How Italian Are You? 

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How Italian Are You? 
Discover if you qualify for Italian citizenship and what its benefits can mean for you!
Presented by Carla Megale Di Tommaso 

When someone asks, “Are you Italian?,” you probably answer “Yes!” Whether you are a native citizen of Italy or not, being Italian is part of who you are. And Italy is in your blood – more than you may know. 

Italy’s Jure Sanguinis – a “Blood Law” – gives you the legal right to inherit citizenship from your parents or grandparents, regardless of where you were born. 

What about your children? Does being an Italian citizen, even with a valid passport, mean your children are also Italian? Probably, but only if Italian authorities have a record of their birth. 

And what if you’re married to an Italian citizen? You’ve grown to love Italy, you love to visit, you dream of retiring in Italy. Being married to an Italian gives you a good chance of acquiring Italian citizenship along with all its rights and benefits.  

Some of you may just want to know more about your Italian ancestors, to discover details that will unlock mysteries about their lives. Answers may be found by searching township archives in Italy. They contain centuries of certificates of birth, of marriage and of death; they even record recurring names, changed names and other surprising, little-known facts. 

All these different scenarios require different procedures that can seem dauntingly complicated. In fact, they are not simple. They entail knowing the requisite documents and correct sequence for obtaining them that will lead to certification of Italian citizenship. 

If your life goals include becoming an Italian citizen or having your important life events recorded in Italy, join us at Casa Belvedere on Tuesday, June 8 at 7 pm for a special presentation. 

Related upcoming events

  • 01/22/2022 10:00 AM - 01/22/2022 10:45 AM
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”: Fall Edition

    Laboratorio di Scrittura, Writing Workshop
    Saturdays, January 8, 22 and 29, 2021: 10:00-11:45am

    The workshop will take place in the cottage on the left side of the mansion, which can be reached by following the paved sidewalk and stairs.

    No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen!

    When we look back on our past, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During each workshop, led by author Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how one aspect of Italian American (IA) life—identity, travel, holidays—forms the background or foreground of our memories.

    We’ll read and discuss short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing and, by the end of each workshop, will have produced an original piece of writing. In-person enrollment limited to 10 participants. P.S. You don’t have to be Italian to write about how Italy may be part of your memories!

    Register for one, two, or all three workshops.
    Part 1: Sat., Jan. 8
    Part 2: Sat. Jan. 22
    Part 3: Sat. Jan. 29

  • 01/25/2022 7:00 PM - 01/25/2022 9:00 PM

    Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day • Tuesday, Jan. 25th at 7pm

    Screening of “Our Hebrews” and Q&A session live from Tel Aviv with the director Naor Meningher.

    Proof of vaccination is required for all guests.

    ‘Little Jerusalem’, that is how the locals refer to the town of Pitigliano in southern Tuscany, because of its striking resemblance to Israel’s ancient city. Through the medieval stone walls, the fascinating story of 400 years of harmonic co-existence between Jews and Christians is told for the first time, leading to the heroic acts done by the locals during the time of the Holocaust.

    Watch the trailer Here: https://youtu.be/gfpJgAW8ER8

    Naor Meningher is an award-winning filmmaker and content creator. He graduated from Steve Tisch Film School at Tel Aviv University in 2016, and his short films “The Rat’s Dilemma”,  “An Old Score” and “Our Hebrews” were screened in dozens of festivals and won several awards.

    Naor is the co-host of the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast and the creator of the Italy Guy vlog on Youtube.

  • 01/29/2022 10:00 AM - 01/29/2022 11:45 AM
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”: Fall Edition

    Laboratorio di Scrittura, Writing Workshop
    Saturdays, January 8, 22 and 29, 2021: 10:00-11:45am

    The workshop will take place in the cottage on the left side of the mansion, which can be reached by following the paved sidewalk and stairs.

    No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen!

    When we look back on our past, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During each workshop, led by author Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how one aspect of Italian American (IA) life—identity, travel, holidays—forms the background or foreground of our memories.

    We’ll read and discuss short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing and, by the end of each workshop, will have produced an original piece of writing. In-person enrollment limited to 10 participants. P.S. You don’t have to be Italian to write about how Italy may be part of your memories!

    Register for one, two, or all three workshops.
    Part 1: Sat., Jan. 8
    Part 2: Sat. Jan. 22
    Part 3: Sat. Jan. 29

  • 01/31/2022 7:00 PM - 01/31/2022 9:00 PM

    Making Fresh Mozzarella Knots

  • 02/01/2022 4:00 PM - 02/01/2022 5:00 PM

    Make your own Stromboli

  • 02/07/2022 All day

    Italian Citizenship by Descent or by Marriage – Are you eligible for dual citizenship?
    Starting Monday, January 10, you can schedule private appointments at Casa Belvedere to determine the first steps of your journey to become an Italian citizen.

    You can apply for recognition of your Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis (by descent) or Jure Matrimonii (by marriage). During this first appointment, you will learn whether or not you are eligible to apply. You must bring photocopies of birth certificates (or at least the date and place of birth) of your parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who was an Italian citizen when their child was born. Also, bring a copy, or an approximate date, of their naturalization either in the United States or in another country.

    On select Mondays, you can book a 30-minute appointment (you can book two slots if you feel you need more time) with Carla Megale Di Tommaso, who will review the process with you. The price for your first consultation is $25.

  • 02/07/2022 7:00 PM - 02/07/2022 9:00 PM

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with red velvet cake

  • 02/08/2022 4:00 PM - 02/08/2022 5:00 PM

    Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cookies

  • 02/21/2022 7:00 PM - 02/21/2022 9:00 PM

    Pasta Nera: Black fresh tagliatelle with lightly spiced tomato sauce

  • 02/22/2022 4:00 PM - 02/22/2022 5:00 PM

    Stuffed shells with ricotta and spinach in marinara sauce

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