News & Events

K-12 Italian Art Contest Submission Deadline Extended to Oct. 15!

Date 09.22.2020

K-12 ITALIAN LANGUAGE ART CONTEST – Graffiti Art, Illustrations and Comics

In honor of the 20th edition of Week of the Italian Language in the World (October 19-25, 2020), Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles and the Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco and under the auspices of the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco, is launching an art contest that will showcase kid’s creativity and their connection to the Italian language!

Please note! This contest is for K-12 students living in California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Contest Overview

Students in grades K-12 are asked to express themselves artistically on how Italian relates to their lives. Topics that could be explored include language as it relates to family, friends, where we live, gender, bilingualism in school, politics, etc… Expressive forms such as graffiti art, illustrations, cartoons, comics, graphic novels, and children’s books are all welcome!

Bruno Donzelli

Contest Requirements

*Participating student must be enrolled in K-12

*Works must be done by the student

*Size of the submission cannot exceed 11″ x 17″

*Must live in CA, NV, NM or AZ


Cash prizes will be given to six winners, two winners will each be chosen from below age groups.

*first place winners for K-4 – $50

*first place winners for 5-8 – $75

*first place winners for 9-12 – $100

Important Dates

October 15, 2020 – NEW! Submission Deadline

October 29, 2020 – Winners announced

All submissions will be photographed and displayed to the public in a virtual gallery on Fondazione Italia, the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco websites.

Download Application

Check Out the Istituto Italiano di Cultura’s Fall Calendar of Events

Date 09.03.2020

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles continues to offer a rich online program of cultural events! Don’t miss out!

Fall Calendar or Events

B1 Citizenship Certification Courses Start Next Week

Date 09.03.2020

As of 4 December 2018, an adequate knowledge of the Italian language, at least at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (Council of Europe 2001), is required when applying for Italian citizenship through marriage or residency.

Fondazione Italia offers several online course for different levels  that focus on teaching the necessary skills to pass the CILS B1 Citizenship test.

Course Schedule & Registration

Upcoming Test Dates are: October 22, 2020 and December 3, 2020. Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to register for the exam at a testing center near them.

Fall 2020 Italian Online Classes for Kids & Adults Now Open for Enrollment!

Date 08.03.2020

Check out our Fall selection of Italian classes for kids and adults! Online courses begin in September.

Schedule of Classes

The Legacy of Ancient Rome Virtual Seminar – Aug. 30

Date 07.30.2020

Despite their demise 1500 years ago, the Romans do not cease to influence modern Western society. Join Maestra Antonella on Sunday, August 30 @ 10:00 am PST for a free virtual seminar to explore the ways  Roman civilization still effect modern Western culture and how the legacy of the Caesars is still felt in modern Western society. Registration closes on Saturday, August 29. Presentation will be in English.


Online Gelato Making Class with Gelato Festival – Aug. 23

Date 08.07.2020

Learn the secrets to making authentic Italian gelato from technique to key products with the Gelato Festival Masters. To participate, you will need to have a gelato maker (be sure to follow the machine’s instructions to prep it before using it). Cost to participate in this virtual masterclass for gelato lovers is $50. Once registered participants will receive ingredients for two flavors and instructions. Please note: Gelato Festival can only delivery ingredients within Los Angeles County. If you do not live in Los Angeles County you can opt to choose the “Simply Watch the Masterclass” option when registering. 

Register Today!

This Gelato Masterclass is organized by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West and made possible by the True Italian Taste campaign.

Italian Cooking Hacked! Gnocchi alla Romana – Aug. 12

Date 07.30.2020

Join Deborah Graci on August 12 at 12:00 pm PST as she walks you through this free virtual cooking lesson on how to make Semolina Gnocchi alla Romana, one of the most famous first courses originated in Lazio, Italy. This delicious and nutritious recipe is simple to prepare and can be brought to the table with many different seasonings. Presentation is in English. Register by August 11.


History of the Vespa Virtual Seminar – August 1

Date 07.15.2020

August 1 @ 6:00 pm PST – Join us for a free virtual presentation on the history of the iconic Italian scooter, the Vespa! Vespa enthusiast and historian, Emilio Pesce, will take you through the origins of the Vespa, its importance to the Italian economy, culture and lifestyle and explain the Vespa’s enduring appeal and popularity in Italy and all over the world. Presentation will be in English.


