The Foundation’s Activities during the Chairman’s term of office


The topic, persistently fostered by the Chairman, was initially addressed by Fondazione Roma – Mediterraneo, subsequently by Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Italia e Mediterraneo and finally by Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale… Read more >>


For many years scientific research has constituted one of the priority sectors, especially in the biomedical field, since the Chairman has always deemed it strategic for an advanced country and unavoidable in order to attempt to maintain competitiveness, harmonious social change and civic and economic growth.

An important project supported and requested by the Chairman is the cooperation with   Fondazione Biogem (biology and molecular genetics), established by important universities and research centres such as the University of Naples Federico II, the Bicocca University of Milan, the University of Sannio, the Stazione Zoologica ‘Anton Dohrn’ in Naples and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council).  Biogem’s research centre, built on an area of 35.000 square meters in Ariano Irpinio in the province of Avellino, opened in 2006 with a ceremony attended by the Nobel laureate Rita Levi Montalcini.

Biogem recently registered an international patent for a promising molecule to cure Mesothelioma and the encouraging results have aroused the interest of many pharmaceutical companies.

The EMANUELE CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION, opened in October 2017 in the Biomedical Sciences Building at the University of Malta through an agreement with the President of the Republic of Malta as request by the Chairman

Undoubtedly represents the great-heartedness and commitment of the Chairman who, aware that he has been very fortunate in life in all respects, wishes to return a part of his comfort and security to the derelict and marginalised and those who are unable to meet the basic and secondary needs of life.

For a number of years Fondazione Roma – Terzo Settore – an instrumental foundation requested by the Chairman to facilitate the supportive presence of Fondazione Roma in the same principal sectors but in a wider area – led the third sector projects before it merged into Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale following an operational and decision-making reorganization.

In order to boost the noteworthy projects promoted by third parties, that risked to be excluded by Fondazione Roma’s strategic decision, inspired by the Chairman, to become an operating foundation, he promoted the opening the SPORTELLO DELLA SOLIDARIETÀ, an instrument activated for the purpose of supporting and encouraging the accomplishment of projects of a social nature promoted by non-profit organisations through a permanent call for proposals.

The Chairman’s constant attention to the Southern hemisphere, especially the Mediterranean Region which is closer to Italy, was expressed by the establishment, in 2008, of FONDAZIONE ROMA – MEDITERRANEO, now merged into Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale for the purpose of completing Fondazione Roma’s operative field in socioeconomic development, education, art and intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region.

Since the Chairman firmly believes that investing in education and training means investing in people and their future, promoting economic growth, increasing productivity, encouraging social progress and contributing to the reduction of inequality, the Foundation has vastly and constantly supported these sectors, which in recent years have regrettably been largely neglected in Italy’s economic policies.  Consequently schools and universities now struggle to keep abreast of the times and provide quality education to youths, which will enable them to enter the competitive workforce.

Following the aforementioned operational and decision-making reorganization this activity was transferred to Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale too.

Today, the commitment of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale to Education focuses on postgraduate university courses.  As firmly resolved by the Chairman, Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale supports several successful master’s degree courses:

  • LUMSA: Level II Master’s degree course in ‘Experts in Politics and International Relations’, which aims to train professionals who are capable of working in the Diplomatic Corps, international organisations and Italian and European institutions, due to the multidisciplinary skills gained;
  • IULM Master’s degree course in ‘Management of Artistic and Cultural Resources’, which aims to train qualified managers and professionals in the field of artistic and cultural resources by providing a broad education ranging from humanities to the development of specific managerial skills;
  • IULM: Master’s degree course in Oriental Languages and Cultures, which aims to provide the necessary linguistic and cultural skills to work in international and socio-professional contexts and understand the political, cultural, economic resources of the countries of the Middle and Far East;
  • LUISS Mediterranean Project: bachelor’s degree course or master’s degree course for needy students in the Mediterranean Region. The project enables these students to attend university degree courses in the LUISS campus in Rome or in Jordan held by professors from LUISS due to a partnership with the University of Petra and then return home to place their skills at the service of the socio-economic development of their country;
  • LINK CAMPUS: Master’s degree course in ‘Globalisation, Governance and International Understanding’, launched as part of project provided for in an agreement with the Lomonosov Moskow State University. The course aims to promote research by means of intercultural exchange between Russian and Italian students, who will study the effects of globalisation on the development of civil societies in various geographic areas;
  • THE ACCADEMIA DELLE BELLE ARTI: of Rome, inter-institutional master’s degree in animation languages and techniques, which issues a joint degree between the Academy and the La Sapienza University of Rome   The degree aims to provide specialist and artistic skills in 3D and digital animation and multimedia graphics.

