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2017 Gala for Community Services

Service in the community has been a committment of AWAR since its founding over 60 years ago. Each year a gala event is held to raise funds for its community service program. This year's gala was held on the terrace rooftop of the Grand Hotel de la Minerve with its magical and unique view of the Pantheon.

Date: June 15, 2017

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Neuromarketing Applies Scientific Studies

What is Neuromarketing and How it Will Change Marketing in the Future. This was the fascinating and timely subject of the talk at our May General Meeting by two prestigious guest speakers - Professor Caterina Garofalo, President of AINEM (Italian Association of Neuromarketing) and Professor

Date: May 18, 2017

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The Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music

Dr. Adolfo Vannucci, President of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music, was the distinguished guest speaker at our April General Meeting, following which we had a special invitation to attend a competition of young opera talents being held at the Conservatory. The competition, entitled Beniamino Gigli, The Great Occasion, honors Italy's famous tenor whose performances thrilled opera audiences throughout the world.

Date: April 03, 2017

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Love, Food and Family -- Italian-style

Katherine Wilson, American author, actress and television personality was guest speaker at our March General Meeting. Her debut memoir, Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from my Italian Mother-in-Law was published in 2016 to critical acclaim -- "a glorious memoir

Date: March 15, 2017

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Art and Solidarity - An Evening of Appreciation

Solidarity and art were the themes of our Feburary General Meeting featuring a visit to Palazzo Leopardi, home to the Communitá di Sant'Egidio, and a talk by Dr. Roberto Civetta on Unveiled Paintings from the 16th Century.

Date: February 15, 2017

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Visit to the Academy of Saint Luke

A private visit to the prestigious Academy of Saint Luke was organized as part of our monthly Fact Forum program. Founded in Rome in 1577, the Academy was created as an association of artists (painters, sculptors and later architects) to elevate their status from mere craftsmen to that of artist.

Date: February 13, 2017

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A visit to the Ancient Roman Houses on the Celio Hill

A private guided visit to the famed Case Romane (Ancient Roman Houses), recently restored and reopened to the public, was the subject of our January general meeting. Located on the Celio hill near the Church of SS Giovanni and Paolo, the Roman houses offer a vivid reminder of times past with wall

Date: January 26, 2017

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The Joy of Music at Christmas

Throughout history a meaningful part of the spirit of Christmas has been beautiful music. In keeping with this tradition, AWAR organized a private concert for members and guests featuring beloved carols such as Joy to the World and Stille Nacht as well as operatic arias including the famous Ave Maria from Cavalleria Rusticana.

Date: December 06, 2016

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Celebrating Thanksgiving

For Americans everywhere, November is synonymous with Thanksgiving. As an association of Americans in Rome, but also with members representing 22 other countries, we joined together this month to celebrate this holiday which honors the universal theme of gratitude which is the essence of Thanksgiving.

Date: November 16, 2016

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Guided Visit to Santa Maria Antiqua

After having been closed for 30 years, and before it closed again on October 30, members had the privilege of a guided visit to Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum in the context of our Fact Forum activities.

Date: October 28, 2016

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Aperitif and Wine Tasting event

A view of Rome stretching from the Quirinale Palace to St. Peter's dome was the stunning spectacle enjoyed by AWAR members, husbands and friends at our evening aperitif and wine tasting held on the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Colonna Palace in Piazza Montecitorio, shown here as photographed that evening.

Date: October 27, 2016

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Celebrations and Awards

June marked the occasion for members to salute and thank the outgoing 2015-16 AWAR Executive Board for an event-filled year, and welcome the newly-elected Board members. The meeting also celebrated two award winners advocated by our association.

