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Buon L'Estate, Happy Summer


always opened by appointment in Los Gatos.
Call Kathy
 408.640.6628 or
Contact at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com.
And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com

Festa Gioia Open House and Limoncello Class -- July 17 

RSVP by return email or call 408.640.6628 or contact Kathy at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com

Grazie from Gioia! We all celebrated ten years of Gioia and many birthdays. Here is the link to the pictureshttps://www.facebook.com/gioiaitalianartandproducts/posts/1018686281512169

Gioia also was recognized by City Beat News for our “Excellence in Customer Service.” We love our clients! https://awards.citybeatnews.com/Gioia-Company-Los-Gatos-CA 


And always available for your convenience online at www.gioiacompany.com
Shop now at Gioia Italian Piazza Experience...
for yourselves, and for those Spring and Summer occasions.
Gioia Wedding Ideas: https://gioiacompany.com/webshop/category/wedding/8/238

Welcome l'Estate!
Welcome Summer!


Lago Bracciano, Fireflies, Butterflies and Limoncello

Butterfly maskThe only time this Californian has seen fireflies was unforgettable for me. I was a college student in Rome, Italy.

One afternoon we took the train to Lago Bracciano, about 32 kilometers or 20 miles north west of Rome and about the same distance from the Mediterranean Sea. This is a fresh water lake and the trains go from Roma Ostiense rail station on a regular basis, and the trip is about one hour direct. This rail station is near the Pyramid Building and was built more recently around 1940. It is located near the Cathedral of Rome, San Giovanni Laterano, where also you will find the Holy Stairs.

We got off the train and walked toward the lake through a large field that was being cultivated by a tractor late in the day to avoid the heat. In the distance we could see a bar/ristorante on a small pier out on the Lake. After an excellent late summer night dinner there we walked back up the hill surrounded by thousands of fireflies Lucciole. 

Bracciano Castle and LakeI know the tractor will not be there today, but the ancient towns of Bracciano, Anguillara Sabazia and Trevignano Romano will enchant you, and the fireflies.in spring will entertain you. Anguillara Sabazia is built on the only small peninsula on the lake and you can walk about 2 miles to an undeveloped Lake Martignano. You can visit the 15th Century Castello Odescalchi in Bracciano, you can take a small boat or pedalo, paddle boat, on the lake, or you can swim and fish, In Trevignano there are several walks along the lake and a sailing center.

The water is very clean as this is the reservoir for the drinking water of Rome and power boats are forbidden unless they are fishing for the local restaurants. Many Romans escape the heavy tourist seasons by spending the day on this peaceful lake.

Join us in July for Festa Gioia and limoncello making (see below) on Sunday July 17. Open house noon to six, the Limoncello Class begins at noon.  

butterfly pendants
Gioia offers something different, the small plates of Amalfi in butterflies design, the butterflies pattern centrotavola, table centerpiece runner and the butterfly Millefiore Pendants both from Venezia in addition to many beautiful ceramic designs, bottles for your limoncello and olive oils, limoncello cups and much more.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Italian Festivals in August. Gioia will be on the road to you in Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose. Buona Estate, Happy Summer

How to get to Lago Bracciano

Lago Bracciano

Take the “Viterbo” line to Bracciano.  Trains leave from Ostiense and Trastevere.  You can take the Metro B line to Piramide and then switch to the train there. (The train station attached to Piramide is Ostiense). Trains leave every 30 minutes, except on Sundays and holidays when they are less frequent. Read More https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Lake_Bracciano




blue butterflies on tileLittle Italy San Jose Italian Night at the Earthquakes
Date: July 16 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Avaya Stadium San Jose
Tickets: http://www.littleitalysj.com/ PROMO CODE: Italia16 

Festa Gioia Estate, Summer Festa
Date: July 17 (Sunday)
Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Open House
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court L.G.
RSVP: 408-640-6628
Come and see the new items for your summer fun

Limoncello Class with Valentina
Date: July 17 (Sunday)
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court L.G.
Cost: $55 Lunch Included 
Registration required 408-640-6628
What to Bring
8 fragrant lemons or oranges
1 peeler
34 oz everclear or vodka...
Container with Lid to Hold the Mixture
Spirit of an Italian Adventurer!
For more information, click here.


Date: July 21 (Thursday)
Time: Noon
Italian American Heritage Foundation
425 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408.293.7122
Fax: 408-293-7154
Email: iahfsj@iahfsj.org
Many Italian Cultural Events take place each month
Such as cooking classes, regional luncheons, cena fuori (dinner out at local Italian restaurants), language classes and the upcoming festival. Please join in and check out their website!
For more information: http://www.iahfsj.org/#!events/cfvg
La Notte Canta Pasquale Esposito in Concert
Date: July 24th (Sunday)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Guglielmo Winery Morgan Hill
Tickets: https://www.ticketriver.com/event/19114 or call 408-528-6308

Villa Montalvo Arts Center Saratoga
Summer Luncheon Series Wednesdays and Summer Classes
Make your reservations today! http://montalvoarts.org/calendar/7/2016/ 

Upcoming Italian Festivals

Mark Your Calendar! More info to come!

August 6,7: Sacramento Italian Cultural Society Festival
August 20: San Francisco Italian Athletic Club Festival North Beach 
August 27, 28: Italian Family Festival San Jose Italian American Heritage Foundation
October 2: Little Italy San Jose Italian Street Festival

GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS always opened by appointment in Los Gatos. Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or Contact kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com
And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2016!! Save the Dates!!

Casa Ida Vietri sul MareCAMPANIA

Thinking of staying in the Vietri sul Mare region? Here is a B & B owned by one of our friends in Italy, check it out.  
CASA IDA Historic House Rental & B&B Italy
Campania, near Vietri sul Mari, 
Cava Dei Tirreni, Campania, Italy
Or on Facebook

Sorrento vacation postcardSORRENTO

Sorrento Emotions and Dreams
Italian Specialist and Local Residents
Luxury, tailor made vacations
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri and all of Italy
Enjoy holidays, short breaks, weddings, honeymoon, dining, cooking, shopping, scuba diving, water activities, coastal excursions with personal crew.
Contact Signore Tonino Pepe, pepetonino@hotmail.it, and tell him Gioia Co. sent you.

Puglia, Italy with Valentina
Sept. 1-12, 2016. (She takes groups at this time each year.)
Travel through the Puglia region
A step into real Puglia with Valentina, author, designer, artist and native

UMBRIA/TUSCANY-- Right on the border
Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contactinfo@gioiacompany.com or 408.640.6628 for a special introduction to the owner. Sleeps six or 12. Two stories. Separate units. Beautiful view. Organic olive grove. Walking trails. Full kitchen. Swimming pool.

Travel with those that live there and learn about the culture.
Italy the Beautiful Tour September 1 -11, 2016.
Thanksgiving Tuscany Tour November 20 – 28, 2016.
Contact: italy@italiancenter.net, 916-482-5900

See you soon...

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Gioia Company LLC

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