Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ortona Wine Evening - October 30, 2015

The Embassy of Canada has extended an invitation to CCR members to join embassy staff for a tasting of wines from the area of Ortona in Abruzzo. This invitation applies exclusively to current, paid CCR members.

Two wineries will bring samples of every sort of wine made in Abruzzo -- Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano, Pecorino, and Passerina, in various vintages and blends, as well as several sparkling wines.

The cost of participation includes a contribution to the embassy's charity campaign. This event requires advance payment. Full names (as on ID) must also be provided at time of booking for the embassy security list.

When: Friday, October 30, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Canada, Via Salaria 243
Cost: €10 -- advance payment required. Only CCR members in good standing.
RSVP: ATTN Linda by Oct. 14th, with full name for Security List; ID must be shown at entrance.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

CCR Book Club - October 21, 2015

At our October meeting we'll be discussing "Three Day Road" by Canadian author Joseph Boyden. Set in the late 19th century and during the First World War, the novel revolves around the lives of two young Cree men who become snipers and scouts in the horrors of trench warfare and of the aunt of one of the two, who goes to pick up and bring home her nephew, who returns from the front without a leg, with a morphine addiction and with many battle scars, both physical and existential.

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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

Sunday, September 20, 2015

CCR Walks with Olivia: The Empire’s Crumbs: feeding what was left of the Empire - October 18, 2015

This guided walk follows on the theme of the one on September 27, 2015.

How did the building of the Aurelian(ic) Walls impact people's food supply and the neighbourhoods they lived in? How quickly did the city's population contract, and how much, during the Dark Ages?

Let's explore these and other topics at the Crypta Balbi. It's Rome's museum of the Middle Ages and is still a "work-in-progress" archaeological excavation just off Piazza Argentina. We take the chance to review Rome's Late Imperial and Early Medieval food production and consumption, in light of the momentous changes in the city's structure as the the Ancient Roman Empire declined. Artifacts, reconstructions and texts help understand everyday life in Medieval Rome. 

When: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Time & Meeting point: Bar Amore via Floridiana 17 at 9.45 for coffee, starting 10 am sharp. 
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 non members for the guided tour, plus Crypta Balbi admission €7 (valid three days for three other sites -- Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, and the Baths of Diocletian); reduced entrance ticket €3.50; children up to 17 years old are free (teens should bring ID). 
RVSP required by Thursday, Oct. 15th:  ATTN Peter 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.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

CCR Walks with Olivia: Feeding the Empire - September 27, 2015

Join us on a visit to "Feeding the Empire," an exhibition at Ara Pacis Museum (closing on November 15th, 2015). As part of Rome's role in supporting Milan's food-themed EXPO 2015, the Roman show looks at food production, supply and consumption in Rome and Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, including virtual reconstructions of some of the most recent excavations of the docks at Portus, the satellite port city which eclipsed bustling Ostia and is now being rediscovered. Its themes include the social aspects of food consumption, the gradual changes in production and distribution, and the hard choices facing Emperors towards the end of the Roman Empire to ensure food security for the Roman people.

There will be a related and follow-up walking tour called "The Empire’s Crumbs: feeding what was left of the Empire" on October 18th. 

When: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
Time & Meeting point: Rocca Snack Bar on via Tomacelli at 9:45 (for coffee), ready to start off at 10 a.m. sharp. 
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 non members for the guided tour, plus exhibition (only) admission: regular €11, reduced admission of €9 for art students with ID, Rome residents with Carta d'Identità, metrebus (Rome transport pass) and other categories (check Ara Pacis website and here). Please bring exact change, as this will greatly facilitate the process for everyone. RVSP required by Thursday, Sept. 24th:  ATTN Peter 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, September 13, 2015

Official Opening of the CCR 2015-2016 Season - September 30, 2015

Once again this year, H.E. Peter McGovern, Ambassador of Canada, and Mrs Sharon McGovern, CCR Patrons of Honour, will be opening the doors of the beautiful Official Residence for the Canadian Club of Rome' season opening event.

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

There will be a wide variety of finger foods.

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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 (further address details will be sent to confirmed participants only). 
Cost: CCR members €25 each, guests €35 each, including all food and drinks. Advance payment required.

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 on the evening of the event. Unfortunately anyone arriving without the required ID will be denied admission. 
RSVP and payment no later than 5 p.m. September 28th to You are financially responsible for your reservation. There are a limited number of spaces.