“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make even the gloomiest person happy.” – Bertrand Russell “Everything you see I owe to pasta.” – Sophia Loren This CST activities page is based on 'Celebrating Italy', as it is 'World Pasta Day' on 25th October.
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?
In happier times, pre COVID-19, we started off this session play standing and holding hands and singing 'Sweet Caroline' by Neil Diamond. Here is the link to a video with lyrics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzXt7YvK9Hw
This tied in with the picture of 'The Vetruvian Man' by Leonardo Da Vinci below.
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 We asked members to 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) Up POMPEII 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 'Life Of Brian' - You Tube clip here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7tvauOJMHo
Do members remember the infamous 1957 'Panorama' April Fool's joke about spaghetti being harvested from Italian trees?
Possibly, the first pasta dish members had was Heinz 'Alphabetti Spaghetti'?
Do members prefer beans or spaghetti on toast for a midday snack?
MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ
ROUND 1. Around Italy
1. What is the capital of Italy?
2. Where would you find the headquarters of the Catholic Church?
3. What is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region?
And the name of the cathedral there?
4. Where would you find the ‘Bridge Of Sighs’?
5. What are the tourist boats on the canals in Venice called?
6. At what angle does 'The Leaning Tower Of Pisa’ lean?
7. Which volcano destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD?
8. 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?
Part of this work (the touching fingers) featured in the opening titles in which TV arts programme hosted by Melvyn Bragg?
9. Where would you find the priceless statue 'La Pieta', sculpted by Michelangelo?
10. What about Michelangelo's sculpture 'David'?
11. Where would you find this Catholic religious relic? (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!)
12. SONG. 'Nessun Dorma', The Three Tenors - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi1nTz3nlTc Which opera is this song from? Who were The Three
What does 'Nessun Dorma' mean?
ROUND 3. TV & Film
13. Which 1971 film, set in Venice, starred Dirk Bogarde, is about a sick composer in the early 1900s?
14. Name this 1972 movie, starring Marlon Brando?
What criminal organisation was it based on?
15. Which 1973 thriller, based on a short story by Daphne DuMaurier and starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie was set in Venice?
16. Which 1999 film, set in 1930s Florence, starred Dames Joan Plowright, Judy Dench and Maggie Smith?
17. Which 2000 film starring Russell Crowe had fight scenes set in 'The Colosseum' in Rome?
What was his character's name in this film?
18. Which famous actor, who featured in this film, died during the making of it? It was his last film!
19. 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 in the film, which Jesus cured them of?
20. Who played the lead role in the 1970s TV drama ‘I Claudius’?
What was special about his character?
21. Who starred in the 1970s TV sitcom ‘Up Pompeii’?
What was his catchphrase?
22. Which ice cream advert featured a Gondola and was set in Venice?
Here is the advert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biL6zAMkOQs
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?
23. SONG. 'On Days Like These', Matt Monro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQIRbV_noi8
Which 1969 film does this song come from?
Who starred in it? Clue. "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"
ROUND 3. The Vatican
24. Who is the current Pope and what is his given name and birth name? Where is he from?
25. Name any of the previous Popes, in our lifetime?
26. When did John Paul 11 visit the UK?
(Did any members see him?)
27. What colour smoke comes from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel when a new Pope is elected?
28. 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?
29. What was the 2009 film, starring Tom Hanks as Prof Robert Langdon, set in Rome?
30. What is the Pope’s golden buggy type vehicle known as?
31. Which group protects the Pope?
32. Who was said to be the first Pope?
33. What are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit called?
34. Name the four Gospels of the New Testament?
35. SONG. 'Turn, Turn, Turn', The Byrds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKP4cfU28vM
True or False. This song was inspired by the Old Testament 'Book Of Ecclesiastes'?
ROUND 5. Food
36. Why was the Mac Donald's Fillet Of Fish developed?
37. Ask members to name as many different types of pizza as they can, and say which is their favourite?
38. Before showing this image, ask members to say what they think the top voted pizza topping (ingredient) is in the UK?
39. Ask members to name some Italian liqueurs?
Which liqueur was this image of Joan Collins and Leonard Rossiter advertising?
40. True or False. Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world? Ask members to name some Italian wines?
Of course, there are numerous non alcoholic drinks and coffees to be had ...
41. What is a person who pours coffee traditionally known as?
Ask members to think of some different types of coffee?
42. What is traditionally given and eaten as Italian Christmas cake?
43. What is Tiramisu?
44. What type of wheat is pasta traditionally made from?
Ask members to name some different types of pasta? * (The poem below is a clever way to list them all.) *
45. What is pesto sauce made from?
46. Ask members to name some other pasta 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.
EXTRA MUSIC CHOICES
47. SONG. 'Robert De Niro’s Waiting', Bananarama - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H87yGvoCNHU 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'?
