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10 Mar 2004
Olympic News

Stamp of approval for Turin 2006

The first pre-Olympic set of four stamps dedicated to the XX Olympic Winter Games was presented today, 9 March 2004, at the RAI Radio and Television Museum in Turin.

Dedicated to Olympic venues
The four stamps that were issued today portray the key landmarks of four Olympic sites: the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Pragelato (0.23 euros), the Parish Church of San Pietro Apostolo in Bardonecchia (0.45 euros), a stone fountain in Sauze d'Oulx that was built in 1781 (0.65 euros), and the Mole Antonelliana in Turin (0.62 euros). Three more stamps are to be released in 2005 highlighting Sestriere, Cesana-San Sicario, and Pinerolo. This will complete the seven stamp series dedicated to the venues of Turin 2006.

A little bit of Hollywood
The stamps were designed by Leonardo Coen Cagli, a Rome-born architect and designer, who now lives in Milan, using the watercolour technique. A professional in the graphics field since 1976, Mr Cagli has been the set designer and art director on a number of films including: Pirates by Roman Polanski, King Solomon’s Mines by J. Lee Thompson, and Hudson Hawk by Michael Lehrman.

Available to collectors and the public
The stamps will be printed in quantities of 3,500,000 and will be available in post offices all over Italy. Collectors will also receive four philatelic postcards which highlight some of the stamps’ details, as well as an illustrative bulletin with an article by TOROC President Valentino Castellani.

Important collaboration with Italian Post Office
The TOROC President, Valentino Castellani, who was joined at the launch by the Italian Minister for Communications, Mr Maurizio Gasparri, and other high ranking dignitaries, said, "The realisation of this first pre-Olympic stamp set marks the start-up of an important collaboration with the Italian Post Office looking ahead to 2006. Right from our candidature, it was clear that the Winter Olympic Games would offer the opportunity to show off all over the world the artistic and cultural heritage of the City of Turin and the Piemonte Region. The 2006 localities represented on this set of stamps are an invitation to come and discover the excellence of our area; they are an extraordinary means of communication and promotion of the Olympic values and of our territory."

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