Parli “Napulitano”?

The theme for the 2017 Columbus Italian Festival will be diversity within the Italian peninsula.  Travel north to south and east to west and you will encounter language-coloring elements from French, German, Spanish, Croatian, Greek, and Arabic.  This popular song is written in the Neapolitan dialect; recognize it?

Aissera, Nanninè, me ne sagliette
Tu saie addò?
(Tu saie addò?)

Addò ‘stu core ngrato cchiu’ dispiette
Farme nun pò, farme nun pò

Addò lo fuoco coce, ma si fuje
Te lassa stà (Te lassa stà)

E nun te corre appriesso, nun te struje
Sulo a guardà, sulo a guardà

Jammo, jammo ‘ncoppa jammo jà
Jammo, jammo ‘ncoppa jammo jà
Funiculì, funiculà
Funiculì, funiculà
‘Ncoppa jammo jà
Funiculì, funiculà

Jammo, jammo ‘ncoppa jammo jà
Jammo, jammo ‘ncoppa jammo jà
Funiculì, funiculà
Funiculì, funiculà
‘Ncoppa jammo jà
Funiculì, funiculà

Se n’è sagliuta, oi n’è, se n’è sagliuta
La capa già (La capa già)
E’ gghiuta, pò è turnata, pò è venuta
Sta sempe ccà! (Sta sempe ccà!)

La capa vota, vota attuorno, attuorno
Attuorno a tte
(Attuorno a tte)

Sto core canta
Sempe nu taluorno
Sposammo, oi’ Ne!
(Sposammo, oi’ Ne!)

Jammo, jammo ‘ncoppa jammo jà
Jammo, jammo ‘ncoppa jammo jà
Funiculì, funiculà
Funiculì, funiculà
‘Ncoppa jammo jà Funiculì, funiculà

 

 


La Famiglia Medici

This Sunday our resident art scholar Rosa Di Grottole will present the third class in her series on the Medici family.  From the poor origins of the family through their amassing wealth and power the guiding force in the family was “What is good for the city is good for the family”. This family’s art legacy lives on today centuries after the family itself died out.  Consider the expanse of the Medici family tree:

 

And here is a bit of history from a Youtube video: The Medici

   

If you missed this series then watch our calendar and Facebook page for more classes on the art history of Italy. Learn more of how linked it is to demonstrations of wealth and power by bankers and royalty and popes.

 


Will You Support an American Scholar in Italy?

The Italian Embassy at Washington DC has awarded Ryan Peaks their summer scholarship 2017 at Club Italiano Dante Alighieri a Roma. His classes in Italy will run through much of July allowing him to return in time to attend Wittenburg University in the fall. This means his tuition and lodging are covered but for him to take advantage of this opportunity he needs our support for travel and expenses when in Italy.  Will you help?

The Italian Embassy has made schooling and lodging available for Ryan and we in the central Ohio Italo-centric community are coming together to aid in his airfare, food, and travel within Italy; we are targeting $3,000.  Corporate sponsorship, as will be duly noted in publications, is just $250.  Individuals are guided by their generosity and their desire to assist a student improve his command of the Italian language and bring our two great nations closer together.  Just a small participation from each in the community would help us achieve his goal!





The Rome Language Centre of the Dante Alighieri group was formed in 1981 and specializes in teaching
Italian language and culture to students from all over the world. The Italian Ministry of Education recognizes the school’s high calibre instruction. They are similar to Accademia Italiana Salerno that Italia in Ohio uses for our own study abroad program each year.

A bit about Ryan Peaks: he is a graduating senior at DeSales High School and attended St. James the Less Elementary and middle school. He enjoys Italian class, and isn’t afraid to speak the language. He will benefit from being in the country where he will practice and it will truly bring him to the next level. What a great experience for Ryan in preparation for his first semester in college.

Ryan has been on honor roll for most quarters since freshman year. Ryan’s teachers characterize him as an extremely charismatic individual who is liked by all. They have often situated shy students near him in order for him to “get them out of their shells” and it has worked every time. Your generosity will allow him to grow and make all of us proud to have been a part of his learning process.

So – shall we rally together and send this young man to Italy?  To offer your support contact Sergio Simon at Sergio@ItaliaInOhio.com .