Date: June 16, 2016

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The Identity Crisis of Europe

The European Union Flag is rippled by waves of discontent and uncertainty creating enormous concerns for governments across the continent and.on the other side of the channel. The Identity Crisis of Europe: a Continent that Struggles to Stay United was the subject

Date: May 19, 2016

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Fashion Eyewear - The Mondelliani Story

The making of eyeglass frames, from design creation to the manufacturing process, was the fascinating story unfolded to AWAR members during an exclusive visit to the headquarters of Mondelliani, an Italian brand which combines innovative styling and coloring with the highest quality workmanship.

Date: April 26, 2016

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Women's Leadership Panel

This month we celebrated the 61st anniversary of the association. In keeping with the vision of Clare Boothe Luce, U.S. Ambassador to Italy (1955-57), who inspired its founding, and our theme of reaching beyond borders, our monthly general meeting featured a panel discussion on the importance of Women's Leadership.

Date: April 22, 2016

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Conversation with Sister Eugenia Bonetti

AWAR members had the privilege of a meeting with Sister Eugenia Bonetti who since 1993 has focused her humanity and mission on freeing young women and girls from the plague of trafficking and foced prostitution. She is pictured here with the video presentation she gave us about her work.

Date: April 20, 2016

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Visit to the Centro Studi Moda founded by Emy Fabbri

Creativity and craftmanship -- during a private visit to the Centro Studi Moda, founded and directed by Emy Fabbri, AWAR members explored how these two elements combine to produce Italian high fashion. For more than 20 years, Ms. Fabbri has worked with famous Italian stylists such as Balestra, Capucci, Fendi, Gattinoni,

Date: March 10, 2016

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International Women's Day Conference

Members attended the International Women's Day Conference organized by the UN agencies in Rome which include FAO, WFP, IFAD and IDLO. The Conference addressed their two major goals to 2030 -- gender equality and zero hunger -- both of which find women deeply involved and committed to their achievement.

Date: March 08, 2016

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Visit to Palazzo Montecitorio and the Italian Chamber of Deputies

The Italian Chamber of Deputies, housed in the Montecitorio Palace pictured here, is considered the most beautiful Parliamentary assembly room in Europe. On a private, guided visit AWAR members heard the intricate history of the palace itself, of which only the facade is intact, and viewed the Chamber's numerous decorations in

Date: March 04, 2016

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Visit to the American Academy

AWAR members and guests had the privilege to visit the American Academy in Rome to hear Dr. Kimberly Bowes, its 22nd Director, speak on the 100 Years of Culture and Arts on the Janiculum Hill that it represents. Founded in 1894, the Academy remains the premier American overseas center for independent study and advanced research, a not-for-profit private entity.

Date: February 10, 2016

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Visit to the Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs

AWAR members enjoyed a fascinating private visit to the Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs (pictured here) located opposite the catherdral of San Giovanni in Laterano. We were privileged to have Mary Angela Schroth, who coordinates the Holy Stairs restoration project, as our expert guide, contaiging all with her enthusiasm for her work. This restoration project is funded by the Getty Foundation and the UK Patrons of the Vatican Museums.

Date: February 08, 2016

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Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museum Director speaks to AWAR members and guests

Fr. Mark Haydu, International Director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, pictured here with Pope Francis, spoke at our January General Meeting. More than 5 million tourists of many nationalities, languages and creeds visit the Vatican Museums each year. However, few of them know of the Patrons which originated from a group of American art lovers and is dedicated to the restoration and conservation of its art works.

Date: January 21, 2016

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Holiday Cocktail Party and Community Service

The spirit of Christmas was the theme of our December General Meeting -- members coming together to share holiday friendship, music and laughter in one of Rome's prestigious hotels, the Grand Hotel Palace -- but also to highlight AWAR's commitment to service in the Rome community.

Date: December 16, 2015

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Senator Renato Turano is guest speaker at November General Meeting

Friendship between Italy and the United States was the theme of our November General Meeting dinner with guest speaker Renato Turano, a member of the Italian Senate in representation of Italian citizens living in North and Central America.

