Not only is Monsignor Franco a Son of the Church, he is a son of New York and Italian immigrants. Born in the Bronx, his work has taken him all around the world, including Staten Island in the 1960’s to the Church of the Assumption on Brighton Avenue in Tompkinsville. Monsignor Franco even organized dances at the church and invited Chubby Checker,...

Tuesday, June 1, 7 to 9 pm. REGISTER HERE. Presented by Francesco Ranci, organized by Casa Belvedere. The “Festa della Repubblica” is celebrated on June 2nd because on that very day, in 1946, the Italian people went to the polls. For the first time after 20 years of Fascism, after World War II had largely destroyed the country, they had an importan...

Tuesday, May 25. 7 to 9 pm EDT. Presented by Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka. Organized by Casa Belvedere. REGISTER HERE. Much has been said about the great influence and impact that Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece – Divine Comedy – had on the Italian language and on Italian and world literature. Dante’s decision to write not in Latin, but in the dialect of hi...

Virtual Writing Workshop: Laboratorio Virtuale di Scrittura “Writing the Italian in Your Memories” Spring Edition. May 22, June 5, June 19 - 10:00-11:45am EDT. REGISTER NOW!! No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen! The fee for each workshop is $30NM-$27M There is a member discount for family members. Organized by The Italian Cultural Foun...

A special two-part virtual series on Thursdays, April 8 and 22. Presented by Carla Gambescia. 04/08 • Thursday 7 pm, Part 1: Humanizing Art – Giotto di Bondone; 04/22 • Thursday 7 pm, Part 2: Art as Propaganda in Baroque Rome. Organized by Casa Belvedere Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian C...

Learn the best gardening tips for getting your garden ready for the season!  In this short presentation, professional Landscape Designer and Garden Coach Carmen De Vito shares her best advice for preparing your garden for a successful growing season. Whether you have a small plot or an acre of space, you will learn gardening practices that will boo...

A virtual event on Saturday, March 27 at noon, presented by Anne Robichaud. REGISTER HERE!! Join us live from Assisi to discover ancient traditions connected to Holy Week. Our virtual event begins at noon on Saturday, March 27 (9 am Pacific Time, and 6 pm in Italy.) In Assisi on Good Friday night, locals and clergy begin La Processione del Cristo M...

Casa Belvedere received a $35,000 grant from the City Landmarks Preservation. The Italianate, neo-Renaissance house dates back to 1908 and was the scene for a number of women's suffrage events. However the house needs a paint job on the original 13 windows and four sets of doors. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere has been restoring...

When: Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 pm - What: Puglia: Better Than The Caribbean! Presented by Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barrella Puglia, until recently, was one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Puglia has everything: castles, fortresses, lighthouses, an abundance of seascapes in rainbow colors, beaches and rock formations that resemble moonscapes,...

02/11 • Thursday 7pm EDT• The Passion of Love, as seen in Dante’s V Canto of the Inferno. Maria Bonavita, in collaboration with actress Giusy Lo Schiavo joining us live from Rome, Italy, invites you to descend to Dante’s second circle of the Inferno to experience the intense passion of love between Paolo and Francesca, who allowed themselves to be...