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Italy as never seen before in Vietnam. Italy from above, with its stunning landscapes, will be portrayed in the amazing exhibition showcasing from July 10th to August 10th at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi. “ITALY – Twilight skylines from Police helicopters” is a set of suggestive pictures taken by the renowned Italian photographer Massimo Sestini, winner of the World Press Photo.

The exhibition will be opened by the Italian Undersecretary of State for Defence, Angelo Tofalo, on the occasion of his visit to Hanoi, on Wednesday 10th July, at 4:00pm, at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

Earlier in May the exhibition had been inaugurated in Ho Chi Minh City by the Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi and had been showcased at Tan Son Nhat Airport and the Reverie Saigon Hotel.

The Ambassador of Italy to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro and representatives from Vietnamese Ministries and Agencies, as well as the management of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology will be attending the opening ceremony.

When taking photographs for the Italian Police, flying aboard helicopters such as AgustaWestland AW139 and AB212 by Leonardo-Finmeccanica, artist Massimo Sestini captured Italy’s landscapes an hour after sunset or an hour before sunrise. With their evocatively beautiful light, the images on display document the wonders of Italy, unique in their variety and harmony.

This unique project has been conceived to present the public with a never-seen-before views of Italy. The photos allow visitors to discover the wonders of the country, ranging from major cities to cultural centres, from the seaside to the Alps.

The artworks, similarly to a Renaissance triptych, can be admired on three levels: for the skill of the photographer, for the skill of the pilots and naturally for the extraordinary beauty of the Italian landscapes, which we hope can be visited by an even more wider public of Vietnamese tourists”, said the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi.

Sunrise and sunset are the most delicate moments of the day for humans, when the light, no longer or not yet bright, makes us more vulnerable and exposed to pitfalls and fears. They are moments in which we feel reassured by the knowledge that someone is looking over us. The eye that watches over us from above in a Police helicopter, the flashing lights of the Volanteare lights in the darkness, a visible sign of the presence of men and women in uniform ready to protect our safety, our heritage and our values”, said the Chief of the Italian Police, Franco Gabrielli.

Following the successful showcase at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, the exhibition is now touring the world, starting from Moscow and the South-East Asia.

The exhibition of Massimo Sestini’s photographs in Vietnam is organized by the Embassy of Italy in Hanoi and the Consulate General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City within the framework of the “Vivere all’italiana” (Italian lifestyle) program financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The initiative is realised thanks to the cooperation of the Italian Police, under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Interior.