4:00 pm - Saturday, June 1

Talk: Paths to Italy (Sold Out)

Amici House, 250 West Date Street, San Diego

Discussions, Talks, Panels & Forums


Dreaming of becoming an Italian citizen, resident, home owner, or more knowledgeable traveler? Join San Diego's Honorary Consul and Convivio Director Tom Cesarini, ICC's CILS Program Director Patrizia Lissoni, and Elena Bernardi of Cultural Italy to discover tips and steps towards Italian citizenship, residence, home ownership, or glorious touring in Convivio's charming space in Little Italy.

To celebrate Italy's Festa della Repubblica, ICC and Convivio collaborate in helping our constitutencies get curious abut how to become... more Italian!

Time for questions and gelato for all from GelatoLove to follow.

All your donations will be split equally between Convivio and Italian Cultural Center, both not-for-profit associations. Suggested donation is $15 per participant.


Tom Cesarini holds a PhD in leadership studies from the University of San Diego, with a specialization in nonprofit research and management. Tom is the founder and executive director of Convivio, a nonprofit organization that promotes Italian culture and heritage. He also serves the community through his role as the Italian honorary consul in San Diego.

Patrizia Lissoni has an extensive experience and expertise in Italian language education. She is adjunct professor of Italian at Point Loma Nazarene University, an AP Italian exam content developers, and the Director of CILS Program for the Italian Cultural Center. In Southern California she taught all levels of Italian at several colleges and institutions, including the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, El Camino College, California State University Long Beach, and Pepperdine University. She dedicates her career to the promotion of Italian language education through scholarship, teaching excellence, and continuous learning.

Elena Bernardi is the visionary owner of Cultural Italy, a premier boutique tour operator. Her company is renowned for crafting bespoke Italian travel experiences with a team of expert travel designers who arrange everything from private transfers and first-class train journeys to luxury accommodations. Specializing in the rich cultural heritage of Italy, the team curates personalized trips that include private drivers and guides, exclusive food and wine tastings, cooking classes, and many unique and authentic experiences. They also provide privileged access to various cultural events such as operas, concerts, and ballets. Attending to a diverse range of clients, from intimate honeymoon escapes to sophisticated business retreats, Elena's team is dedicated to crafting genuine and unforgettable Italian adventures.

Admission/Cost: FREE (But donations (see above) are requested).

Amici House
250 West Date Street
San Diego, CA

Saturday, June 1 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM