OpenArtCode and Palazzo Gaddi/Arrighetti Florence

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Yesterday we enjoyed a very nice tour at the Florence Openartcode, with personal presence artist Jacques Demotier and explanation of Dr Vito Abba. Beautiful artwork, very diverse and wonderfully colorful. Then tour of Palazzo Gaddi/Arrighetti, the antique rooms from 1586 … and the roof terrace!

We wish to thank @studioabba and DA @palazzogaddi and Leontine Streefkerk for a great day!


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NRBC Evening on E-commerce and opportunities in the Dutch-Italian commercial business

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The NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club organized a club meeting at the residence of the Dutch Ambassador in Rome.

Inspiring speakers Olaf Bussink ( and Godelieve Cooymans (Proaxxes Srl ) held presentations on E-commerce in Italy and opportunities in the Dutch-Italian commercial business sector.

The speakers are not only involved in giving advice to Italian counterparts on business opportunities with the Netherlands, but also in commercial development of Dutch products’ sales and services in Italy.

After the presentations there was time to network with the NRBC members and new attendees, both Dutch and Italian, while enjoying a buffet-dinner offered by the Ambassador.

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NRBC Florence 23 May 2017 – ‘Sneak Peek Hard Hat Tour’ The Student Hotel Florence.

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Last Tuesday May 23rd, members of the NRBC were invited for the ‘Sneak Peek Hard Hat Tour’ through The Student Hotel, to be opened this autumn in Florence.

Later this year, infact, The Student Hotel will be unveiling a seriously cool project: a game-changing hotel and co-living hybrid, with 370 hotel rooms for business and leisure travelers, expats, global nomads and students, complete with an in-house gym, rooftop pool, co-working spaces, bar-restaurant, and much more.
With nine hotels built, eight under construction, and 41 to be open by 2021 The Student Hotel aims to be the world’s largest Complete Connected Community for co-living and co-working. Florence is the first opening of this amazing concept in Italy. More Italian cities will follow in the next future, such as Rome, Bologna and Torino.

Before the start of the Hard Hat Tour, an interesting presentation on the concept was given by Frank Uffen (Director of Partnerships, The Student Hotel) and Marc Sampietro (Regional Operations Director TSH Italy). Pre-tour drinks and bites were perfectly organized by NRBC member Miriam Welsing and her team of the company MIRacoli.

MIRacoli has for this occasion managed to use a private courtyard within walking distance of The Student Hotel, transformed into a colorful reception area, entirely in the colors of TSH.

After the delicious drinks and bites, guests in small groups were personally guided by the staff of TSH to and through the impressive complex under construction of the ‘Palazzo del Sonno’ in Viale Spartaco Lavagnini, including a roof top swimming pool with a breath-taking view on Florence and the surrounding hills.

The Student Hotel in Florence will open its first student rooms this autumn, while the official opening of the entire building is planned for spring 2018.

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Rome 22 May 2017 – how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy

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On May 22, 2017, the NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club, organized, in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rome, a very interesting and successful networking evening at the residence of his Excellency, Ambassador Joep Wijnands.

The topic of the evening was be how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy.

We are honored that we had the following important speakers among us:

– Frank Uffen, Director of Partnerships of The Student Hotel (TSH). TSH is currently the most active Dutch real estate developer in Italy. Mr. Uffen illustrated us shortly how concepts like TSH (hybrid hotel/student residence) can stimulate the economy in a city district. The Student Hotel is currently working on new locations in Bologna, Florence and Rome.

– Carlo De Vito, President of FS Sistemi Urbani (the real estate company of the Italian railways). Mr. De Vito showed us redevelopment proposals of the seven “railway areas” in downtown Milan from various international architecture firms, including Mecanoo, a well-known Dutch architecture firm based in Delft, the Netherlands.

 Alessandro Belli, Head of Tourism Real Estate of CDP Investimenti SGR S.p.A. Mr. Belli presented briefly the role of his fund management company (which is owned by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA, ACRI and ABI) as a potential partner for (i) the Italian public administrations (in order to boost tourism by investing in infrastructure), (ii) hotel management companies (to support growth through the separation of Opco’s/Propco’s and to favor new openings), and (iii) institutional investors (to jointly invest in tourism real estate).

– Paolo Desideri, partner of the architectural firm ABDR. Prof. Paolo Desideri shared three innovative projects realized by his firm in Italy, among which the new high-speed railway station of Rome Tiburtina. NRBC member Gijs Pyckevet, who works at ABDR, has actively participated in the design of this project.

