Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata with his family. (Courtesy of the Italian Embassy)

Britain’s Nigel Sheinwald ended his four-year run in Washington Friday — and his 35-year diplomatic career. Sheinwald will be replaced by Sir Peter Westmacott, who returns to D.C. next week in the top job; he was a political counselor at the embassy 19 years ago.

After Silvio Berlusconi abruptly resigned in November, the new government called back Italian ambassador Giulio Maria Terzi di Sant’Agata to Rome to become the country’s foreign minister. No time for goodbye parties; the move was so sudden that his longtime partner Antonella Cinque and their four-year-old twins were left with all the packing. He’ll be replaced by Claudio Bisogniero, who’ll arrive early next month. Bisogniero is another old hand at Washington diplomacy; he served at the embassy 20 years ago as an economic specialist.