News & Events

Italian Tenor, Vittorio Girgolo, Performs at Hollywood Bowl on August 15

Date 08.14.2013

A must see comeback performance of Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for two nights of Verdi’s Requiem conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Vittorio Grigolo’s exceptional vocal and dramatic talents have been widely praised by the world’s press. Vittorio’s 2010 debut at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Des Grieux in Manon was described as” the most sensational debut to be heard at Covent Garden for some time.

August 15 at 8:00 pm



Win Tickets to see Italian Singing Sensation, “Il Volo” at the Gibson Ampitheater

Date 08.12.2013

“Il Volo” in Concert at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal City Walk

 Wednesday, August 28 at 8:15 pm

 Win four free tickets for you and your family or friends to see “Il Volo” (the flight), a trio of Italian operatic pop singers: Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto (tenors) and Gianluca Ginoble (baritone), who are causing a sensation in Italy and the United States!

The winner will be selected randomly among those who LIKE the “Il Volo” post on our Facebook page by August 21 at 12 pm. The winner will be announced on the Fondazione Italia Facebook page on August 21 by 3 pm.

Buona Fortuna!

Italian Short Films at the HollyShorts Film Festival – August 15-22

Date 08.08.2013

Fondazione Italia is pleased to announce that two Italian short films are being screened at The HollyShorts Film Festival!

The HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe.

Saturday, August 17 @ 7:00 pm

Directed By: Vito Palmieri (in attendance)
Italy (2012) 10 mins
In Italian with English subtitles
TCL Chinese Theatre

Monday, August 19 at 7:00 pm

Directed By: Giulio Poidomani
Italy/USA (2012)  23 mins
In Italian with English subtitles
TCL Chinese Theatre

For more information and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

Vote for Fondazione Italia to Recieve Red Tricycle Award – Voting ends August 15!

Date 08.06.2013

Fondazione Italia is in the Top Three!

Fondazione Italia has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award in the Most Awesome Kids Language Classes category  in Los Angeles and Orange County!

Please vote and help us get the word out by emailing your friends or posting on your Facebook pages!

We Need Your Vote to Win!

Voting ends August 15.

Click here to cast your vote. It’s easy!

New Online AP Italian Course for High School Students!

Date 07.31.2013

This online course is designed to be an Introduction to AP Italian Language and culture following the College Board standards required for AP level 1 and 2. Students will practice Italian and develop reading, listening and communication skills. Students will learn about Italian culture through a study of geography, social institutions, literature, art, architecture, music, cuisine, sports and other cultural aspects of Italian life. Participation in this class is via the online platform ETUDES. During designated time periods online conferences will be held to allow students to practice the language.

Class starts September 9.


For more information and to enroll CLICK HERE.

Fondazione Italia Announces 2013-2014 Grant Recipients

Date 07.29.2013

Fondazione Italia proudly announces the recipients of the Italian government funded 2013-2014 Italian Language Grant Program!

Every year grants are offered to schools in Southern California in an effort to promote and support the teaching of the Italian language and culture in schools outside of Italy. This year six elementary schools, three middle schools, and seven high schools have been awarded grants to either start an Italian Program in their schools or to support an existing program.

The following schools have been awarded a grant for the upcoming academic school year: Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Coeur D’Alene Elementary, Oxford Preparatory – Chino Hills, Oxford Preparatory – Mission Viejo, Valor Christian Academy, Washington Elementary, DeAnza Academy of Technology & the Arts, Hilltop Middle School, Mark Twain Middle School, CHAMPS Charter High School, Hilltop High School, JFK High School, Pali Charter High School, Patriot High School, San Pedro High School, Ventura High School.

For more information on this grant program and to download an application form for 2014-2015 CLICK HERE.

Visconti’s “Senso” at the Bower’s Museum July 21 @ 2:00 p.m.

Date 07.16.2013

The Italian Cultural Arts Council presents, Cinema Italiano!

Directed by Luchino Visconti

SUNDAY, July 21, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m.
(reception/refreshments at 1:30 p.m.)

Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
In the state-of-the art, ultra deluxe Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Adults $10, Students: $5 (no need to RSVP)

Venezia, spring of 1866, in the last days of the Austrian occupation. A performance of Il Trovatore ends up in confusion due to an anti-Austrian demonstration, organized by Count Ussoni. His cousin Countess Serpieri falls in love with vile Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler, but the times are changing.

In 1866, in the spring of Venice, an underground rebel movement against the Austrian occupation in Italy is getting stronger. The married Countess Livia Serpieri (Alida Valli) sees her cousin challenging the Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler (Farley Granger) for a duel in the opera and being arrested and sent to the exile for one year. When she meets Mahler, she first hates him but after a night together walking along the streets in Venice, she falls deeply in love for him, becoming his mistress. When the war starts, she moves to her property in the country missing Mahler. When he visits her during a night, she forgets her principles, decency and betrayals her cause with cruel and tragic consequences.

Fondazione Italia Nominated For Red Tricycle Award – Votaci!

Date 07.06.2013

Fondazione Italia has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2013 Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards in the Most Awesome Kids Language Classes category in Los Angeles and Orange County! We need your votes to win so help us get the word out and VOTE for us! The voting period will run from July 1 to August 15. It only takes a minute to cast your vote.

Click here to cast your vote for Fondazione Italia, Grazie!

Alitalia Offers Special Discount to AP Italian Students

Date 06.24.2013

Alitalia understands the importance of maintaining and promoting the Italian language in the United States.Therefore, thanks to a partnership between the Embassy of Italy in Washington and Alitalia, they will extend a 5% student discount dedicated to AP Italian Language students traveling in economy class from the USA to Italy with Alitalia. All students who take the Italian Advanced Placement test are eligible to receive this discount.Now that you’ve learned the language, put it to the test while immersing yourself in Italy’s culture, history, archeological sites and of course, mouth-watering cuisine. 

Alitalia currently operates nonstop service to Rome from 6 USA gateways including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York-JFK.  We also offer nonstop service to Milan-Malpensa from JFK airport.  Students traveling from cities within the United States, not serviced by Alitalia, can conveniently connect to one of our gateways with our JV partner Delta Airlines.

For more information or to purchase a dedicated Italian AP student discounted ticket, please write to Alitalia Sales

Remember to include your name and preferred contact details along with intended dates of travel, your originating USA airport and desired destination in Italy.  You must also submit your advance placement confirmation letter at time of booking.  The discount will not be applied without the confirmation letter.

Fare conditions and restrictions may apply. Alitalia reserves the right to retract this offer at any time.

Italian Immersion Summer Camp for Kids in Glendale Starts July 8th!

Date 06.24.2013

Fondazione Italia’s Italian Immersion Summer Camp in Glendale is a great way for kids ages 4-10 to learn Italian while enjoying summertime fun. Our passionate and experienced native speaking teachers serve as counselors as they lead campers from one great activity to the next – all in Italian! A week or more of our camp will definitely increase your child’s language ability!

Click on our classes page and then click on Summer Camps to find out more!