- February 8th, 2012: The Grand Tour in collaboration with The Geographical Society. Slide presentation and Italian Cena. Link

– February 9, 2012:

Getting Ahead: Immigrant, business, and Athnic Identity -

National Museum of American Jewish History. Leading scholars explore the experiences of Italians, Jews, Koreans, and others, as they pursue the American Dream.



: November 2, 2010 – January 16, 2011 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974 Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italian, born 1933) is widely recognized in Europe as one of its most influential contemporary artists and is increasingly gaining recognition in the United States. More

  • * * C H R I S T M A  S   P A R T Y !! * *

FRIDAY Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with the ZAMPOGNARI (Bagpipe players) for authentic Italian folk Christmas music!

Please, RSVP at 215 735 3250 by Dec. 7


  • LECTURE: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.: Ambra Vintage: History of a Handbag (In English)

Ambra Amati Wasserman: Show, Informal Lecture,  and Sale

Ambra will talk about her primo amore as a young girl: a toy sewing machine.  After marrying Jack and moving to   New York and Connecticut, …. Ambra Amati

  • LECTURE: Thursday, November 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. LA BELLA SIENA (in English)

Please join us for a special slide presentation about Siena, Tuscany, by Luca Bonomi, from Società Dante Alighieri, School of Siena.  Mr. Bonomi will give an inside look at the beauty and the art of this ancient city, with its tradition, the Palio, and of course about the wonderful Tuscan food.

Participants of the Springtime in Tuscany tour will have the pleasure of meet Luca again in Siena during the special cooking class which will be held at the Dante Alighieri School.


Columbus Day Celebration! Free books about Italy and Italian language (more here).


Thursday, Oct 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the AIS Office

Decameron” LIVE

presentation of the new opera with the presence of the Baritono Ignazio Desimone, who will sing arias from the opera!

Decameron Heroes: Ciappelletto, Maso del Saggio, Prince Tancredi, Nastagio degli Onesti and Marquis di Saluzzo, Ignazio DeSimone, baritone, Maestro Gianmaria Griglio, Musical Director of IOT, Karen Saillant, Artistic Director of IOT.

Will you host? They come from Italy,…. (more)


Fabrizia Lanza is in Philly and a 10% discount at FORK Restaurant for AIS MEMBERS on Sunday, October 24! click here


They come from Italy,Japan, Korea and Lithuania, and International Opera Theater is seeking friendly Philadelphia’s (and opera lovers!) who would enjoy sharing an American cultural experience by hosting one or two of the five people: four singers and the maestro (two women and three men).  All are fluent Italian speakers; the maestro is from Italy and speaks English, and the others have little, or no English (so you can try out international gestures & sign language!).

Hosting would be for two or four weeks – they arrive in Philadelphia on October 17th and leave on November 15th and 16th. The performances are November 12, 13, 14 and the hosts, of course, are invited to see Decameron as their guests!   If you are interested in hosting, email info@internationaloperatheater.org or call Karen at 215 545 4385


The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, with the collaboration of the AIS, presents

NOTTI SALENTINE: Puglia’s Pizzica music by Khaossia

AT THE SOCIETY: October 4th, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. – PIZZICATA

A movie by Edoardo Winspeare. Italy, 1996, color, 93 min. in Italian. At the America-Italy Society’s office with the participation of the Khaossia Artists for Q&A

The film’s title, Pizzicata, combines the words pizzica (the dance of joy and love) and tarantata (the dance of death). Director Edoardo Winspeare a native of this poor area in the heel of southern Italy, has made the first film ever shot in the Salentino region and brilliantly portrays local dances, songs and traditions. Compared by many to Il Postino, Winspeare’s film is as sensual, beautiful and romantic as the culture itself.

Khaossia’s music. SALENTO’S PIZZICA From The Wall Street Journal


October 1st, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. – Music and Dance by Khaossia

Art After5 @ Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia.

Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm – Ristorante Italiano “BUONA VIA”

426 Horsham Road HORSHAM, PA 19044 Tel 215.672.5595 www.buonaviaristorante.com

Menu’ pugliese with 4 courses (appetizer + pasta o risotto + meat or fish+ dessert and coffee).  $ 40 per person. If not hungry, have a drink at the bar and listen to music!


On May 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

The AIS invites its members to a slide presentation at the Racquet Club:

San Vincenzo al Volturno

Lecturer: Richard Hodges, Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Thursday, May 6, 2010  5:30—6:00 p.m.  Reception    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Program

Racquet Club,  215 South 16th Street,  Philadelphia. PA 19102

On YOU TUBE a lecture by prof. Hodges about San Vincenzo al Volturno in Italian. You tube part 1 & part 2

Reservations are required.

If attending, please call 215 735 3250 or email to info@aisphila.org


Thursday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. at Chapel of Saint Joseph – Saint Joseph’s University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

alpiniIl Bel Canto tra Sacro e Profano.

An encounter between sacred music, performed by Saint Joseph’s University Concert Choir,and Italian folk music, performed by the Italian Choir “CoroAnaRoma” (Un coro di Alpini).

On Youtube: CoroAnaRoma.

Organized by Saint Joseph University, il Consolato Generale d’Italia a Filadelfia, and cosponsored (among others) by the AIS.


Friday, March 19, 6:00 p.m. at the AIS office

Americhe. Final day of a picture exhibition by photographer Francesco Nonino.

The exhibition is currently open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Presentation to the public on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

Reception at 6:00 p.m. – Slide presentation at 6:30 p.m.


Photographer Francesco Nonino’s contemporary portraits feature individuals who migrated to the United States from the Pordenone province in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeastern Italy. The subjects are immigrants and their children living in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey. The exhibition …

Louis Colussi, Philadelphia


WE DID IT !! 13 hours and 4 minutes. We read all 14,000-plus verses.

“The Divine Comedy,” read nonstop.

On tour with Dante of hell, heaven, points between

By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer

The people at Bryn Athyn College went straight to hell yesterday. It was just before 1:30 on a beautiful afternoon at the leafy Montgomery County campus, and by sometime early this morning, they planned to be well out. More

From “Corriere dellla Sera”, Sunday, January 10, 2010 http://www.corriere.it/solferino/severgnini/10-01-10/07.spm:

A Filadelfia, la Divina Commedia degli Italians!

Caro Beppe e cari Italians, per tenerci caldi in questo gelido inverno, abbiamo deciso di battere un record: negli Stati Uniti non è mai stata letta pubblicamente tutta la Divina Commedia in un’unica soluzione. E noi ci proviamo sabato 16 gennaio a Bryn Athyn, vicino a Filadelfia. Organizzati dal grande Duncan Pitcairn, i lettori saranno uno psichiatra, un prete, uno studente di college, un professore, un presidente di college, un’insegnante d’italiano (io), un dottorando, un latinista. Presentazione a cura della professoressa Victoria Kirkham, mediovalista dell’University of Pennsylvania. Riusciranno i nostri eroi a trovar “l’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle” ?
Franca Riccardi

Quando arrivate a “Ahi serva Italia, di dolore ostello, nave sanza nocchiere in gran tempesta, non donna di province, ma bordello!” (Purgatorio canto VI), fateci un fischio.

Beppe Severgnini

We have an absolute cultural first coming up in a few days. The AIS is co-sponsoring America’s first attempt to read 14danteDante’s entire “Divina Commedia” in one day. This marathon will start at 1pm on Saturday January 16 at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Bryn Athyn, PA. Ten readers will be your guides through the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, and introduce you to a veritable who’s-who of Medieval Italian personalities. Readings are in English, with some sections in Italian to sample the original Tuscan sweetness of this literary masterpiece.

December 4, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m. FESTA DI NATALE. Panettone, prosecco, musica tradizionale italiana e….Tanti Auguri!

