The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to preserve, promote and celebrate the legacy of our ancestors by offering a myriad of cultural and educational activities, programs and special events to the public at large. From language classes to cooking classes; from art exhibits to historic photo exhibits; from film festivals to fig festivals; from Opera Luncheons to Casino Nights; from car shows to fashion shows; from group plays to one man shows; from lectures to book signings; from guest chef dining evenings to regional wine pairing dinners; from Bocce to Tombola, it all happens at Casa Belvedere!
The 1908 building was the home of the Roebling-Stirn family and designated a New York City Landmark Building in 2001. The Stirn Mansion is listed on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places, renamed "Casa Belvedere" in 2008 meaning "house with a beautiful view."
Mansion visits and private group or school trips are conducted and available upon request and prior scheduling.
Contact us to find out more about all of the wonderful events we have here at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere.
Adult Cooking Class
Heart Healthy Cooking
Delicious and tasty too... Heart Healthy Cooking.
Tuesday, January 21st
$85 Per Participant
Children's Cooking Class
Mini Timpano: a drum filled with all the savory ingredients of a Sunday dinner. Good anytime or great for Super Bowl.
Monday, January 27th
$35 Per Participant
Italian Trivia Night!
Presented by: Carla Gambescia
The winner will receive two $500 gift cards for any Ciclismo Classico 2020 cycling and walking tours in Italy and beyond the “Boot”.
Join us for a fun interactive evening led by award-winning author and cultural expert Carla Gambescia exploring Italian geniuses and some of Italy’s most colorful personalities through the ages.
Let’s Celebrate “Carnevale di Venezia” with this program at Casa Belvedere
“A unique perspective of the famed revelry and rituals of Carnevale”
Presented by: Anita Sanseverino.
With her vibrant and beautiful photographs of Venetian costumes and masks, Anita Sanseverino will illustrate why Carnevale has been so popular for hundreds of years. She will enrich her work with a talk on the origins of Carnevale and the traditions that began as far back as the 13th century.
•• Venice ••
The Most Improbable of Cities
Presented by: Carla Gambescia
Come explore Venice’s complexities and seeming contradictions as we discover some of its many secrets and celebrate the city of myth, mystery, might and majesty that has captured the imagination of dreamers and travelers alike for hundreds of years.
These classes are for beginner, intermediate, or advanced students who wish to learn Italian and discover the culture of Italy. Through a thematic approach, students will develop basic communication skills and enrich their vocabulary and practical expressions. Students will learn to converse in Italian in various situations: shopping, ordering a meal, interacting among speakers of Italian, talking about oneself, obtaining information about people and things and so on. The emphasis of the course will be to empower the students and help them gain the necessary confidence to communicate in Italian.
This class aims at introducing Italian language to children. It offers a communicative approach, designed to get children to speak from the very onset of the program. Children will acquire basic vocabulary as it relates to colors, fruits, vegetable, parts of the body and so forth. Children will be able to express themselves in basic Italian, using forms such as I like, I don’t like, I prefer, my favorite… and so on.
Give the gift of a Casa Belvedere experience to family and friends.
A cooking class, language class or any of our cultural programs make a great gift for anyone on your list. Don't forget to grab one for yourself and join them!!
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.