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Buona Pasqua 2017


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

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for yourselves, and for those special occasions.

Festa Gioia April 2017! 

Secondo Pezzo, Mezzo Prezzo, Limoncello Class, and Buona Pasqua
Second Piece Half Price, Limoncello Class, and Happy Easter and Passover

|FNAME|*April is a favorite month of mine to visit in Italy. The Italians celebrate the Easter Season as one of the most important of the year.
The piazza is normally filled with Italian school children on a holiday with their  classes, visiting the historical sights of Italian cities, and playing soccer in the square, often still in their school uniforms. The artists are creating to ready their shops  for the peak tourism season, and the spring weather is usually beautiful; trees are filled with blossoms and the countryside filled with flowers.  (The picture below is of the poppies of Spello by Anne Robichard.)

Anne Robichard Spello Poppies

For fun with Italian Easter recipes, I have  previously written about our Sicilian Aunt Margaret and her Pupo con l’uovo Easter cookies. Click here for a recipe close to hers.  In most of Italy you will find at this time Easter breads and Marzipan sweets. 


Easter, the day Christ rose from the dead, the good news of life after death, is celebrated in Italy the week before Easter, Holy Week, including Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Easter is officially not over on Sunday, but on the following Monday, known as Pasquetta, or Little Easter. Italians head out of town for a gita, or field trip on this national holiday.

The Jewish holiday of Passover is also called Pasqua in Italian. In Roma you can visit the Jewish Quarter and you can tour the historical sights learning Jewish history; there is much to learn, to enjoy, and to celebrate together. (Click here to learn more.)

Lake Trasimeno Umbria

If you are in Umbria for Pasquetta, expect businesses to be closed, and the region’s numerous parks and natural areas to be filled with la gente Italiani, (Picture of Lake Trasimeno, Umbria) St. Francis of Assisi. Assisi Umbria is known to be the first to set up stations where the faithful can pray. These stations were the start of the Way of the Cross (La Via Crucis), often sculptural or painted representations, which Mass at St. Petersthen became live actors. You will find many ways to worship in Umbria.

Enna, in Sicily, has a large procession on Good Friday, with more than 2,000 friars dressed in ancient costumes walking through the streets of the city. Trapani, also in Sicily, is a good place to see processions, held several days during Holy Week. Their Good Friday procession, Misteri di Trapani, is 24 hours long. These are just a few of the reasons it is beautiful to be in Italy at this time.

When in school in Rome we had opportunity to attend Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican said by Pope Paul VI. As students we were seated in the first few rows in the St Peter’s Square.

Since then I have very special memories of the Holy Week experience attending mass at St John Laterano for Palm Sunday, and climbing up the Holy Stairs on our knees in prayer (La Scala Santa ) with Dad, Mary, sister in law Julie, niece Katie and our son Ben.  (Click here to learn more about La Scala Santa.) 

Easter 1998

Many of you have had Easter experiences in Italy; so please share them with me.

This month at Gioia we celebrate with you the Secondo Pezzo Mezzo Prezzo, Second Piece Half Price event during the entire month. It is time to pick up that item you have had your eye on! It's also a great time to shop for weddings, birthdays, and graduations. Come to Festa Gioia on Sunday April 23rd from noon to six, sign up for Valentina’s Limoncello Class on Saturday April 29th from noon to four, or contact us for an appointment at 408-640-6628. We have new items arriving from Italian and U.S. artists just as they have at this time of year in Italia. We celebrate with our Italian friends.

Gioia Company will be supporting the efforts of Little Italy San Jose on an upcoming Boutique Fundraiser in Los Gatos featuring April Martin Jewelry Designs, Bling Tie Affair, and Gioia Italian Art and Products. Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 18th, more details to come. 

Buona Pasqua tutti!

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Gioia jewelryFesta Gioia April
Secondo Pezzo Mezzo Prezzo, Second Piece Half Price

Date: Sunday, April 23
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos      
RSVP 408-640-6628

Valentina's Limoncello Class
Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos
To learn more, click here. 
RSVP 408-640-6628

They host many Italian Cultural Events each month:
For more information click this link: http://www.iahfsj.org/#!events/cfvg
Mark your calendars for Italian Family Festa  August 26 and 27th, 2017 in San Jose, California: Click this link for more information: https://www.italianfamilyfestasj.org/


The growing Little Italy San Jose Area is in downtown San Jose near the San Jose Arena and Guadalupe Park THEY INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE EFFORTS. Check out the projects and follow the news by clicking this link. http://www.littleitalysj.com/


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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 2017!! 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
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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
Fall 2017.
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!  Contact info@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.

See you soon...

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