1 Jul

Casa Italia – bringing Italy to London 2012: Public opening times and activities

“Casa Italia” is the home of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) for the duration of the London 2012 Olympics and is being held at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster.

Casa Italia will be open to the public – daily from 12 noon to 20.00, from the 26th July to the 12th August 2012. Entrance to Casa Italia is free.

The ground, first, second and fifth floors of the Centre are open to the public:

The ground floor auditorium will be hosting a Casa Italia opening event on the 26th July and live events most days from 12noon until 13.00. Visitors should call 020 7 798 4943 for more information on the events taking place.

The first floor will house an area dedicated to each of the sponsors – Banca Intesa, Fiat Group Automobiles, Italian luxury brand EA7 Emporio Armani and Kinder. EA7 Emporio Armani is the sponsor and official outfitter of the Italian Olympic and Paralympic team and will have an onsite merchandise store on the first floor. This retail outlet is the only location in the UK where visitors can purchase the official EA7 Italian Olympic merchandise.

The second floor has been transformed into the Italian Experience – where visitors can discover how sustainability has played an important role in Italian products, resources and technology and experience Italy for themselves with wine and food tasting from the regions.

The fifth floor will hold a Banca Intensa exhibition of Italian photography. Through the lenses of the Magnum photographers, visitors can see a snapshot of ‘Italy and The Italians’ (the title of the exhibition). Covering the five continents of Italy, the exhibition focuses on important current affairs, including wars, revolutions and historic events, alongside daily life and important figures in the Italian art world.

Visitors to Casa Italia should take the District or Circle Line to St James Park. Please see the venue’s website for further travel information.

The full list of sponsors is below:
• Banca Intesa- MAIN SPONSOR
• Kinder (Ferrero) – OFFICIAL SPONSOR
• Ministero Politiche Agricole (Ministry of Agriculture) –ISTITUTIONAL PARTNER

The images attached show mock ups of the Churchill Auditorium on the ground floor, and the outside of the venue at night

British press wishing to view, film or photograph the public areas of Casa Italia are most welcome.

Please arrange a suitable time and date by emailing:

Jill.Hawkins@AniseedPR.com or Fiona.Duffin@qeiicentre.london

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