Items on this page link our members and guests to
various subjects we hope will be of interest.
Italian Language Learning Resources
Here are some online language learning resources that our Dante Instructors use for their classes:
We hope these links are helpful as you learn “la bella lingua”-
Loescher Editore is a historic Italian publishing house, based in the heart of Turin, which has been publishing textbooks for 160 years. In more recent years, Loescher has expanded its catalog with texts for the study of Italian for foreigners and offers free online resources.
Its explanations, schemes, and examples are effective and clear. It is recommended as a grammar reference site.
Recommended (and secure) sites for studying Italian Verbs are:
On the opening page you will find the box to write the verb you are interested in. Below the box is a selection of widely used Italian verbs.
Presents verbs in multiple languages
Main Italian newspaper
Corriere della Sera
News, politics, economics and sports with photos, images and videos. Weather, Health, Travel Guides, Music and Online Games.
Il Sole 24 Ore
Economic news, Italian and foreign news, stock exchange quotes in real time and finance, regulations and taxes, funds and bonds, mortgages, loans and jobs.
Newspaper updated 24 hours a day on politics, news, economics, sports, foreign affairs, shows, music, culture, science, technology
Newspaper with constantly updated news and videos on politics, economics, sports, shows, technology, engines, travel, health and foreign countries.
Listen 12 channels radio and audiobooks
Holidays and Festivals Celebrated in Italy
Here is a list of the Italian national holidays plus feast days for some of the major Italian cities
and a representative sample of festivals.
Bocce Ball – An Italian pastime
The popularity of Bocce in America has been on the rise since it swept California in 1989. There are more than 25,000,000 Bocce enthusiasts that have heard of the sport, play recreationally, or play on structured courts in the United States today. Learn more about the history of this Italian pastime and how to play bocce, then come join Dante Santa Cruz at one of our bocce activities.
Santa Cruz Sister City – Sestri Levante
Did you know that Santa Cruz has a sister city in Italy?
For more information on Sestri Levante, check out:
For more information on the Santa Cruz Sister Cities program, check out:
Italian Institutions to visit in San Francisco
Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd., Building C
San Francisco, CA 94123
Istituto Italiano di Cultua