Maggio 2009

Amerita Chamber Players Concert
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. Beth Zion Temple, 18th&Spruce, Philadelphia Free Admission Guest Artist: Frank Ferraro, trumpet

Friday, May 8 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Martha Madigan: Infiorate: An artist prospective on carpet painting in Italy. A slide presentation in the Society’s office

Marzo 2009

Cooking Class in Italian with Chef Luca Garutti at the restaurant L’Oca Italian Bistro

Try one or all of this Northern Italy specialties from 3 different regions:

- March 11,  Val D’Aosta:
Gnocchetti Armenville & Crespelle Valdostane
- March 18 Valtellina:
Sformato di cavolfiori con Gamberetti & Pizzoccheri
- March 25 Piemonte:
Bagna Cauda & Malfatti di Ricotta
Class will start at 10:30 a.m. at L’Oca Italian Bistro, 2025 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia.Lunch at 12:30 p.m. We’ll provide the material and written instruction. $60 per lesson with lunch; $165 for 3 lessons with lunch For information, please call the America-Italy Society at 215 735 3250


Infiorate, which literally means “carpets of flowers,” Is celebrated all over Italy in late spring to early summer, in towns all over Italy, to commemorate the feast

of Corpus Domini. This holiday is celebrated with the most incredible vibrant and colorful display of flower petal paintings, created all over the streets of many different Italian towns. The Infiorate in Spello and Calvi in Umbria, Noto, in Sicly, and Genzano di Roma in Lazio will be presented. The history and contemporary expression of the Infiorate will be covered. This lecture will be richly illustrated with many images

Slide presentation given by MARTHA MADIGAN March 4th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show “Bella Italia”, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. A display of the Artist’s work will be at the AIS office from March 2nd to April 30, 2009. On March 6th at 5:30 p.m. there will be a reception for members at the Society’s office in honor of Martha Madigan. RSVP at 215 735 3250.

Martha Madigan is an artist and professor and chair of the Photography Department at Tyler School of Art/Temple University since 1979. From 2004 to 2006 Martha lived, taught and worked as an artist in Rome. During this time Martha photographed all over Italy. Her work is collected by museums around the world, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and many others.

January 2009

FRESH RESPONSES FROM AN OLD TALE: An American Impressionist in Umbria An exhibition by Barbara Rosin At the AIS office, from January 15 to February 28, 2009

Workshop for teachers of Italian

The Ente Gestore-America-Italy Society and Giorgio Galanti, Director of the Education Office at the Consulate General of Italy in Filadelfia are organizing a workshop for teachers of Italian, grades K-12, in the office of the America-Italy Society (1420 Walnut Street, Suite 310). The workshop will be free of charge and the teachers will receive materials, books, a continental breakfast and a light lunch. 

“A Content-based, Multimedia Approach to the Teaching of Italian Language and Culture. Teaching and Learning Strategies.”

This workshop, held by Prof. Marini-Maio, Assistant Professor of Italian, Italian Studies Coordinator, Dickinson College, will focus on a cultural theme (genders in Italian culture- the Italian family ) shows how to stimulate culturally meaningful discussions, work on discrete points of the language, and teach reading and listening strategies for the Italian classroom. The trainer will use realia (readings, audio- and video-clips), and will provide the participants with practical suggestions and materials to be used with their students.”

Meetings are on Saturdays January 31, February 28, March 28, and May 16, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We look forward to hear from you and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question. RSVP at 215 735 3250

Andrea Palladio, Architect: Life, Works, Legacy

Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) stands out in history as one of the first of a new breed, the professional architect, and one whose supreme visions continue to capture the collective imagination of the western world for their harmony, refinement, and sense of universality. This illustrated slide lecture will touch on Palladio’s unassuming personal life and the trajectory of his professional career. Principal focus, however, will be on his prolific works, the design principles he conceived and followed, and how he rose to become one of the most admired and influential architects of all times. Lecturer Tony Junker is a Philadelphia architect and writer who leads tours and speaks widely on Italian architecture, with emphasis on the Renaissance era. He has spoken before the America Italy Society in earlier years on the architecture of Michelangelo and the architecture of Italian hill towns. Tony served as director of a recent study tour of Palladio’s villas, palaces and churches in the Veneto region and Venice. His talk will include fresh new photographic images of Palladio’s major works.

