Foto di Gabriele Basilico_2017 © FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano

Sunday, July 11th 2021, 6.30pm – FAI Castello di Masino, Caravino (TO)

Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso | 150 years

More than a commemoration, a starting point

On the occasion of the installation of the first statue in Milan dedicated to a woman, Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso, Le Dimore del Quartetto with the support of Fondazione Brivio Sforza  organizes an itinerary of concerts and conversations to turn the spotlight on the extraordinary life of this heroine of the Italian Risorgimento and to suggest a starting point for a broader collective recognition of women’s action in history and the contemporary time.


Paola Dubini talks with Danda Santini (Director of the IO Donna magazine)

CONCERT | zArt Quartett

Enrico Filippo Maligno, violin | Eoin Ducrot, violin
Manuel Nägeli, viola | Federica Ragnini, cello


Laetitia Hahn (2003) –Spring in February, In Memoriam to Cristina Trivulzio, fighter for the Italian independence and freedom (first performance)

“I am very fascinated by the Italian Princess Cristina Trivulzio, the action she took and her participation to achieve the independence of Italy. She was a strong woman who supported Giuseppe Mazzini’s voluntary corps particularly generously in February 1834 – she had a great energy, enthusiasm and stayed herself a women.” – Laetitia Hahn

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) – Capriccio in E minor op.81

Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847) – String quartet in E flat major
I. Adagio ma non troppo II. Allegretto III. Romanze IV. Allegro molto vivace

Free entry upon reservation

In order to participate safely, the organization will ensure the physical distance and compliance with the rules in force. It will also be necessary for all participants to wear masks.

The concert will take place outdoor. In case of bad weather, it will take place inside the Castle.


For this special occasion, Laura Tos and Sara Martinetti, librarian and art historian of the Castle, will offer visitors a tour focused on some of the many qualities of Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso. The private side of the heroine – her figure of intellectual, traveller, artist and collector – will be outlined through objects, books and documents preserved in the Castle of Masino, with particular attention to the room named after her. The portraits of Cristina and of her family, the books she collected or wrote, the letters, the holographic testament, the diary of her travels in Asia Minor, the pictures confirm the intellectual depth and the eclectic interests of the princess, in an important historical moment for the history of Italy.

Themed guided tours: at 11.15 am – 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm – 3.15 pm – 4 pm – 4.45 pm – 5.30 pm

To visit the Castle with the guided tour dedicated to Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso, buy the entrance ticket ingresso Castello e Parco and at the ticket office of the castle, on the day of the concert, you can add the guided tour dedicated to the event.

For further information, call 0125 778100 or send an email to faimasino@fondoambiente.it



Born in Milan on June 28, 1808, Cristina lived in the middle of the Italian Risorgimento. In 1829 she became a political activist in the female section of the Carboneria. A few years later, she lived in exile, getting in touch with the Italian Liberation Council in Marseille in 1831. In 1832 she opens in Paris one of the major cultural salons of the time and, back in Italy, participates in the insurrections of Milan and Rome in 1848-49. As a social activist, she built kindergartens, schools, communal kitchens, and homes for peasants in Locate, and created and directed the Military Ambulances (proto Red Cross) in besieged Rome. Her contribution as a writer, journalist and publisher was also very important. From 1845 she founded newspapers and periodicals that she directed between France and Italy. Great traveler and entrepreneur, she created a farm in Cappadocia in 1850 and made a journey of the Middle East up to Jerusalem in 1852.


PAOLA DUBINI, moderator

Paola Dubini is Management professor at Università Bocconi, researcher at ASK research center and Visiting Professor at IMT Lucca. Her research and professional interests focus on the conditions of economic viability of cultural organizations, private, public and no profit, and on culture led policies according to UN SDGs 2030. She coordinates ASviS – Alleanza per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile – group on culture and sustainable development. She takes part to national and international meetings and conferences on these issues and has published extensively in Italian and English. Her most recent publications include Dubini et al “Management delle organizzazioni culturali” Egea 2017; Dubini Con la cultura non si mangia.falso! Laterza 2018; Bertoni, Dubini, Monti “Participatory Event Platforms in the Urban Context: The Importance of Stakeholders’ Meaning of “Participation” in De Martini et al “Cultural Initiatives for Sustainable Development” Springer 2021


Danda Santini, Milanese with three children, graduated in Classical Literature and journalist since 1986. She has always worked in women’s periodic publishing, from the magazine Moda to Anna, she has been director of Starbene, Glamour, Elle, and Editorial Director of Gioia. Today, she runs iO Donna, the women’s weekly magazine of Corriere della Sera and the monthly magazine Amica.

She is passionate about women-related issues and civil rights. She lives in Milan with her family. 


Laetitia Hahn, born in Düsseldorf in 2003 began playing the piano and composing at the age of two. At the age of nine she played in the Leipzig Gewandhaus during the award ceremony of the International Mendelssohn Prize to Dr. Richard von Weizsäcker, wins two master classes with Lang Lang and performs with him in China.
Laetitia receives numerous national and international music prizes at competitions and is named “Music Embassador” by Lang Lang and “People 2014” by Aachener Nachrichten and Ambassador of Belgian National Orchestra. She has performs regularly in many important concert halls and philharmonics around the world with solo repertoire and as a soloist with orchestras like that Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra or the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. In July 2018 Hahn’s first concert movement “Weapons of light “for piano and orchestra in the Marblepalace in St. Petersburg with the St. PetersburgChamber Orchestra took first place.  At the age of 15 she made her conducting debut from the piano with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, leading the Alion Baltic Symphony Orchestra.

The composer has been selected by Nimrod Borenstein for the project Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso

Project ideated by

Promoted by

Under the patronage of


In collaboration with