Thursday, September 18, 2014

CCR 2014-2015 Official Season Opening - September 25, 2014

The official opening of the Canadian Club of Rome will take place at the Official Residence of H.E. Peter McGovern, Ambassador of Canada, and Mrs Sharon McGovern, CCR Patrons of Honour.

The open bar will be serving prosecco, white and red wine, juices, and still and sparkling water.

There will be a wide variety of locally-sourced, organic finger foods. 

Kindly provided by Vinamor

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Where: The gardens of the Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada to Italy, Via di Porta San Sebastiano 
Cost: CCR members €25 each, guests €35 each, including all food and drinks (Vinamor on Facebook)

N.B. This event is open to guests only if accompanied by fully paid and registered CCR members. 
Security: Mandatory registration of all participants. Please note that due to security requirements we will need the full name of each person attending at the time of booking. Also, it is required that you have photo ID the evening of the event. Unfortunately anyone arriving without the required ID will be denied entrance. 
RSVP no later than 5 p.m. September 23rd to You are financially responsible for your reservation. – There are a limited number of spaces. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

CCR Book Club - October 14, 2014

NB: Corrected date!

The first meeting of the CCR Book Club of the 2014-2015 season will take place on October the 1st and, as usual, it will be at the home of one of our regular participants. We will be discussing our summer "book assignment": David Grossman's "To the end of the land."

When: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Piazza Bologna area -- exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Nicoletta know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito

On a related note, avid readers in Rome will be thrilled to hear that Margaret Atwood will speak at the Teatro Argentina on Wednesday, September 17th at 9 p.m. Entrance is free. This event is being held in relation to the publication of  her book  L'altro inizio (title of the Italian translation), published by Ponte alle Grazie.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

CCR Membership Renewal Aperitivo - September 18, 2014

Once again we've decided to combine a post-summer break aperitivo at Rokko Japanese Restaurant with an excellent opportunity for ongoing CCR members to renew their membership for 2014-2015. We'll have a glass of prosecco, a cocktail and Japanese appetizers -- and it's on the CCR for all last year's members coming to renew AND for all those starting new memberships. But you're welcom to bring along your curious friends who just want to met some veritable Canadians! The more the merrier.

This is also an ideal time to pay for the official grand opening at the Canadian Ambassador's Official Residence, set for September 25, 2014.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2013
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Rokko Japanese Restaurant, Passeggiata di Ripetta, 15 (Rome centre, near Piazza del Popolo), tel. (+39) 06 3223414
Cost: No cost to renewing and new CCR members; €6 for Non-members
RSVP by noon on the 16th
For the eighth year straight, CCR membership fees have remained frozen! Categories and costs here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

CCR Walks with Olivia: The Via Ostiensis and Giovannipolis - September 14, 2014

Archaeological excavations continue to reveal more detail about the complex historical period of the Early years of Christianity – and to raise more questions! On this walk we explore Saint Paul's Basilica, and the via Ostiensis. A special permit allows us to enter the Necropoli Ostiense, a large pagan necropolis dating from Republican times destined to house Christian burials after St Paul was buried nearby, supposedly in year 68 or 69 AD. We also visit an Early Medieval archaeological site which has come to light under the basilica complex opened in 2013, which includes a convent, an oratory and many clues of the hard life of Early Medieval inhabitants of the fortified Giovannipolis, as this settlement came to be known.

When: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Time: 9:45 a.m. Please be punctual as the permit is for 10:00 a.m. sharp and we cannot wait for latecomers. Those who would like to meet for coffee beforehand, please join us at 9:30 a.m. (address sent to confirmed participants). 
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 for non-members for the guided tour. Entrance fee for the necropolis: €4. Entrance fee for St Paul's Basilica excavations: €2. Please bring exact change for each fee, as this will greatly facilitate the process for everyone. 
RVSP required by Wednesday September 10th:  ATTN Joe at or Olivia Ercoli 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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

CCR Guided Visit to "Born Invisible" Photo Exhibit - September 9, 2014

This will be a special opportunity to see the "Born Invisible" photographic exhibition at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere with the artist herself, CCR member Sheila McKinnon. Although the photos can be viewed until September 28, 2014, this visit will give us the unique opportunity to be guided by Sheila and ask questions about her work in a free and informal manner. 

Those arriving early can take a look around and watch the video detailing some of the techniques used in creating the images. Sheila's book is also available for purchase at the museum and she would be happy to sign your copy.

Sheila McKinnon ( was born in Canada and has spent most of her life in Italy. She has worked as a photographer and journalist in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Near East for various European and North American publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Die Welt, Beaux Arts Magazine, Saveur Magazine, the Toronto Globe & Mail, Elle Spain, Elle Hungary and most of the major Italian publications.

She has worked in collaboration with various humanitarian organizations and UN agencies such as UNICEF, FAO, UNFPA, IDLO, La Comunità di Sant’Egidio, Africare, Aidos and others.

When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza Sant'Egidio 1/b
Cost: Regular ticket €8.50, reduced €7.50, residents of Rome (with ID proof) €7.50 adult or €6.50 reduced.
NB: Please purchase your own ticket upon arrival. A friendly warning to late-comers: the museum ticket window closes at 7 p.m., so make sure you get there before that time and then rush to catch up with us!
Après-exhibit: Those who are available are welcome to join us for an informal aperitivo or pizza after visiting the show.