Thursday, February 23, 2017

“Beware of the Ides of March!” Aperitivo - March 15, 2017

March 15th marks the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar -- the Ides of March in 44 BC, in fact!

To mark the occasion the CCR is organizing an aperitivo-buffet including a fun quiz session. We'll be very close to the scene of the crime by Largo Argentina. Come to meet up with friends, test your knowledge of ancient Rome, and enjoy a drink and some yummies. Wear your toga or other ancient Roman apparel! There will be prizes to win and fun for all -- and a special prize for best costume!

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time: 6.30 p.m. on
Where: Valle Restaurant & Club, Largo del Teatro Valle 7
Cost: €10 for a drink and buffet (additional drinks €5 each)
RSVP: canadarome@gmail ATTN Marielle

Sunday, February 19, 2017

CCR Walks: Cola di Rienzo - March 18, 2017

Who was Cola di Rienzo? A rabble-rouser? A man ahead of his time? A humanist or an impostor?

This walk meanders from the banks of the Tiber to the Capitoline Hill, unraveling the many strands of his amazing tale, from his birth in an obscure inn to his mission to the glittering Papal court at Avignon, to finally becoming an inspiration as a Risorgimento hero in the 19th century, hundreds of years after his death!

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. for coffee; 10 a.m. for the walk.
Meeting point: Via Petroselli area; exact location to be provided to those registered for this walk.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.
RSVP required by Thu. Mar. 16, ATTN Joe at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NB: Please bring correct change.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CCR Wine Tasting: Wines from Le Marche and Abruzzo - February 25, 2017

Let’s taste the difference! This tasting will introduce us to top quality wines made from Montepulciano grapes grown in the Marche and Abruzzo regions of Italy. At the end of the tasting we will share appetizers, a light dinner and enjoy ‘les fonds de bouteilles’.

Where: Residence of CCR members (Piazza Barberini area -- details will be sent to registered participants.
When: Saturday February 25, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  €25 for members (€35 for non-members)
RSVP to Linda and Paul by Wednesday February 22, 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 related 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 writes in-depth articles on Italian wines and food for “Bibenda – Vini D’Italia” produced by the Italian Sommelier Foundation and he is a major contributor to their wine guide.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thinking Outside the Box: Aperitif & Food Drive - February 15, 2017

CCR is delighted to do another combined event with Free Exchange to benefit our charity Project Rome. This fun-filled aperitif will allow all members and friends to participate in aiding Project Rome by preparing boxes with extremely needed personal items for the homeless and less fortunate people in Rome.

All we ask is that you help to fill shoe boxes with items that CCR will provide (if you have some, you could bring an empty shoe box or two but we'll have some for those who can't find any at home!). Your good spirit and caring nature will do the rest. But if you happen to have some extras of the following items, your contribution is welcome since there is an ongoing need: pasta, rice, legumes (pulses), canned tomatoes (passata), potatoes, olive oil, plastic plates, cups, spoons and serviettes – as well as non-food items such as candles for those living in the dark.

Our effort aims to assist Project Rome and also to promote Canada 150 (the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation) in conjunction with the Canadian Embassy in Rome, and so we hope to collect more than 150 items such as those above!

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Enoteca Q'4RT inside Hotel Oxford, Via Boncompagni 87 (Via Veneto area)
Cost: €10 first drink and aperitif finger foods, €5 for each drink after that.
RSVP: by noon Feb. 15, 2017

CCR Walks: Cavallini & St Crisogonus - February 19, 2017

Researchers have gradually shed light on the mysterious Roman painter Cavallini, active in Rome in the 1290s and responsible for a spate of paintings and mosaics in the churches of the Medieval Trastevere quarter. Come learn his story and that of other interesting residents of this picturesque neighbourhood!

When: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. for coffee; 9:45 for the walk; special entrance to the archeological area arranged for 10:00 sharp.
Meeting point:  area, exact location to be provided to those registered for this walk.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members. There is also an additional entrance fee of €5.50 for both sites.
RSVP required by Thu. Feb. 16, ATTN Joe at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NB: Please bring correct change.