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Google in Sicily, Temple Valley open its doors for the web god

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Tested successfully last year, Page&Brin have again chosen Sicily for the yearly summer Camp for CEOs, representatives of the international star-system, bankers, financiers and VIPs, mostly top secret.

Google in Sicily has returned to the Valley of the Temples, and the Verdura Golf Resort in Sciacca, a partner of Sicilia Convention Bureau, has reopened its doors to the world’s high-powered delegates for an exclusive event currently taking place and hitting the most important international headlines.

July 27th: the Gala dinner in Agrigento, in Valley of the Temples, facing the Temple of Concordia, set up for the occasion with a stage and “commandeered” for 100,000 Euro (£70,767) in favour of the area of Agrigento and of the maintenance and protection of a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997. About 300 guests, shielded by demanding security measures, such as a no-fly zone over the area. July 28th: the event moved to Borgo Bonsignore on, in the hamlet of Ribera, where it terminated on July 30th.

Larry Page, CEO of Google; Eric Schmidt, President of Google; Bill Gates; Lapo and John Elkann with Lavinia Borromeo; Jovanotti; Andrea Bocelli; John Legend; Arianna Huffington; Kayvon Beykpour, founder of Periscope; the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, and his counterpart at Snapchat, Evan Spiegel; Lloyd C. Blankfein, CEO OF Goldman Sachs, who held a conference on the future of Europe; Anshu Jain, Top Board Member of  Deutsche Bank; Ana Patricia Botín (Banco Santander); the venture capitalists, Ben Horowitz and John Doerr, and the entrepreneurs, Elon Musk (Tesla), Brian Roberts (Comcast), together with the fashion designer Tory Burch. These are the names that escaped from the utmost discretion surrounding the tightly sealed and meticulously organised event.

Having left their private jets at Palermo Airport and transferred by helicopter to the  Verdura Resort, the guests are enjoying an exclusive location for an event which – albeit top secret – is being widely talked about through the tweets posted by those participants who are active on the social media.

The Argrigento authorities are represented by the Mayor, Lillo Firetto (in the photo with Page and Schmidt), and by Nicola Diomede, the Prefect.

Why did Google decide to return to Sicily for The Camp? Google’s choice was not made by chance for those who know the Sicilian Archaeological park, rather it was the result of long, hard work. Mountain View visited the Valley of the Temples last year, realising its huge potential, from its naturalistic routes to the Almond Museum, from its wine production to the FAI (Italian Environment  Fund) gardens, from the spectacular magnificence of the Temples making up a “Whole” that bewitches, influences and harnesses you within that captivating allure of Sicily. And Google, once seduced, has fallen into a love that augurs well for a return of the God of the internet in the future too.


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