News & Events

NEW! Fondazione Italia offers Beginning Adult Class in Sherman Oaks!

Date 01.27.2016

Fondazione Italia has a new location in Sherman Oaks! We will be offering a beginning adult class on Friday morning at 10:30 am at S.L.A.M Tutoring Academy.

Course begins Friday, February 5! Less than $15 an hour for 15 90-minute lessons!

Receive $25 off if you enroll by January 29!
Enroll Today!
Meet the Teacher


Ciao, my name is Simona Cavadini and I grew up in Como, Italy. I graduated from the Bocconi University in Milan, majoring in International Business. After several years working in Human Resources for a multinational company, I decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather!) and moved to sunny Los Angeles to follow my husband. Since moving to Los Angeles, I have worked for the U.S. office of the Vicenza Trade Fair as a Marketing and PR Specialist. Additionally, I taught Italian to private clients, as a way to stay connected to my culture. After becoming a mom of two wonderful children, I decided to pursue my passion for teaching more rigorously. I completed a training course for foreign language teachers based on the Montessori Methodology and started teaching for Fondazione Italia in 2014. I have since had the opportunity to attend several methodology seminars, including, most recently, a seminar in methods and technology taught by Prof. Elissa Tognozzi, Director of Language Studies at the UCLA Italian Department — a well known educator and author of Italian textbooks. This has inspired me to experiment with new methodologies and approaches and to continue to further my teaching career. I teach at Fondazione Italia’s Burbank Center as well as in an online advanced level course. I am very excited to start a new Beginner Level class in Sherman Oaks. Vi aspetto!

The Patrons of Italian Culture Announce Scholarship for High School Seniors

Date 02.01.2016

Full Time High School Seniors who are currently enrolled in Italian language classes and who have been accepted to an accredited College or University are eligible for consideration for this scholarship. A commitment to a major or minor in Italian Language or Italian Studies is strongly recommended, however, consideration will be given to the applicant’s final course of study.

Scholarships will be awarded in various amounts. Funding of all scholarships will be deposited to the account of the student at the academic institution he or she will be attending.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2016.

Visit the Patrons of Italian Culture website form more information.

CULTURE: Buon Carnevale a Tutti!

Date 01.30.2016

The Carnevale di Venezia starts today, January 30! The festival is world-famed for its elaborate masks. It’s said that the Carnival of Venice was started from a victory of the “Serenissima Repubblica” against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven in the year 1162. In the honor of this victory, the people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square.

carenevale imageApparently, this festival started on that period and became official in the Renaissance. In the seventeenth century, the baroque carnival was a way to save the prestigious image of Venice in the world. It was very famous during the eighteenth century.It encouraged license and pleasure, but it was also used to protect Venetians against the anguish for present time and future. However, under the rule of the King of Austria, the festival was outlawed entirely in 1797 and the use of masks became strictly forbidden. It reappeared gradually in the nineteenth century, but only for short periods and above all for private feasts, where it became an occasion for artistic creations.

After a long absence, the Carnival returned to operate in 1979. The Italian government decided to bring back the history and culture of Venice, and sought to use the traditional Carnival as the centerpiece of its efforts.

Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27

Date 01.23.2016

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016, the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles co-present the annual public name reading of the 8,000 Italian Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

A special tribute to composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 – 1968) will be held at the end of the program. Son of an old Florentine Jewish family, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco left Italy in 1939 to escape the recently enacted racial laws and migrated to the United States where he became a film composer for MGM Studios for some 200 Hollywood movies. He was known as one of the foremost guitar composers of the twentieth century.

January 27, 2016
6:30 pm
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles CA 90024



The program includes the name reading of the 8,000 Italian Jewish victims of the Holocaust

6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Remarks by

Valeria Rumori, IIC Director

Antonio Verde, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles

David Siegel, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

7:00 pm Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s film composition

Introduction by Dr.  James Westby, who received his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from UCLA with a dissertation on “Castelnuovo-Tedesco in America: The Film Music.”

7:10 pm Music tribute to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Elisabetta Russo (voice) accompanied by guitar.

She studied at the renowned “S. Cecilia” Conservatory of Music in Rome and has performed all over North America and Europe and collaborated with prestigious conductors, directors and composers.

7:30 pm Commemorative ceremony

with the family of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Scholarships to Study in Italy Now Available!

Date 01.25.2016

Visit Fondazione Italia’s  Grants & Scholarships page to view and apply for the various scholarship opportunities Fondazione Italia has secured to provide our students and friends the opportunity to study Italian in Italy during 2016!

Franklin Elementary Italian Dual-Immersion Program Now Accepting Applications

Date 01.15.2019

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are being accepted now for the Franklin Elementary Italian Dual Immersion Program. To enter Kindergarten, your child must be five years old by September 1, 2019. Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) Italian dual immersion is a 90/10 program that provide students an opportunity to learn two languages starting in kindergarten. The goal of of GUSD’s FLAG programs is to develop bilingualism and bi-literacy by the end of elementary school.

To be included in the lottery, applications must be submitted online by
January 31, 2019

You must attend a tour of the school to complete your application process.
Sign-up for a tour

CONFERENCE: Casanova: Libertine Legend – Jan. 22 & 23

Date 01.19.2016

Participate in A two-day international conference on Giacomo Casanova, the fascinating eighteenth-century adventurer, libertine, traveler, and writer of many texts in Italian and French.

January 22 & 23

314 Royce Hall
10745 Dickson Plaza

$20 general admission per day

Fondazione Italia’s Spring Session of Classes Starts in February!

Date 01.19.2016

LEARN, LOVE, LIVE ITALIAN! Enrollment is now open for Italian Language Courses for Kids & Adults! 15-week spring session starts in February!* We have language centers in Burbank, Hermosa Beach, Orange County – Lake Forest, Sherman Oaks, and West LA.

Enroll by January 29 to receive $25 early bird registration discount!

*Schedule and course offerings vary per location.

Online AP® Italian Preparation Course Begins Jan. 23 – Only 3 spots left!

Date 01.09.2016

Fondazione Italia’s 2016 AP® Italian online preparation course begins on January 23rd. Only three spots left! This test preparation course meets once a week by video conference for 15 weeks beginning on January 23, 2016. The course is geared towards high school students who are heritage speakers or who have had at least three years of high school Italian or equivalent, i.e. intermediate-level proficiency.
January 23 to May 7, 2016
(15 Saturdays – no class on March 26th)
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Course Fee: $380Partial Scholarships Available. Apply Today!

What students will learn:
  • Familiarity with the six themes and sub-themes recommended by the College Board;
  • Strategies for interpreting written and audio texts in Italian, even if you don’t understand every word;
  • Strategies for starting, continuing and ending a conversation in Italian;
  • The formal conventions of letter/e-mail writing;
  • How to make cultural comparisons between the U.S. and Italy and how to make an effective and concise oral presentation;
  • How to write a well-argued and organized persuasive essay;
  • Must be heritage speaker or have at least 3 years of high school Italian or equivalent, i.e. intermediate-level proficiency.
  • Students are expected to be tech savvy and to have a reliable internet access.
Download the Course Syllabus 

Please review the following information before enrolling in the course.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us.
AP® is a registered trademark of The College Board which does not endorse this course.

Buona Befana!

Date 01.05.2016

The Feast of the Epiphany (L’Epifania), is celebrated on January 6 as a national holiday in Italy.  The tradition of La Befana is a big part of the Italian Christmas celebrations. The La Befana tradition typically includes the tale of a witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5 and fills children’s stockings with toys and sweets if they have been good, or with lumps of coal if the have been bad. EVVIVA LA BEFANA!