News & Events

19th Edition of the Italian Language Week in the World

Date 10.03.2019

The Week of the Italian Language in the World is an event promoted yearly by the cultural and diplomatic network in the third week of October. It focuses on a theme that acts as the leitmotif of a vast cultural program to promote the diffusion of the Italian language. The initiative was launched in 2001 through the joint action of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Accademia della Crusca, which was subsequently joined by the Swiss Confederation, where Italian is one of the country’s official languages. During these past eighteen years, the Week of the Italian Language in the World has ended up representing the Foreign Ministry’s privileged Italian promotion channel in terms of the number of activities simultaneously organized all over the world. This success story is due to the growing engagement of the Italian and Italian-speaking communities abroad, along with local cultural institutions and a host of writers, poets, artists, teachers and academics who have passionately enlivened all the past editions by taking part in hundreds of conferences, meetings, lectures, refresher courses, thus opening a cultural and intercultural dialogue with other writers, artists, intellectuals and representatives of civil society in a large number of Countries. Since 2013, the theme of the Week has dealt with the world of business and culture, highlighting the link between language and creativity.

The 19th edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World, scheduled to take place from 21 to 27 October 2019, will be dedicated to “Italian and the stage”.

For events in Los Angeles visit the Italian Cultural Institute website.

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

Date 10.01.2019

The Getty Villa is modeled on the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy, which was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Exhibition ends on October 28, 2019.

This exhibition presents rare original artifacts and traces attempts to unroll and decipher the carbonized papyri found during the latest excavations.

On June 27, Francesco Sirano, Director of Herculaneum Archaeological Site, will hold a special presentation on the Villa dei Papiri and the exceptionally preserved city of Herculaneum

Free, advance ticket required.

Info and tickets at 

Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the IIC and Parco Archeologico di Ercolano.

Taste of Italy 2019 – Oct. 12 Discount available!

Date 09.18.2019

Join IAMLA on October 12th for Los Angeles’ premiere food and wine event to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles! You won’t want to miss a fun evening of Italian #cuisine, #entertainment, and #culture.

It’s IAMLA’s 11th Annual Taste of Italy!

For tickets and info, visit

Discount code FONDITALIA5  gets you $5 off General Admission

General Admission – ADULT – ($65.00) with code is $60 at the door $ 70 No discount code at the door

– Admission into the event
– 6 Food tickets
– 6 Beverage tickets
Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

FONDITALIA20 $20 off Premiere Admission

Premiere Tickets ($135.00) with code is $115 at the door is $145 No discount code at the door

– Admission through red carpet entrance
– Photo on the red carpet
– 10 Food tickets
– 10 Beverage tickets
– Gift bag
– Welcome cocktail and special appetizer

Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

** Please note, Premiere Admission Tickets do NOT provide RESERVED SEATING or a reserved table at the event.
General seating will be available.

***Age verification is required upon entrance for all guests who appear to be under 40 years of age.  



Los Angeles Italian Festival – Oct. 6

Date 09.23.2019

Unveiling San Pedro’s NEW Little Italy – Oct. 5

Date 09.30.2019

Join LA councilman Joe Buscaino, Alessandro Del Piero and Joe Mantegna as they unveil new Little Italy district in San Pedro on Saturday, October 5 from 5:00 – 10:00 PM.

Free event with food and chance to win two business-class tickets to Italy on Air Italy!

Gelato Festival West Hollywood is Sept. 28-29!

Date 09.27.2019

Gelato Festival America is gathering local and visiting Gelato Artisans at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center. Join them from 11am to 7pm on September 28th and 29th for all you can eat competing gelato flavors, made fresh on-site in the world’s largest mobile frozen dessert laboratory.

Every ticket-holding guest gets a vote and the opportunity to participate in all festival activities, including Eating Contests, Scoop Stacking, and other games for the whole family! The Gelato Artisan with the most votes wins a gold medal and continues the journey towards the industry’s ultimate stage: Gelato Festival World Masters 2021.

20% off ticket price with PROMO CODE IACCW20

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!