From Italy with Laughter: A Comedy Film Festival – July 31 through Sept. 5

Date 07.30.2020

The Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles is happy to promote a series of Italian comedies premieres in the South West, with 2 movies playing online once each weekend, from July 31 until September 5, 2020.

Sign up here to receive the screening invites

IIC members and Lingua Viva Students will receive exclusive early invites. 

Registration required. Limited Seating. Each movie is available to the first 300 registrants who will receive a link & password valid only for the specified date and time. All films in Italian with English subtitles and accessible only from the US.

Presented in collaboration with film distributor True Colors.


Friday, July 31, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2019 | 109′
Directed by Giovanni Veronesi, starring Pierfrancesco Favino, Valerio Mastandrea, Rocco Papaleo, Sergio Rubini, Margherita Buy, Alessandro Haber, Matilde Gioli, Giulia Bevalacqua, Lele Vannoli, Valeria Solarino.

Saturday, August 1 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2019 | 92′
Directed by Gianni Costantino, starring Roberto Lipari, Luca Zingaretti, Monica Guerritore.

Friday, August 7 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2020 | 93′
Directed by Guido Chiesa, starring Valentina Lodovini, Neri Marcorè, Libero De Rienzo, Nicola Nocella.

Saturday, August 8 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2019 | 107′
Directed by Alessandro Siani, starring Alessandro SIani, Stefania Spampinato, Giovanni Esposito, Sara Ciocca.

Friday, August 14 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2019 | 96′
Directed by Giancarlo Fontana e Giuseppe G. Stasi , starring Claudio Bisio, Sarah Felberbaum, Pietro Sermonti, Paolo Calabresi.

Saturday, August 15 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2020 | 84′
Directed by Lillo & Greg starring Lillo Petrolo, Claudio Gregori, Anna Foglietta, nominated for the Italian Golden Globe’20 for Best Comedic Actress for the role and master of Ceremony at the 2020 Venice Film Festival

Friday, August 21 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2018 | 92′
Directed by Francesco Falaschi, starring Vinicio Marchioni, Valeria Solarino, Luigi Fedele, Nicola Siri, Mirko Frezza, Benedetta Porcaroli, Gianfranco Gallo, Alessandro Haber, Lucia Batassa, Giuseppe Laudisa.

Saturday, August 22 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2017 | 109′
Directed by Carlo Verdone, starring Carlo Verdone, Ilenia Pastorelli.

Friday, August 28 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2018 | 100′
Directed by Alessandro Aronadio, starring Edoardo Leo, Margherita Buy, Giuseppe Battiston, Massimiliano Bruno, Giulia Michelini.

Saturday, August 29 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2018 | 87′
Directed by Christian Marazziti, starring Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Ricky Memphis, Carolina Crescentini, Stefano Fresi, Antonia Liskova, Maurizio Mattioli, Giulia Elettra Gorietti.

Friday, September 4 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2018 | 98′
Directed by Valerio Attanasio, starring Sergio Castellitto, Guglielmo Poggi, Elena Sofia Ricci, Clara Alonso.

Saturday, September 5 | 8:00 PM
Italy 2017 | 102′
Directed by Francesca Archibugi, starring Claudio Bisio, Antonia Truppo, Cochi Ponzoni, Gaddo Bacchini.

08 Path to AP® Italian Exam Prep Course – Online

Date 07.22.2020

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Wednesday November 4, 2020 – Wednesday December 16, 2020

Virtual Classroom

View MapMap and Directions | Register


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. During this 6-week course students will work to strengthen the grammar and language structure skills specifically required by the AP® Italian Language & Culture exam  and improve their comprehension and conversation levels. This course is a precursor to our AP® Italian Language & Culture exam offered in January 2021 that will teach to specifically to the exam. Please contact us to request an assessment test before enrolling.

Class Dates: Nov. 4, 11, 18 / Dec. 2, 9, 16

Time: Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm PST

*AP® is a registered trademark of The College Board which is not affiliated with this course.