News & Events

Our Fall Italian language classes for kids and adults start next week!

Date 08.27.2019

Fondazione Italia fall session of Italian language classes for ALL AGES from “Parent & Me” to adults in Burbank, Orange, West LA and online are starting soon!

OC courses on Chapman campus start this Saturday, August 31 while Burbank and WLA classes start Saturday, September 7. Online classes start week of September 2.

Discounts still available for Burbank, WLA and online classes through August 30!

Check out locations, course offerings and NEW online classes including pathway courses to take the B1 citizenship exam and the AP Italian Language and Culture exam at!

Italian Artists Featured at NoHo Art Showcase – Aug. 29

Date 08.26.2019

Select Italian artists will showcase their surreal, visionary, provocative, and emotional paintings and pictures in Los Angeles for the first time at the NoHo Art Showcase on August 29th 2019 from 04:00 pm and 08:00 pm!

A complimentary all-Italian welcoming cocktail-food-refreshment will be provided to guests!

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Buon Ferragosto a Tutti!

Date 08.14.2019

Ferragosto is a public holiday celebrated on August 15 in Italy that coincides with the major Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary. The Feriae Augusti (“Festivals [Holidays] of the Emperor Augustus”) were introduced by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC. This was an addition to earlier ancient Roman festivals which fell in the same month, such as the Vinalia rustica or the Consualia, which celebrated the harvest and the end of a long period of intense agricultural labor. The Feriae Augusti, was felt necessary after the hard labor of the previous weeks.

The popular tradition of taking a trip during Ferragosto arose under the Fascist regime. In the second half of the 1920s, during the mid-August period, the regime organized hundreds of popular trips through the Fascist leisure and recreational organizations of various corporations, and via the setting up of the “People’s Trains of Ferragosto”, which were available at discounted prices. The initiative gave the opportunity to less well-off social classes to visit Italian cities or to reach seaside and mountain resorts.

Today, Ferragosto is Italy’s famous summer holiday period when most kids are on school holidays and families, business owners and frankly, most Italians, pack their bags and cars and head out of town.

NEW! Prepare for the B1 Italian Citizenship Language Exam with Fondazione Italia

Date 08.07.2019

Due to an amendment in Italian law, applicants for Italian citizenship (marriage and residency) must prove an adequate knowledge of the Italian language. This means that applicants must obtain at least an Italian B1 level certification in language competency. Applicants who can prove citizenship by descent do not need to obtain a B1 certification.

Fondazione Italia has recently launched two NEW online courses specifically geared to preparing students for the CILS B1 Citizenship exam. 

B1 Preparation for Beginning Students

Throughout this 30-week course, students will not only learn Italian at the required level but they will also learn specific skills that will help them pass the B1 Citizenship exam. No previous knowledge of Italian is necessary to attend this course but students must be committed to studying at home and completed all assignments. Participants are preparing to take the CILS B1 exam offered in May 2020.

Class Dates: Sept. 11, 18, 25 / Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / Nov. 6, 13, 20 / Dec. 4, 11, 18 / Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 / Feb. 5 , 12, 19, 26 / Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25 /April 1, 15, 22, 29 (no class Dec. 26, Nov. 27, Jan. 2 & Apr. 8)

Time: Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm PST

B1 Preparation for Intermediate Students

This 10-week course addresses the specific needs of those students who are planning to take the B1 exam on December 3, 2019. This course focuses on teaching the necessary skills to pass the B1 Citizenship exam. Previous knowledge of Italian at an intermediate level (3 years of study) is recommended to attend this course. Please, contact us to request an assessment test before enrolling.

Class Dates: Sept. 18, 25 / Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / Nov 6, 13, 20

Time: Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm PST

Pricing & Registration Information

50% off Gelato Making Classes at Gelato Festival

Date 08.07.2019

Join Gelato Festival for their first class for gelato lovers in the heart of West Hollywood and learn from the best Master Gelato Chefs! Classes will include:

  • History: Private tour of the Buontalenti Gelato Laboratory and an introduction to the world of artisanal gelato and his history, with original gelato machines and precious tools.
  • Education: A greater understanding of the culture and origins of gelato and knowledge of the nutritional values of gelato.
  • Hands-on Gelato making: The secret to making true Italian gelato from the best Gelato Masters.
  • Gelato Games: Have fun with gelato!
  • Gelato Gift Bag: A special gift for you full of surprises. You’ll also take home the gelato you made!


