Accomplished initiatives


Characters and activities of the Paolo Cresci Foundation

The Paolo Cresci Foundation for the History of Italian Emigration aims to promote knowledge of historical and social phenomena related to emigration from the 19th century to the present day. The Foundation's archives contain thousands of letters, photos, official documents, period newspapers and memorabilia of great rarity; only a small part of this is on display in the museum. The archive constitutes the most important existing collection on the phenomenon. Connected to the archive is a specialized library on emigration of more than 1,300 titles. Both the archive and the library are enriched by donations from private individuals and acquisitions of rare texts on the antiquarian market. The Foundation's archives are notified by MIBACT, and the Museum is recognized as a Museum of Regional Significance by the Region of Tuscany.

Due to the topicality of the emigration/immigration theme, the Foundation promotes activities to raise awareness of these realities with cultural events, conferences, debates and publishes texts on the history of Italian and in particular Lucchese emigration. It organizes photographic and documentary exhibitions, publishes the "Quaderni della Fondazione Paolo Cresci" which has reached no. 11, promotes events, especially aimed at schools, on the theme of migration, participates in national events (exhibitions, shows, research activities, etc.). It promotes study and research activities on historical and contemporary realities of migration phenomena with collection of testimonies to old and new protagonists of Italian emigration. It has produced a film on contemporary youth emigration entitled "Italia addio non tornerò" presented in various Italian and foreign venues and broadcast by national broadcasters (Mediaset).

By guaranteeing an archival and bibliographic research service, it constitutes a point of reference for scholars of Italian emigration, production houses of historical films on Italian and foreign emigration. With the putting online of the "Bollettino italiano dell'emigrazione" (a work published by the Commissariato per l'emigrazione from 1901 to 1926, which is difficult to find) after a digitization work that lasted several years, it offers scholars from all over the world the possibility of accessing a fundamental study tool on Italian emigration.

Operates the Paolo Cresci Museum with daily openings (open morning to afternoon every day of the week except Monday) offering visitors guided tours, educational workshops, etc. The museum is at the forefront of ensuring accessibility for the disabled, blind and visually impaired (Braille guide, objects for tactile perception, etc.), deaf (L.I.S. language guide), has audio guides that can be downloaded to smartphones through reading qrcodes. It pursues user expansion toward initiatives aimed at young people and new citizens (museum guide in Chinese, Arabic, Romanian, Albanian, interviews with immigrants in Italy about their experience).


January 9

Participation in the program COFFEE BREAK on LA7

During La7's program, COFFEE BREAK, aired from 9:40 a.m., there was an impassioned debate on young people leaving our country, starting with the documentary ITALY GOING AWAY, I WON'T COME BACK. In the studio was the film's curator Barbara Pavarotti.

January 19

Display of the Antonio Molfese Donation

The Foundation's archives, in addition to the original nucleus created by Paolo Cresci, has been enriched with additional acquisitions over the years thanks to passionate donors.

The briefcase of an emigrant going to America with his wife, donated by Prof. Antonio Molfese-a very rare item-containing documents, passport, ID card, vaccination certificates, travel ticket, then money, photographs of loved ones, and precious things: jewelry and a small family prized possession, the watch.

February 12

Presentation at the Chamber of Deputies of "Italy farewell, I will not return"

Members of Parliament spoke:

  •  MAXIMUM UNGARO, Europe constituency that submitted a counter-exodus bill with specific and new tax breaks for Italian workers to return from abroad.



In attendance were some journalists who are most engaged on this issue from the curatrice of address book of Done daily "Brains at escape", Eleanor Bianchini, Il Fatto was the first newspaper to start talking about expats in 10 years.

Speakers included:

  • The representative of the association "Moms of brains at escape", who brought their testimonies as parents of expats.
  • Constance Patti, by Fondirigenti, D20 LEADER project. Fondirigenti is the professional fund of Confindustria and Federmanager and allocates two million to select 100 young people in universities for a six-month training course. The aim is to train them to become leaders in Italy.

