News & Events

Next Session of the CA Italian CSET for Teachers Open for Enrollment – July 9

Date 05.11.2022

Calling All Aspiring Italian Language Teachers and Teachers who want to add Italian to their California Credentials!

Fondazione Italia is the Italian Assessor Agency for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. We administer the oral and written portion of the Italian CSET. Passage of all portions of the Italian CSET is a requirement to obtain a California Single Subject Credential.

The next opportunity to take the written and oral portion of the Italian CSET is on Saturday, July 9 in Burbank, CA.

For more information and to register please visit

Free IIC Streaming Concert! Chiara Galiazzo “Un Estate Fa” – June 21

Date 06.20.2022

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see Chiara Galiazzo in concert FREE via Facebook live stream! Tap link below to view concert live June 21 at 6:00 pm PST

Fare Cinema: Italian Films in the World – June 13-19

Date 06.14.2022

Now in its fifth year, Fare Cinema is an initiative launched in 2018 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote the Italian film industry in the world. Through Sunday, June 19th, Fare Cinema will offer a variety of online content accessible for free on two platforms, Italiana and MyMovies.

Italian Renaissance is a series of conversations with film-makers representing the renewed focus on contemporary Italian cinema by international festivals and film critics. Produced in collaboration with Fondazione Cinema per Roma, the series is followed by short films by each of the directors involved.

The Accademia del Cinema Italiano and ANICA present Italian Screens, the five finalist titles in the category “Best Short Film” for the 2022 David di Donatello Awards.

On the centenary Vittorio Gassman’s birth, Fare Cinema also pays tribute to this emblematic figure of the Italian culture, with a special interview with Alessandro Gassmann and a screening of the documentary I’m Gassman! Vittorio King of Comedy” by Fabrizio Corallo.

Another important anniversary celebrated this year is the centennial of Pier Paolo Pasolini: for the occasion, the Cineteca di Bologna has created Pasolini 100, a series of original video-introductions to Pasolini’s films.

The Lost Murals of Renaissance Rome at The Getty – May 31 to Sept 4

Date 06.02.2022

In Renaissance Rome, the facades of many prominent buildings were painted with spectacular narrative frescoes. Once part of the fabric of the city, only a few now remain. Using works from the Getty’s collection, including the celebrated drawings series “Early Life of Taddeo Zuccaro” in which murals play a central role, the exhibition explores this extraordinary Renaissance phenomenon. This exhibition complements Judy Baca: Hitting the Wall.

May 31 – September 4
West Pavilion, Plaza Level

Free Tickets

Free Virtual Cooking Workshop: Pranzo Vegetariano Fiorentino – June 12

Date 05.20.2022

You are all invited to make a delicious Vegetarian 3-Courses Meal Florentine style with Chef Marzia Polito, born and raised in Florence, Italy, and a Florentine cuisine expert! This is a perfect way to welcome the Summer Season: a scrumptious menu` that is at the same time light and healthy! Only Italians can pull this off!!!  Join us for a free one-hour online cooking class as chef Marzia guides students step-by-step to make this people pleaser menu`. This workshop will be conducted in English with some Italian

Date: Sunday, June 12th
Time: 10:00 am PST

Free Event


By Time Erased: Renaissance Rome and the Painted Facade – June 8

Date 06.06.2022

Rome’s painted facades were once as celebrated as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes and Raphael’s Vatican stanze. Yet these treasures of the Eternal City have now all but disappeared. Celebrating the opening of the exhibition The Lost Murals of Renaissance Rome (Getty Center, May 31 through September 4, 2022), join us for a talk with Senior Curator Julian Brooks (J. Paul Getty Museum), recreating some stunning examples of this extraordinary Renaissance phenomenon and revealing what can still be seen today in Rome.

This program is organized in collaboration with The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center.

Time: 6:00 pm PST
Location: Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles

In-Person Registration

Zoom Live Stream Registration

Family Italy 5k Fun Run Fundraiser for Fondazione Italia – June 5

Date 05.16.2022

Celebrate Italy’s National Day, la Festa della Repubblica, by joining us for a Family Italy 5k Fun Run followed by a fun-filled Italian festival packed with Italian treats and games for the little ones!

