Celebrating Italy on 'World Pasta Day' - OCT 25

“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 go there? 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 this 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)



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?


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 there 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 is the name of this statue by Michelangelo?

11. What it the name of this Catholic religious relic? (It's name includes the place where it is kept)

(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' or negative photo image of Christ 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 Tenors'?

What does 'Nessun Dorma' mean?

ROUND 2. TV & Film

13. Which 1971 film starring 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 -