AP Italian Language and Culture Workshop for New and Experienced Teachers in Malibu, CA

Date 07.05.2019

This College Board-endorsed two-day AP workshop will provide teachers with in-depth training in AP courses and teaching strategies. Participants engage in  pedagogical and content rich training led by College Board-endorsed consultant Maria Gloria Borsa. During this two-day AP Italian Language and Culture training participants will explore the course framework, the exam and its newest changes for 2020 and available AP resources that will help teachers plan and focus instruction. Participants also learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will give you immediate access to the new resources and will help ensure that your students can register for AP Exams by the new fall deadlines.

September 14 & 15 at Pepperdine University
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $45 (lunch included)

By attending this two-day workshop, teachers will gain deeper insight into the following key takeaways: Understanding the Course; Planning the Course; Teaching the Course; and Assessing Student Progress and Understanding. In addition, specific attention will be paid to the following AP Classroom resources: unit guides, personal progress checks, and the AP question bank. Registration Deadline is Friday, September 6, 2019


Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri at Getty Villa

Date 06.30.2019

The Getty Villa is modeled on the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, the ancient villa was rediscovered and explored by subterranean tunnels in the 1750s and ’60s and was partially re-excavated in the 1990s and early 2000s. This exhibition presents many of the most spectacular finds and examines attempts to unroll and decipher the carbonized papyri.

Now through October 27 at Getty Villa

Il Consolato Informa…Important Info. on Passports

Date 06.29.2019

Il Consolato Informa

The Consolate would like to inform all of their Prenota Online Booking system users that 40% of their daily applicants have scheduled their appointment by logging in at 3 pm; so if there are no available dates do not lose hope and try again at three in the afternoon.

Also, they ask for your help and recommend that you remember to cancel your appointment if your plans change; this will help your fellow Italian citizens residing in our jurisdiction.

Finally, an update: after adding more appointment slots to the Passport Prenota Online System on March 19th, they are happy to announce that the number of issued passports keeps on growing!

Informiamo gli utenti del nostro sistema Prenota Online che il 40% delle persone che vengono ogni giorno in consolato riescono a prendere l’appuntamento collegandosi alle 3 pm; quindi se tutte le date sembrano chiuse non disperate e riprovate alle tre del pomeriggio.

Raccomandiamo inoltre a tutti gli utenti di ricordarsi di cancellare l’appuntamento passaporto nel caso i vostri programmi cambino; in questo modo aiuterete gli altri concittadini residenti nella nostra giurisdizione.

Infine un aggiornamento: dopo aver aggiunto nuovi slots appuntamenti passaporti il 19 marzo, siamo lieti di informare i cittadini italiani residenti nella nostra circoscrizione che il numero di passaporti emessi al giorno continua a crescere!


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Calling all K-12 Italian Teachers! Apply for $5,000 Coccia-Inserra Award

Date 06.06.2019

The Director of the Coccia Institute is delighted to announce the 2019 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12). Recognizing the importance of acknowledging and motivating excellence in the teaching of Italian, the Coccia family and Lawrence Inserra, Jr., have established this significant award.

Our donors will be awarding a very generous prize of $5000 as the monetary component of the Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12) for academic year 2019. These funds are to be allocated as follows:

a) $2500 is to be used exclusively to advance the Italian language and culture curriculum and programming within the recipient’s classroom;
b) $2500 is to be dedicated to the professional development of the winning teacher (for direct payment of academic fees to an institution of professional development in Italian language and culture at home or abroad).

We strongly encourage full-time language teachers certified in Italian who are teaching a minimum of two classes of Italian at the K-12 level to apply! Please note: The deadline for applications is Friday, July 26, 2019. All applications and supporting material must be submitted electronically.

The Coccia-Inserra Award will be presented on Friday, October 25, 2019 during our twelfth annual Teaching Italian Symposium-Workshops, the Coccia Institute’s signature professional development program for teachers of Italian, offered in collaboration with Montclair State University’s Italian program. The recipient’s travel and lodging expenses will be assumed by the Coccia-Inserra Award committee.

For a copy of the application or if you would like additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. Mary Ann Re, Director of the Coccia Institute, at or go to:

Apply for the Coccia-Inserra 2019 Teaching Award

***Teachers who applied in the past but were not selected for the award may resubmit their applications, reusing their videos (unless they wish to redo them), simply UPDATING the application to reflect their current status.***

Giornata Nazionale dello Sport 2019

Date 05.31.2019

Fondazione Italia is proud to support Giornata Nazionale dello Sport 2019, the Italian National Day of Sport celebrated in Italy and all over the world, in Los Angeles!

Come out to support team ItaLA on Sunday, June 2 and see them play in an exciting game of calcio (soccer) against team FC Galactic!

“Il calcio è uno sport che insegna lo spirito di collaborazione e di unione”