February 17, 2019

Presentation of the film "Italy farewell, I will not return"at the at the Horafelix literary café in Rome.

February 22

The film "Italy goodbye, I will not return" in Carrara

At the Youth Center on July 7 Street. Organized by the Association of Former Students of Liceo Classico "E. Repetti" of Carrara.

February 25

Online on the YouTube channel the Presentation of the docufilm "Italia addio, non tornerò" at the Chamber of Deputat  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMRuC4q-eTc&list=PLMu5z-QAYunkTDISfAUzI66CEtHHg8q1R

March 9

Participation in the conference, organized by the Progetto Donna Association of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.  FAREWELL TO MY LAND, FAREWELL TO MY HOME

Female emigration of Garfagnana yesterday and today

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Suffredini Hall, 4:30 p.m. Prof. Ave Marchi spoke.


Participation in the project that led to the production of the documentary film

"The Province of Lucca and the Great War.", produced by Nazareno Giusti together with Cesare Baldassarri, on behalf of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca.

The Foundation provided documents and photographs from the archives, and the Director gave an interview used in the video.

March 19

The POPOLI IN MOVEMENT Exhibition in Iseo (BS)

At the invitation of the Headmaster, the Exhibition was displayed at the main hall of the Istituto D'Istruzione Superiore 'Giacomo Antonietti' in Iseo (Brescia).

The presentation with a lecture on emigration from Lombardy, was curated by our Director Pietro Luigi Biagioni

March 22

The documentary ITALY GOING AWAY, I WILL NOT RETURN presented in Milan.,

At the Royal Palace.

Among the speakers:

Lamberto Bertolè, President of the Milan City Council,

Rosario Pantaleo, Milan City Councilor,

Giuliano Pisapia

Musical performance by Massimo Priviero

March 29

One of "our" boys, One of the protagonists of "Italy farewell, I will not return", got a much-deserved recognition. Marco Tomaselli, 30, from Florence, who left Italy years ago, is the director of photography Of the documentary "Friedkin Uncut- A Devil of a Director." entered the five finalists for the David di Donatello.

April 5

Meeting in tribute to Fulvio Pennacchi

at Castelnuovo Garfagnana, Luigi Suffredini Hall.

Fulvio Pennacchi (Villa Collemandina, 1905 - São Paulo 1992).

Painter, ceramicist, designer, illustrator, printmaker, teacher, in 1929 he moved to São Paulo where he devoted himself to various activities. His cycles of frescoes in the main churches of São Paulo and other Brazilian cities are famous. His works are preserved in Brazil's most important museums.

He maintained personal relations with his homeland, which paid tribute to him with this meeting that is intended to be the beginning of a project to enhance this figure who is considered one of the most important Brazilian painters of the 20th century.

April 12

Conference "Stories and Memories of Salerno Emigration"

The Foundation participated with Barbara Pavarotti, who presented the work done for the realization of the docufilm "Italia addio, non tornerò

April 16

"Italy goodbye, I will not return" at Lucca Film Festival

Presented to a large group of students, a discussion followed moderated by Barbara Pavarotti curator of the film.

April 17

Video appeal launched to collect testimonies at the same time on May 1, Labor Day.

Although it received not very many endorsements, the news went around the world: Euronews, Lyon-based TV that broadcasts to 155 countries around the world, and SBS Australia, which programs in 68 languages spread the initiative.

April 24


The docufilm was broadcast on Focus, Mediaset's documentary channel, channel 35, in the days

May 1: h. 11:15 p.m.

Friday, May 3: 3:15 p.m.

Sunday, May 12: 5 p.m.

Monday, May 13: h.9.45 a.m.

A total of about 900,000 views

April 30

Regional Council President Eugenio Giani's visit to the Paolo Cresci Foundation and Museum. He is accompanied by regional councilor Stefano Baccelli

May 7

"Italy goodbye, I will not return"On the pay channel for Italians abroad and fans of Italian culture Mediaset Italy:

Rome (reference for Europe) Tuesday, May 7 01.10 am

New York (reference for U.S., Canada, South America) Tuesday, May 7, 12:10 p.m.

