In 1823, Clement Clark Moore wrote A Visit from St. Nicholas, one of the most beloved Christmas poems of all time. But, in describing a home in which “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”, Moore makes pretty clear he isn’t Italian American! Because for us, the “Night Before Christmas” means La Vigilia… or in Italian America, The Feast of...

For the Ficus trees among us, it’s time to go to sleep. So goes the “Burial of the Fig” ritual, an event happening virtually from Casa Belvedere’s Facebook page on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The Grymes Hill Italian cultural foundation will play host to a ceremony dubbed as bending or “tucking in the trees” led by fig experts like Mary Menniti of Th...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere invites the public to see its annual display of “Il Presepio Della Solidarietà,” the FDNY 9/11/01 Solidarity Crèche, beginning Friday, Dec. 10 when it will be displayed on Casa Belvedere’s front porch. The 18th century style handcrafted nativity scene was a gift of friendship and solidarity from t...

We’re kicking off Season 2 with a trip to the most Italian American Borough in New York City, the often-overlooked and overwhelmingly Italian land of Staten Island, NY! Join John, Rossella and Pat as they visit their friend Gina Biancardi, the founder of Casa Belvedere: The Italian Cultural Foundation for a day spent exploring an island so Italian...

Saturday, October 23 • Noon – 6pm, Sunday, October 24 • Noon – 5pm. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue - Staten Island, NY 10301. A fun-filled weekend for the entire family! ADMISSION $10 (Per Person At Gate) • CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE. Also, enjoy a 2-day showcase of Italian luxury, classic & performance vehicles. T...

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. - Where: The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere • 79 Howard Avenue • Staten Island, NY 10301  These unique luncheons are for true “Opera Lovers” who wish to share their passion as they spend an afternoon with others while watching a complete opera and enjoying a great meal togethe...

When: Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 pm - Where: Casa Belvedere – The Italian Cultural Foundation Homer, Dante and Shakespeare are considered giants of world literature. Of all three, however, Dante’s Divine Comedy is considered one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time. In this lecture, Professor Louis Leonini will defend this critique as he ta...

When: 10/05 Tuesday 7 pm - Where: Casa Belvedere – The Italian Cultural Foundation What: A Reading/Performance by Joanna Clapps Herman and Michela Musolino, facilitated by Maria Giura In her book When I Am Italian, Joanna Clapps Herman raises the question: To what extent can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian? The granddaughter of...

Saturdays, October 2, 16 and 30, 2021: 10:00-11:45am. The workshop will take place in the cottage on the left side of the mansion, which can be reached by following the paved sidewalk and stairs. All On-site at Casa Belvedere with Zoom option. If you are interested in participating via Zoom, email beatrice@casa-belvedere.org No experience necessary...

The docufilm “Voyage to Procida”, written by director Federico Siniscalco, is a story about sea travel and seafaring, and there is no better way to enjoy it than with a breathtaking view of New York Harbor.  The screening of the movie was hosted by Casa Belvedere, a mansion built in the early 1900s which was donated to the Italian Cultural Foundati...