“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” – Bertrand Russell
“Everything you see I owe to pasta.” – Sophia Loren
After introductions and brief orientation, we asked members who had been to Italy, or who would like to? We went around the room and asked what people like about Italy or Italians?
BASIC ITALIAN PHRASES
We asked members to guess at their meaning ...
Si - YES
Per favore - PLEASE
Grazie - THANK YOU
Prego - YOU'RE WELCOME
Mi scusi - EXCUSE ME
Mi dispiace - I'M SORRY
Buon giorno - GOOD MORNING
Buona sera - GOOD EVENING
Buona notte - GOOD NIGHT
La dolce vita - THE GOOD LIFE
IDIOMS ABOUT ITALY
Complete these phrases ...
Rome wasn’t built IN A DAY
When in Rome do as THE ROMANS DO
Three coins in THE FOUNTAIN (Fontana De Trevi)
While Rome BURNED
Infamy, infamy. They’ve all got IT IN FOR ME (‘Carry On Cleo’, 1964)
All roads lead to ROME
All that glisters is not GOLD ('Merchant Of Venice', William Shakespeare)
It ain’t over till the fat LADY SINGS (Opera)
Veni, vidi, vici. (I came, I saw, I CONQUERED) (‘Julius Caesar’, William Shakespeare)
Parting is such sweet SORROW (that I shall say good night till it be morrow) (‘Romeo And Juliet’, William Shakespeare)
Romeo Romeo where FOR ART THOU
What have the Romans ever done FOR US (Monty Python - You Tube clip here)
* Click on the above image for the photos to print off for the tables *
Describe the Italian flag (Il Tricolore)?
GREEN WHITE AND RED VERTICAL STRIPES
What is the capital of Italy?
Where would you find the headquarters of the Catholic Church?
What is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region?
And the name of the cathedral?
Which 1999 film, set in 1930s Florence, started Dames Joan Plowright, Judy Dench and Maggie Smith?
TEA WITH MUSSOLINI
Where would you find the ‘Bridge Of Sighs’?
Which 1971 film, set here, starring Dirk Bogarde, is about a sick composer in the early 1900s?
DEATH IN VENICE
There was also a 1973 thriller, based on a short story by Daphne DuMaurier, starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie set in Venice?
DON’T LOOK NOW
What are the tourist boats on the canals in Venice called?
There was an ice cream advert featuring a Gondola. What was the ice cream?
(Just one) CORNETTO
At what angle does 'The Leaning Tower Of Pisa’ lean?
ABOUT 4 DEGREES (5.5 DEGREES PRIOR TO RESTORATION IN 2001. THUS THE TOP OF THE TOWER IS NOW DISPLACED 12FT 10INS FROM THE BASE)
Which volcano destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD?
Who starred in the 1970s TV sitcom ‘Up Pompeii’?
What was his catchphrase?
TITTER YE NOT
Who is the patron saint of ecologists, due to his boundless love of animals and nature?
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
What traditional hymn is known as 'A Prayer To Saint Francis Of Assisi'?
MAKE ME A CHANNEL OF YOUR PEACE
Compete this children's rhyme together?
A sailor went to sea, sea, sea,
To see what he could see, see, see.
But all that he could see, see, see
WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA, SEA, SEA
Which 2000 film starring Russell Crowe had fight scenes set in the Colosseum in Rome?
What was his character's name in this film?
MAXIMUS DECIMUS MERIDIUS
Which famous actor, who featured in this film, died during the making of it? It was his last film!
There was also a 1959 film, starring Charlton Heston, featuring a chariot race at The Circus in Rome?
What illness did his mother and sister have, which Jesus cured them of?
Who played the lead role in the 1970s TV drama ‘I Claudius’?
What was special about his character?
Who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508-12? (Depicts scenes from the book of Genesis.)
As a snub to the Pope, Michelangelo painted Adam (the first man) with what?
A BELLY BUTTON
Part of this work (the touching fingers) featured in the opening titles in which TV arts programme hosted by Melvyn Bragg?
THE SOUTH BANK SHOW
Which Catholic religious relic would you find in Turin?
THE SHROUD OF TURIN
(Ask if any members believe it to be the genuine burial shroud of Jesus Christ?)
(The Shroud was discovered in 1357 (first record of it's existence), whereas photography wasn't invented until 1826. Thus the 'real' image of Christ, or the negative image in a photograph, would not have been seen for hundreds of years!)
