Crowd bath for the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella who chose the small Modigliana as the first stop of his visit to Romagna, to witness the solidarity of the State to the flooded lands. In the village devastated by landslides, the Head of State walks the streets of the historic center together with the mayor Jader Dardi, who shows him the damaged areas in a tricolor band. During the tour through the streets of the town, Mattarella greeted citizens who gave him applause and ovations. Before arriving he had flown over the area.
The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella is in Piazza Saffi in Forlì for the first institutional meeting of his day in the areas of Romagna hit by floods and some children welcome him singing the anthem of these areas 'Romagna Mia'. School children with colorful hats wave tricolor flags, show signs and drawings that they have prepared to greet the Head of State. "Romagna mia" and "Tin bota" are some of the writings that return to the heart of Forlì, two weeks after the flood.
The Head of State will reach the village of the Forlì Apennines where the mayor Jader Dardi and the citizens will await him, then he will be in Forlì, to meet the volunteers who worked in the emergency and the day will end in the afternoon with the mayors of the territory in Faenza, where the water of the Lamone has invaded various areas of the historic center, in the night between 16 and 17 May. But during the day there will be other stages and meetings with the population: probably Cesena, Lugo, Ravenna. " I think it is a beautiful message to the people and the populations because the President of the Republic enjoys esteem, respect, for all that he has been able to demonstrate and is demonstrating", said the President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini. "I have to thank him - he continued - last year on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the earthquake, coming to Medolla and then to Finale Emilia, in the two epicenters of the two tremors of 20 and 29 May he said 'Italy must be grateful to Emilia, to the Emilia-Romagna and its people for what they have shown'. We had an exemplary reconstruction and now we want to do the same thing."
Mattarella announced that he will donate the sum linked to the Paul VI Prize to the John XXIII Community, founded by Don Oreste Benzi in Rimini, and to its shelters affected by the floods. The visit of the President of the Republic comes after that of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, on May 21, and that of the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, on May 25. "For our community - says Dardi, mayor of Modigliana - it assumes a value of great importance for the rebirth and reconstruction of the infrastructure of our municipality.