In 1951, in memory of his son Giorgio, Count.
Vittorio Cini established the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in order to restore the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, across from Piazza San Marco in Venice, making it a part of the city’s life again after almost 150 years of military occupation. Since then the little island has become a center for research, exhibits, conventions, concerts and other performances. The Fondazione Giorgio Cini is now an internationally recognized cultural institution which plays a leading role as a center for studies and as a venue for political meetings and debate on current issues. Thanks to the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the island now welcomes conferences by qualified scientific and cultural organizations and also hosts initiatives of great importance in the field of international relations.
S.Pellegrino, which for years has been among the Friends of San Giorgio - an exclusive group of institutions and companies that offer their support to the foundation’s cultural activities - couldn’t hope for a more suggestive backdrop than this for one of its best-known, most distinctive events: the S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup, the original culinary regatta held every year in the waters between the Lido of Venice and the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The gala dinner at the end of the event is held in the foundation’s prestigious cloisters.
Acqua Panna, S.Pellegrino and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini share a love for the culture of taste, in its broadest sense, and the values of Italian excellence, tradition and art.