More than two dozen people gathered around Piazza Perugia at Julia Lee’s Park in Seattle’s Madison Valley to hear the words of esteemed architect Paolo Lattaoli. Over pastries and coffee from nearby Essential Baking Company, the attendees listened eagerly as Lattaoli spoke. Translated by Honorary Consul of Italy in Seattle and Perugia native Elisabetta Valentini, Paolo Lattaoli’s melodic speech was pithy but profound: he shared with us his belief that piazzas give us something far more than simply aesthetic enjoyment, but also a sense of camaraderie and community.
He was also sure to mention how much he enjoyed exploring Seattle and the kindness he was shown in the two weeks he spent here. He informed the crowd that this was his first trip to Perugia’s sister city, but we have a feeling that it will not be his last—let’s hope the weather is just as beautiful next time as it was for this occasion! Sadly, he departed March 17 to return to Italy, but his visit here is something that SPSCA and its supporters will not soon forget.
Board member Mike James concluded with some parting words, including a call for ideas on how we might utilize this space more often to gather together. Hopefully, as we come up suggestions, this will not only give us even more opportunities to enjoy ourselves but we will also be honoring the words of Paolo Lattaoli in the process.
Thanks to Danielle Hayden for this post.
Editor’s note: To read more about the origin of Lattaoli’s trip, click here for “A Story of Adventures and Partnerships” from the Civita Institute newsletter.
Only three weeks remain until the dedication of Piazza Perugia on Sat. Oct. 14 at 10 am. We hope all our members will join us at the dedication ceremony and related events. You’ll meet our distinguished guests from Italy, rub elbows with our local Italian community, and get to know your fellow members better.
And, check out these amazing tiles that are being installed this week in the Piazza. After a slight delay in U.S. Customs, the tiles were delivered to Seattle recently and are being installed by Nadine Edelstein of Vashon Island.
The tiles were designed and fabricated by L’Antica Deruta, a ceramic arts studio outside Perugia, under the direction of Giorgio Moretti, who will be attending the opening festivities.
Piazza Perugia is part of Julia Lee’s Park in Madison Valley, at East Harrison and Margin Luther King Jr. Way South. See you there!
Join city officials, members of the Italian and Seattle community and fellow sister city members at the dedication of Piazza Perugia on Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m.
Michele Fioroni, vice mayor for economic development, will be traveling from Perugia to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. He will be met by representatives from Seattle’s city government and other dignitaries. There will be music, speeches, light refreshments and more.
Ceramic tiles made by L’Antica Deruta, a ceramic arts studio outside Perugia, will adorn the space and be a beautiful permanent reminder of our long-standing sister city friendship. Giorgio Moretti, owner of L’Antica Deruta, will be attending the festivities as well.
Piazza Perugia is part of Julia Lee’s Park in Madison Valley, at East Harrison and Margin Luther King Jr. Way South.