With the passing of the editions, the event has been enriched by the special recognition Witness of Time. It was established in 1984, and is traditionally awarded to personalities who have distinguished themselves in the fields of culture, politics, journalism, art, science and in the entertainment world and have, with their actions, contributed significantly to explain the events of history and contemporary society. This recognition has brought a parade among the winners, of significant figures for their human and social activities.
Within the ceremony, the role attributed to the "Witness of Time" is the most important moment of the event during which the personality, that is awarded with this recognition, is interviewed by the presenter of the ceremony, on his role, his history and the series of events which he has personally experienced.
Since 1984, when this special recognition was established, it has been awarded to:
Alessandro Galante Garrone
Franco Della Peruta
Luigi Vittorio Ferraris
Rita Levi Montalcini
Oreste Del Buono
Madre Teresa di Calcutta
Nazionale Italiana di Calcio Campione del Mondo 2006
Mons. Rino Fisichella