Sydney (reference for Australia, New Zealand) Wednesday, May 8, 11:10 p.m.

Rome (reference for Europe) Saturday, May 11, 5:00 p.m.

New York (reference for U.S., Canada, South America) Saturday, May 11, 4:00 p.m.

Sydney (reference for Australia, New Zealand) Sunday, May 12 3:00 pm

May 16


As part of the program "Museums as cultural hubs: the future of tradition"

at our museum was held

presentation and screening of the docufilm ITALIA ADDIO, NON TORNERO

Director Barbara Pavarotti in attendance

May 18

As part of the "Night of the Museums" initiative.

In our Museum, a loop screening of the docufilm "Italy farewell, I will not return" was held.

June 27-29

" Between Immigration and Historical Amnesia," the third international symposium conference. Italian Diasporas - Italy in Movement, si was held in Genoa, at the Galata Museo del Mare.

The conference, sponsored by three international entities - the CO.AS.IT. Italian Assistance Associacion of Melbourne, the Calandra Italian American Institute of New York and Mu.MA, Istituzione Musei del Mare e della Migrazioni of Genoa-with the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities-developed a reflection on the present-day role of migration, both in Italian society and in those hosting Italian communities.

The program of the Genoa conference featured more than ninety speakers from Europe, Australia, the United States, and Brazil, including the Director Pietro Luigi Biagioni

On this occasion, the docufil "Italy goodbye, I will not return."

June 29

TGCOM24's CHILDREN'S TG, Mediaset channel 51

Sunday 4:45 p.m.

Two teenage girls as TG dei Ragazzi reporters interviewed Paolo Cresci Foundation director Pietro Luigi Biagioni about the exodus of young people, the emigrants of 2000.


The archives of the Paolo Cresci Foundation have been enriched with documents, photographs and publications on the late Lucchese emigration of the professor Guglielmo Lera that the family wanted to donate to enrich the Foundation's assets.

July 18, 2019

In PICINISCO (Frosinone, Italy), home of many emigrants to Scotland, the second conference on the affairs of the Arandora Star was held, ahead of the 80th anniversary celebrations planned for 2020.

The docufilm "Arandora Star. The Forgotten Tragedy," produced by NOITV and the Paolo Cresci Foundation.

August 8

Online publication of Elisabetta Salvatori's interpretations of some letters Of the archives of the Paolo Cresci Foundation. We do not know the voices of the emigrant women, but thanks to Elisabetta Salvatori, of some we can relive, through letters, their hopes, their sufferings, their joy and their will to live.

August 12, 2019

As part of "Meetings in the Park," in Camigliatello Silano (Cosenza), where the museum is set up. The Sila Ship, a screening was held of the docufilm

ITALY WILL NOT RETURN" produced by the Paolo Cresci Foundation.

Curator BarbaraPavarotti in attendance

September 1

"Italy goodbye, I will not return", the docufilm on young people leaving Italy produced by the "Cresci Foundation for the History of Italian Emigration." Was awarded in Basilicata as part of the event "Migrated Memories".

An award that is presented every year in the municipality of lower Castelluccio to those who have distinguished themselves, with their personal commitment or experience, in the world of emigration. From Castelluccio in distant years many have left for Brazil, but the link with the origins has never dissolved. And reflecting on this new emigration to which Italy is once again condemned is most important, hoping that thinking will be followed by doing.

September 17

Online publication of ALTROVE. Journal of history and interculture. nos. 19-20

Literature, although it cannot be called a properly historical "source," can become an essential tool for approaching the topic of migration.

Therefore, two studies are offered in the present issue of ALTROVE that pivot on the fictional events described in emigration novels.

The first by Adriana Marcolini, a Brazilian "journalist-sociologist" of Italian descent, is a reflection dedicated to the novel

"On the Ocean" by Edmondo De Amicis, on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the publication of a migratory novel scarcely known in Italy.

