Virtual Experiences

Italy, Italians, festivals and folklore, rural life and cuisine, art and history fuse together in my passione for all things Italian.

When I’m not able to share this enthusiasm through my guided Umbrian hilltown tours, this passione heads online in my Virtual Experiences.

Click here for enthusiastic comments of participants in these online Italy insights.

These are free insights into all things Italian but your generous donations allow me to fully dedicate time and energy towards this exciting new project. Mille grazie!


Upcoming virtual experiences:

Italy’s Uplifting Pagan-Christian Rites

Saturday, July 11th, 8 pm Italy (C.E.T.)
(2 pm New York, 1 pm Chicago, 11 am Los Angeles)

Italy's Uplifting Pagan-Christian Rites
taly’s UNESCO Cultural Intangible Heritage turns vividly tangible in my talk, “Italy’s Uplifting Pagan-Christian Rites.” From north to south, the festivities of Italy’s intangible heritage embody centuries-old rites, all profoundly tied to the land and interweaving religious traditions and pagan roots. Join me to find out why Italy’s astounding UNESCO Cultural Intangible Heritage festivals are “uplifting” quite literally as well as figuratively.
Join

Italy's Uplifting Pagan-Christian Rites
taly’s UNESCO Cultural Intangible Heritage turns vividly tangible in my talk, “Italy’s Uplifting Pagan-Christian Rites.” From north to south, the festivities of Italy’s intangible heritage embody centuries-old rites, all profoundly tied to the land and interweaving religious traditions and pagan roots. Join me to find out why Italy’s astounding UNESCO Cultural Intangible Heritage festivals are “uplifting” quite literally as well as figuratively.
Join

 

To join my ZOOM presentation click here

I will welcome all at 7 40 p.m. for those wishing to say “ciao” and so that you can see that your ZOOM settings are ready to go. We’ll mute microphones at 8 pm and I’ll start my hour-long presentation, taking questions at the end.

If unfamiliar with ZOOM (as I was!), do visit the Getting Started page:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

Suggestion: use the ZOOM desktop app for Windows, Mac OS or Linux for the best experience.
You can test your audio and video  prior to presentation, clicking here:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-Test-Meeting

All my ZOOM presentations are recorded and uploaded to my YouTube channel

All virtual experiences:

 

Italians, HANDS ON: An Explosion of Floral PassionJuly 4th, 2020
On your next trip to Italy, everything will be “coming up roses”; that is, if you center your travels around one or more of central Italy’s glorious floral festivities. In my talk, “Italians, HANDS ON: An Explosion of Floral Passion,” you’ll explore with me floral festivities and ancient traditions of Umbria and Abruzzo. I know you’ll marvel at that extraordinary Italian creativity and passione as all the townspeople unite to create floral masterpieces.

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Rural Life RevisitedJune 27th, 2020
This presentation centers on our life on the land in Umbria in the late 1970’s and is a tribute to our rural friends who taught us far more than how to raise ducks, geese, guinea fowl, rabbits and sheep, how to transform a pig into prosciutto, how to shear our sheep, prune our olive trees and turn our grapes into wine.
They taught us about life. Our rural friends are givers of the greatest gift.
You’ll know how they have enriched our lives when you meet them in this talk.

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Italians, HANDS ON: From the Family to the PiazzaJune 13th, 2020

The Coliseum and Forum in Rome, Venice’s Piazza San Marco, Florence’s David, Missoni, Prada, Benetton, the pasta, the pizza, espresso and gelato are not Italy’s only attractions.  Another national treasure? The Italians. Hands down.

 

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Comments on Anne’s Virtual Experiences

 

“Anne has once again brilliantly expressed her deep love and understanding of the people and country of Italy. Her new lecture series, Hands on Italy, is full of color, personal anecdotes, history and general knowledge of the place she has called home for almost 50 years.

Her many years as a trained guide gives her a well-paced and entertaining way of imparting knowledge. You’re always ready for more – you taste the culture though all your senses!

Due to  extenuating circumstances, she is using the computer for her work now, instead of her incredible American culinary/cooking  tours and in-person lectures on  Italian life; even though in virtual communication, you still feel you are in a one-on-one conversation with a best friend!  

I would highly recommend this series and only hope that more and more people will have the pleasure of seeing Italy through Anne’s eyes.  A true gem in the treasure trove of a beloved country. “

Nancy C., Silver Spring, MD

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“We SO enjoyed your presentation, especially since so many of us Italophiles are missing Italy so very much……you should be America’s Ambassador to Italy

I’ve said this again and again, but you are incredibly talented, not only in writing, verbalizing, but also your photography.

We can’t wait for your next presentation.”

Deborah S, San Francisco, CA

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“Anne’s talk on Italian gestures and family life was remarkable!  Although I have been to Italy several times, Ilearned so much more about the culture from this effort than all my trips combined.  Anne is a genius at conveying the everyday life of working Italian families .  I look forward to her next talk.

David F., Reston, VA

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“Anne,

Great program today. Being an Italian-American with grandparents from Sicily and great grandparents from Genoa, family and food were and still are the heart of my existence. Thank you for “bringing us home” through your wonderful presentation.

I had tears in the eyes, my mouth was watering and my heart palpitating with your Hands On walk through our  Italian roots.  

We look forward to joining as many of your programs as possible…..(and) the word will be spread.  Grazie mille!!”

Russ P., Belvedere, CA.

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“I was lucky to attend Ann’s zoom presentation on Italians HANDS ON. After being stuck at home because of the pandemic, it was like taking a trip to Italy. I can’t wait for the next one.

Frank C., Boston, MA

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“Annie, I really enjoyed your talk.   Made me homesick for Assisi. Such a wealth of information I gained into the use of hand language.

 So glad you all are able to do a bit of what you’re so good at doing…(and)  know howmuch I appreciate the work you did on the preparing and presentation of the material.   Really liked all the photos.   Avery personal touch that makes your talks so special.”  

Dorothy N., Herrin, IL

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“Although, of course, not as fabulous as doing an in person tour with the “dynamo” Annie, we thoroughly enjoyed the first of, hopefully, many of Annie’s virtual talks.  She certainly brings any topic to life and makes it fun and informative
Grazie”
Sandi & Jerry S., Palo Alto, CA

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“Anne’s first presentation on Italian hand gestures was not only informative but also delightful.  Seeing Anne in her home while sitting in my home in Illinois made made me feel like we were visiting in person.

Anne’s knowledge and humor left me looking forward to many more opportunities to share with my friend.”

Bev Oliveri,  Naperville, IL

Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)