Date: November 19, 2015

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U.S. Ambassador David J. Lane speaks on Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals

The U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David J. Lane, was guest speaker at our October General Meeting luncheon which was held in collaboration with the Association of spouses and partners at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Lane spoke on "Post-2015 Millennium Developments Goals."

Date: October 08, 2015

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September Garden Party at the Sovereign Order of Malta

AWAR inaugurated its 2015-16 theme, Friendship Without Borders, with the rare privilege graciously extended to us to hold a September event in the gardens of the Embassy to Italy of the Sovereign Order of Malta located on the Aventine hill. Tourists from all over the world come to look through a peephole to the gardens, which frames the dome of St. Peter's, just a tiny glimpse of the magnificent view of Rome that AWAR members enjoyed from within the gardens themselves. Guest of honor at the event was Ms. Natalie Brown, Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome. Also present was Ms. Elisa Ercoli, President of Differenza Donna, who received an AWAR community service donation for its outstanding work.

Date: September 24, 2015

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The Crociera Library at the Collegio Romano

Notable among the great libraries of Rome, as one of the oldest and most storied, the Library of Archaeology and Art History inside the Collegio Romano was opened to AWAR members for a visit with Dottoressa Ida Baberio, librarian with the Ministry of Culture Heritage

Date: June 11, 2015

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Visit to the U.S. Embassy in Rome

Members of AWAR walked through history on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Rome.

Date: May 18, 2015

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AWAR 60th Anniversary Celebration

This year our Association celebrated its 60th anniversary. It was founded in 1955 on April 21, an auspicious day since it is also the day which history ascribes to the founding of Rome.

Date: April 21, 2015

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Visit to the Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Testaccio in Rome

"It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place," wrote Shelley, not long before he drowned and was buried in the Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Testaccio in Rome.

Date: April 16, 2015

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Visit to the Antica Manifattura Cappelli workshop

"The hat is a symbolic and complex feature able to draw out a face, a look, a soul from anonimity" (Anonymous).The story of the oldest hat workshop in Rome began in 1936 with the Cirri family who were previously hat makers in Tuscany.

Date: April 15, 2015

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Paula Lucas talks on the American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior which may include physical and sexual violence, threats, insults, and economic deprivation. For Americans who live outside of the United States, there is little or no protection from such violence.

Date: March 24, 2015

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Tour of the Italian Geographical Society

The Italian Geographical Society welcomed AWAR members to historic Palazzetto Mattei located on the beautiful grounds of Villa Celimontana.

Date: March 17, 2015

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Beards, Trousers and Togas in antiquity - a talk by Dr. Alexander Evers

"Beards, Trousers, and Togas: Barbarians and Romans in Late Antiquity" was the subject of a talk at our February General Meeting by Dr. Alexander Evers, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and an Advanced Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Ancient History, at the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) of Loyola University Chicago.

Date: February 24, 2015

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Visit to RAI News Studios

AWAR members enjoyed a private tour of the Centro di Produzione RAI "Biagio Agnes" di Saxa Rubra, the most important production center of RAI-Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A. and the largest of its kind in Europe.

Date: February 17, 2015

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Senior CBS News Correspondent Allen Pizzey speaks

Senior CBS News Correspondent Allen Pizzey was guest speaker at our January General Meeting held in the rooftop restaurant of the Hotel De La Minerve with its magnificent view of the dome of the Pantheon.

Date: January 27, 2015

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Bellissima: Italy and High fashion 1945-1968 - an Exhibition at the Maxxi Museum

AWAR members viewed over 20 years of Italian fashion in an exhibition at Rome's Museum of Contemporary Art pictured here. The exhibition recreates the atmosphere and the styles of a period that made an extraordinary contribution to the definition of the Italian fashion identity on an international scale.

Date: January 22, 2015

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Vist to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Contemporary Art Collection

AWAR members enjoyed a private tour of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs carefully curated collection of contemporary Italian art not usually accessible to the public. Included in the Ministry's collection is the painting by famous Italian abstract artist Piero Dorazio pictured here.

