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VIVA L’ITALIA! A celebration of all things Italian

A celebration of all things Italian comes to downtown Lynchburg on Friday evening,

September 20 at Riverviews Artspace Gallery, 5:00 to 7:00.  Sponsored by the Dante Alighieri 

Society of Virginia in partnership with Riverviews, the event is open to the public without charge.  

            Accordion music will set the mood and greet attendees at the gallery door on 9th Street.

Inside will be Italian wines (cash bar) and light cuisine, pasta demonstration and tasting, as well 

as Italian oil and vinegar tasting.  A mock classroom will feature Italian trivia and games,

and a continuous overhead video will reflect 19th and 20th century Italian history and culture.

  Entertainment will include Italian music performed by Luca and Adelaide Trombetta

with Keith Cooper on guitar.  Barbara Coffey will offer demonstrations and mini lessons on the

accordion, and there will be an invitation to join line dancing to the sounds of Mamma Maria.  

If you plan to attend, let them know by emailing

The date of the event was chosen for the event because of its special significance in 

Italian history.  September 20, 1870 marked the Capture of Rome (Presa di Roma), the final 

event of the long process to unify Italy (Risorgimento), signifying both the final defeat of the

Papal States under Pope Pius IX and the unification of the Italian peninsula under King Victor

Emmanuel II of the House of Savoy.  Today, the date is widely memorialized throughout Italy.  

The Dante Alighieri Society of Virginia was organized in 1998 as an affiliate of the 

international organization in Rome named for Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and author of The 

Divine Comedy.  He is considered the father of the Italian language. 

The Dante Society’s mission is to promote an appreciation for Italian culture and

language. Monthly events include programs on Italian-related topics, film/dinner series, as well 

as travel opportunities.   Funding is provided by member dues.  



September 20, 2019


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm



Dante Alighieri Society of Virginia




Riverviews Artspace

901 Jefferson Street + Google Map

Earlier Event: September 18
LUMC: Forbidden Planet (1956 - G)