Statutory entities

Board of directors

Vice President
Audio project manager Fondazione OELLE
Social media manager


General Director

Scientific committee

contemporary history
memory and material culture


Vittorio Piraneo



Cesare Biasini Selavggi


Ornella Laneri - President of the OELLE foundation

She studies architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, where she knows and attends some of the greatest contemporary artists and critics. The youngest learns the basics of tourism-cultural marketing, working with international companies that deliver the solid foundations to manage the family business. Passionate mothers love his land deeply.

Since 1983, the opening year, the hotel has been strongly characterized as a container of multimedia art projects, creating in 2015 the Fon Art Gallery – the exhibition area of ​​the hotel dedicated to temporary exhibitions on the theme of travel. The Society finances numerous domestic and international projects in the field of visual arts and social arts.

Since 2009, the OELLE Mediterraneo Antico Foundation has set itself the goal of enhancing the historical, artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean. The Foundation includes a rich collection of contemporary artworks.

Since 2013, he is a member of the CDA at the Sicilian Venture Phylantropy Foundation (aimed at valorisation and local start-up growth).

Since 2014 secretary of the Board of Aidda Sicilia (Association of Women Business Executives).

Since 2016 Business Business Ambassador for the Principality of Monaco.

From 2017,  he inaugurated the first Urban Garden, Horto in, linked to a large hotel context. An innovative startup that adds a clutch to his ethical and then “green” business idea. And in the context of this “sustainable” vision, the birth of the Timo Restaurant (hotel restaurant), which today will be able to use zero-km garden products, reduce gas emissions due to freight transport and gift to its travelers an atmosphere of citrus, tomato and basil.

Michele Spadaro - Audio Project Manager of the OELLE foundation

He is an exponent of the Foundation and was born in Catania in 1994. In 2014 comes the certificate Lv. 3 in Musical Production and Sound Engineering at Point Blank London. In 2016 he earned a degree in audio production at “SAE Institute London“.

From June 2010 to August of the same year he works as a receptionist at “Catania Hills Residence“. Between 2010 and 2013 she has been the bassist for the bands “Rescue Remedy” and “Maggie in the box”.

In 2012 she holds the role of assistant at “Angrstom Research”. From 2016 to 2017 he has been the voice engineer for the recording studio “quiet, please!”.

From January 2018 he develops his new project “Music for Urban Garden” presented during “The Night of the Museums” on May 19, 2018.

Carolina Piazza Laneri - Conselour of OELLE Foundation

Carolina Piazza Laneri is the millenian of the board: born February 15, 2000 is determined and strong-willed, has a great sense of discipline thanks to a long racing career that led her to win the Italian championships of Jiu-jitsu.

Her dream is to contribute to the change of communication, with an inevitable eye to the social world in continuous transformation: this is why soon, at the end of classical studies, after graduating in “Communication, Media and Advertising” to ‘ IULM University of Milan. she started to attend the “Master’s degree course 24ORE Business School, Corporate management and sustainability”.
Do not lose sight of it!

Carmelo Nicosia - Director of the OELLE Foundation

Carmelo Nicosia, Catania 1960

Director of the School of Photography and Video at the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania. Specialized in Visual Anthropology, since 2000 he has been involved in several international, publishing and exhibition projects of a socio-anthropological nature, with a focus on the themes of identity, memory, collective phenomena, on the relationship with history. Since 2014 he has been active in the Word-Vision project with the collaboration of contemporary historians.

Since 2010 he has been on some international photographic tours (United States, Japan, Africa), as contemporary mappings of territories.

Carmelo Nicosia is considered one of the greatest exponents of the new Italian photography, a linkbetween the socio-anthropological tradition and research in the new media. His works are held in the most important Italian and foreign collections.

He is currently the artistic director of theOELLE foundation based in CT/MI.

Ezio Costanzo - Scientific committee section contemporary history of the OELLE Foundation

Ezio Costanzo, professional journalist, historian, documentary maker, is the author of several books on the Anglo-American occupation of Sicily in 1943 and creator and curator of international photographic exhibitions on the themes of the Second World War and the history of photography. Among the exhibits, Phil Stern. Sicily 1943 dedicated to the great American photographer, and Children and the war, who dealt with the tragedies of childhood on the various fronts of the Second World War.

