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Kids Italian Summer Camp Open for Enrollment!

Date 04.09.2019

Italian Summer Camps in Glendale and Laguna Beach are open for Enrollment! Make Friends! Have Fun! All in Italian! All levels welcome for kids ages 4-10! Check out all the details here!

Single day drop-offs available!

Buona Pasqua! Discover Italian Easter Food Traditions

Date 04.16.2019

The importance of Easter in Italian culture is reflected in the country’s food traditions. During Easter lunch in Italy, lamb and eggs are always served. They appear either as part of the meal itself, or as sweets in the shape of these symbols of life and rebirth (in the case of eggs) and of sacrifice of the son of God for humanity (in the case of the lamb.)

For traditional Italian recipes served during Easter visit Giallo Zafferano.

Easter is one of the most important holidays in the Christian religion and is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ, three days after he had been crucified. One important detail about this holiday, is that the date changes from year to year. As was decided at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AC, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon of Spring and can therefore vary from March 22nd to April 25th.

The week prior to Easter, beginning with Palm Sunday, is referred to as Holy Week and is a period of many symbolical celebrations, including the preparation of long tables in churches that represent the table there Jesus held his last supper with his twelve disciples. There is also the procession of Good Friday, during which people try to recreate the Christ’s long walk towards the cross.

Leonardo Da Vinci 500th Anniversary Exhibit at The Getty Opens April 30

Date 04.16.2019

This year the world celebrates Leonardo Da Vinci on the 500th anniversary of his death. On the April 30 an exhibition dedicated to him will open at the Getty Museum in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles.

Learn about the history and significance of the Sicilian puppet theater – April 15

Date 04.15.2019

Join the Chapman University Italian Studies Department tonight for a presentation by Italian Studies alumnus Marco Saglimbeni that will explore the traditional form of Sicilian Puppetry known as pupi theater.

Monday, April 15
7:00-8:30 pm
Chapman University – Center for American War Letters of the Leatherby Libraries.

Today is Italian Research Day 2019

Date 04.15.2019

Italian Research Day is an initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to promote the important work of Italian scientists and researchers around the world.

On the occasion of this year’s #ItalianResearchDay, please check out these fascinating interviews of two Italian researchers in the US, Veronica Bindi from NASA and the University of Hawaii, and Barbara Marchetti from the Catholic University of America and Universita’ e-Campus. Video 👉🏼

Il Consolato si informa…Info for retired Italians living abroad

Date 04.08.2019

Do you receive an Italian pension and reside abroad?  Have you already received the “yellow envelope” for your pension? Watch this helpful video to be informed on the procedure that needs to be followed for your existence of life certification.

Ricevi la pensione italiana e risiedi all’estero? Hai gia’ ricevuto la “busta gialla” per la pensione? Per avere informazioni sulla procedura da seguire e le scadenze per l’accertamento dell’esistenza in vita segui le istruzioni di questo video

Patrons of Italian Culture offer Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors Studying Italian

Date 04.05.2019

Full Time High School Seniors from anywhere in the U.S. 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 offered by the Patrons of Italian Culture. 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. You do not have to have Italian heritage to apply.
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.
Deadline to apply is April 30, 2019

Newport Beach Film Festival: Italian Spotlight – April 30

Date 04.03.2019

On Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, the 20th annual Newport Beach Film Festival presented by Pacific Sales will present its Italian Spotlight, an evening celebration of Italian cinema and culture. The event will screen the US Premiere of the Italian feature film “Let Me Introduce You to Sofia” (Ti Presento Sofia), followed by a festive post-screening celebration.

“Let Me Introduce You to Sofia” follows an ex-rocker Gabriele, who is the cur-rent owner of a music store and divorced dad of 10-year-old Sofia. One day, an old friend Mara, a successful photographer, who dislikes children, reemerges into Gabriele’s life. Overwhelmed by his passion and desire for Mara, he attempts to hide their existence from one another. “Let Me Introduce You to Sofia” is directed by Guido Chiesa and stars Fabio de Luigi, Micaela Ramazzotti, and Caterina Sbaraglia.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.
The Triangle (1870 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627)

The post-screening celebration will take place at 10:00 p.m. at Time Nightclub (1875 Newport Blvd B245 Costa Mesa, CA 92627)

Admission to the Italian Spotlight film and the post-screening party is $45.00.
Post-screening Party only is $30.00/ Film Screening only is $20.00.
For ticket information and updates visit

The event will be hosted by Time Nightclub and will include select tastings from top Orange County restaurants, traditional entertainment as well as multiple DJs. Hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

The Newport Beach Film Festival Italian Spotlight is supported by Italian Heritage Culture Foundation, Catalino Law, Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Los Angeles, IL’Italo-Americano Newspaper, Italian Film Commission, Italian American Museum Los Angeles, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and La Famiglia DelGrosso.

Eduitalia Scholarships for Students who take the Italian AP® Exam in 2019

Date 03.29.2019

Eduitalia, an association of 78 qualified schools and Universities that offer courses for foreign students in Italy, is proud to support the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., in their important initiative to promote Italian language and culture within the United States.

Only students who take the AP® Italian Language and Culture exam in May 2019 are eligible.

The scholarships will allow winners to have an unforgettable study abroad language experience in Italy. The winners will be chosen through a random drawing that will take place at the School Office of the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C..

The 21 scholarships will cover the costs of enrollment, classes, accommodation, teaching material and extracurricular activities (airfare is not included).

The application deadline is May 11, 2019.

For more information on each of the 21 scholarships visit Eduitalia.

Scholarship Website
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B1 CILS Certification Offered at Italian Cultural Institute in LA on May 30

Date 03.29.2019

B1 CILS certification from Università per Stranieri di Siena for adults is being offered at Istituto Italiano Di Cultura Los Angeles on May 30. Passage of the B1 is now necessary to receive Italian citizenship.

For more information and to enroll visit…/language_certificationiicl…