Where would you find the priceless statue 'La Pieta', sculpted by Michelangelo?
IN ST PETER’S BASILICA
What about Michelangelo's sculpture 'David'?
FLORENCE (ACADEMIA GALLERY)
Who is the current Pope and what is his given name and birth name?
JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO
Where is he from?
BUENOS ARIES, ARGENTINA
Previous Popes in our lifetime were ...
Benedict XVI — April 19, 2005-Feb. 28, 2013
John Paul II — Oct. 16, 1978-April 2, 2005
John Paul I — Aug. 26-Sept. 28, 1978
Paul VI — June 21, 1963-Aug. 6, 1978
John XXIII — Oct. 28, 1958-June 3, 1963
Pius XII — March 2, 1939-Oct. 9, 1958.
What smoke comes from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel when a new Pope is elected?
What was the 2009 film, starring Tom Hanks as Prof Robert Langdon, set in Rome?
ANGELS AND DEMONS (Based on the Dan Brown book.)
What is the Pope’s golden buggy type vehicle known as?
What is the Vatican aeroplane known as?
Which 1968 film, starring Anthony Quinn, is a thriller based on the election of a new Pope at the time of a looming nuclear war?
SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN
Who was the first Pope to kiss the ground of the country he was visiting?
POPE JOHN PAUL 11 ON HIS FIRST PAPAL VISIT TO AMERICA (BOSTON 1979)
Who was the first Pope to have an assassination attempt made on his life?
JOHN PAUL 11 ON 13TH MAY 1981 IN ST PETER'S SQUARE
Which group protects the Pope?
When did John Paul 11 visit the UK?
MAY 1982 (Did any members see him?)
Who was the first Pope to resign?
BENEDICT XV1 IN 2013
Who was said to be the first Pope?
SAINT PETER ("ON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" - MATHEW 16:18)
What are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit called?
THE HOLY TRINITY
Name the four Gospels of the New Testament?
MATHEW, MARK, LUKE & JOHN
Why was the Mac Donald's Fillet Of Fish developed?
FOR CATHOLICS WHO COULDN'T EAT MEAT ON FRIDAYS
What are the Seven Deadly Sins?
PRIDE, GREED, LUST, ENVY, GLUTTONY, WRATH & SLOTH
Thinking of greed .... Let's move on to some questions about Italian food!
Ask members to name some pizza toppings, and say which is their favourite?
Who likes these toppings ...
What are some Italian liqueurs?
MARTINI (Do members remember the advert starring Joan Collins and Leonard Rossiter where a glass of Martinin Bianco was spilt? "Getting your head down dear? Very wise!")
Did you know? Italy is the largest wine-producing country in the world (4,796,900 tonnes per annum).
Of course, there are numerous non alcoholic drinks and coffees to be had ...
What is a coffee make traditionally known as?
Think of some different types of coffee?
What is traditionally given and eaten as Italian Christmas cake?
What is a Tiramisu?
COFFEE FLAVOURED ITALIAN DESERT (USUALLY WITH A LIQUEUR SUCH AS TIA MARIA)
What type of wheat is pasta traditionally made from?
Names some different types of pasta?
(The poem below is a clever way to list them all.)
What is pesto sauce made from?
GROUND BASIL, OLIVE OIL AND CRUSHED PINE NUTS
Name some other sauces?
Which Ragu sauce advertised with the slogan, “Just like Mama used to make!”
Members may feel rather hungry at this point, so some pizza slices might go down well.
Spotify Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4CenSEDRci47OtymhRFGcm?si=MCWMeXvoSQ-43lHyvM6_Lg
Robert De Niro’s Waiting - Bananarama
What language is Mr De Niro speaking in in this song?
How would you say ‘Thanks very much’ in Italian?
How would you say 'I can't speak Italian'?
NON SO PARLARE
On Days Like These - Matt Monro
What 1969 film, starring Michael Caine, did this song feature in?
THE ITALIAN JOB
What cars chased around Rome in this film?
Ask members to do their best impression of Michael Caine ...
YOU WERE ONLY SUPPOSED TO BLOW THE BLOODY DOORS OFF
The Godfather - Film Soundtrack
Who starred as Vito Corleone in this 1972 film?
Which organised crime operation was this film based on?
