Spaghetti Open Data is made up of a group of Italian citizens interested in the release of public data in open formats, in order to make it easy to access and reuse.
Starting in 2010 they have had yearly conferences.
I was lucky enough to be invited to their conference this year (SOD14) as the keynote speaker talking about Wikidata, paid for by Wikimedia Italy.
An overview of the conference can be found at http://www.spaghettiopendata.org/page/conferenza-sod14
Photo by: Homer Project. Harmonising Open Data
My talk went well and during the day many people came to discuss various things with me.
My presentation can be found on Google Drive.
As for my participation in the rest of the conference, well, I don’t speak Italian, so……
I can however say that Italy is a great place!