What’s Raiz Italiana?

It’s an association of social promotion directed to Italians and their descendants, who are interested in the Italian culture

Our aim is helping people to reconnect with their Italian roots travel assistance, handling consular practices, sharing culture, document searching, creating family trees, and the production of content that support the previous items.

What’s Raiz Italiana?

It’s an association of social promotion directed to Italians and their descendants, who are interested in the Italian culture

Our aim is helping people to reconnect with their Italian roots travel assistance, handling consular practices, sharing culture, document searching, creating family trees, and the production of content that support the previous items.

To make it, we can:

Offer a free initial first consult, after becoming a member

Provide you with our contact network, to offer the services you need to discover your roots

Assist you in your document research

Give you a professional, available, and a welcoming treatment

Our history

The project is the result of Marina Gabrieli’s Ph.D. research, carried out as part of the “Beni Culturali e Territorio” at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. The research was also performed with the support of the ENIT Office of Buenos Aires and promoted through most of the Italian institutions and associations of Argentina. The aim of the research was to investigate in depth: The ‘sense of belonging’ that Italian descendant in Argentina have, in particular with reference to the journeys they make to discover their origins.

In 2017, after winning the Open Competition “PIN – Pugliesi Innovativi” (an initiative supported by the Youth Policy Council of Puglia Region, ARTI, European Social Fund and Italian Ministry of Economic Development), the project became official. Raiz began to operate as a social entity, after being selected among dozens of proposals.

 

Raiz Italiana, PIN Winner

Our team

We work from Oria, in the province of Brindisi, to help Italians and their descendants to re-discover their own roots and visit Italy.

Marina

Founder / President of Raíz Italiana Association

I was born in Puglia, Italy.   I graduated in “Planning and Management of Tour Systems” and attended to a Ph.D. course: “Cultural Heritage and Territory” at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata “. While I was studying,  I had many internships and worked abroad.

Eight years ago I discovered Argentina, and from the first day, I felt a very strong bond with this country and the phenomenon of the Italian community that resides there. When I came back to Italy I decided to specialize and work in projects that allow Italian descendants living abroad to feel closer to their homeland, with the idea in mind that everyone has the right to know their own history, to discover its own roots and to have a leading role in this process.Deleted:,

Mariana

Founder/ Vice-President of Raíz Italiana Association

I am an Argentinian architect, born and raised in the city of Cordoba, but my origins are from Marche, and I’m Apulian by adoption. Italy has always been present in my family, through the stories of my grandfather and the love for his homeland. I rediscovered my Italian origins in the city of Buenos Aires where, together with a group of friends, we started the “Aperitano” project.

After obtaining my Italian citizenship, and now living in Italy, I feel that I could tie up some loose ends in my history, by retracing the path that my great-grandparents began many years ago. That same path allows me today to help all the Italian descendants abroad to discover this wonderful land.

Attilio

Founder / Treasurer of Raíz Italiana Association

My land of origin is Puglia. I graduated in “Political Sciences and International Relations” at the University of Perugia. I lived for a while in Spain, and then I had a three-year experience in Argentina, the country that I consider my “second homeland”.

In the city of Buenos Aires I made a master’s degree in “International Relations: Europe-Latin America”, I worked in an Italian patronage, and together with an Italian friend we created “Aperitano”, a gastronomic-cultural project aimed at spreading the Italian history and traditions through its flavors, knowledge, and music of our land. Now, back at home, and with all the intercultural experience that I achieved over the years, my aim is helping to strengthen the bridge that connects Italy to the rest of the world.