Francesco Kinský dal Borgo was born in Italy to an American mother

Francesco Kinský dal Borgo

The Kinský aristocratic family has played a significant role in the history of Czechia. Most of its members were exiled after the Communist coup d’etat in 1948. Francesco came to the country of his ancestors for the first time as a little boy in the early 1990s. After studying in Italy and the Netherlands and spending some time working in Brussels, he decided to settle in Eastern Bohemia, and learning the Czech language changed his life.

He grew up speaking English to his mother, and Italian to his friends and schoolmates. He is a man of truly international experience who feels first and foremost European.

“Yes, I have American heritage but I have never lived in the United States for a longer period of time. I studied in Italy and the Netherlands and worked in Brussels. So, I just feel European.”

Francesco Kinský dal Borgo with Vít Pohanka | Photo: Vít Pohanka,  Radio Prague International

Francesco came to work and live in Eastern Bohemia about a decade ago. He found a Czech wife and started a family in this country.

“The moment I was able to communicate meaningfully with people here was a turning point for me. When you are able to communicate and understand the language you also understand the culture and the way people think. Then you understand why they think the way they think.”

Francesco Kinský dal Borgo represents one of the branches of an aristocratic family that returned to Czechia after the fall of Communism. He spoke to Czechast as a representative of the Kinský dal Borgo joint venture company. Apart from taking care of the Chateau of Chlumec nad Cidlinou, and the Castle of Kost, the company manages forests and other properties given back to the family in Eastern Bohemia.

Author: Vít Pohanka | Source: Český rozhlas
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