Thursday, March 14, 2019

"Commedia 101" with Faction of Fools

Do you want to try your hand at classical Italian theatre?  DC's own commedia dell'arte troupe, Faction of Fools, will host a training session on Sunday, March 24th from 10am-4pm.  This session is open to actors and students of all experience levels, and will introduce the art of commedia. 

This class will be held in the Elstad Theater at Gallaudet University.  To register, click here.

For more information about the troupe, visit 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Celebrating Renaissance Women with NOIAW at Via Umbria Plus Live Chat with Event Host & Guest

"Living La Dolce finding wonder, beauty and joy in the small things." 

--Carla Gambescia, Author, La Dolce Vita: An Unconventional Guide to Italy from A-Z.

CiaoDC Celebrates Women's History Month with the National Organization of Italian American Women's (NOIAW) DC Chapter President, Diana Femia and Italian American Author and Guest of Celebrating Renaissance Women, Carla Gambescia on living La Dolce Vita, Biking through Italy for Gelato and the life of a Renaissance Woman.  Join the conversation here with CiaoDC host, Alyssa Ciccone.

To meet and greet the author, join Carla at NOIAW DCs tribute to Women's History Month at Via Umbria on Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 pm for ticket information click here.  Books will be signed and sold at this event.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Tranqulity in Tuscany with "Tranquility du Jour" Creator Kimberly Wilson

"[Tranquility du Jour is learning to]...achieve tranquility when the dog is barking and the baby is crying." 
Kimberly Wilson - Author,Therapist, and Creative Entrepreneur

CiaoDC Chats about Tranquility in Tuscany with local author, therapist, and creative entrepreneur Kimberly Wilson of Tranquility du Jour – a guide to living a full and meaningful life through creativity, entrepreneurship, mindfulness, travel, style, yoga, making a difference and all things tranquility.  Listen to interview with CiaoDC host Alyssa Ciccone and Kimberly Wilson here.

We are thrilled to announce her upcoming getaway to Tuscany dubbed: “Tranquility in Tuscany”  this summer.  Enjoy this Tuscan retreat in a gorgeous Italian villa during the Lucca Music Festival!  Enjoy yoga, creativity sessions, a Puccini Opera, a trip to Cinque Terre, Vineyard Tasting, Local Cuisine and more!   CiaoDC Followers: Early Special offers $150 off tour price until March 15!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Via Umbria Celebrates Italian Women of the Renaissance

In celebration of Women's History Month, the National Organization of Italian American Women will host a presentation and dinner at Georgetown's Via Umbria restaurant on March 13th.  The event will acknowledge women who inspired some of the world's greatest artist: the muses of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. 


Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University:  An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, will present tales of influential Renaissance women including Artemisia Gentileschi and Isabella D'Este.  For ticket prices and registration, click here.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tintoretto Exhibition Comes to the National Gallery!

March 24th through June 9th, the National Gallery of Art will celebrate the 500th birthday of Venetian artist Jacopo Tintoretto with three exhibitions.  Tintoretto:  Artist of Renaissance Venice, Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice, and Venetian Prints in the time of Tintoretto will explore his influences and honor other Venetian printmakers of the 16th century.  The exhibitions will showcase more than 100 paintings and prints from Venetian artists. For more information, visit the National Gallery of Art's website