Saturday, April 23, 2016

CCR Book Club - May 25, 2016

For its May meeting, Canadian Club of Rome book club members will be reading "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" by Anthony Marra. The Washington Post review calls it "a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles."

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Piazza Vittorio 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.

Friday, April 22, 2016

CCR Walks: The Protestant Cemetery - May 8, 2016

In 1716, Pope Clement XI granted members of the exiled Stuart court the right to be buried near the Pyramid of Caestius. Since then countless artists, diplomats, children, pastors, invalids, eccentrics and exiles, mostly non-Catholics, have been laid to sleep in the shadow of Rome's great Piramide Cestia. Come explore the so-called Protestant Cemetery and learn some of the many tales told by the silent tombstones, on a walk held to mark the historic cemetery 's 300th anniversary. 

When: Sunday, May 8, 2016
Time: 9:45 a.m. departure, 9:30 for coffee beforehand.
Meeting point: Exact location to be provided to those registered for this walk.
Cost: €15 for members and €20 for non-members, including a €5 contribution for the upkeep of the cemetery, which is entirely private and has no public funding.
RSVP required by Thu. May 5th, ATTN Joe at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NOTE: Please bring correct change.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

CCR Special Visit & Charity Fundraiser: Japanese Institute Garden - May 14, 2016

The Japanese Institute in Rome has a lovely garden that reflects the traditions and symbolism of Japanese landscaping. It was the first garden in Italy designed by a Japanese architect, Ken Nakajima, and comprises all the essential features of a sen’en style garden – a pond, a waterfall, rocks, small islets, a bridge and a stone lamp. During this highly requested tour, we will seek to understand the philosophy behind these beautiful forms.

Contributions from participants will be entirely donated to our charity, Frontier College’s Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps.

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. start; the guide will not wait for latecomers.
Where: Valle Giulia area; exact meeting details will be sent to confirmed participants.
Cost: to raise funds for the CCR charity, the Aborginal Children’s Summer Reading Camps, we will be collecting €10 from CCR members and €15 from non-members; maximum 15 people.
RSVP with your full name to ATTN Diana.

AICR Special Visit: Finnish Institute at Villa Lante - April 18, 2016

The American International Club of Rome has organized an exceptional visit, free to its members, of a beautiful and normally off-limits location in Rome -- and it has very kindly extended an invitation to our members!

On the morning of Monday April 18th, the group will have a guided tour of Villa Lante, which houses the Finnish Institute, on the Gianicolo (Janiculum) Hill. Tour guide Leena Knuuttila will allow us to explore this architectural gem designed by Giulio Romano and decorated by other artists from Raphael's school, including Vincenzo Tamagni da San Gimignano, Polidoro da Caravaggio, and Maturino.

Only a limited number of CCR members in good standing may participate in this wonderful opportunity.

When: Mon., Apr. 18, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. sharp (meet at 10:15am)
Cost: free, open only to current CCR and AICR members
Where: Villa Lante -- the exact location and meeting point will be confirmed to registered participants the week of the event.
RSVP: ATTN Diana by Thu. Apr. 14th.
NB: Further information here (but remember to book via the CCR email). The tour will be in English and last approx. 1 hour.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

CCR Wine Tasting: Great Wines from the South - April 24, 2016

NB: Change of date due to extenuating circumstances. (Now on Sunday the 24th of April rather than Saturday the 25th.)

With so much to choose from, this tasting is a work in progress. Our sommelier is developing the wine list and plans to please with some southern sensations. At the end of the tasting we will share appetizers, a light dinner and enjoy ‘les fonds de bouteilles’. 

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death -- a man who surely appreciated the gifts of the vine!
Where: Residence of CCR member (Piazza Barbarini area -- details will be sent to registered participants)
When: Sunday April 24, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  €25 for members (€35 for non-members)
RSVP to ATTN Linda and Paul by Wed. Apr. 20, 2016. Please note that you are 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 favourite 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 I’Italia” produced by the Italian Sommelier Foundation.