Photo above, in Sarno: the Magistrate,  President of the National Observatory on Family Low (Salerno); the Lower, Family Mediator and Counseling; the President of the Sarno Municipal Council;  Gladys Mabel Cantelmi;  the doctor, an humanitarian aid volunteer;   the Sarno Councilor for Social Affairs.

Sarno, Italy: International City of Peace

We welcome Gladys Mabel Cantelmi, an international visual artist, who along with the greater community of Sarno have established their community as an International City of Peace. Gladys is President of As.Mu.Do. – Peace and Justice non profit – Embassy of Peace and the Artistic Director of  the Museum Rufo Ruffo Medieval Castle.

Note: Introduction page with information primarily at the time of joining International Cities of Peace. For updates, please contact the liaison.

Sarno is part of the Salerno Province, a vast territory which about half is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; in this territory there are the various Municipalities including Sarno (city of about 40,000 inhabitants) but all united by the same origins, culture, dialectics, customs and traditions while keeping each Municipality its own identity and autonomy even if these are indissoluble part of a single territory that is precisely the Province.

The same case is for the entire Campania Region where Salerno Province is the most important and the similarities continues, even if slightly weaker, as we extend our look at the nearby regions which form a very distinct part of Italy: the South.

Ex-Councilor of  Work Department of Sarno; Gladys Mabel Canteli, and the Sarno City Ex-Mayor.


To create together a new world based on Love

From Gladys Mabel Cantelmi.: I consider myself a citizen of the world! I will focus my vision, which is also that of my friends and colleagues who always accompany me in the realization of the initiatives and projects, not only in our city but the whole territory and… beyond!

The professor and pupils of the Sarno Dance School; Gladys and the Ex Chairwoman of the Sarno Commerce Department.

Despite being a peaceful community, ours, in recent years, we can perceive a kind of apathy that gradually invades people more and more. We can see how, over the years, generation after generation, we lose the fundamental principles of good cohabitation and good customs such as mutual respect and towards nature; the patience; the understanding of others’ mood; all this resulting of apathy, that is to say for lack of a healthy instinctive and human sense of empathy.
Sadly, even if we do not want to recognize it, there is a sort of “cooling” of good feelings and good habits. The main “victims” of this invasion of impatience (which provokes aggression or, at least, very few kindness in behavior) are precisely the new generation, that is, children and adolescents who are increasingly struggling to live in society with the models imposed by modern social life.

Through the tools made available in the arts and the ability to organize and the contagious enthusiasm, we propose to put in place projects designed to reach everyone, without exclusions, with a message that reflects the reality in which we live, the positive side to underline and the negative side to recognize, accept and find ways to improve. All this is possible through the proposed art as a “tool” of social and humanitarian work. Art is to be an aesthetic object, is transformed into an “ethical” instrument.

The goal to be achieved (in part already achieved over the years by practicing this method) is to SENSITIZATION. Only by coming to the deepest roots of our being, recognizing and “touching” our divine essence, we’ll be able to find the humanity that we are largely losing.
In order to heal an illness we must first recognize it and then avail itself of the tools and the will to heal it.

– Through the Gladys C.’s Ultrarealism Seminars in different environments such as Universities, Hospitals, Schools, Holistic Centers, etc.
– Peace Lab
– International Events and world exhibitions
– Artistic projects aimed at disseminating crisis situations and promoting humanitarian aid organizations for fundraising.

For the realization of such projects, events and various activities, people of different social strata are involved, with different professions creating a collaborative environment to achieve a common goal “TO SENSITIZE AND CREATE THE BASES FOR A CHANGE TOWARD A FUTURE OF PEACE AND UNIVERSALITY” on the deepest roots of the individual and bringing to light the divine essence that vibrates within each of us.

Hence, a return to natural empathy that allows us to share the joy and sorrow of our brothers that is the basis of all expectations for human behavior.
Among the projects we carry out, Cuore di Donna – an itinerant international event project with about 40 participating nations, is one of the most important in terms of popularity and recognition received. Its leitmotif is “towards a culture of good traits, respect for human rights, for the environment and for nature (the Creation)”; attached together with my biography is a brief description of the project.

Another new initiative is an artistic project where different types of art come together to raise awareness of the world and ask for help for women and children of Cameroon who are victims of a strong social crisis.
For 2019 it is also planned to carry out events in the Netherlands and Denmark. We intend to continue to bring together more individuals and organized groups of this city and other nearby cities that want to share the same goals with us.

In the end, the expected result is very simple: change the vision of social life that from a selfish and individualistic point of view manages to be a community based on mutual respect and sharing; compassionate and empathetic who knows how to appreciate the benefits of living in harmony.

