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with contributions from Luisa Zargani
 on October 18, 2016
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini, wave from the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington.


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday morning ahead of a state dinner later tonight.

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Everything is ready for tonight’s State Dinner in honor of the Official Visit of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini.  Kaster/AP/REX/Shutterstock

The dinner, which will likely be the last of the Obama White House, promises to be a fashion showcase. Giorgio Armani will be part of the Italian delegation attending the soirée and all eyes will be on the two first ladies as they make their way up the North Portico of the White House. They did not disappoint in the opening ceremony this morning.

First lady Michelle Obama and Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

First lady Michelle Obama and Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.  Monsivais/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless black and white abstract chevron print dress and Landini was in a forest-green Valentino lace dress. She wore a rose-colored Valentino dress when she arrived in Washington on Monday.

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First lady Michelle Obama and Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi listen during a state arrival ceremony.  Monsivais/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Obama and Landini will tour the White House Kitchen Garden later this morning. Produce from the garden, planted by the First Lady in 2009, has been served on White House china plates at State Dinners and has also been promoted as a symbol for healthy eating. It inspired Obama to launch the “Let’s Move” initiative to promote healthy living for a young generation of children.

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