Pier Luigi Cecioni
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Pier Luigi Cecioni arrived in the United States from Florence at age 18 to attend Emory University on a Rotary scholarship. He was supposed to stay one year but liked it so much that he stayed three more and was awarded a B.A. in mathematics. He continued his studies in Sweden at the University of Lund and subsequently earned a postgraduate degree in economics from the University of Florence.

Cecioni has translated several dozen books on many subjects. He has written five books on personal computers--one a best seller in Italy for some months--and has been publisher and editor of magazines on classical music, bridge and nature. He also published Tuttouncinetto, one of Italy’s most popular magazines on crochet, embroidery and knitting. At present he is publisher of the leading Italian magazine on fly-fishing and spinning.

Beginning with his role as editor of the quarterly Italy America, Cecioni initiated and oversaw numerous commercial and cultural projects between enterprises in Italy and foreign countries, especially the United States.

In the last few years Cecioni has become involved in contemporary art. In 2000, he was responsible for the manufacture and installation of a large fountain created by conceptual artist Marco Bagnoli, commissioned by the Museo di Rivoli. He is also active in classical music and serves as president of the Florence Symphonietta Orchestra.