Tampere Ambassador: Melissa Mappelli

Where are you from and what are your professional activities?
I am Italian and I am 30 years old. I live in a city near Milan and I work as a full-time hotel receptionist: the main duties are welcoming people, taking care of them till their departure and giving them all the information about things to do in Milan. In my spare time I practice karate and teach kids.

What is your involvement in international activities?
So far, I have never lived or worked abroad, nor done any international activity, but - as I work in the tourism area - I can say I get to know an international environment every day when I meet the hotel Guests.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
If I have to describe myself, I would say that I am a cheerful person, who likes to interact with people and enjoy the good in life (music, good food, sport, books etc). I like travelling and discover new places, in particular by visiting non-touristic areas.
I am a dreamer who always tries her best to succeed in turning dreams into reality.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
I fell in love with Tampere when I was about 20, when I came to Finland for the first time. The city totally took my heart and wrapped me into its arms. It was breathtaking and I couldn't stop thinking of it when I came home.

Every year I come back not just because it is one of my favourite places to visit, but because I really feel at home.
It has such a magic halo that makes me feel at ease any time. It is always difficult to explain other people why I feel this way, but becoming an ambassador could be the right opportunity to express this feeling.

Tampere is a beautiful place to live not only for its beautiful landscape and surrounding, but also for the life itself: dynamic city, always evolving into something new, never boring.

What is your mission as a Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador?
I would like to become an ambassador to share my strong passion about Tampere by any possible means of communication. It would be interesting to promote the city here in Milan or establish some contacts with the Finnish consulate. This idea crossed my mind when there was still the Ryanair route Milano-Tampere (hopefully they will open it again), which brought Italian tourists in Tampere (even if they were directed elsewhere). Tampere needs to be promoted because the most common thought of foreigners is that there's only Helsinki in Finland.

As a karateka, I would also be interested in getting into contact with dojos in Tampere in order to organise some international meetings, which often turn into new friendships and discovery of new cultures and places.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
Tampere is a young and dynamic city with a shiny future, as the result of its mixture of bright multicultural minds and the effort of its locals. Tredea plays a crucial role in promoting Tampere and I would love to take part to this project.

Melissa Mappelli Tampere All Bright Ambassador

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