Thursday, November 9, 2017

CCR Walks: Whose Past Is It Anyway? Monuments As Weapons - December 3, 2017

Every nation struggles with "Confederate heroes" of its own kind. Rome has had to contend with less-than-exemplary emperors who set up baths, basilicas, and other buildings stamped with their names. Taking a walk through the centre, you're likely to bump into some controversial popes' statues or Mussolini's more recent attempts to place his mark on the city. What does a city or a nation do with these monuments when the bloom is off the rose and history looks at these individuals in a different light? Come wander with us through the centre of Rome as we contemplate the sensitivities surrounding some of these monuments. 

When: Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Meeting point: Near the Ara Pacis; exact location sent to confirmed participants by email.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.
RSVP required by Thu. Nov. 30, ATTN Joe at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NB: Please bring correct change.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Canada 150 Gala - December 2, 2017

The Canadian Club of Rome is proud to present a gala evening to celebrate
 C A N A D A   150

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and of course we're going to celebrate in style! After enjoying cocktails as we're welcomed into the elegant 17th-century Palazzo Falletti in the historic centre of Rome, we'll be having a formal, full-service dinner. Each table will be doted on by its own waiter in uniform. Excellent Casale del Giglio wines will be served at the table while Around You Banqueting will be providing a delicious meal as well as an Open Bar throughout the evening. A DJ will play relaxing background music during the dinner and rousing dance tunes afterwards so that we can trip the light fantastic! We won't forget our tradition of charity fundraising, either, and our raffle has some truly fantastic prizes, including two Air Canada tickets to any destination, fine wines, and more!

This event has been organized with the generous support of Air Canada.

Warm thanks to Casale del Giglio for their contributions.

We've come a long way since 1867, baby!

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017,
Where: Palazzo Falletti, Via Panisperna 207 (historic centre of Rome)
Time: 7.30 p.m. for cocktails, 8:30 p.m. for full-service dinner
Dress: Formal (black tie or business suit; long or short gowns)
Cost: €60 per person for CCR members and for Canadian diplomatic and consular staff; €75 for other guests. You may book an entire table of 10 if you would like to guarantee your preferred seating.
NB: Space limited and priority will be given to Canadian members on this occasion. Advance payment is required; anyone who reserves but fails to provide proof of payment will be taken off the list and refused admission.
RSVP: ATTN Anna with proof of payment by Tues. Nov. 28, 2017.

Friday, November 3, 2017

CCR Aperitivo Wine Tasting: Focus on Sagrantino - November 14, 2017

Structured, deep coloured and tannic, the unique characteristics of Sagrantino are unlike any other grape variety in Italy. The tasting will focus on this big and bold wine not well known outside of Italy.

The Sagrantino wines for the tasting come from the Leonucci winery, a small producer of high quality wines located on the hillside of the Montignano in the township of Massa Martina. Leonucci’s wine is intimately tied to its ‘terroir’ which has cultivated grapes for centuries.

The tasting will start with a white from Umbria then move into the highly structured Sagrantino. And as a special treat, the restaurant will choose aperitivo foods to match the wines tasted.

Where: Ristorante La Piccola Casa di Bleve, Via Sicilia, 47 (Reservation required through CCR)
When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 5:45-7:45 pm. (The tasting will end at 7:45 to allow the restaurant to prepare for dinner service.)
Cost: €20
RSVP to Linda and Paul by Fri. Nov. 10, at Please note that you are financially responsible for your reservation.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

CCR Walks: Bernini and Borromini - November 12, 2017

Follow in the footsteps of the ultimate courtier, Cavalier Bernini, as his carriage rumbles past the haunts of his youth, and the great man remembers his architectural duel with his most bitter rival, the great Francesco Borromini. This walk strings together some of the churches which saw this rivalry soar skywards, as each tried to outdo the other, and thus succeded in transforming Baroque Rome into a stony tribute to the two mens' genius.

When: Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Meeting point: Quattro Fontane area; exact location sent to confirmed participants by email.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.
RSVP required by Thu. Nov. 9, ATTN Joe at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NB: Please bring correct change.

Friday, October 20, 2017

CCR Book Club - November 24, 2017

The book for the November meeting is "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" by Arundhati Roy, an Indian author. Regarding this award-winning historical fiction (once again, a long book so it’s best to start early), The Atlantic review states: "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness … has two main strands. One follows Anjum, a hijra, or transwoman, struggling to make a life for herself in Delhi. The other follows Tilo, a thorny and irresistible architect turned activist (who seems to be modeled on Roy herself), and the three men who fall in love with her.” 

When: Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Trastevere/Education Ministry area; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Luigi know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: ATTN Luigi.