Friday, April 13, 2018

Rose Photo Expedition - May 5, 2018

Are you familiar with Rome's rose garden on the Aventine Hill? Did you know it is home to over a thousand different rose varieties -- including some very unusual ones -- and that it hosts a prestigious annual rose competition? The area also has a fascinating history, which is commemorated in some of its design features. Above all, you can imagine it's a fabulous spot for nature photography.

Join Anna on a photo expedition to capture interesting shots of the gorgeous blooms and the historic surroundings, garner cyber love from your Instagram followers... and maybe even take an old-fashioned souvenir photo to send to family and friends back home!

When: Saturday, May 5th
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Look for Anna at the entrance of the "upper" section of the City Rose Garden (Roseto Comunale di Roma), Via di Valle Murcia 6 (nearest metro stop: Circo Massimo)
Admission: Free

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CCR Talks: A Doctor on the Frontline - May 17, 2018

Ambassador Dennis Savoie and Madame Claudette Savoie have  kindly offered the hospitality of their residence on May 17th for an informal talk regarding a doctor’s experience with MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors without Borders) and other international organizations in Africa. Our friend Maurizio Bagarani will be pleased to share with us his many years of humanitarian work in the field through images and inspiring stories, while providing us with an insight into the world of volunteers who spend part of their lives helping countries stricken by war, unrest and famine.

A Q&A session will follow. 

When: Thursday, May 17th
Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Residence of Canada's Ambassador to the Holy See (near Porta San Sebastiano); exact address details sent to confirmed participants.
Cost: Free.                                     
RSVP: ATTN Marielle, providing your full name in advance. For security reasons participants may be asked to provide ID in order to enter the premises.

Monday, April 9, 2018

CCR Wine tasting in Tuscany - May 26, 2018

Our wine tastings for this season will end with a return visit to the Tuscan estate of Sassotondo. We were so warmly welcomed there by owners Carla Benini and Edoardo Ventimiglia in 2011 that we’ve decided to go back and see how their vintages have evolved! We’ll start with a tour of their ancient cellar, located in the countryside of Sovana (Grosseto), followed by tasting an excellent selection of their wines, under the expert supervision of CCR sommelier Daniele Maestri. This will be followed by a delicious light lunch of local specialties.

Please note that numbers for this outing are limited.

Lunch Menu
Antipasti of local salami and cheeses
Tortelli burro e salvia
(butter & sage)
(local Jewish dessert) and coffee

In the afternoon you may want to tour the nearby hilltop town of Pitigliano or go to the thermal baths at Saturnia. Or you could stay in the area for the whole weekend!

When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Where: Sassotondo Estate, owned by Carla Benini & Edoardo Ventimiglia, in Sovana (province of Grosseto), Tuscany
Transportation & Timing: By car (please carpool). Confirmed/paid participants will be sent exact directions. Be ready to start our visit at Sassotondo by 11:00 am (therefore plan to leave Rome by 8:45 am).
Cost: €40 for members (€45 for non-members). Advance payment is required.
RSVP to Linda and Paul at Please indicate whether you need help finding a ride or rather have room in your car to offer a lift to others. You are financially responsible for your booking.

Some images from our May 2011 visit to Sassotondo

CCR Walks: Slavery in Ancient Roman Times - May 20, 2018

Termini Station offers a good starting place to discuss a theme which underpinned much of the ancient world’s economy: slavery. During the course of the walk we will also look at whether the modern world could learn anything from the past as it struggles to deal with human trafficking, exploitation, xenophobia, and unemployment.

When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Near Termini train station; exact location will be sent to confirmed participants by email.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members. There will also be a museum entrance fee of €10 to visit the Baths of Diocletian.
RSVP: ATTN Joe by Tuesday, May 15, 2018. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

CCR Day Trip: The Monasteries of Subiaco - May 12, 2018

Let’s channel "The Name of the Rose" during a very special visit of the monasteries of Subiaco, in the Province of Rome. Come with the CCR on a springtime trip, with guided tour in English, to the Monasteries of St. Scholastica and St. Benedict in this ancient hilltop town.

The religious order founded around 500 AD by St. Benedict grew around a cluster of twelve monasteries. The Monastery of St. Scholastica is the only one of those first twelve to survive, thus making it the oldest Benedictine monastery in the world today. It boasts a lovely Cosmateque cloister, a frescoed church, and a medieval bell tower. The monastery named after the founder of the order, the Monastery of St. Benedict, was built in the XII century over the cave where Benedict had been a hermit for three years. Once again, astounding frescoes cover the walls of monks' cells and chapels, including the earliest known image of St. Francis of Assisi, a living portrait dating to his retreat here in the early 13th century. During its history, the monastery survived floods, earthquakes and the scandalous behaviour of certain monks until its monastic community was reformed in 1363, including the arrival of religious brothers from other parts of Europe. Among these were Germans in the XV century who brought the new art and technology of the printing press, making the Lazio Region the heart of printing in Italy for centuries.

Not only will participants be able to discover the mysterious and sacred areas of the monasteries but they will also admire the recently restored Chapel of the Angels, the Refectory and the magnificent library with unique manuscripts from the medieval era. After our visit which will last approximately 3.5 hours, a lunch will be hosted in the “Foresteria” -- or guesthouse -- of the monastery complex.

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Transportation, Meeting Point & Timing: By car (please carpool). Meet in the parking lot of San Benedetto (this is the abbey that is the one further up from Santa Scolastica) by 8:45. Confirmed participants will be sent further information regarding the meeting point.
Cost: for the two visits €15 per person; €20 for lunch for adults, €14 for child menu. Advance payment is required.
NB: Book early as space is limited and remember that you are financially responsible for your booking.
RSVP to Marielle at, specifying whether you would also like to come to lunch; also, please indicate whether you need help finding a lift or rather have room in your car to offer a lift to others.