The second contribution is a paper by Antonio De Ruggiero, professor of contemporary history and researcher of Italian emigration history, at the University of Porto Alegre in Brazil and is dedicated to the "contemporary historical novel" entitled "On This Side of the Ocean" by Pietro Azzi.

October 5

The Paolo Cresci Museum for the History of Italian Emigration has equipped itself with a Braille guide to accommodate the blind and visually impaired

November 6

The documentary "Mister Wonderland.", directed by Valerio Ciriaci, To the realization of which the Foundation has made a significant scientific and organizational contribution, was  presented at the prestigious Festival of Peoples of Florence within the Italian competition at the Alfieri Space. The director Valerio Ciriaci and the producers participated. Isaak Johnson Liptzin e Luca Peretti.

The film reconstructs the story of an emigrant from our land, Sylvester Zeffirino Poli, who left Bolognana, in the municipality of Gallicano, at the beginning of the last century, from figurine maker became a sculptor and then a brilliant theatrical and film entrepreneur in the United States of America.

The documentary received the prestigious "The Cinemino" award

November 7

Thanks to the availability of the CSER, Center for Emigration Studies Rome, also from the www.museoemigrazioneitaliana.org, you can connect to their digital libraryand, created, thanks to the contribution and support of CEI, to enable all researchers to consult the volumes for free and at a distance.

November 9

The docufilm "Italy goodbye, I will not return" was presented for the first time in front of an audience of high school students. Thank you at the Higher Education Institute 'Giacomo Antonietti' in Iseo, Brescia), which after eight months is once again hosting the Paolo Cresci Foundation.

After the screening was followed by a discussion coordinated by the Director Pietro Luigi Biagioni. Massimo Priviero for the occasion presented live some songs from the soundtrack of the documentary.


Following participation in a regional call on the establishment of the Territorial museum system of the province of Lucca the Cresci Foundation was the recipient of a grant. Preparatory work was then begun on the establishment of the system to which 33 museums in the province have joined, with the Cresci Foundation as the coordinating entity.

December 7

The Exhibition PEOPLES ON THE MOVE stopped by in Sardinia, in Sant'Anna Arresi in the province of Carbonia - Iglesias, as part of the film festival AngoLazioni during which the film Italia Addio non tornerò was also screened.


Thanks to collaboration with a museum education expert, six units were created and posted on the dedicated section on the Tuscany Region website.

Le didactic units are designed for schools of all levels and will be offered to enrich the educational offerings of the Paolo Cresci Museum.


Show online at www.museoemigrazioneitaliana.org

Through collaboration with scholar and photographer Stefano Morelli, the The Torn Structure exhibition, texts and images about Albanian boys who arrived in Lucca. The exhibition stems from the project The torn structure. Albanian boys between emigration and return within the Carlo del Prete Educational Community in Lucca, whose activities with minors are managed by Cooperativa L'Impronta Onlus. The guests are foreign minors, mostly Albanian, unaccompanied, and often sans papiers. Having arrived in Italy illegally, they are brought to the community by the Police Headquarters. Educators work to regularize them, take care of their formal and informal education and, later, a job placement. All this is based on dialogue. Dialogue between boys and operators, dialogue between them and their families of origin

December 20

Following the donation of Mrs. Nara Marchetti, the Foundation's archives have been enriched with the documentary fund Adamo Lucchesi, a singular figure of an emigrant-explorer of South America at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. It consists of documents, photographs, letters, contracts and the drafts of the book he wrote on the explorations of the Chaco region.

Professor Ave Marchi after making a registry of the material received by the Foundation, prepared the publication Adamo Lucchesi The pioneers of emigration to Argentina, presented by Dr. Giorgio Tori on Friday, December 20, in the Tobino Room of the Ducal Palace.

That occasion featured an exhibition of the most significant documents from the archival fund enhanced by photographic documentation on indigenous peoples by another explorer preserved in the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography at the University of Florence.