Dante ALighieri Society Denver



Did you know that it was the Italians who, when suffering with the Black Plague in the mid-14th century, realized the need for social separation for quaranta giorni to slow the rate of infection? Thus, the now ubiquitous “quarantine”. As we grapple with the impact of COVID-19, everyone at the Dante Alighieri Society sends our best wishes and our sincere hopes that you and your family are safe and healthy. We are mindful that Colorado's public officials and our nation's health experts are telling us all to shelter in place and we continue to monitor their orders and recommendations. As a result, we have elected to continue our current policy of no cultural meetings and cancellation of Italian classes until those experts who better understand the risk of reopening the country have determined it is safe to do so. We regret having to make such a decision, but we realize it is for the greater good of our Society members, our extended community and beyond. In the meantime, please stay tuned, stay home and stay safe and healthy. In Italiano, per favore, rimanete a casa e rimanete sani e salvi!   Grazie.    John Giardino


With regret, the Dante Alighieri Society cancelled the spring session of Italian language classes, which would have started the week of March 23, 2020, because of the public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus.  Normally, a summer session is offered but that will depend upon public health concerns.  We continue to monitor the situation carefully and will resume classes as soon as it’s prudent.  Please check the Dante Society website for updates, which will also be published in the Notiziario in future months. For more information, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com  Information about the classes is also available on the web site:  https://dantealighieriofdenver.com/classes/language-classes/


Due to the worldwide COVID19 Pandemic, the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver is temporarily suspending both the academic and the music scholarship programs for 2020.  No applications were received this year.  When conditions permit, we will once again offer these scholarships to students interested in studying in Italy and will post these offerings on our website.  Please contact the following people for questions or more information about our scholarship program.

Academic Scholarships:  Dr. John Giardino johncgiardino@comcast.net
Music Scholarships:  Rosanna Patrona-Aurand rosannacolorado@yahoo.com


The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver sincerely thanks all the following individuals who generously contributed to the scholarship fund as of April 10, 2020.  We are particularly grateful to the family of Jason Modlich for establishing a music scholarship in his memory.  Jason, nephew of Rosanna Patrona-Aurand, passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2019.  He was a young man with a promising musical career ahead of him.  Our Society is proud to honor him with this scholarship in his name.

Joseph Adducci

James & Irmhild Aurand

  1. Scott Aurand & Rosanna Patrona-Aurand

Dolores Bammerlin

Sally Brant

Nicholas & Mary Brown

Vera Buffaloe

Dale Coski & Alice Fritz

Daniel & Barbara DiSalle

Gregory & Suzanne Fasing

Anna Maria Ferrari

Robert Gaspar

Dr. John & Erin Giardino

Veronica Goodrich

Jeanne Hadji

Lee & Valerie Haines

James & Suzann Hermanski

Rhonda Hopkins

Jeffrey Jensen & Cynthia Wolls

Michael & Marcy Kennelly

Teri Kimball

Patty Korb

Dennis & Jane Kreischer

Kroger-King Soopers

Gretchen Mann

Camilla Marcantonio

Gianfranco & Pamela Marcantonio

Carol Marsala

Sharla Marshall

Kathy Miller

John & Helen Modlich

Mary Modlich

Steve & Char Modlich

Theresa Modlich

Gloria Patrona

Lisa Prassak

Frankie Reeves

Rendevous Restaurant

Mary Rome

Dr. John E. & Ami Sadler

Bonnie Sasso

Ted & Taube Springston

Vincent & Gay Taglialavore

Thomas & Connie Vervoorn

Leonard & Roberta Waldbaum

Steve & Sue Whitener

Victoria Winterscheidt

To anyone that we may have inadvertently omitted, our sincere thanks for your generous contribution to the Scholarship Fund.

Donations to the Scholarship Fund are accepted throughout the year.  If you wish to support this program, your donations will contribute to scholarships to be awarded in the Spring of 2021.

BENVENUTI  The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver gives a warm welcome to our newest members:  Annette and Dan Davis.


BRIEF NEWS FROM ITALY   News gathered from news sources based in Italy and the USA.

  • The Italian spirit is being demonstrated throughout the nation with singing from balconies while displaying the tri-color flag.
  • Video clips have surfaced numerously on WhatsApp, Facetime, and Facebook showing the beautiful Italian cities with famous names singing in the background such as Pavarotti and Bocelli.
  • Only in Italy you see protective personal equipment made by Armani, ventilators by Ferrari, masks by Gucci and hand sanitizer by Bulgari.
  • All schools and universities have closed for the entire scholastic year.
  • An Italian student stranded in Spain due to the coronavirus crisis has been driven home more than 1,500 kilometers, free of charge by a taxi driver.
  • A professional cyclist (Davide Martinelli) has achieved a moral victory by using his bike to help deliver medicines to elderly residents and others in need during the corona-virus pandemic.
  • All public events including sports have been banned in Italy and people have been ordered to stay at home unless it is essential – for example, to go to work or buy groceries – while the nation battles the pandemic.
  • “When in Rome, stay indoors”. If caught without the stay-home permit form, you face a penalty of between $430 to $3240.
  • Six people were fined for trying to take part in far-right protest in Rome during lockdown.
  • Albania, which has recorded one of Europe’s lowest numbers of cases, has sent 60 nurses to help treat patients in hard-hit neighboring Italy.
  • Italy recently reported the fewest new coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks as government advisers urge caution before any easing of a nationwide lockdown that’s paralyzing the economy.
  • The gardens and fountains are looking more lavish than ever and are flourishing in the absence of an endless trudge of tourists, notes the Italian Director of UNESCO heritage sites.  Along Italian coastlines, the seas are cleaner and more limpid than they have been in over 50 years.  Even the dolphins have returned.
  • Signs of growing tensions last week prompted the Interior Minister, Luciana Lamorgese, to request greater police attention to riots by groups of extremists.

Always and Forever: Italy’s Eternal Love of Cars                                  

Italians love their carsItalians are well known for their love of all things beautiful, and cars are no exception. Last December alone saw a 12.5% increase in car sales, as Italians continued to embrace their four wheeled companions. Cars are not just valued for commuting to work or touring the stunning countryside either: motor racing remains one of Italy’s favorite sports. So where did this love affair begin, and what does the future hold for this country and its cars?

A romantic history.  Fiat was Italy’s first car brand, founded in 1899. Alfa Romeo followed suit in 1910, with the iconic Ferrari bursting onto the scene in 1947.  Today, Ferrari continues to thrive, recently selling more than 10,000 cars per year for the first time. Legend has it that when Ferruccio Lamborghini, a manufacturer of tractors, complained about his Ferrari’s faulty clutch, he was so dissatisfied with the owner’s response that he took it apart himself and swapped it for a tractor clutch. Thus, a new Italian car legend was born. Sports fans also delight in the inspiration and skill of the Maserati brothers, moving from race cars to road cars and winning the Indy 500 twice along the way (the only Italian car brand to do so). Visiting car enthusiasts must head to Modena for its Maserati factory, private car collection displayed by Panini, and the nearby Galleria Ferrari in Maranello.

cars are a combo of tech and love of carsModern marriage.  Nowadays, cars remain an integral part of Italian culture. There are an estimated 625 cars for every 1,000 Italians, making the country one of the highest ranking nations when it comes to car ownership. Many a weekend is spent catching up with friends and family, enjoying good food and good company before lovingly cleaning the car’s paintwork ready for the week ahead. From city air to the bracing salt water by the coastlines, there’s always a good excuse to lavish some TLC on your car in Italy. Fortunately, experts do warn against over-cleaning, so if you’d rather spend time soaking up the culture and sunshine, that’s just fine too.


Forever love.  So, what’s next for Italy and her cars? The smart tech market is flourishing as Italians seek to improve connectivity between their cars and phones, with the market now showing double digit growth and a promising future. The Italian government has also launched its subsidy program for certain electric or hybrid vehicles, helping Italy’s roads become cleaner and greener for future generations.

Italy boasts a proud history when it comes to the development and design of cars, and Italians continue to embrace beautiful design and high functionality today. As thoughts turn to the future, technology is likely to play a big role in making cars even more integral to the Italian lifestyle, and improving the green credentials of the cars on Italy’s roads is an important priority for citizens, manufacturers and the government alike. One thing’s for sure: this love affair has many miles left on the clock.  (Italia Mia)


Dante discount card

Once again, the agreement between the Vatican and the Dante has been renewed once again for the year 2020.   It allows us to visit the museums at a lower price and get in front of the long lines simply by presenting the Dante Society membership card. The cost to visit the Museums is 16 euros per person, and 1 euro if you decide to purchase the Art and Faith DVD on the Treasures of the Vatican.   The Dante membership card may be obtained by contacting Rhonda Hopkins at 720-596-4169, rhop626@gmail.com, or Gianfranco Marcantonio at 303-494-3080 glm3942@yahoo.com .

For additional privileges for Dante members while in Italy, please visit the following site: http://ladante.it/diventa-socio/le-convenzioni



Over the past 2 years, King Soopers has generously donated over $1,200 to our Scholarship program based on your purchases.

Unless the bottom of your King Soopers receipt says “we are donating to the Dante Alighieri Society..” the Dante isn’t benefiting from your purchase.  You can link your King Soopers loyalty card (phone #) to The Dante by selecting BF884 from King Soopers website/community rewards.  It’s a bit complicated:  contact Carol Marsala (clmarsala@gmail.com 303.237.0688) for information.

2020 Calendar