Nessun Dorma - The Three Tenors
Which opera is this song from?
Who were The Three Tenors?
LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, PLACIDO DOMINGO & JOSE CARRERAS
What does 'Nessun Dorma' mean?
NONE SHALL SLEEP
Cinema Paradiso - Josh Groban
This 1988 film is about a boy discovering the joy and escapism of going to the cinema in his war torn Sicilian village.
Go around the room and ask members what their favourite film ever is, and why?
That’s Amore - Dean Martin
Who was the Roman goddess of love?
Ask members to think of some symbols or acts of love and affection?
CUPID, HEART, KISS, HUG, CWTCH, ROSES, CHOCOLATES, VALENTINES CARD, CHAMPAGNE
Ask members to make a heart shape using their fingers and thumbs.
How To Be Americano - Sophia Loren
How old was she this month?
85 (And still looks amazing! See above quote.)
Which 1999 thriller, starring Matt Damon and Jude Law, set in 1950s Southern Italy, features this song?
THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY
Quando Quando Quando - Engelbert Humperdinck
How old is he?
Which two of his singles topped the charts in 1967?
Please - RELEASE ME
The last - WALTZ
He had rather large sideburns. Which of the men in the room has facial hair?
What is the November Prostate Cancer awareness month known as, where men grow facial hair to raise funds?
Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
What does the Italian Que Sera Sera translate as?
WHATEVER WILL BE WILL BE
Which 1956 Hitchcock thriller featured this song?
The man who - KNEW TOO MUCH
(Take the chance for a singalong.)
O Sole Mio - Mario Lanza
What did this song advertise?
CORNETTO ICE CREAM
What Italian named ice cream has different layers of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry?
What about the one with dried bits of fruit in it, e.g. papaya and glace cherries?
Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day - Morcheeba
Nearest guess. When was Rome founded.
How does the phrase ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ continue?
BUT THEY WERE LAYING BRICKS EVERY HOUR
What were the names of the fabled twins, suckled by a she-wolf and a symbol for the City and people of Rome?
ROMULUS AND REMUS
Romeo And Juliet - Dire Straits
What were their family names?
CAPULETS AND MONTAGUES
Where was the Shakespeare play set?
Who is the lead singer and guitarist?
Life Is A Minestrone - 10CC
Go around the room and ask members what their favourite soup is?
What is the cold Spanish grinded raw vegetable soup called?
Magic Roundabout - TV Theme
Name the characters?
FLORENCE, DOUGAL (DOG), DYLAN (RABBIT), BRIAN (SNAIL), ERMINTRUDE (COW) & ZEBEDEE (SPRING)
Shaddupa Your Face - Joe Dolce
Who does the singer introduce himself as in the opening line of this song?
The most famous lover in the world, a spy for the Inquisition and a fraudster was born in Venice in 1725. Who was he?
The ‘Casanova Mask’, named after him, used in Masquerade balls emphasises that he liked to hide his identity. Hence ‘Shaddupa Your Face’.
Dolce Vita - Ryan Paris
Who started in the 1970s sitcom ‘The Good Life’?
RICHARD BRIERS AS TOM AND FELICITY KENDALL AS BARBARA GOOD
PENELOPE KEITH AND PAUL EDDINGTON AS MARGO AND JERRY LEADBETTER
Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
Ask members to name some other dances?
CAN CAN, TANGO, FOXTROT, WALTZ, DISCO, LINE, QUICKSTEP, TAP
Choice of song
- Reach Out And Touch - Diana Ross
- Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
- I Wanna Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
To accompany ...
‘The Vetruvian Man’ was drawn by which Renaissance artist and scholar?
LEONARDO DA VINCI
Ask members to stand and hold hands whilst singing along with one of these songs ...
Maybe make it more energetic by kicking legs and lifting arms in rhythm to the music.
Make an image out of different types of dry pasta, stick onto chipboard or similar with PVA glue.
It is 'World Pasta Day' on 25th October 2019. This poem cleverly includes most of the different types of pasta you can purchase in the UK.
Remembrance Of Things Pasta
By Brian Bilston
She blew her fusilli,
my pretty penne,
when she found me watching
Je ne spaghetti rien,
I responded in song,
but she did not linguini
just walked out
without further retort:
a hard lesson to be tortellini,
orzo I thought.
And so here I am
on my macaroni
and now my days