Piero Guadagnini, a true gentleman.

Dino Olivetti on the Left. Piero Guadagnini standing. On the right the governor of Illinois.
Dino Olivetti on the Left with a Disumma. Piero Guadagnini standing. On the right it the governor of Illinois. 7 December 1953.

Piero Guadagnini – was Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong and Macau from

1960-63. He is remembered as a true gentleman, a great diplomat and a man of high culture and impeccable manners.

Daniel Cotton Rich on the left and Piero Guadagni at the right.
Daniel Cotton Rich on the left and Piero Guadagni at the right.
Below, Sergio Romano, former Ambassador turned historian and columnist, explains- in an interview he gave a few years ago – how he decided to enter the diplomatic service:

‘I was a journalist, and I had no intention of changing profession. But people have no control on their destiny. I met the Italian Consul General of Chicago, Piero Guadagnini, a man from whom I thought I should take example. He convinced me to take the diplomatic entry exam. I did, and I passed it.’

Daniel Cotton Rich, author and art historian was the head of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a great friend of Piero Guadagnini, and they were in contact even during his posting in Hong Kong.

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