Organized by Little Italy of Los Angeles Association (LILAA) and presented by Enel X Way, the Family Italy 5k Fun Run will take place in San Pedro’s Little Italy on Sunday, June 5. The 5k run for competitive, non-competitive runners, and families starts at 8:00 am (all participants must start run no later than 8:30). The Family Italy 5k Fun Run is open to people of all ages, families with strollers and kids are most welcome for a walk in the sun (shorter course available for families). Italian Festival opens following the end of the run (approximately 9:30 am)

Everybody who registers will receive a t-shirt, medal, free pizza, complimentary glass of wine (for the over 21 crowd), and a sweet treat.

All 5k Family Fun Run registrant’s 13+ will be given the chance to win two round trip ticket from Los Angeles to Rome OR a two-night stays in a luxury hotel in Tuscany! Must be present at Italian Street Festival with bib number to win. 

Italy 5k Run registration details:

1)     On second page of online registration form you will be given the option to either pick up your bib(s) on Saturday, 4th of June in San Pedro or in West LA, or the day of the run from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. *Registrants must have a bib number and be present at the Italian Festival in order to win two R/T ticket or 2-night stay in Tuscany

2)     Group discounts for more than 15 people available!
3)     Kids 12 and under are free but you must register them for race to get a bib, t-shirt and food tickets.

REGISTER TODAY at or scan the QR code on FLYER.

A portion of the proceeds raised will be given to LILAA and Fondazione Italia, two non-profit organizations that will devote funds to scholarships, supporting Italian in schools, organizing Italian events and more to support their join mission to promote Italian language and culture.

Can’t participate in the run but you still want to donate? No problem! Please click HERE to make a donation.


Free Webinar: “The Renaissance Model-The Italian Way to Innovation” – May 27

Date 05.26.2022

Join Luca Cottini in this FREE webinar that discusses how in his late-nineteenth century journal Arte Italiana decorativa e industriale, the Italian architect Camillo Boito promoted the Renaissance patrimony of crafts, styles, and objects as a valuable source to define Italy’s peculiar way to industrial manufacture. Over the course of the twentieth century, the Italian Renaissance provided a powerful echo chamber to Italian designers and entrepreneurs, in terms of practice, vision, modes of production, and leadership styles. What is the relationship between sixteenth-century archetypes and the twentieth-century Renaissance of Italian style in fashion and design? Why does Italy’s industrial success still lie in the Renaissance model?

Friday, May 27 @ 11:30 PST


Luca Cottini is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at Villanova University, and host/creator of the Italian Innovators YouTube project. He holds a PhD from Harvard University, a MA from the University of Notre Dame, and a BA from the University of Milan. He was trained as a classical philologist in Italy, and a cultural historian in US. His interests touch upon Italian literature, visual arts, and intellectual history from the 17th to the 20th centuries, as well as on Italian industrial culture, adverting, and design. His books include a monograph on Calvino (I passaggi obbligati di Italo Calvino, Longo 2017) and a cultural history of the origins of Italian design (The Art of Objects. The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928). His YouTube work explores the Italian model of entrepreneurship and innovation through cultural profiles, interviews, and lessons across different disciplines (fashion, food, technology, sports, music, engineering).

Luca Cottini – The Renaissance Model – Poster

Italian Summer Courses for Kids & Adults Open for Enrollment!

Date 04.30.2022

Join Fondazione Italia for a fun summer together while learning and improving your Italian!

For adults we are introducing NEW classes like “Everyday Italian,” “Italian Newsroom,” “Italiano in Cucina,” and more! Classes offered for all levels.To find out more, view schedule and pricing click HERE.

For kids we have NEW courses that open kids up to new cultural adventures while learning Italian including classes on art, girl power, sports, Gernomio Stilton and more! o find out more, view schedule and pricing click HERE.

Check out all we have to offer!

Eat, Pray, Love… in Italy! Trip #2 – May 15

Date 04.30.2022

Eat, Pray, and Love in Italy is back with a second virtual trip!  Valeria Buldini is excited to take you on another virtual trip to discover the hidden treasures of the Italian Renaissance, visit the most famous balcony in literature, and learn about the history and importance of pasta including how to eat pasta like an Italian!

Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 10:00 am PST

Free Event