He was part of the scientific committee for the creation of the 1943 Historical Museum of the Landing in Sicily in Catania with the task of researcher of the photographic material and filmed in the most important archives around the world and as the author of the texts of historical videos projected in the museum tour .

He has published several essays on history, including: The war in Sicily. 1943, photographic history (with introductory essay by Lucio Villari); Sicily 1943 – Brief history of the allied landing (with the introduction of Carlo D’Este); Mafia & Allies – American secret services and disembarkation in Sicily, winner of the “Rocco Chinnici” prize in 2007, translated and published also in the United States, L’istante e la storia. Reportage and photographic documentation. From the origins to the Magnum.

He wrote and directed many documentary films: “Moral Bombing. The weapon of grief” and documentary  “Phil Stern, the war and the soul” and “Sicily 1943. The allied landing”.

He is the delegate for Italy of the “Phil Stern Trust” in Los Angeles for the promotion of events regarding the Phil Stern photographic archive on the Second World War.

He collaborates with Rai Storia and has participated in the creation of Forbidden History of the Italian Wars (History Channel), Correva the year (Rai Tre), The beginning of the end. The Battle of Sicily (Rai Storia Dixit), Sicily ’43 by Folco Quilici (Istituto Luce).

Nowadays he holds the role of scientific coordinator of the Historical Museum of Landing in Sicily 1943.

He taught “Radio and Television Language” at the University of Palermo and is currently professor of “History of reportage and photographic documentation” and of “Photo-reportage at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania.

He writes for the cultural page of “La Repubblica” (ed. Of Palermo) and collaborates with the BBC history magazine “History”.

Nicola Laneri - Memory and material culture of the OELLE Foundation

Nicola Laneri is Director of the School of Religious Studies at CAMNES / Lorenzo de ‘Medici (Florence). He taught Archeology of the Near East at the University of Chicago, the University of Catania, the Middle Eastern Technical University of Ankara, and the University of Naples L’Orientale.

After completing his doctorate at the University of Naples Orientale in 1999, he was appointed Fulbright research scholar and visiting professor at Columbia University, Fellow at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and at University of Chicago, Erasmus visiting professor at Leiden University. He was an ISMEO / IsIAO member. From 2003 to 2016 he was director of the Hirbemerdon Tepe Archaeological Project (south-eastern Turkey.

Over the course of his career he has written over 80 essays and articles, including the The Hirbemerdon Tepe Archaeological Project 2003-2013 Final Report: Chronology and Material Culture (Bradypus 2016), Archeology of Death (Carocci 2011), Biography of a pot (Pandemos 2009), the funeral costumes of the average Euphrates valley during the III millennium BC (The Orientale 2004), and the curators Performing Death: The Social Analysis of Funeral Traditions in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean (Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago 2007), Looking north: The socioeconomic dynamics of northern Mesopotamian and Anatolian regions during (Harrassowitz 2012) and Defining the Sacred: Approaches to the Archeology of Religion in the Near East (Oxbow 2015).

Antonio Perdichizzi - Scientific Committee innovazione section of the OELLE Foudation

Entrepreneur, is founder and CEO of Tree, one of the 16 innovative Sicilian SMEs (around 600 in Italy), which operates in the field of Open Innovation and Education.

He is an angel investor of the innovative startup note, Orange Fiber, co-founder of Future Food Ecosystem and Partner of the Open Innovation TIM #WCAP program.

Italy’s national startup vice president, Startup, the largest Italian startup association, is a board member in Unicredit Sicily’s territorial board. He has been Chairman of Confindustria Catania Young Entrepreneurs from 2011 to 2016.

In 2015 he was a guest of the US Department of State, becoming an alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Lucio Villani - Scientific committee section history of the OELLE Foundation

Lucio Villari, professor of contemporary history at the University of Roma Tre.

Essayist, collaborator with Rai Storia and with the newspaper La Repubblica.

Author of numerous books he concentrated his work on Europe and the United States in the period between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries.

Among his publications “L’insonnia del novecento” (2005), “Le avventure di un capitano d’industria” (2008), “Il capitalismo italiano del novecento” (1993), “La rivoluzione francese” (2008), “Bella e perduta, L’Italia del risorgimento” (2010), “America amara” (2015) e “Notturno italiano” (2016).