Situated along the coasts of the Baltic Sea and those of the Gulf of Finland, Estonia had to face various centuries of foreign domination. It succeeded in getting independent between 1918 and 1920, after a long struggle against the Soviet Union; however, the Soviet Union had always kept moving pretensions forward Estonia. Between 1918 and 1939, Estonia, as an independent Republic, established various diplomatic relationships with some European countries. Italy recognized Estonia as an independent Republic on 26 January 1921, when the first Italian ambassador in Tallinn, Agostino Depretis, was sent there. Even the Italian Institute of Culture kept on operating in Estonia until the outbreak of the Second World War. Its director was the journalist Indro Montanelli, after that the Italian Fascist Government sent him there as a punishment. Thanks to him the knowledge of Italian literature spread up in Estonia, also because he made some Italian authors to be translated there.
After the Soviet occupation, Estonia became independent again on 20 August 1991. Italy admitted the restoration of the Estonian Republic in the same year, on 27 August. In October Italy restarted diplomatic relationships and sent there the Ambassador Carlo Siano.
Here there are the chiefs of the diplomatic mission, who have ruled one after another the Italian Embassy, from 1991 up to these days:
- Carlo Siano (1991-1996)
- Roberto Martini (1996-1999)
- Luchino Cortese (1999-2002)
- Ruggero Vozzi (2002-2005)
- Fabrizio Piaggesi (from 2005)
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