Inside the Tuscan Hills Filmed by Dakkan Abbe. Produced and Narrated Live by John Wilson.

January 28th, 2009 Performances: 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket Orders: please call 610-649-5220 S 12 for Geographical Society and America-Italy Society members,    $ 14 for general public.

Pranzo e Chiacchiere

Da “Ernesto’s 1521 cafe” il 30 gennaio,2009 alle 12:30

Antipasto della famiglia, piatto principale, dolce, vino e caffe’! Il tutto per $ 35 ($ 40 per non membri)

Please, RSVP and pay by Wednesday January 28, 2009 Ernesto’s 1521 Cafe’, 1521 Spruce Street, Philadelphia



Prosecco, Panettone e musica: gli Zampognari ! Special Guests: the Italian Bagpipe Duo in traditional Calabrian attire. From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. RSVP by December 5th, 2008

“History of  the Sicilian Cuisine” A talk by Fabrizia Tasca Lanza Monday, December 8th, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the AIS main office www.annatascalanza.com


Visit the wonderful exhibition of Barbara Liberto Mimnaugh at the Society! “My abiding interest is the engagement of the human figure in the small events of life.  I like to get on the edge, somewhere between real and imaginary, amusing and disturbing…”


The Annual Vittorini Award ceremony. Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 Location: Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania

A slide presentation by Robert L.C. Fisher entitled “La dolce vista”: Magical Gardens and Gateways of Capri and the Amalfi Coast” at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Collaboration with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia. Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Location: Academy of Natural Sciences Time: 6:30 pm

OPEN HOUSE!! at the America-Italy Society. Come to visit our new place! You will meet our teachers, and we will answer your questions. With a glass of wine …. Italian wine, of course! Date: May 5-6, 2008 5:00 to 7:00 pm


A culinary program at DiBruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut Street. Further Details to be announced. Date: May 8, 2008. Location: DiBruno Bros; 1730 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Time: 4:00 pm


Amerita Chamber Players Concert of 17th and 18th century Italian music with a bassoon soloist. Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Location: Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel Time: 8:00 pm -10:00 pm

OPEN HOUSE!! at the America-Italy Society. Come to visit our new place! You will meet our teachers, and we will answer your questions. With a glass of wine …. Italian wine, of course! Date: July 21-22, 2008 5:00 to 7:00 pm

OPEN HOUSE!! at the America-Italy Society. Come to visit our new place! You will meet our teachers, and we will answer your questions. With a glass of wine …. Italian wine, of course! Date: October 6-7, 2008 5:00 to 7:00 pm

CHRISTMAS PARTY & OPEN HOUSE!! at the America-Italy Society. We would love to have you as our guest to party with us and wish you a Merry Christmas!!! You will meet our teachers, and we will answer your questions. With a glass of wine …. Italian wine, of course! Date: December 12, 2008 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Amerita Chamber Players Concert of 17th and 18th century Italian music with a mandolin soloist. Date: Wednesday, March5, 2008 Location: Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel Time: 8:00 pm -10:00 pm

OPEN HOUSE!! at the America-Italy Society. Come to visit our new place! You will meet our teachers, and we will answer your questions. With a glass of wine …. Italian wine, of course! Date: February 18-19, 2008 5:00 to 7:00 pm

“Pranzo e chiacchiere Reservation and payment by Wednesday Feb. 20. Cost is $ 30 for members, $ 32 for non-members. Un primo, un secondo, il dolce e un buon espresso… Date: Friday, February 22, 2008 Location: “Joe Pesce”  1113 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Amerita Chamber Players Date: Wednesdays, February 21, and April 18, 2007 Location: Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel Time: 8:00 pm Free admission Duo Alterno On April 12, 2007 at 7:30 pm with reception to follow. A program of 18th and 19th century popular Italian songs with soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and composer/pianist Riccardo Piacentini. Presented in collaboration with the Italian Consulate General at the Philadelphia Ethical Society.

