rome - In the sizzling heat of Rome, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have begun their four-day state visit to Italy on Tuesday. Upon arrival, the royal couple on the highest hill of the city was welcomed by President Matarella. In his residence, the Palazzo del Quirinale, the heads of state had an interview.
Later in the day, a lunch with Prime Minister Gentiloni, a wreath laying and a conversation with the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, will take place. On the way to her workroom, the royal couple explains the director of the Capitolian museums.
Cultural heritage is a spearhead in the trade mission that is required by the king's wake. Dutch companies and institutions can provide expertise in modernizing museums and streamlining visitors. The Italian market is closed in this area. But with 5000 museums and tourists who spend about 10 billion euros annually, it is a sector our country likes to grab a grain. The trade mission also includes the water management, fashion and food production sectors.
Tuesday afternoon, King and Queen also visit the Senate and House of Representatives. In the evening, they wait for a state banket at the president. Further on in the week, Willem-Alexander and Máxima Sicily, the Vatican visit for the Pope. At the end of the week, the few Milan visits where the trade mission focuses largely.