The last event in the 2023 calendar of Italian national exhibitions was BERGAMOFIL 2023, which took place from 29th September to 1st October under the patronage of FSFI. Over the last few years, Bergamofil has become a traditional appointment, also thanks to the key role played by the organising society, the Circolo Filatelico Bergamasco, which for its activity had been awarded the FEPA certificate of appreciation in 2015 and the Golden Roll of Italian philately in 2021.
The exhibition was held in Chiuduno, about 20 km from Bergamo, and it included the classes of postal history, postal stationery and traditional philately. The scans of all the exhibits are available on the exhibition website:
Renewing a long tradition of friendship and collaboration, the FESOFI – Federación Española de Sociedades Filatélicas was invited to Bergamofil 2023, where it was represented by commissioner José-Pedro Gómez-Agüero. The jury included Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi (president), José-Pedro Gómez-Agüero (vice-president), and Franco Giannini, Giorgio Khouzam and Luca Lavagnino (members), the latter acting also as the FSFI commissioner.
The highest award in the Championship section was awarded to Flavio Pini for the exhibit “Interi postali con tassello pubblicitario 1919-1925” (postal stationery). The competition Grand Prix went to Eugenio De Quesada for “El correo sin Correos en España, siglos XV a XIX. Cartas de fraude y fuera de valija” (postal history). The other main awards went to Pasquale Piccirillo (best in class in traditional philately – “Domini al di qua del faro: da Ferdinando II a Vittorio Emanuele II 1858-1861), Fabio Petrini (best in class in postal stationery – “Dalla Luogotenenza alla Repubblica (Democratica) – Usi delle cartoline postali”) and Angelo Teruzzi (best in class in postal history – “The foreign mail in the Papal States 1852-1870”). Marco Panza received the special prize presented by the FESOFI for “The Postal Rates and the franking system in the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy 1805 – 1814”. Overall, it was a very high-level exhibition: 21 large gold medals and 11 gold medals were awarded.
Next year, BERGAMOFIL 2024 is waiting for us.
Photo: Flavio Pini (left) receives the Championship Award from Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi.