Monday, March 25, 2019

CCR Day Trip: Fumone Castle - May 4, 2019

An ancient unassailable hilltop watchtower, smoke signals, medieval legends, terribe dungeons, popes and anti-popes, exiles, hermit saints, Celestine monks, legendary ghosts, palatial rooms, and the highest hanging garden in Europe. All this is ours to explore on a day trip into the Ciociaria area of Lazio. At 800 meters above sea level, the Castello di Fumone (fumone meaning "big smoke") dominates the Sacco River valley and a 50 km stretch of the ancient Via Latina.

On this day trip we're going to have a guided tour (in Italian and English) of the castle and gardens and be welcomed by the current owner, the Marquis Fabio Longhi de Paolis, whose family has owned the castle for a number of centuries. Then we'll have a wander around the adorable and immaculately kept village before having a hearty lunch of rustic dishes in a medieval tavern where even the servers wear the traditional clothes of Ciociaria, including the ciocia footwear that gives the area its name.
Lunch Menu
Appetizer of prosciutto crudo, cheese, salami, olives and bruschetta
Tagliatelle with tomato and basil sauce
Pasta e fagioli (bean soup with pasta)
Roast chicken
Water, red and white wine
Ciambelline (traditional ring biscuits)
Amaro (digestive liqueur)

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 10:30 tour start; confirmed participants will be sent exact information regarding the meeting point in Fumone.
Transportation & Timing: By car (please carpool). According to Google Maps, the journey from Rome takes a little over an hour and a half but it is best to give yourself two hours; note that the last part is a very twisty road up to the hilltop.
Cost: for the guided tour and lunch €30 for CCR members, €35 for non-members, €17 for children (the children's menu includes pasta with tomato sauce, a breaded chicken cutlet, and fries). Advance payment is required.
NB: Book early as space is limited and remember that you are financially responsible for your booking. Only those who have paid by Fri. Apr. 26, 2019, will be confirmed for the outing.
RSVP to Anna at Please indicate whether you need help finding a lift or have room available in your car for others.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

CCR Book Club - April 16, 2019

The CCR Book Club's April meeting will take place on the 16th. "The Best Kind of People" by Canadian author Zoe Whitall will be the subject of the group's discussion. The Globe & Mail review says the focus of the novel "is the family, its history and how recovering from the inconceivable often means repossessing, perhaps not a sense of self, but a plan for tomorrow."

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: TBD; 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.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Olive Oil Tasting - April 2, 2019

A recently-opened oleoteca in the historical centre of Rome has a fine selection of top quality olive oils from all over Italy as well as other prelibatezze and temptations. It has kindly agreed to hold a tasting of several of these oils for the Canadian Club of Rome, led by a specialist who will discuss the fine art of olive oil tasting, what aromas and flavours to look for, how olive oil tasting differs from wine tasting, terroir, and food pairing.

The oil tasting will be completed by a selection of cheeses and a glass of wine. Numbers are strictly limited, so please reserve early and experience the diversity of Italian olive oil!

When: Tuesday April 2, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Centro Storico; exact address will be provided to those who register.
Cost: CCR members €25, non-members €30.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Retake Rome Clean-up: Bella, Roma - March 31, 2019

The aim of Retake Rome is to make Rome live up to its innate beauty and become a sustainable city where the redevelopment and care of urban spaces contributes to the happiness of people. So every year Retake Rome promotes over 500 events in every sector of society. This year, to celebrate International Earth Day 2019, 4 parallel urban redevelopment and civic mobilization events will take place in 4 areas of Rome corresponding to the 4 elements (Air, Earth, Fire and Water).

Along with Embassy of Canada staff and Free Exchange members, the CCR is going to paint Piazza Ragusa with the new CO2-absorbing paint that will have the environmental impact of planting a grove of trees. We'll also clean up the playground in the centre of the square. The “Air” site will thus contribute to the Retake objective of reducing "the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities by 2030."

Come along to give back to "Bella, Roma" and its people at this family-friendly, sustainable and educational community day.

When: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 9 a.m.
Meeting Place: in the Colle Oppio park (metro: Colosseo). 
N.B. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

Retake is present throughout Rome and its province with about 85 neighborhood groups and more than 50,000 fans on Facebook. It is also present in 40 cities in Italy, including Milan, Brescia, Naples, Bari and Palermo.

Friday, March 8, 2019

CCR Wine Tasting: Wines from Alto Adige and Friuli - March 23, 2019

We are heading north for this tasting to sample some unique grape varieties from two small but important wine regions -- Alto Adige and Friuli.

Where: Residence of CCR member (Appia Antica area -- details will be sent to registered participants).
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: €30 for members (€40 for non-members); advance payment required to confirm your place.
RSVP to Linda and Paul and payment by Monday, March 18  at Please note that you are responsible for your reservation.

Cynthia Chaplin, professional sommelier, member of Le Donne del Vino and professor of Italian wine and culture will lead this tasting. Born in the USA, Cynthia moved to Europe in 1990 and has lived in Spain, Belgium, England and Italy. Cynthia chose to centre her career in Rome where she works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars, and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer and a judge at international wine competitions.

This session will be given in English.