A century of Italian immigration and culture in France (1860-1960)

“CIAO” is part of those words that, accompanying the migrations of millions of Italians around the world, have been adopted from the languages ​​of the countries reception, as in France where it is now part of current vocabulary. This greeting is useful to welcome and say goodbye at the same time.

CIAO ITALIA! is an “arrivederci” of the Italians to theirs country, never an “addio” . It is also a welcome formula from France to its neighbor.

Exchanges between France and Italy have been numerous since from Antiquity and go far beyond military conquest of “Gaul” by Rome. In the Middle Ages, men, women, goods and ideas cross the Alps, spreading a sort of “Italian model” in France and throughout Europe. In the 19th and 20th centuries, about 26 million Italians emigrate for both economic and political reasons. A part of them heads to France, which was missing at the time of manpower. Italians became like this the most numerous foreigners in France from the beginning of the 20th century until the 1960s.

Today commemorated, their integration did not happen however smoothly. Between distrust and desire, violence and passions, rejection and integration, the exhibition CIAO ITALIA ! tell this story by highlighting the contribution of Italians to society and French culture. The exhibition traces the geographical journey, socio-economic and cultural experience of Italians in France from the Risorgimento from 1860 to 1960.

The exhibition will take place in the hall of the library of Laveno Mombello in Villa Frua from the 25 March 2022 until the 12 April 2022. Free entrance

The exhibition is open:
Monday until Thursday 9:00 – 18:00
Friday and Saturday 9:00 – 13:00