AWARDED:  The Italy-USA Foundation, established to honor the relationship between the two countries and their cultural exchange, conferred on Thursday the America award during a ceremony in Rome at the Italian parliament.

Recipients of the award include Nicola Bulgari, vice president of Bulgari; Geox’s president Mario Moretti Polegato; racing driver Mario Andretti; minister of education Stefania Giannini; Monica Maggioni, president of Italy’s national public broadcasting company RAI; as well as violinist Uto Ughi; astronaut Paolo Nespoli; actress Gabriella Pession; Vittorio Zucconi, editor in chief of Radio Capital, and Kathryn Iacocca, president of Iacocca Foundation.

Furthermore, three students from American universities were honored with three medals of the Italian parliament and a special award was given in memory of singer Frank Sinatra.

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