Speaker: Enrico Bellini

Representatives from La Pergola Theatre & Google Cultural Institute

Gabriele Guagni & Enrico Bellini

As a Senior Analyst of Public Policy & Governmental Relations, Enrico Bellini is responsible for developing projects and initiatives that strengthen the positive impact and potential Google has on Italian Society and culture, as well as major institutional partners, associations and academics.

Enrico Bellini has an MSc in Management from London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Milan. Before joining Google, he worked in public affairs and communication for a number of leading consulting firms in the industry before joining Google Italia and is a guest lecturer in Political and Administrative Systems at the Department of Social and Political Sciences.


Learning & Research Department of the Fondazione Teatro della Pergola Manager

Gabriele Guagni

Always fascinated by the mysteries of the theatre, here he puts to good use his passion for the hidden rooms and secret places planning educational activities to discover the underground theater, especially for schools and families. Gabrile plays a key role in the adhesion of Teatro della Pergola in the Google Cultural Institute.

Gabriele is specialized in the organization of cultural events, having receive training in Planning and Management of Events and Business of Art and Entertainment at the University of Florence. His career began as a steward in reception and he went on to act as Communication and Marketing Manager during the 2013/14 season.

La Pergola Theatre & Google Cultural Institute

Built between 1652 and 1656 by a group of Florentine nobles interested in the cultivation of the arts called the Accademia degli Immobili, The Pergola was the first theater in Italy to be built with boxes surrounding the auditorium. Built as the theater for the court for the presentation of operas, The Pergola wasn’t open to the public until 1718. The theater played host to some of the largest and most important operas of the time, from Vivaldi to Meyerbeer, in addition to balls and parties for which it became famous. Considered the temple of classical Italian melodrama for the first half of the 1800’s, The Pergola featured the works of Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi. In 1942 the Immobili surrendered the Pergola to the Italian State and has been managed by the Ente Teatrale Italiano until 2011. The historic Florentine landmark continues to look to the future with historic values which are the heart of the Teatro Pergola.

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