Mag Events,Top Story,Feature l by Tina Edward Gunawardhana l 17 Aug 2020     - 178

The Italian Connection

Italy’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Rita Mannella speaks of art, culture and pineapples!

Words: Tina Edward Gunawardhana

Photos: Siyath Govin Plus

Hair and Make Up: Nadiya Fernando

Joining the Italian Foreign service to not only build ties between countries across the globe but also with the intention of seeing the world, Rita  Giuliana Mannella  has been a longstanding career diplomat. She has served in India, USA and Rome. Her first posting as an Ambassador was to Sri Lanka, where she has already completed a year and half of her tenure.  During her time in Sri Lanka, Rita has worked tirelessly to promote bilateral relations between Italy and Sri Lanka.  A great art aficionado, Rita has also brought gallerists, artists, chefs, designers, architects and performing artistes from Italy to Sri Lanka in her efforts to enable Sri Lankans to enjoy Italian culture. Effortlessly stylish in her designer clothes, (Italian of course), Rita fulfills her role as a diplomat with aplomb and epitomises the characteristics of a quintessential Ambassador with great finesse.


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Tina Edward Gunawardhana

Tina Edward Gunawardhana is the Features Editor of Hi!! Magazine. She writes on a variety of topics which include travel, fashion, lifestyle, cuisine and personalities. She is also a journalist for the Daily Mirror Life. An intrepid traveller, Tina likes to show readers the world through her eyes and experiences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - tinajourno or email her at

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