News & Events

AP Italian Exam Registration deadline moved to November 15

Date 09.23.2019

For any private students wishing to take the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam, please note that you must register for the exam ASAP! If your school will not order the exam for you please contact Fondazione Italia right away to review your options.

Vice-Consul Andrea Perugini visits Italian programs at Franklin and Toll

Date 09.17.2019

Than you to Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles vice-consul Andrea Perugini for visiting the students in the Benjamin Franklin Elementary K-6 Italian dual-immersion program and the Toll Middle School Italian program students yesterday!

The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles provides a generous grant to both schools that helps provide for Italian instructors in the classroom and instructional materials.

Fondazione Italia wishes to thank Consul General Silvia Chiave and Andrea Perugini for their steadfast and continued support of Italian language and culture in our community!

NEW! Pathway to the AP Italian Exam Online Class

Date 08.27.2019

This course is specifically designed for 9-12 grade students who already speak Italian (A2/B1 level or above) that are planning to take the AP® Italian Language & Culture exam in May 2020. Students will work to strengthen their grammar and language structure skills and improve their comprehension and conversation levels in order to be able to enter the AP® test prep course offered in January 2020. Please contact us to request an assessment test before enrolling. $192

Class Dates: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 / Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: Thursdays from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm PST

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