moves around the gorgeous ladies, who not only were wearing the marvellous wedding gowns created by Cinzia Ferri but also looking for the most beautiful smiles among the invitees of this very glamourous dinner.

Creazioni di Cinzia Ferri

Last but not least, the entertainment chapter: we were absolutely enchanted by the Fadlun singing brothers and the young and beautiful Oumy N’Diaye who brought us their voices as a gift, a very pleasant “preludio” to the dancing party, which lasted late into the night.

The Fadlun Brothers and DJ Leo Alessandrelli
During the Gala Dinner…
Splendid Oumy N’Diaye
Beautiful Sanda Pandza, posing next to the Imperial Table

Event Planner: Sanda Pandza Events
Venue: Villa Aurelia
Catering: Whitericevimenti Banqueting & Luxury Events
Floral design: Andrea Patrizi Nunzia Stefania de Iuliis
Light design: Nico Celano
Open Bar: OffSide Events
Dinner music: Benny Baruch Fadlun
DJ: Leo Alessandrelli
Vocalist: Oumy N’Diaye
Bridal Designer: Cinzia Ferri
Readings: Barbara BicomeBi Folchitto
Photo: Giuseppe Voci Alessandro Iasevoli ZingOne At The Wedding
Video: Roberto Marchionne Paolo Furente
Dance: Giulia Cencioni
Assistant: Viviana Battaglione
Make up: Raffaele Fabbricatore Martina Russo
Hair: Daniele Doria
Rental: Preludio Noleggio
Flowers: Meijer Roses



“La Sonnambula” di Vincenzo Bellini all’Opera di Roma, Febbraio 2018

L’Opera International Magazine N°25
Marzo 2018
“I traumi infantili della piccola Amina:
Roma: Jessica Pratt, protagonista della Sonnambula”
Articolo del Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini

L'Opera Marzo 2018

La Sonnambula 1

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Il Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini

Point de Vue N° 2372 – 14 janvier 1994 Chantal de France : Une Princesse au pays des Mandarins

Article de Pierre Bastien paru dans le numéro 2372 de “Point de Vue” du 14 janvier 1994 dans lequel est relatée ma rencontre avec Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Chantal d’Orléans et son époux, le Baron François-Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue lors de leur voyage à Beijing en Décembre 1993.

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Thursday, 30th November 2017: Courtesy call to His Excellency Monsieur Christian Masset, Ambassador of France to Italy together with Mrs. Pinuccia Pitti and Mrs. Milena von Rex of Marianna Foundation for Human Rights

On Thursday, 30th November 2017, at 4.00 PM, His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong paid a courtesy call to His Excellency Monsieur Christian Masset, Ambassador of France to Italy, together with Mrs. Pinuccia Pitti, President and Founder of the Marianna Foundation for Human Rights and her Counsellor, Countess Milena von Rex. During the conversation were exchanged views on the development of the Marianna Foundation. Mrs. Pitti invited the French Ambassador to participate to the next annual event on 31st January 2018, which will be the occasion to dedicate a lifetime achievement award to a French Personality, recently deceased.

From left to right: Mrs. Pinuccia Pitti, Mrs. Milena von Rex, Ambassador Christian Masset and Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong


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Montenegro e Cambogia: Un felice incontro tra Case Reali, lontane geograficamente, ma vicine nella condivisione di valori.

Un felice incontro tra Case Reali, lontane geograficamente, ma vicine nella condivisione di valori. Sua Altezza Reale il Principe Nikola Petrović-Njegoš di Montenegro a cui l’ufficialità di promuovere all’estero l’identità, la cultura e le tradizioni del proprio Paese e Sua Altezza il Principe Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong nella sua qualità di Ambasciatore della Real Casa di Cambogia a cui sono state affidate analoghe finalità.
Nel corso della serata, dopo i rispettivi saluti di benvenuto, sono stati affrontati temi particolarmente sensibili quali il messaggio ecumenico del Santo Padre, l’auspicio del rafforzamento di un’amicizia fraterna tra i popoli slavi e in particolare dell’ex Jugoslavia e lo sviluppo di un sentimento collettivo per la protezione dell’ambiente e la solidarietà ecologica per un futuro comune nel rispetto dei diritti umani; argomenti di particolare concretezza per lo sviluppo di una coscienza collettiva e di vicinanza tra le diverse genti.
L’incontro è avvenuto il 19 novembre 2017 al Grand Hotel de la Minerve a Roma, presente la Dottoressa Nalini Errate, il Conte Giuseppe Tedeschi, Rappresentante Ufficiale della Dinastia dei Petrović-Njegoš e il Nobile Alessio Butti, Consigliere Diplomatico del Principe Nikola. Con loro, ospite d’onore, Sua Eccellenza Miodrag Vlahovic, Ambasciatore del Montenegro presso la Santa Sede, Monsignor Jean-Marie Gervais, Prefetto coadiutore del Capitolo Vaticano, nonché Presidente dell’Associazione culturale Tota Pulchra, la Nobildonna Maria Ratkova, Mezzo soprano, Fabio Cassani Pironti, Conte di Giraldeli, il Marchese Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini e il Dottore Maurizio Napoli della FINNAT.