– Adolfo F.L. Baratta, Associate Professor in Architecture Technology, Department of Architecture of the Roma Tre University. Prof. Baratta gave us a brief overview of the development of the Erasmus program in numbers of students moving within Europe in relation to student housing available in the various European cities and the Italian legal framework for the (co)financing of student residences.

Slides of the speakers’ presentations can be requested by sending an e-mail to:

The NRBC thanks Ambassador Wijnands and his wife Carmen for their hospitality and having contributed in a major manner to a very successful and wonderful evening at their residence in Rome.

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Kings day celebration in Rome

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Kings day celebration for all Dutch people in Rome and surroundings in the middle of the nature but nearby Rome, with:

  • Dutch treats i.e. pannenkoeken, stroopwafels, poffertjes, bitterballen
  • Vrijmarkt i.e. books, dvd, toys
  • Dutch games as koekhappen, ezeltjeprik, spijkerpoepen

Furthermore: activities and games with donkeys for adults and children with Damiano Biscossi of the Donkey project.

From 15:00 until 18:00 o’clock. Dress code: orange!
Registration needed before 20, please indicate the number of people (adults and children), and eventual interest in a sellers place at the Vrijmarkt.

Entrance fee: € 12, 50 p.p.

Did you already renew your NRBC membership for 2016?
In that case, you only pay €7, 50!

We will provide the registration desk with the updated member list.

The Kings day celebration will not be canceled in case of bad weather.
Organization: Nederlands-Italiaanse VerenigingNRBC, the Dutch School in Rome ‘t Kofschip.
Supported by the Dutch Embassy, the Friezenkerk, the Dutch Praatcafé in Rome and

When: Saturday 30 April 2016 at 15:00 hours
Where: La Fattoria di Chiara e Arianna
Via del Cantelmo 43
5 minutes from the GRA, exit Pisana

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NRBC Evening in Florence Monday 14 December with Emanuele Amodei of the ELIA European League of Institutes of Arts

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Our guest speaker, Mr. Emanuele Amodei, Ambassador of the City of Florence on behalf of the ELIA European League of Institutes of Arts based in Holland.

The presentation was followed by a nice Christmas diner.

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NRBC evening in Rome 19 November 2015 Communication: Improve your image staying true to yourself

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On November 19th, 2015, in Rome we welcomed Karin Jironet, co-founder of InClaritasand Juliette Kouters and Renee van Zandvoort of Imago Su Misura.

Karin Jironet
She is co-founder of InClaritas, a foundation for future governance, that guides global organizations towards greater cohesion, harmony andimpact and specializes in applying spiritual principles to the problems of modernity, as these can be found in boardroom dynamics. Among her clients she can count on important banks as ABN-AMRO, ING, and the Dutch Central Bank.
Dr. Jironet is an internationally published author of articles and books onnew approaches to organizational development as well as on the daily practice of leadership.

The Art of Personality
People around the world tend to agree that personality is not restricted to outer expression only, but, that personality flows forth from within. It is when you express yourself coherently with your inner feeling of ‘me’ that makes others perceive you as authentic. In this workshop we will play with ways of bridging your inner life and images of yourself with its outer expressions.

Imago su Misura
Juliette Kouters and Renee van Zandvoort of Imago Su Misura offer a wide variety of services to enhance your personal style, color, identity and image.Imago Su Misura offers consultancy services as well is functioning as aninternational training institute. Online and offline. They focus on the people within companies and organisations.

Do you work in your outfit, or does your outfit work for you?
Research proves that clothing has an effect on the psychological mindset. Someone who is formally dressed, feels more competent, creative and rational than his colleagues in casual outfits.
During this lecture you will learn how you can make your identity and qualities visible in your clothing.
How would it be if your clothes and image express who you truly are?

After the presentations there was time to personally talk with them enjoying a rich Italian Apericena.

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24 September 2015 LinkedIn Advanced Course in Rome

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After a nice vacation we are ready for a new season full of new and interesting activities!

As kick off, we started with a workshop on social media, and in particular onLinkedIn for entrepreneurs. This course, which was given by Vincent Wiegers, a consultant of Het Business Collectief, was very practical and tailored to our request.In fact, Vincent wished to receive the names of the participants beforehand in order to be able to comment upon each member’s profile during the course.

During the course, Vincent explained us:
1.    How to improve our profiles (inter alia by adding sheets, power point          presentations and images)
2.    How to perform an advanced search on profiles
3.    To find the groups we are aiming at
4.    How to become part of a groups
5.    How to advertise on LinkedIn

We all brought our tablet or laptop with us, as Vincent worked directly with us on our social media profiles. During the workshop we enjoyed a delicious AperiCena.


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