48. SONG. 'That’s Amore', Dean Martin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFSv-tq5GAY Who was the Roman goddess of love? VENUS 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.
49. SONG. 'How To Be Americano', Sophia Loren - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdQqIkx3V88 How old was she this month? (September) 88 (And still looks amazing! See above quote.)
50. SONG. 'Quando Quando Quando', Engelbert Humperdinck - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=128LI6_4L-s Which two of his singles topped the charts in 1967?
- Please ******* **
- Last ***** 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?
51. SONG. 'Que Sera Sera', Doris Day - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZbKHDPPrrc What does the Italian Que Sera Sera translate Which 1956 Hitchcock thriller featured this song? The man who -
(Take the chance for a singalong.) PRACTICAL ACTIVITY
Make an image out of different types of dry pasta, stick onto chipboard or similar with PVA glue. POEM It is 'World Pasta Day' on 25th October. 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 daytime tagliatelle. Je ne spaghetti rien, I responded in song, but she did not linguini for long, 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 feel cannelloni.
2. VATICAN CITY
6. 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
BELLY BUTTON (HE WAS THE FIRST MAN!)
THE SOUTH BANK SHOW
9. IN ST PETER’S BASILICA
10. FLORENCE (ACADEMIA GALLERY)
11. THE SHROUD OF TURIN
12. PUCCINI’S TURANDOT LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, PLACIDO DOMINGO & JOSE CARRERAS
NONE SHALL SLEEP
13. DEATH IN VENICE
14. THE GODFATHER
15. DON'T LOOK NOW
16. TEA WITH MUSSOLINI
MAXIMUS DECIMUS MERIDIUS
18. OLIVER REED
19. BEN HUR
20. DEREK JACOBI
21. FRANKIE HOWERD
TITTER YE NOT
NEOPOLITAN & TUTTI FRUTTI
23. THE ITALIAN JOB
24. FRANCIS JORGE MARIO
BUENOS ARIES, ARGENTINA
25. Benedict XVI — April 19, 2005-Feb. 28, 2013 (The first Pope ever to resign in 2013) John Paul II — Oct. 16, 1978-April 2, 2005 (The first Pope to have an assassination attempt made on his life in 1981) 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.
26. MAY 1982
28. THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN
29. ANGELS AND DEMONS (Based on the Dan Brown book.)
31. THE SWISS GUARD
32. SAINT PETER ("ON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" - MATHEW 16:18)
33. THE HOLY TRINITY
34. MATHEW, MARK, LUKE & JOHN 35. TRUE
36. FOR CATHOLICS WHO COULDN'T EAT MEAT ON FRIDAYS
37. MARGHERITA, PEPPERONI, HAWAIIAN, MARINARA, MEAT FEAST, TRIPLE CHEESE, THIN CRUST, DEEP PAN, STUFFED CRUST
38. According to a poll by YouGov, 65 per cent of Brits like mushroom on their pizza, meaning it edged out ham (61 per cent), peppers (60 per cent) and pepperoni (56 per cent) to finish in first place.
Meanwhile tuna, with 22 per cent, and anchovy, with 18 per cent, were the least popular toppings on the list.
And pineapple divided the country, with 42 per cent of Brits enjoying it as a topping.
39. CINZANO BIANCO ADVERT
AMARETTO CAMPARI NEGRONI MARTINI LIMONCELLO SAMBUCA APEROL GRAPPA
40. TRUE. Italy is the largest wine-producing country in the world (4,796,900 tonnes per annum).
LAMBRUSCO PROSECCO CHIANTI ASTI SPUMANTE MOSCATO SOAVE
43. COFFEE FLAVOURED ITALIAN DESERT (USUALLY WITH A LIQUEUR SUCH AS TIA MARIA)
LASAGNE SPAGHETTI TAGLIATELLE MACARONI RIGATONI RAVIOLI PENNE LINGUINE CANNELLONI ALPHABETTI SPAGHETTI
45. GROUND BASIL, OLIVE OIL AND CRUSHED PINE NUTS
CARBONARA MARINARA NEAPOLITAN ARRABBIATA
47. ITALIAN GRAZI MILLE
NON SO PARLARE
48. VENUS CUPID, HEART, KISS, HUG, CWTCH, ROSES, CHOCOLATES, VALENTINES CARD, CHAMPAGNE
49. 86 YEARS OLD
50. 'Please - RELEASE ME' 'The last - WALTZ'
51. WHATEVER WILL BE WILL BE The man who - KNEW TOO MUCH