“Parliamo Inglese” From April 20 to April 30, the Society will host a group of Italian students who will visit Philadelphia and enroll in a short English language course in the AIS offices.

The 2007 Vittorini Awards Ceremony For undergraduate distinction in Italian at the University of Pennsylvania. Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

The Medici Dukes “in Love” Illustrated talk by Carl Strehlke, curator of the Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, on The Medici Dukes “in Love” and their Portraits by Pontormo and Bronzino, on Friday, April 27, 2007, at the Racquet Club.

Views of Italy Gabriella Romani, assistant Professor of Italian at Seton Hall University, will discuss “Views of Italy: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers, Readers, and the Making of Italy“. On Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at the Racquet Club

Discussion on Italian Market The investment firm Charles Schwab and Co.Tuesday, May 8, Reading Room of the Racquet Club at 6:00 pm. Three international investment specialists will discuss the Italian Market.

Daytrip to New York City On Wednesday, December 13th 2006, the Society will sponsor a daytrip to New York City to visit:

1) at the Guggenheim Museum an exhibition by Lucio Fontana
2) at the Frick Collection an exhibition about Cimabue and Early Italian Devotional Painting and Tiepolo (1727-1804): A New Testament
3)    at the Museum of Modern Art an exhibition about Rossellini on Paper


We will accompany the guests to and from the museum. Included in the price is the bus transportation, the exhibition ticket and guide services. Cost is $ 95. RSVP by December 8th, 2006 at 215-735-3250

Spring 2006 The America-Italy Society invites Members to its annual lecture series. On these occasions renowned authorities talk about Italian history, politics, fine arts, literature, archeology, etc. These programs keep the membership informed about current events and trends in Italy as well as enhancing their understanding of Italy’s colorful history. These lectures are preceded by receptions, which enable members to meet the speakers.

Daytrip to New York City On Saturday, January 14th, the Society will sponsor a daytrip to New York City. Fra Angelico exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We will accompany the guests to and from the museum. Included in the price is the bus transportation, the exhibition ticket and guide services. Cost: approximately $ 75. Members will receive a 5 percent discount.

Amerita Chamber Players Concert of 17th & 18th century Italian music with Philadelphia Orchestra. Violinist Jennifer Haas as guest artist. Date: Wednesday, March 22 Location: Temple Beth Zion – 18th & Spruce Street 8:00 pm Free admission

The Pantheon: One of Rome’s best known buildings (or is it?) An illustrated talk by Lothar Haselberger, Professor, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania. Date: Wednesday, April 5 Location: Racquet Club (215 So. 16th Street, Philadelphia) 5:15 – 6:00 pm cash bar 6:00 – 7:00 pm lecture Member: Free | Non Members: $10

The Vittorini Awards Ceremony For undergraduate distinction in Italian at the University of Pennsylvania. Date: Tuesday, April 25 Location: Franklin Room – Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Amerita Chamber Players Concert of 17th & 18th century Italian music with Philadelphia Orchestra. Cellist Efe Baltacigil as guest artist. Date: Wednesday, April 26 Location: Temple Beth Zion – 18th & Spruce Street 8:00 pm Free admission

Very Contemporary: Art in Today’s Italy An illustrated talk by Marcia Vetrocq, Director, Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York City. Date: Wednesday, May 3 Location: Racquet Club (215 So. 16th Street, Philadelphia) 5:15 – 7:00 pm

Around the Tuscan Table: Food, Family and Gender An illustrated talk by Carole Counihan, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Millersville University. Date: Wednesday, May 31st Location: Racquet Club (215 So. 16th Street, Philadelphia) 5:15 – 7:00 pm

All events are subject to change. Society’s Members will receive detailed additional information at a later date. If attending, please call (215) 735-3250 or email: info@aisphila.org

Founded in 1956, the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia is celebrating 53 years of dedication to increasing American appreciation of the many aspects of Italian life and culture. The Society sponsors a variety of educational and cultural programs designed to create interest and friendship between our two countries.