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Festive in Florence: Celebrating Orthodox Christmas (Part 2)

Dinner began with a refined aperitif at Caffe Dell’Oro, an elegant restaurant of the Portait hotel, and was paired masterfully with a performance by virtuoso cellist Maxim Beitan.

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Mila Anufrieva, Valeriano Antonioli, Faina Fridman, Ekaterina Bataeva

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Uberto e Stefania Gucci, Mila Anufrieva

Soprano Olga Romanko shone as the star of the evening, having performed a rendition of the traditional “Moscow Nights”, and the colorful Bridisi aria from Verdi’s “La Traviata”.

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The entire audience was, indeed, stunned by Olga’s performance—even distinguished Italian actor and TV-show host Marco Columbro could not pass up the opportunity to join her in harmony.

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Marco Columbro, Olga Romanko

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Mila Anufrieva, Elisa Piccini, Laura Strambi

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Svetlana Voloshina, Mila Anufrieva

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A true Russian celebration is never complete without crepes, caviar, and vodka!

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Great appreciation to the evening’s sponsor: premium brand Volzhenka, whose generous support allowed for the dinner tables to be graced with the acclaimed delicacy.

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Abovementioned chef Peter Brunel was also responsible for the delicious dinner menu, thrilling guests with stunning edible masterpieces.

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Anastasia Perlukhina, Noora Sultan, Annada, Ekaterina Bataeva

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Diego Roggero, Laura Strambi, Franco Gervasio

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Yul Hanchas, Sergei Klimov

The marvelous evening provided the guests with countless opportunities to envelop themselves in exciting new experiences; it’s no wonder no one wanted to leave! The celebration of Orthodox Christmas in Florence, in the company of Mila and her entourage—what could be better?

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Marzia Risaliti, Mila Anufrieva, Marco Columbro

More importantly: when’s the next party?

 


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