Date: January 20, 2015

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Celebrating the spirit of Christmas

The spirit of Christmas was the theme of our December General Meeting - - members coming together to share holiday fun and laughter while thinking of others.

Date: December 11, 2014

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Visit to the DOMUS of the famous Roman jeweler Bulgari

"The Bulgari DOMUS is an essential tribute to a brand which has written so many unforgettable pages in the history of jewelry. It is an exciting space in which to rediscover the dreams of 130 years of Bulgari in constantly new and surprising ways" - Jean Christophe Babin, CEO Bulgari Group

Date: December 03, 2014

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The Morrocan Ambassador to Italy is guest speaker at our Thanksgiving dinner meeting

At our November meeting members and friends of many nationalities come together to celebrate Thanksgiving, our important national holiday of gratitude. H.E. Hassan Abouyoub, Ambassador of The Kingdom of Morocco to Italy was guest speaker telling the fascinating story of the relationship between the United States and Morocco which dates back to 1777.

Date: November 20, 2014

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Visit to the Umberto Mastroianni Museum

Nestled within the complex of San Salvatore in Lauro, home to a church, cloister, two museums and a publishing house, is the Museo Mastroianni

Date: October 21, 2014

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A Century of Memories 1913-2014

Soon to celebrate her 101st birthday, Margaret Hammond is an artist and writer who has lived a long life and still loves learning.

Date: October 16, 2014

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Visit to the Micol Fontana Foundation

The Micol Fontana Foundation pays tribute to the famous Sorelle Fontana fashion house in Rome. Sorelle Fontana dresses have been worn by beautiful women who have made entire generations dream, such as Ava Gardner, Liz Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Grace di Monaco, Soraya, Maria Gabriella di Savoia and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Date: October 06, 2014

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Tour of the Accademia di Costume e Moda

"Fashion and Costume can be considered two expressions of the same art. We like to think of them as part of human culture and nature. This is probably why society has always communicated its style through this art as its meaningful and symbolic character."

Date: September 26, 2014

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September meeting at the home of our Honorary President

Ms. Linda Douglass, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Italy John R. Phillips, and Honorary President of AWAR, graciously offered to host our September meeting in the beautiful gardens of Villa Taverna, the ambassadorial residence in Rome.

Date: September 17, 2014

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Underground Rome

Beneath Piazza Navona lie the remains of the Stadium of Domitian, one of the most famous archeological sites in Rome.

Date: June 12, 2014

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The Power of Flowers - an evening for charity to benefit Differenza Donna

As part of AWAR's community service initiatives, a theme evening dedicated to The Power of Flowers brought members and friends together on the rooftop of the La Griffe Hotel with a view of St. Peter's dome.

Date: May 27, 2014

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AWAR pays tribute on Memorial Day

Throughout history liberty has come as the result of great sacrifice of life. We who live In Italy are especially cognizant of the price paid by members of the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II in liberating this country.

Date: May 26, 2014

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AWAR Hearts Team races for the cure for breast cancer

Each year members participate in the Komen Race for the Cure held in Rome as part of the AWAR Hearts Team wearing their visor pictured here.

Date: May 18, 2014

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AWAR's 59th Anniversary and Elections Luncheon

Ms. Kathleen Doherty, DCM at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, and AWAR's Honorary Vice President, invited our association to hold its annual elections and 59th anniversary celebration at her Villa Pinciana home.

Date: May 15, 2014

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The Art of Mosaics - Visit to the Cassio Studio

The art of mosaics flourished in Italy in Ancient Roman times and is still today a treasured art form.

Date: May 08, 2014

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"Andiamo al Mare" - a seaside project for children at Casa Betania

AWAR participated in an Easter initiative of Casa Betania to raise funds to give children with serious disabilities the opportunity to socialize, spend time outdoors, and enjoy a memorable summer at the seaside.

