Cool Italian Links from Parliamo!

TRAVEL WHERE ITALY MEETS FRANCE: Journeys to Hidden Provence. Off-the-beaten-track tours deep into the South of France. "Perfect itinerary" raves Travel Weekly. Led by Steve, Creator of the French Festival and Director of Parliamo!
PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS? FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP: Parliamo's sister group, Le Cercle Francais, meets every Wednesday at 5:00 at Arnoldi's Cafe. Free! More at A bientot!
ITALIAN HERITAGE IN S.B.: Classes, events, dinners, and free films during their twice a year Cinema Italiano screenings. More at

TRAVEL WHERE ITALY MEETS FRANCE:  "Perfect itinerary" raves Travel Weekly. Experience extraordinary Journeys to Hidden Provence, led by Parliamo's Director Steve.  More here.

L'ITALO-AMERICANO NEWSPAPER  is a news source serving the Italian-American community with a mission to promote Italian culture, lifestyle, travels, food and the arts. Subscribe FREE here.

FREE ITALIAN FILMS IN LA:  The annual Italian Film Festival at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Lots of free films! Every February. More here.

COUCH SURFING, ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL An exciting, different, and inexpensive way to travel in Italy or ANYwhere. Don't just meet the locals, STAY with them!

VALENTINE'S DAY IN ITALY: St. Valentine was from Rome, and revered, ironically, for his chastity. More history, current traditions, and romantic vocabulary here.

FIND CONVERSATION PARTNERS anywhere in any language with Skype, pen pals, or face-to-face. 
CHECK OUT PARLIAMO'S WEBSITE! Our group's very own website. Lots of cool Italian links. Click on

ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN SANTA BARBARA: See a complete list with photos here.
ITALIAN EVENTS IN LOS ANGELES: The Italian Cultural Center of LA has a busy roster of events, from films to art to speakers. Check their calendar to see what's coming, or sign-up to be on their email list. More here.
ITALIAN WORD OF THE DAY: Learn a new parola every day at Hey, that's almost 400 new words a year!
VEGETARIAN ITALIAN: It's easy to go veggie with Italian cuisine. Recipes and resources here and here.
MAMBO ITALIANO: Incredible CD muppet version of this gumba classic here. Vintage Dean Martin version here. Rosemary Clooney had the first hit version; watch here. WARNING: You'll be humming this infectious song to yourself all day. 
ROMAN POLICE MOTORCYCLE SHOW IN 1950s: Hmmm... are those Ducatis? Check out this fantastic video here.
BUON COMPLEANNO ITALIA! Italy recently celebrated the 150th anniversay of its Risorgemento. The nation was formed officially on March 17, 1861, grazie to Garibaldi. History here.

FRENCH FESTIVAL IN SANTA BARBARA: Celebrate Bastille Day Weekend in mid-July with music, dance and more. Non-stop entertainment: over 40 acts on 3 stages. Great food, from crepes to Cajun. Poodle Parade. FREE. Oo la la!
of the Italian alphabet (and other languages, too) at

PIZZA DOUGH ACROBATICS: The wizard of dough flinging! Tony Gemingani wins gold on the Food Network. Astonishing video here.

ITALIAN HAND GESTURES EXPLAINED. Video. Some rated R. Click here
ITALIAN RADIO ON-LINE: This site links to dozens of stations, including RAI, "Hit" Radio, and Radio Sorrento (which plays Neapolitan music). Click here.
LIVE WEBCAMS IN ITALY.  Visit your favorite Italian town (or anyhere in the world) via the internet. Click here.

GOOD READS: EXTRA VIRGIN: In "Extra Virgin," a young Englishwoman buys a tumbledown stone house in the olive groves of Liguria. Her delightful adventures are recounted in this sort of A Year in Provence a la Italiano. Read sample pages here.

CHRISTMAS IN ITALY:  Italy has the world's largest Christmas tree (2500 feet tall!), a female "Santa" who rides a broom, and bagpipe music fills the holiday air. All this and more here.
Buon natale!



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