The presence of Fondazione Roma and, subsequently, Fondazione Terzo Pilastro Internazionale in the field of Art and culture increased in the wake of Professor Emanuele’s conviction that art is the main tool to establish dialogue between different nations and cultures and for the secular and spiritual growth of peoples. In the specific case of Italy, art is the country’s only real clean energy and a fundamental resource on which to base its competitiveness and economic progress.

The most important expression of the Chairman’s will to make the Foundation’ presence felt in the sector was certainly the MUSEO DEL CORSO, which he created in 1999 in the halls of Palazzo Cipolla, originally home to the savings bank Cassa Di Risparmio di Roma, subsequently to Capitalia and finally to Unicredit from which it was acquired.  Since then the Chairman has held 53 exhibitions in the halls of Palazzo Cipolla in Rome and contributed to another 23 held off-premises for a total of 75.

In the field of Music, the Chairman decided to support the ORCHESTRA DI PIAZZA VITTORIO, an ensemble of artists from all over the world, who emancipated   through music and found a productive way to exchange stories, experiences and cultures that resulted in very original compositions.

The Ritratti di Poesia (Portraits of Poetry) show was another highly important expression of the Chairman’s commitment to the field of culture.  Created in 2007 on the direct initiative of the Chairman, a well known author of numerous poetry books, Ritratti di Poesia is an annual show which, mirroring poetry, is in constant evolution and pays attention to contemporaneity (such as the poetry competition 140-chacter tweets) and is capable of involving and awarding (even in cash) important national and international authors, white hopes, actors and musicians in an original mixture of meetings, debates, readings, ideas, verses and voices.

The second project concerned the REFURBISHMENT OF CHURCHES.  Consistent with his historic closeness to the Roman Catholic Church, the Chairman promoted and supported the following churches:


  • Basilica of Saint Augustine of Hippo in Annaba, Algeria, refurbishment, 2010;
  • Church of Santiago el Major inside the Convento de Las Comendadoras de Santiago, Madrid – restoration of the altar and stucco, image of the Virgin Mary, balustrade and monstrance, 2018;
  • Monasteries of the monastic community of Deir Mar Musa in Syria, 2018;


  • Monastero of Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa in Magliano Sabina – Rieti, refurbishment of the air conditioning and heating system, 2003, 2005, 2018;
  • Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Itri, Latina, restoration of the wooden bust of the Madonna della Civita, 2007;
  • Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Frosinone,  restoration of the frescoes, 2009;
  • Church of Saint Francis, Frosinone, restoration of the main altar, 2009;
  • Church of Saint Maximus of Aveia, in Opi, L’Aquilla, conservative restoration, 2013;
  • Church of Saint Francis, Sutri, restoration of the façade, 2014, completion of the restoration of the side façades, 2016;
  • Church of Santa Venera, Palermo, conservation and restoration work inside and outside of the church, plastering, gutters, sacristy, paths, ornamental plants, 2016, 2017;
  • Church of Saint James the Greater, fortress prison of Porto Azzurro, conservative restoration of the façades and restoration of roof and coating, 2018;


  • Church of the Spirito Santo dei Napoletani, restoration of the systems, 1998, restoration of the organ and installation of artistic windows, 2000; restoration of historic organ, 2012; dehumidification, lighting and painting of the church, 2017; restoration of pews and gutter maintenance, 2018;
  • The Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls; enhancement of the tomb of the Apostle Paul, 2006; decoration of the Pauline Door, 2009; conservative restoration and cleaning of the pipe organ, 2012;
  • Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, historical and artistic restoration of the rooms of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, 2006, support of the architectural (measured building) survey of the church using sophisticated laser scanner technology, 2017;
  • Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, Monastery of the Clarisse of San Cosimato, restoration ensuing the damage caused by a fire, 2008; restoration of the interior and façade, 2018;
  • Church of San Salvatore in Lauro, bore the expenses of transporting the relic of Saint Pio of Pietralcina and Saint Leopold Mandić, 2016; decoration and restoration of the sacristy, 2019;
  • Parish Church San Giuseppe all’Aurelio, renovation works, 2010;
  • Basilica of the Santi XII Apostoli (Twelve Holy Apostles), restoration and modernization of the pipe organ, 2011;
  • Complex of the basilica Santi Quattro Coronati, restoration works in the chapel devoted to Saint Augustine in the south-west tower, 2013;
  • Parrocchia Santa Rosa da Viterbo, production artistic works in the liturgical room, 2013; refurbishment of the parish facilities and rooms, 2015;
  • Church of San Giacomo in Augusta (Saint James in Augusta), restoration of the seventeenth century organ, 2018.