Gladys; the Ex Vice Mayor (of another Municipality); the Sarno City Mayor; the Sarno Council President.



The Gladys C.’s Ultrarealism is an artistic and conceptual style born from the inspiration of Gladys Mabel Cantelmi to which the experts have not framed in a pre-existing vein and has advised the artist to legally register the manifesto of her personal art form then, in 2004 She did it. This trend results from a change or evolution of existing surrealism.

The Ultrarealism (art and concept) and Peace in various cities and countries puts on conferences about various topics related to social integration, moral and respect for human rights in general and for non-violence. All thing based on her art style that is a way for contact and “touch” the essence of one’s deepest and inner being, that is the true self, the “ultra-real self”; in this way, the perception of the individual give place to the awareness that we all have the same essence and therefor what each of Us belongs to only one “Unity”; it’s the Creation; there we find our deepest root that is the purest energy (the energy of love). Then, we are able to reveal the foundations of good familiar, social, community and (why not?) global coexistence: Empathy (necessary to act with respect towards others) that will give us the opportunity to “feel” the need of others, then awaken compassion ( con- pasion = with passion) it means to share suffering and have the volition to relieve it together. The goal of these conference, workshops and symposiums is to reach everyone in every ambit: School, Medical and Scientific, Political, Social, Artistic and Cultural all over the world as a form of universal language for a general audience. From this concept born also some international projects for the sensitization and education to the positive construction of peace, first interior and then between peoples.

Since 2000, many magazines and art books are written by various art critics, many articles written by journalists and several notes dedicated to her work. She receives many awards, not for competitions but for her art and social work recognition.

The link for an event in Ecuador:

One of many events for Cuore di Donna project:




As a member of the Committee on Equal Opportunities of  Region Campania.


Gladys Mabel Cantelmi
Visual artist – European Excellence of Arts
Ambassador of Peace
President of As.Mu.Do. – Peace and Justice non profit – Embassy of Peace.

Italy Lifetime Leader by WeforWe International women empowerment- India
European Ambassador  “Hope 4 best Future”- Camerun
Italia Ambassador by  “World Institute of Peace”- Nigeria
Artistic Director of  the Museum Rufo Ruffo Medieval Castle.
European Ambassador of “The Roses ” prize.

Gladys was born in Buenos Aires and studied from childhood (age 7) classical drawing and painting in a fine art private teacher. I her teens, she pass at the Private Institute of Art directed by the  Italian Master Antonia Marocchi, there She’s graduated; in parallel to the High School of Accountancy. She takes other diplomas of state and other private courses (eg, English, Creative Italian Writing, PC, etc. ); arrived in Italy but does not abandon altogether the art even if it is a long period, her spiritual maturity and the artistic lead to a continuous search for her own artistic identity so does your personal vein: the Gladys C.’s Ultrarealism .

Gladys founded a non profit organization, the “As.Mu.Do. pace e giustizia” – multi ethnic association for peace and justice– that was recognized Embassy of Peace by MMP & PEA foundations. Since 2018, As.Mu.Do, she manages the Museum Rufo Ruffo Medieval Castle and Gladys is the Artistic Director for Cultural Events.




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ABOUT SARNO, ITALY (from Wikipedia)

Sarno is a town and comune and former Latin Catholic bishopric of Campania, Italy, in the province of Salerno, 20 km northeast from the city of Salerno and 60 km east of Naples by the main railway. It lies at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, near the sources of the Sarno River, called Sarnus in ancient times, a stream connected by canal with Pompei and the sea.


The main entrance of the City Hall, Saint Francis Palace, built by Luigi Vanvitelli between XVIII and  XIX century.

The Marconi Square

The area of Sarno has been inhabited since Neolithic times, and in pre-historical times housed Oscan and Samnites settlements. Later it was acquired by the Romans, who held it until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD. The first nucleus of the future Sarno grew in the 8th century around a castle founded by the Lombards of Benevento. Before its incorporation to the domains of the crown of Naples, Sarno gave its name to a county held in succession by the Orsini, Coppola, Tuttavilla, and Colonna families.

The Mariano Abignente monument

On May 5, 1998 Sarno and the neighbouring villages of Quindici, Siano and Bracigliano were devastated by a series of landslides. 180 houses were destroyed, 450 severely damaged, and 161 people died in what was one of the biggest catastrophes of its kind in modern Italy. The landslides had been caused by several days of torrential rainfalls, but were also blamed on agricultural, residential and industrial overexploitation and the lack of any substantial environmental programs. The catastrophe prompted the Italian Ministry of the Environment to introduce a couple of legislative measures for environmental protection which have come to be known as legge Sarno.

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