Courtesy call on 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 Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini

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On Friday, 14th December 2018 at 3.00 PM, His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong paid a courtesy call on 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 Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Artistic Advisor of the Foundation. During the conversation were exchanged views on the development of the Marianna Foundation, especially a special event in collaboration with the French Embassy during the second semester of 2019.

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From left to right: Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Ambassador Christian Masset, Mrs. Pinuccia Pitti & Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong 




22 Novembre 2018: Conference – Dinner at Rotary Roma EUR


I wish to extend my warmest thanks to President Rocco Recce and his marvellous Prefect, Mrs. Francesca Staiti who organised a very pleasant evening with so many lovely people around the theme of “Women and Holiness in Cambodia”

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Receiving the Rotary Roma EUR flag and medal from President Rocco Recce


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In company of Prefect Francesca Staiti and Mr. Olivier Michon, Rotary du Médoc, France


In company of Archeologist Lorenza Ilia Manfredi and Prefect Francesca Staiti


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With my beloved Dottoressa Pinuccia Pitti, President of Fondazione Marianna
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Official Portrait by Italian photographer Fabrizio Zaccarello

My infinite gratitude for the kindness and the patience of photographer Fabrizio Zaccariello and his colleague, Gianmarco Costa

28th October 2018 : Sanda Pandza and Valentina Picca Bianchi created once again an enchanted evening in the Eternal City with fabulous “Butterfly Effect Emotional Gala Dinner”

Ms. Sanda Pandza and Ms. Valentina Picca Bianchi, the two creators of this magic moment

The two fairies of the magic evenings of Rome came back on 28th October 2018 at MAXXI to bring us a magnificent gift in occasion of the Fall session of Sanda Pandza’s Wedding Planner Academy: The “Butterfly Effect Emotional Gala Dinner” was the occasion not only to give a pratical application of a week of intensive trainings and lessons, but also a way to gather the best professionals in the event organisation camp to create a splendid, innovative but always elegant event.


This time, the accent was put on trasparency, lightness and fluidity.

First, the marvellous Welcome of Butterflies at the entrance with the sublime evergreen floral design of Great Andrea Patrizi.

Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and myself welcomed by Ms. Sanda Pandza, the Golden Goddess of the Evening

Then, the surprise of the “Emotional” dinner: tying a black silk ribbon in a fluid knot on your eyes, listening to your inner feelings and letting explode in your mouth the flavours cooked by Chef Fabio, under the protective look of gorgeous Valentina Picca Bianchi, dynamic director of Whitericevimenti.



Afterwards, the magnificent “Butterflies” will invite you from one table to another, to obey the elementary principles of liberty and love to gain happiness….


The explosion of emotions happened after dinner, when Magus Ivan Visentin, Director of Offside Events, opened his enchanted Open Bar and made us drink love elixirs and potions until late in the night, with the charming ladies of the Evening who took the shape of colourful butterflies…

Enjoying refined cocktails, made by handsome Ivan Visentin for the happiness of all “Lady-Butterflies” and their “cavaliers”

Then, the party began with fantastic musicians, enigmatic female creatures….



A magnetic and irresistible will to enjoy life in the heart of the night darkness suddenly occurred and we got the rhythm to dance the whole night through…thanks to Sanda’s magic, kindness and glamour as always.

Sanda, we love you ! Come back soon, with another celebration to make us think that we are the smartest people on Earth….but aren’t we ?

The WPA 2018 Fall Promotion
Thank you so much, Darling Sanda…. until next time !

My heartfelt gratitude to photographer Daniele Pierangeli and his assistant for the very nice pictures !

Event planning & Design: Sanda Pandza Events
Catering and design: Valentina Picca Bianchi
Chef: @fabio_materiaprima
Floral design: Andrea Patrizi
Light design & mapping: Tecnoservice 2000
Open Bar: OffSide Events
Music Design: Vasco Alessandrelli
Vocalist female: Oumy N’Diaye
Vocalist male: @joshuajackofficial
DJ: Leo Alessandrelli
Photo: Jay Studio – Wedding Photography
Video: @thomasdelorenzofilms
Arredi: ELE Light
Performance: Giulia Cencioni
Special thanks to: Antonella Lionetti
Location: LINEA e TYPO al Museo MAXXI

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.


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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

La Sonnambula 2

Il Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini