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Carnevale and San Valentino


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
 Carnevale and San Valentino 2015

RSVP by return email or call 408-640-6628 or contact Kathy at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com


And always available for your convenience online at www.gioiacompany.com

Festa Gioia Febbraio 2015
Carnevale Venezia and San Valentino

The greatest love story, that of Romeo and Juliet, is known around the world. Verona, Italy is the home of Juliet and you can visit her house there. You can leave a love note, ask for advice, and you will most likely receive a reply. Do you know why? You probably know of the play written by William Shakespeare. Did you know that there were other famous writers that wrote and adapted the story before him? 

Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. In 1476 the story was set in Siena and claimed to have been based on a true story.  Another author, Luigi de Porta, moved the story setting to Verona with characters Romeus and Giulietta. He also to be writing about the real life experiences of two Veronese lovers in the early Fourteenth Century. 

Whether or not the story is true, Juliet is still celebrated in her home town of Verona, Italy. Juliet's houseYou can visit her house, look up at the balcony as Romeo did, and sit in the courtyard beneath it contemplating love and life. You may write a letter seeking advice and you may get a response thanks to the volunteers of the Juliet Club. Juliet’s birthday is celebrated every September 1st. Read more by clicking here

Carnival, the greatest masked event of our times, has very ancient origins in Venice. 

It even seems that Carnival was already celebrated in the Tenth Century. During the Serenissima Republic, the celebrations lasted practically six weeks, from the 26th of December to Shrove Tuesday when the bells announced the beginning of Lent. In this period people made merry from morning to night and the Republic tolerated everything. Everybody wore a mask behind which any social difference was temporarily abolished. 

Modern Day Celebrations of the Venetian Carnevale includes a Parade of Boats. Enjoy this video for the next-to-real-life experience! 

We also celebrate with particular sweets that are made for this occasion: the Chiacchiere and the Castagnole. Read more about these luscious sweets by clicking here
Gioia Company celebrates with you the Carnevale Season by offering beautiful masks and Murano jewelry made in Venezia and the USA with 25% discount in February. Beautiful one-of-a-kind masks are wearable and make beautiful home décor. Visit us to celebrate the romantic day of San Valentino on February 14 from noon to six p.m. and enjoy a traditional lunch with Pasta Arrabbiata from Valentina Cirasola's cookbook, Come Mia Nonna, and learn an interesting story about this pasta! 




Venetian MaskFesta Gioia Romance in Venezia 
Date: February 14 (Saturday) 
Time: Noon to Six pm 
RSVP 408.640.6628 
We will celebrate with foods and beverages of the Veneto Region of Italy 
25% discount on Venetian masks and jewelry 
Online use the code Roma at checkout 

Carnevale around the World 
Date: Begins February 17 (Tuesday) 
To visit the official site for Carnevale Venezia (which begins 31 January and ends 17 February) visit: http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/ 

Colombo Club Oakland Carnevale Celebration 
Date: February 28 (Saturday) 
Time: Six p.m. 
More Informationwww.colomboclub.org 
Purchase Gioia Italian art and products at this event 


Little Italy San Jose Arch Unveiling Ceremony 
Date: March 27 (Friday) 
Time: Six p.m. 
Location: W. Julian and North Almaden Blvd  near Paesano Ristorante 
More Information: www.littleitalysj.com 

Santa Clara University Catala Club Great Gatsby Casino Night 
Date: March 28 (Saturday) 
Location: SCU Locatelli Center 
More Information: contact Mary (408.309.4049) 


Italian American Heritage Foundation San Jose Spring Fling Dinner Dance 
Date: April 11 (Saturday) 
More Information to follow: www.iahfsj.org 

Coming This Spring! 

Pasquale Esposito presents A Tribute to the Life of Enrico Caruso 

HBO will air this spring an amazing documentary dedicated to the life and legend of Enrico Caruso by Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito! View trailer by clicking here. 
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 2015!! Save the Dates!!


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,  
Contact Raffealla Baldi 
Cava Dei Tirreni, Campania, Italy 
Or on Facebook 

Sorrento Emotions and Dreams 
Italian Specialist and Local Residents 
Luxury Tailormade 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 
May 27 to June 5, 2015 
Travel through the Puglia region 
A step into real Puglia with Valentina, author, designer, artist and native 
For more information, click here

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. 

See you soon...
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Gioia Company LLC
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