Please join us for a festive Carnevale/Fat Tuesday. Dinner Program on February 28th. For your enjoyment, at 6:00 PM, we will be screening a short, yet vivid and interesting video called "The Sights & Sounds of Carnevale Celebrations in Italy" created by member and music educator, Lou Barrella. Then at 7:00 PM, you will be treated to a wonderful buf...

Apulia is the Italian region with the most Carnival celebrations: from Massafra to Gallipoli, from Dauno to Manfredonia and beyond to Poggio Imperiale, the season sees a continual succession of processions and masquerade balls. Particular mention goes to the Carnival of Putignano, a town in the Province of Bari; standing on the Murge Plateau, it is...

This year our Carnevale will be a collaboration with several other Italian organizations in the area, to be held on Saturday, February 25 at Casa Italiana.  One of the features will be a performance by children who are students in our Italian Language Program, as well as entertainment by the I-Talians, activities for children, and dinner by Osteria...

What would inspire people to book trips to Ivrea? The small city near Turin is not just your next obscure travel destination. It is an absolutely must-visit stop in the carnival season, when its distinct identity takes shape as the exciting Battle of the Oranges roars.   Oppressed peasants in the Middle Ages likely dreamed of throwing stones and pi...

18th Century, Venice. Circling about the snaky, torch-lit alleyways of the ancient city are swarms of masked men and women. Before leaving the house, members of all social ranks change their names, leaving their titles and inhibitions at the door. Men dress as women, women as men, priests pursue prostitutes, married men and women meet with lovers i...

For centuries the pre-Lent festivities of carnevale sumptuously celebrated  carne, a word that translates as both "meat' and "flesh," in every sense. However, the name comes specifically from the Latin for meat (carnem) and “take away or remove” (levare). A church decree dating back to 653 declared that anyone who ate meat during the forty days of...

When: Friday February 24, at 6:30pm Where: Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton St, San Francisco  94133 The Leonardo da Vinci Society, The Italian Cultural Institute, The San Francisco Italian Athletic Club with the support of the Italian Consulate General Cordially invite you to Carnevale 2017: Masquerade, Dinner and Dance. Enjoy a family evening...

The Italian Cultural Foundation's Carnevale Dinner Dance will be held on February 18th, 2017 at Saint Padre Pio Rosary Hall, on Dante and Cornucopia Ave. The event will run from 6:30 to 11:00 pm. Music by Lina Louie and the catering by Clorinda's Catering. Prizes for best costumes, best decorated masks, door prizes, and many other surprises are bei...

Famous in all of Italy and, above all abroad is the Carnival in the Piedmontese town of Ivrea (Province of Turin). Established in 1808, the Carnival of Ivrea is one of the oldest and most particular festivals in the world.

Mardi Gras is in full swing my friends and it's all about King Cakes, Italian Carnevale pastries and Paczki for this chef. Yes, it's time to celebrate Fat Tuesday.   Celebrations began on Epiphany and culminate on the eve of Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for fat Tuesday and refers to the practice of eating rich fatty foods before...