Activities & Interests

General Meetings

AWAR has a celebrated history of monthly general meetings at select venues with outstanding guest speakers. Ambassadors, artists, authors, doctors, economists, journalists, film personalities, and professors have spoken to our members on a wide range of important, stimulating, or sometimes just amusing subjects. Usually a luncheon, dinner or cocktail format.

In person general meetings are currently on hold due to COVID-19, but AWAR continues to offer outstanding General Meeting virtual content programming using the zoom platform.

Gala Events

Community-wide gala events are organized to raise funds for our designated charities. Held at some of Rome's most exclusive venues, these events provide a rewarding combination of elegant enjoyment and community benefit. Gala events are on hold due to COVID-19.

In Person and Virtual Activities

Advanced Cooking

We explore recipes and cooking techniques. Once per month. Reserve directly with the activity chair, Wendy Holloway.


Burraco is a very popular card game, rather like Canasta, played all over Italy by all ages, for pleasure or competitively in tournaments. AWAR's group plays purely for enjoyment, twice a month on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Space limited to 8 participants. Reservations through AWAR website.  Activity chair is Thelma Gambino.


Twice monthly bridge game get-togethers. Reservations through AWAR website.  Activity chair is Tina Grasso.

Ex Libris

The Ex Libris Book Club meets virtually once a month via zoom. The reading list is chosen by the group and includes prize-winning titles, books that have received good reviews or that are pertinent to the moment, plus the occasional classic. Each month there is a short informational presentation about the book and the author before a general discussion.  No reservation necessary.  Activity chair is Melissa Cicci.

Film Discussion Group
Each month the Film Group meets virtually via zoom to explore a film in depth.  Before the meeting each participant views the film on her own.  No reservation necessary.  Activity chair is Aviva Seidler.

Two to three hour walks (and hikes), in both urban and country settings.  Anyone with reasonable stamina will be comfortable participating.  The goal is exercise, fresh air, gorgeous views, and good company.   Once per month.  Reserve on the AWAR website.  Activity chair is Wendy Holloway.

Italian Glamour

The aim of this activity group is to provide special opportunities for AWAR members to learn, experience and enjoy the history, style, beauty and secrets of Italian Glamour. The group visits Italian ateliers and meets with designers and fashion communication experts. Reservations through AWAR website. Activity chair Barbara Guraska.

Morning Coffees

Hosted by an AWAR member or held in a restaurant or hotel, these monthly gatherings give us a chance to see our friends, network and meet new friends. Reservations through AWAR website. Activity chair Mignonne del Piero.

Opera Appreciation

Led by a Juilliard maestro, opera enthusiasts preview the operas being performed at the Rome Opera House by viewing a DVD and discussing it, and also learn about the Rome production. Reserve directly with activity chair, Mignonne del Piero.


A fun Scrabble get-together, meets once a month, or more, to play, socialize and enjoy a potluck meal. Significant others welcome, space limited to 12 participants. Reserve directly with Activity chair, Aviva Seidler.

Wine and Cheese Evenings

Wine and cheese are an important part of Italian culture and cuisine. These casual evenings bring members and their significant other together for congenial company and a relaxed evening with great wine and cheese. Reserve directly with activity chair, Mignonne del Piero.

Wine Tasting Group
Led by an accredited sommelier, the wine appreciation events meet once monthly. They’re a great opportunity to learn about and taste wines of excellent quality.  Reservations through the AWAR website; significant others and guests are welcome.  Activity chair Wendy Holloway.

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