CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF CASA BELVEDERE

“A dream is only as good as those who believe in your dream, and those who help carry your dream forward to its fruition.” For that, I am very grateful to our Founding & Current Members, Board of DirectorsMajor BenefactorsCapital Improvement In-kind DonorsVolunteersAmbassadors, Sponsors and “Celebrating 10 Years of Casa Belvedere” Capital Campaign Donors. I offer a heartfelt thank you to each of you who believed in me from the beginning, as well as those who are new to the organization. “One is silver, the other is gold.”

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is a not-for-profit organization that celebrates everything Italian via a myriad of exceptional public program offerings: From language classes to cooking classes; from art & photo exhibits to film & fig festivals; from Opera Luncheons to Casino Nights; from car shows to fashion shows; from live concerts to theatrical performances; from guest chef experiences to wine tastings; from Bocce to Bingo(tombola)….it all happens at Casa Belvedere! 

Also, integral to our mission is to restore the foundation owned building. Built by the Roebling- Stirn family back in 1908, this Italianate-style, neo-renaissance building is one of the few remaining of its kind in all of NYC. This is a multi-million dollar rehabilitation project that began in 2010 and is ongoing through today. 

Casa Belvedere(house with a beautiful view) has established itself as a vibrant and buzzing community center and an anchor in the community. 

Contact us to find out more about all of the wonderful events we have here at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere.

Virtual Language Programs

Winter 2021- Italian Language Program
Classes for both adults and children will be held from January 25th – April 5th

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Virtual Cultural Programs

Saturday, January 16th  •  10:00am
Live from Italy!!! Umbria and Valnerina – Cascia, Norcia, Castelluccio and More
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Do you know what a norcineria offersEver tasted the famous “lost beans” of the Valnerina? Ever heard of Preci and a curiosity that makes it famous?

Let’s warm up our winter with a visit to Umbria’s captivating Valnerina (Nera River Valley) area, famous for black truffles, lentils prized by the Slow Food Foundation, pecorino cheeses, prosciutto di Norcia – and much more!  We’ll start our tour with the inviting late-January Cascia festivities and then head to Norcia, a medieval mountain gem and birthplace of St. Benedict in the 5th century. Not far away, the Piano Grande (“Great Plain”) spreads out below the medieval castle-village Castelluccio, devastated in the October 2016 earthquake.

Anne’s talk will be live from Italy and will have you ready for your next trip to our bellissima Umbria.

Tuesday, January 19th  •  7:00-9:00pm
Italian Gestures with Anita Sanseverino and Lou Leonini
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Everyone knows Italians speak with their hands.  However, many people think that they are just waving their hands and arms in the air while speaking. This is not true.  There are at least 250 gestures with very specific meanings, that Italians use when speaking about certain things. Eloquent in their movements, Italians can offer a wealth of information without saying a word!

Join Anita Sanseverino and Lou Leonini on January 19th in an informative and entertaining presentation to learn not only what these gestures mean, but also why, more than any other people, did they become so much a part of the Italian way of communicating.

Tuesday, January 26th • 7:00-9:00pm
Four Part Series: “If you are not indifferent, things can be different” with Elizabeth Bettina
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Part 1. Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a Book PresentationIt Happened in Italy, Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust” presented by Elizabeth Bettina.

Imagine Elizabeth Bettina’s surprise when she discovered that her grandmother’s village had a secret: over a half century ago, many of Campagna’s residents defied the Nazis and risked their lives to shelter and save hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust. What followed her discovery became an adventure as she uncovered fascinating untold stories of Jews in Italy during World War II and the many Italians who risked everything to save them. It is a work that brings to light the little-known history of how approximately 80% of Jews in Italy were saved during the Holocaust.

Become a Member

Casa Belvedere has various membership levels. You can become a part of our success story today!!

Respect for the Past, Vision for The Future

Your donation to The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is fully tax-deductible. We appreciate your contribution that helps us continue to preserve, promote and celebrate the rich heritage of Italy by encouraging the general public’s appreciation of the Italian language, arts, cuisine, literature, history, horticulture, fashion, music, and commerce through exceptional educational programs, exhibits, and events.

Also, integral to our mission is to restore the foundation owned building. Built by the Roebling- Stirn family back in 1908, this Italianate-style, neo-renaissance building is one of the few remaining of its kind in all of NYC. This is a multi-million dollar rehabilitation project that began in 2010 and is ongoing through today.  

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