(AGI) Prague, June 8 - Thousands of people crowded onto KampaIsland, in the centre of Prague, lured by the sounds, coloursand tastes of the Gusto Italiano Festival. The event closed theprogramme, which ran from June 4 to 7, organised by the ItalianEmbassy and the Italian Culture Institute (IIC) in the Czechcapital to celebrate Italy's Republic Day. IIC director,Giovanni Sciola defined it as "an open-air market exclusivelydedicated to Italian wine and food products on the square onKampa Island, in the heart of the city ... further enriched bya series of performances and musical entertainment thatcomplemented the Gusto Festival". It was opened by ItalianAmbassador Aldo Amati, accompanied by a large diplomaticdelegation and by the president of the Italian-Czech Chamber ofCommerce, Gianfranco Pinciroli. To celebrate Italy's RepublicDay, the embassy opened its doors to the public, offeringguided tours of the historical building, while the traditionalreception to celebrate June 2 was attended by the President ofthe Czech Chamber of Deputies, Jan Hamacek, Defence Minister,Martin Stropnicky, Minister of Culture, Daniel Herman andDeputy Minister of Defence, Daniel Kostoval. The ItalianCulture Institute is presenting a photographic and documentaryexhibition until June 26 on the 25 years of the Amicidell'Italia Association, a non-profit organisation thatpromotes closer relations between the two communities with thesupport of the Italian Embassy. (AGI) . .