Exploring Austrian and Italian Culture & History with Vietnam’s First Lady

Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Doan, spouse of the President of Vietnam, recently visited Austria and Italy to gain an understanding of their respective traditional cultures and histories.

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According to TG&VN, Phan Thi Thanh Tam, the spouse of the Vietnamese State President, is being educated on the rich culture and history of Austria and Italy as part of President Vo Van Thuong’s official State visit to these countries, along with the Vatican, taking place from July 23 to July 29.

President Vo Van Thuong, his wife, and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation were invited by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, and Pope Francis to pay an official visit to Austria, Italy, and the Vatican.

Vietnamese State President's Spouse Explore Culture, History of Austria, Italy
At the invitation of Austrian President Alexander Van dar Bellen, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Pope Francis, President Vo Van Thuong and his wife and high-ranking Vietnamese delegation paid an official visit to Austria, Italy and the Vatican. Source: baoquocte.vn

The visit serves as a catalyst for enhancing collaboration with Austria and Italy in multiple domains including politics and diplomacy, trade and investment, security and defense, development cooperation, education and training, science and technology, and culture.

In addition to the successful official activities, there were also dedicated activities for the State President’s spouse as a token of our hospitality and respect towards Vietnam.

In Austria, Phan Thi Thanh Tam, the spouse of the State President, and Doris Schmidauer, the spouse of the President of Austria, visited Vienna City. They were acquainted with the rich history of the city and were given a tour of Stephansdom Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace.

During the activities, the spouse of the State President, Phan Thi Thanh Tam, and the First Lady of the Austrian President, Doris Schmidauer, warmly exchanged their thoughts on the history, culture, and society of their respective countries.

Visiting the old town of Vienna, the two ladies had the opportunity to listen to Meinhard Rauchensteiner, the Cultural Advisor of the Presidential Palace, as he shared an insightful overview of the history of Vienna’s old town. Prior to 1850, the old town comprised the entire city of Vienna. Subsequently, the city boundaries were expanded, and the old town became the focal point, known as the 1st District of Vienna, encompassed by the 5.2 km-long Ringstrasse.

Vietnamese State President's Spouse Explore Culture, History of Austria, Italy
The President’s spouse had many questions to learn about the history, culture and activities of the old town of Vienna. Source: baoquocte.vn

During her visit to Austria, the President’s spouse also had the opportunity to explore the iconic Schönbrunn Palace, which holds great significance as one of the country’s most culturally important residences.

Vietnamese State President's Spouse Explore Culture, History of Austria, Italy
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna and also the very center of the city. At 136 meters in height, it is the tallest church in Austria. Source: baoquocte.vn
Vietnamese State President's Spouse Explore Culture, History of Austria, Italy
First lady Doris Schmidauer, wife of President Alexander Van der Bellen, expressed her love and impression with the Ao Dai of the Vietnamese Lady. Source: baoquocte.vn

During her visit to Italy, Lady Phan Thi Thanh Tam had the privilege of being invited by Laura Mattarella, the daughter of the Italian President, to visit the Quirinale Palace. This magnificent Presidential Palace showcased a rich history, remarkable architecture, and an impressive collection of art works. Lady Tam had the unique opportunity to explore various rooms and discover hidden treasures that are often overlooked by the general public.

Vietnamese State President's Spouse Explore Culture, History of Austria, Italy
Lady Laura Mattarella said, Palazzo del Quirinale, one of the most famous buildings in Italy with a massive scale, unique architecture, bold Italian culture. Source: baoquocte.vn

The president’s spouse also enjoyed a guided tour to explore the history of the Colosseum. Construction of this famous arena began around 70-80 AD under the reign of Emperor Vespasian. The Colosseum is renowned for its grand architectural scale, making it the largest arena in ancient Rome, capable of accommodating approximately 50,000 spectators.

Tam believes that the majestic structure of ancient Rome, with its millennia-old history, represents a symbol of the Roman Empire that will always endure as a timeless and iconic example of architecture. This remarkable preservation is a testament to the lasting legacy and significance of the Empire’s history.

Vietnamese State President's Spouse Explore Culture, History of Austria, Italy
At the Colosseum. Source: baoquocte.vn

During the official visit of Vietnam’s President and their spouse to Florence, Italy, they were introduced to the iconic Duomo Church by Mayor Dario Nardella and his wife. The Duomo Church holds immense historical and cultural significance as one of the prominent landmarks of the city.

Vietnamese State President's Spouse Explore Culture, History of Austria, Italy
The Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella and his wife introduced the Duomo Church – one of the symbols of the city to the Vietnam’s President and his spouse. Source: baoquocte.vn

The President and his spouse were deeply impressed during their visit to the enchanting city of Florence. Known as the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence boasts a rich history and is home to legendary figures and world-renowned cultural and artistic treasures. One of the city’s iconic landmarks is the magnificent Duomo Cathedral.

The city of Florence is a priceless treasure of cultural and artistic values, offering endless knowledge for humanity to study and appreciate. It holds great significance for people all over the world, including those in Vietnam. The President extends his warm wishes to the people of Florence for their happiness and prosperity.

Hannah Nguyen