Date: April 20, 2014

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Photojournalism

What does it mean to be a photojournalist? Chris Warde-Jones, a noted British freelance photojournalist, was the speaker at our April general meeting explaining what it is like to work on an assignment.

Date: April 15, 2014

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A Visit to the Frida Kahlo Exhibition

Frida Kahlo is considered the "unquestioned icon of 20th century Mexican culture." Members attended an organized visit to the exhibition of her works showing at the Scuderie del Quirinale.

Date: March 26, 2014

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The Role of Women in the 21st Century

Former White House Director of Communications, Linda Douglass, AWAR's Honorary President and wife of U.S. Ambassador to Italy John Phillips, was the guest speaker at our March General Meeting.

Date: March 20, 2014

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Visit to the Jewish Museum of Rome

The Jewish Museum of Rome, located in the monumental building of the Great Synagogue located on Lungotevere Cenci across from the Tiber Island, was the destination of our monthly Fact Forum program.

Date: February 26, 2014

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The Battle for the Future of the Catholic Church

The election of the first pope from the Americas has been hailed as a revolution inside the Vatican. But can Pope Francis really change this bi-millennial institution?

Date: February 20, 2014

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Learning about Italian coffee

Members enjoyed an informative and entertaining visit to the renowned Caffe' Sant'Eustachio, founded in 1938.

Date: January 29, 2014

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Art Crime: Passion, Collecting, Loot

Journalist and author Judith Harris, a regular contributor to Artnews published in New York, gave an illustrated talk on the billion-dollar world of art crime.

Date: January 24, 2014

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Christmas for Children

More than 90 children at Casa Betania and Oasi Celestina Donati received toys at Christmas as part of AWAR's community service program. Many of the toys, including the animals pictured here, were kindly donated to AWAR by Rocco Giocattoli as part of our annual Gala fundraising efforts, and others were purchased from direct donations by members.

Date: December 22, 2013

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Holiday Cocktails and Christmas Concert

A cocktail party and Christmas concert by Robin Meloy Goldsby at the luxury 5-star Hotel de Russie brought members and guests together to celebrate the holidays.

Date: December 17, 2013

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The Globalization of Love

Guest speaker at our October luncheon meeting was Wendy Williams, author of The Globalization of Love, a book about multicultural romance and marriage. Ms. Williams, pictured here, has lived in six different countries and worked internationally for 19 years.

Date: October 23, 2013

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Champion of Choice

Champion of Choice is the inspiring story of world-renowned Dr. Nafis Sadik, pictured here on the cover of her biography by Cathleen Miller, guest speaker at our general meeting at the Hotel Hassler.

Date: June 11, 2013

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Visit to the Italian Senate

Members enjoyed an exclusive visit to Palazzo Madama, home to the Senate of the Italian Republic. Steeped in history dating from the 1400's it is today a crucial part of Italy's modern history.

Date: June 07, 2013

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Visit to Castelporziano, the summer home of the President of Italy

Since antiquity, the Castelporziano estate, 15 km south of Rome on the coast, has been a favored resort of Rome's elite, from Roman emperors to Roman popes, then Italy's kings and now her presidents.

Date: April 29, 2013

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Women in Leadership Roles

The Ambassador of Pakistan to Italy, Tehmina Janjua, was guest speaker at the April General Meeting held at the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora.

Date: April 09, 2013

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Visit to the Keats-Shelley House

A private visit to the Keats-Shelley House was organized for AWAR members. It included a short film on the English Romantics, a talk by curator Giuseppe Albano, and a viewing of the museum's collection.

Date: February 20, 2013

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Christmas Cocktail Party at Palazzo Farnese

The French Ambassador to Italy, Alain De Leroy, graciously granted us the honor of holding our December holiday cocktail in the magnificent Carracci Gallery of Palazzo Farnese.

Date: December 17, 2012

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