Focus is the Editorial by President Paolo Petroni published in the magazine Civiltà della Tavola
Despite uncertain prospects, life today is not comparable to that of 12 months ago.
Adding to the memory of those who forged the Academy's greatness.
Abroad, tips are mandatory and generous; in Italy, rare and scanty.
Among others, that of questionable service, often verging on the indecorous.
Despite the crossfire plaguing our lives, the Academy is resuming its habitual cultural and convivial activities.
Even lately, amid signs of viral retreat, we are at a fever pitch of confusion.
But there are positive sings: we confidently await the return of normality.
Though the pandemic has deprived us of conviviality, the Academy has held firm, thanks to our Delegates' and Academicians' competence and passion.
Map colours proliferate, as do the institutions that allegedly protect us, but real hope rests in the swift availability of abundant vaccines.
The emergency remains in full swing, but Academicians have lost none of their verve to start anew.
Prohibitions, closures, uncertainties, risible assistance.
A year full of worries, anxiety and questions draws to a close, but there is a glimmer of hope for rebirth.