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Special events

In addition to the regular meetings, the Society participates in various other events involving Italian language and culture. For example:

  • Our Festa di Natale per i Bambini celebrates the Christmas traditions of Italy every December. For more details – Check out the event brochure.
  • DAS Annual Wine Tasting Dinner pairs a region’s delicious food specialties with both celebrated and undiscovered local wines. See the calendar below for the scheduled date.
  • Seattle’s Festa Italiana is a celebratory weekend each September at Seattle Center, with Italian entertainment, marvelous food and gifts, and booths representing Italian clubs and activities.
  • Italian Film Festival each fall and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)each summer are in part sponsored by DAS.
  • Small group events throughout the year, such as cooking classes, Italian conversation meetings, outings to opera, festivals, restaurants, art exhibits, Italian film showings, and similar activities of interest to members.

Upcoming Events

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Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association Scholarships

Ciao a tutti - The Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association ( SPSCA) is now accepting applications for this year's scholarships to study in Perugia, Italy in 2020. Please read the following bulletin from them to find out what's involved and how to apply. In bocca al...

September 11, 2019 English Language Program

Welcome back to another year of Dante gatherings, dinners and Italian language classes! Kicking off this year’s schedule is a presentation by Dominick Minotti (Nick) on “Famous Women of Italian Descent”. This will be the preview of the Festa Italiana quiz that Nick...

Garden House Update

Ciao tutti -  I am sorry to report to the Dante Alighieri Society membership some disheartening news about the Garden Club, where we have been meeting for the last 40 years or so. We received this morning an email from the President of the Washington Federation of...

October 10, 2018 English Language Meeting

Ciao tutti - NEXT MEETING of the 2018-2019 PROGRAM YEAR IS THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, OCT 10 Our speaker this evening will be Professor Mary O’Neil, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington,  who will be presenting  “Niccolò Machiavelli on...

October 2018 La Voce

Ciao tutti - Here is the October 2018 issue of La Voce.   Just click on the October 2018 La Voce button at the bottom of this email to open your copy.  You can also download to your device or print it if you like as well. This issue contains among other interesting...

Festa Italiana 2018

Ciao tutti - Just a reminder that Festa Italiana is this weekend at the Seattle Center.  Dante's booth is in a new location, in the corner across from the doors, away from the main stage, Booth #8.   It should be quieter than our old booth but still in the thick of...


Ciao tutti -   FIRST ITALIAN MEETING of the 2018-2019 PROGRAM YEAR THIS COMING WEDNESDAY   Our presenter next Wednesday September 26 will be Federica Gabardi.  Some of you will remember her from her energetic and entertaining Italian classes.   Federica will discuss...


Ciao tutti -   FIRST MEETING OF THE 2018-2019 PROGRAM YEAR IS NEXT WEDNESDAY, SEPT 12   Our speaker that evening will be Dominick Minotti, a longtime Dante member, a frequent presenter at our meetings and our resident quizmaster!  For the past few years Nick has...

Laura Ciroi

Laura CiroiLaura Ciroi has been teaching with the Italian language program of the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington since 2003. She was born in Palmanova, in Northern Italy, a star shaped fortress built by the Serenissima Republic of Venice to protect the territory from the invasions of the Hapsburg and the Ottoman Empires. She was raised speaking Italian, French and Friulano (her native Northern Italian dialect). Laura received a Laurea in Linguistics from the Università di Udine where she specialized in Spanish and English literature. Since then she has lived and worked in Holland, Switzerland, Spain, England, America, and Italy.

Giuseppe Tassone moved to Seattle from Italy in 1993. He has been the director of the Italian Language Program of the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington since 1998 and the PLIDA coordinator since 2011. He is a language educator, coordinator, and advocate of Italian language and culture. He has a background in economics and finance (B.A. in Economics), but chooses to specialize in Italian language and culture  (M.A. in Italian Studies). He has 20+ years of experience teaching, developing curricula, coordinating, testing, and assessing in public and non-profit organizations (e.g. Seattle University, University of Washington, Shoreline College). Giuseppe reviewed and/or contributed to several Italian language textbooks, such as Da Capo, Oggi in Italia, Avanti, Piazza and Sentieri. He is the author of Ricordati di me,  Buongiorno Notte – Italian Films Series by Edizioni Farinelli and Un buon AffareItalian for Business by Hackett Publishing Company available in print (2016) and e-book (2019). Giuseppe teaches at Seattle University and heads the Italian Section in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Personal interests are: reading, traveling, cinema, economics, politics, playing and listening to music, swimming, biking, gardening and cooking.


E-mail: tassone@danteseattle.org

Francesca Giambartolomei

Francesca GiambartolomeiFrancesca is an Italian native, born in Cremona, northern Italy. She holds a laurea in Biology from the University of Padua and Masters of Biology from Eastern Michigan University. She left Italy in 1994 and has lived in New Zealand and the United States. She has a passion for teaching her native language, as a way of maintaining and exploring the Italian language and culture with different eyes. She has taught privately and in many institutions to students of different proficiency levels groups. Francesca is interested in literature, art and design, and in her free time, she likes reading, cooking, and making jewelry and ceramics.

Email: francesca@danteseattle.org

Damiano Pinton

Damiano PintonDamiano is a native of a small town in the Northern Italy countryside, about 17 miles away from Padua, a city famous among other things for its university, the fifth-oldest surviving in the world. He received his B.A. and M.A. Cum Laude in Japanese language and culture from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, while specializing in linguistics and translation. He lived in Japan for three and a half years, where he continued his studies and his sociolinguistic research on (im)politeness in language. While in Japan, he also started working as an Italian teacher, discovering his passion for conveying the beauty of the Italian language and culture abroad.

Email: damiano@danteseattle.org

Roberta Punzi

Roberta PunziRoberta was born in Salerno a city located in the region of Campania in Southern Italy where in the ninth century flourished the renowned Schola Medica Salernitana; the forerunner of the modern university medical schools.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment from the Luigi Bocconi University, and a Master’s Degree in Piano from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan.  Roberta has been working in the field of arts management since 2008. She has served as a project manager, fundraiser and arts administrator in high-profile nonprofit organizations and music festivals in Italy.  She has taught music and Italian language in middle schools, and has held lectures in performing arts management as a teaching assistant at the University of Milan and at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala.  She has performed many solo and chamber music recitals across Italy.  Roberta moved to Seattle from Italy in 2018, and in March 2019 she started working with Greenpeace U.S.A. as a fundraiser.  She loves classical music, visual arts, reading, traveling, hiking and of course teaching Italian.

E-mail: roberta@danteseattle.org

Valentina Robles

Valentina RoblesValentina was born in Bitonto, a small town in Puglia, South of Italy. She has a Laurea in Lettere (Degree in Humanities) and a Laurea Specialistica in Scienze dello spettacolo e della produzione multimediale (Master degree in Media Studies). During her studies, she spent seven months in Spain where she was a tutor for Spanish students enrolled in Italian classes. Her passion for the theatre and cinema brought her to work in the production department for several projects for media, theatre, and live concerts.

Email: valentina@danteseattle.org