While our journeys to Rome may be different, AWAR members share a common commitment to this beautiful community and the people who live here.
Founded in 1955 at the suggestion of then U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Clare Boothe Luce, The American Women’s Association of Rome (AWAR) is a non-political, non-sectarian and not-for-profit organization.
Our mission is to promote friendship among our members and understanding between Italy and the United States through cultural, educational, and social events, and community service.
Participating in AWAR offers unique opportunities for personal enrichment and connection to the community.
The Winter Issue of The Forum is now online
From the editor:
It’s been a year, and if we don’t treat this as the new normal, we’ll go crazy. Fortunately, AWAR has adjusted brilliantly. Dorothy’s Chronicle and Catherine’s Virtually AWAR columns record the outstanding talks we’ve heard via Zoom—some of which took us vicariously to Istanbul and Venice. FAWCO is moving ahead with its conference, online, of course, and we welcome four new AWAR members who joined without benefit of luncheon, garden party, or even a handshake. Let’s hope we can greet them properly before too long...
AWAR’s Roman Kitchen: Food and Memories from the members of AWAR
AWAR’s Roman Kitchen has over 130 recipes contributed by more than 40 AWAR members, with 16 pages of color photographs and other art, all by members. But it’s not just a cookbook. The recipes are punctuated with anecdotes, memories, and additional information to round out the portrait of an international membership keeping faith with their own traditions while coming to joyful terms with life in Rome.
** At this time, we are not shipping the print edition outside of Italy. We encourage you to make a donation for the digital (ebook) version of the book, which you can enjoy right away. **
Letter from Our President
When I first arrived in Rome, I was brand new to the city and the country. I learned of the American Women's Association of Rome (AWAR) through a friend, and I am so happy that I did. AWAR is a vibrant community of dynamic women who value friendship, charity, and culture. AWAR helped me develop a network of friends and support, and unveiled special opportunities for me to celebrate my new home in Rome.
It is an honor to serve as the president of AWAR, alongside so many dedicated volunteers and our global partners. Founded in 1955, AWAR has an impressive legacy of bringing global women and community leaders together. When you join AWAR you become part of our unfolding story. I look forward to a full calendar of events and gatherings with our members this year, and encourage any potential members to reach out to learn more about joining or collaborating with AWAR.
On the left, the goddess Venus, ancestress of Rome, appears on an ancient Roman coin which has been embedded in a laurel leaf to become the symbolic medallion of AWAR. On the right, she appears on one of the famed Liberty gold coins which were first minted in the United States in 1838.