3 SATURDAYS, starting on March 23 Introduction by Anna Brusutti UCSB Film and Media Department FREE ADMISSION Cari Amici – Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2024 movie line-up of Cinema Italiano Classico. In this year's line up we find three beautiful movies, directed by three of the most talented directors in the history of Italian cinema: Mario Monicelli, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Federico Fellini. Check out all the details in the link below. We look forward Read more [...]


Cari Amici - Dear Friends, it will be an exciting  first half OF 2024 for us at ICHF as  this year we have added three new and interesting events to our traditional line up.  We are sure you will find  them interesting and stimulating. IL PRANZO DI CARNEVALE  -  February 10, 2024,  La Cumbre CC CANCELLED  CINEMA ITALIANO CLASSICO. (March 23-30 and April 6, 2024).  Still FREE! Save the dates! Last but not the least: LORENZO  DE' MEDICI, a.k.a. IL MAGNIFICO, Read more [...]


Cari Amici/Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure to announce the details of the 2023 Il Pranzo di Natale, a Xmas luncheon at La Cumbre Country Club. As in the past, our good friends and La Cumbre CC’s members, Fred and Diane Sidon, booked our group — this time for a festive meal with Italian flavor.  Additionally,  there is also a way to buy wine, beer and soft drinks from the Club's bar which will be detailed below. We can now sell drinks “tickets” you can use to buy wine, Read more [...]


INTRODUCTION Pompeii was originally settled around the 7th century BC by the Oscan peoples. The port city was in a prime location  for trade as well as farming. The rich volcanic soil from earlier eruptions of Vesuvius created prime farmland for grapes and olive trees. By the turn of the first century A.D., the town of Pompeii, located about five miles from Mount Vesuvius, was a flourishing resort for the most distinguished citizens of the Roman Empire. Elegant houses and elaborate villas—many Read more [...]