Thursday, January 29, 2015

CCR Walks with Olivia: Constantine and the Arco di Malborghetto - February 8, 2015

All Italian school children are taught that Constantine beat his rival Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge in the year 312 AD, ushering in a new era in Western Europe. Very few people have actually visited one of the few extant sites linked to the momentous battle -- the Malborghetto Arch, at km 19 along the Via Flaminia, which was erected by a thankful Constantine as a four-sided triumphal monument to mark the place where he pitched his camp before the fateful battle. The arch was walled up and turned into a medieval “casale” or fortified farm house, which was bought by a “pomatarius” or herbalist, to whom it owes its present castle-like appearance, and was only identified in the early 1900s. We will visit the small museum inside, and chart the story of the arch and its history.

When: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Time & Meeting Place: 10:15 a.m. at Sacrofano railway station parking lot. The 9:30 commuter train from Piazzale Flaminio arrives at Sacrofano at 9:57. 
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 for non-members for the guided tour. Please bring exact change, as this will greatly facilitate the process for everyone.
RVSP required by Wednesday, February 4th:  ATTN Joe at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NOTE: Please bring correct change, familiarize yourself with the meeting place ahead of time and make sure you are ready to depart promptly.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CCR Wine-tasting: Wines from Friuli-Venezia Giulia - February 14, 2015

For this special day we are heading to the northeastern part of Italy. Known for its high quality whites and elegant reds, the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region produces wines that are perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day. We’ll be tasting both whites and reds, and, as always, we will share a light dinner and enjoy ‘les fonds de bouteilles’ at the end of the tasting.

Where: Residence of CCR members (Trastevere area -- details will be sent to registered participants)
When: Saturday February 14, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  €25 for members (€35 for non-members)
RSVP to Linda and Paul at
Please note that you are financially responsible for your reservation. 

Each session is given in French and Italian and focuses on a specific theme relative to Italian wines.

Daniele Maestri, well-known Italian sommelier and a favorite among CCR members for his knowledgeable and lively presentations, will again lead this lecture and wine-tasting. For those interested in ‘wining and dining’, Daniele is one of the editors of “Bibenda – Vini I’Italia” -- a guide to Italian wines produced by the Italian Sommelier Foundation.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

An Evening of Song - January 31, 2015

Our next outing will be an evening enjoying live music at a Via Veneto area club! Fellow Canadian and CCR member Tonia Szkurhan, who many of you will remember from last year's Canada Day picnic, is a young singer who has been studying and performing in Rome for over a year now. She's joining forces with San Francisco native and singer/songwriter Lucia Comnes for what promises to be a great concert at the beautiful Josephine Bistrot.

Their set will include popular, rock and folk music, including some Canadian classics. Marco Piazzolla will be accompanying them on guitar.

When: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: 8 p.m.
Josephine Bistrot, Via L. Bissolati 34 (near the American Embassy and Metro Barberini).
Cost: €15 for the concert and the aperitivo including a drink and the appetizer buffet.
RSVP: by Wednesday 28th January 2015 to (CC Reserving will ensure you can join the CCR's table. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

CCR Winter Aperitivo - January 21, 2015

CCR's next aperitivo will take us to an area of the city that is both a classic Roman neighbourhoud and a trendy food and entertainment destination, Testaccio. We'll be tasting the creations of the kitchen at Ketumbar, which highlights organic, seasonal produce in its (mostly vegetarian) aperitivo buffet, within a very spacious contemporary décor and with a view of the ancient Roman pottery of the Monte dei Cocci (the Testaccio Hill).

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 7 p.m. on
Where: Via Galvani 24 (Testaccio)

Cost: €10 (includes 1 cocktail/wine/standard beer plus appetizer buffet) or €12 for those choosing a craft beer or cocktail containing premium spirits.
RSVP: by 19 Jan. 2015, ATTN Anna at Reserving will ensure you are included in the CCR's seating area.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CCR Special Permit with Olivia: Livia's Villa at Prima Porta - January 18, 2015

After the death of her husband, Emperor Augustus, on 19 August of the year 14 A.D., Empress Livia retired to a large and beautiful villa north of the city of Rome at the 9th mile of the Via Flaminia. The villa was discovered again in the18th century, and soon yielded wonderful works of art, some of them still recognized today as fundamental to understanding the Augustan period. It was here that, after Augustus's death, the Imperial Cult was codified and turned into a powerful political weapon. Our visit takes place after important restorations marking the 2000th anniversary of Augustus's death.

When: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Cost: €14 for CCR members, €19 for non-members. N.B. Please bring exact change, as this will greatly facilitate the process for everyone. 
RVSP required by Wednesday, January 14th, ATTN Joe or Peter at or Olivia Ercoli at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NOTES: Max 20 people allowed. Car pooling will be organized as the location close to Prima Porta cemetery is not easy to reach with public transport.
Please bring correct change, familiarize yourself with the meeting place ahead of time and make sure you are ready to depart promptly.