Help Save Venice!

Before the end of your personal fiscal year you might be looking for a worthwhile non-profit to support.  Have you heard about activity to save works of art in Venice?


Save Venice Inc. has raised already over $25 million to preserve the city’s artistic heritage but that is not nearly enough.  Art and historical sites are crumbling due to poor preservation, the sinking of the city and rising sea levels.  You could do a little or a lot to restore and preserve art throughout this island city. Their attached Wish List (save-venice-wishlist-2017) shows complete projects from $1800 to $125,000 but any donation to their annual fund would support their important mission.  $10?  $100? perhaps $1000?  Whatever you donation you decide, you will help preserve these art treasures for centuries to come..

Could you help save la Serenissima?  Donate through their website at




Don’t pop a pill – pop a pistacchio!

Holidays got you down?  Don’t pop a pill – pop a pistacchio:

Migliorano l’umore nel modo italiano!

Heap of dried pistachio

I pistacchi sono una buona fonte di triptofano, un aminoacido che aumenta i livelli di serotonina e può influenzare l’umore. Sono poi ricchi di vitamina B6, un altro nutriente che aiuta l’organismo a produrre la serotonina. Bassi livelli di serotonina possono essere associati a depressione. È stato provato come schemi dietetici che prevedono la frutta secca a guscio, come la dieta mediterranea, siano associati ad un minor rischio di soffrire di questo disturbo

Notizie per 2017: Plan for the New Year!

Italia in Ohio will start 2017 with new experiences for lovers of Italian language and culture!

For language classes we have Beginner’s Italian Year 1 Session 1, meant for people who are starting from ground zero.?
We also will follow-up Year 1 session 1 that started in October with Session 2.
Year 2 Session 2 will bring those intermediate students even further along the road to fluency.
And Advanced Italian will continue to combine more sophisticated aspects of grammar with enhanced conversation and a better understanding of current Italian culture.

duomo-firenzeCombining aspects of both language and culture, Italia in Ohio will present a series of six lectures on Art in Italy.  We will travel within each region exploring the history, the politics, and the development of art in each.  Two 90 minute sessions will concentrate on Toscana, two on Lazio, and two on Veneto. Thereafter we will explore the treasures of Napoli, Palermo, and many more locations throughout Italy.  Our guide for these travels will be an Italian art expert Rosa Di Grottole – you will learn more about her incredible background in the coming weeks. 


In conjunction with the Wexner Center Center for the Arts there will be a series of Italian films that focus on the career of Italian film icon, Anna Magnani. This nine film retrospective offers a chance to see some of her greatest performances in films directed by such titans as Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, and Vittorio de Sica, most on new 35 mm prints. Details are being developed now.

And keep in mind that our study abroad program 2017 will include an optional trip to Sicilia with a native guide – our very own Samanta Buffa!

2017 will be an exciting year for Italia in Ohio – become an active participant and stay tuned for more details