While our journeys to Rome may be different, AWAR members share a 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. The mission is to promote friendship among our members and understanding between Italy and the United States through cultural, educational, social events and community service. 

Participating in AWAR offers unique opportunities for personal enrichment and connection to the community.

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Join AWAR as we celebrate the start of another membership year.  Non members who are interested

in attending and learning more about AWAR, please contact membership@awar.org

Special Garden Party Guest Robert Mc Duffie to play an interlude for AWAR

Robert McDuffie is the founder of both the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in his native city of Macon, Georgia.

Mr. McDuffie holds the Robert McDuffie Violin Faculty Chair at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world.

Mr. McDuffie and the Rome Chamber Music Festival returns this season with a program that features some of Beethoven’s most beloved works as well as music by other great composers such as Frank Zappa and Leonard Bernstein.

Click here to read more about Mr. McDuffie.

   Letter from Our President    

Since 1955,  AWAR has been a helpful connection to the international community in Rome promoting friendship, community service, and cultural understanding. These aspects make AWAR dynamic and unique.   

New members and long-standing members enjoy social activities from AWAR activity groups such as Italian Conversation, Wine Appreciation, Ex Libris, Scrabble, Burraco, Hiking, Advanced Cooking, Film Club, Photography, Creative Writing, Opera Appreciation, and a focus on Italian Glamour. Members also share recommendations and references for services and essential information about Rome via the member Resources email line, a great benefit in and of itself.

Each year the association is supported by Sustaining Members and we are very thankful to them. The membership year begins with our traditional September Garden Party, and throughout the year, we organize monthly general meetings featuring exciting speakers, member-hosted coffee mornings, and wine and cheese evenings, culminating the year with the annual charity gala to support community focused non-profit organizations in Rome. 

It's my honor to serve again as President alongside a wonderful team of board members. We welcome you to join AWAR or renew your membership, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours Sincerely,

Shannon McCarthy


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Two cultures joined by a feminine figure

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.

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