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Festa Gioia Spring is Here


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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 La Primavera 2015
Sunday April 19

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 April 2015
La Primavera

A wonderful La Primavera by Botticelli video! https://youtu.be/qwZn852brII

Vera, la verita’ in Italian means "real, true and actual"--The Truth. If you think in terms of nature, seeds are planted and the rains come in winter, and the reality of those seeds planted is in the blooms, fruits, and flowers, The first blooms of Spring are usually the brightest and most perfect blooms, and we can see the truth and the reality of what was planted. The Italian language is beautiful to me, and this is a beautiful word, La Primavera, the first truth, the first reality, the first bloom. I love to think of our lives in terms of seasons. We all have at some time the winter months, not much daylight, cold, wet, dormant and it can be a reflective time of quiet--then Spring where thoughts, ideas, and new life begins to bloom for us.  This is what we will celebrate at Festa Gioia La Primavera, Sunday, April 19 from noon to six p.m. with new items from Italy, beautiful and cheerful pieces. Come over for lunch and shopping "Italian Style"!

What’s going on in Italy in Springtime? Rome's birthday. The date of Rome's founding in 753 B.C. is celebrated on April 21st, so if you’re in Rome, watch for festivals, concerts, and special events. There's usually a fireworks display over the Tiber River and gladiator shows around the Forum area.

One of the best artichoke festivals is in Ladispoli near Rome during the second weekend of April. The 25th of April is Liberation Day commemorating the end of World War II in Italy. Enjoy a little Passegiata, stroll through Roma with Rick Steves. I love to walk the streets of Rome early in the morning or in the evenings, by myself, or with others. Make sure to visit the Villa Borghese Museum for one of the best collections of artworks in Italy. Here is another great 25-minute video about springtime in Baroque Rome. Many towns hold fairs, concerts, food festivals, or special events. Some places still ring bells to commemorate the original day of liberation for Italy on April 25, 1945.

Saint George's Day: In Caresana in the Piedmont region, Saint George's Day on April 23 is celebrated with the Palio dei Buoi, a parade of floats pulled by oxen. Saint George is the patron saint of farm workers.

Festival of San Marco. Saint Mark, San Marco, is the patron saint of Venice, and there is a festival in Saint Mark's Square Venice on April 25 including a procession to the basilica. On this day in Venice, you should give a rose to your loved one. Find out more in Go Italy.

Italy is a marvelous place to visit in the spring. The weather is good, the tourism is not at its peak, the artisans are busy creating for the summer crowds, and you will get to spend more time with the locals. Please see below about travel to Italy.



Little Italy ArchCongratulations Little Italy San Jose and thanks to those who contributed to the Little Italy Arch. Make sure to visit this developing community for lunch or dinner, Much more to come on Julian, including Little Italy Kids Italian School. Learn more: www.littleitalysj.com

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

Italian American Heritage Foundation San Jose Regional Lunch Sicily
Date: April 16 (Thursday)
Time: 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Place: 425 North Fourth Street, San Jose
More information: www.iahfsj.org

Gioia Cooking Class with Valentina
Un Pranzo da Arance, Cooking with Oranges Class and Lunch
Date: April 18 (Saturday)
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos
What to Bring: $55, apron, cutting board, adventurous spirit
RSVP and Pre-Register: 408.640.6628 only a few spots left
Click here for flyer.

Easter EggsFesta Gioia La Primavera Lunch and Shopping Experience Italian Style
Date: April 19 (Sunday)
Time: Noon to Six p.m.
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court Los Gatos
New Items From Italy
Please Bring a Friend
RSVP: 408.640.6628

Notte d'Amore
Date: April 25th
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Little Italy San Jose Piazza Piccola  350 W. Julian behind Bel Bacio Cafe
Tickets: $45 in advance, $55 at door if space permitted. Contact 408.299.5115
Support the County of Santa Clara's Florence, Italy, Sister County Commission as they present an evening of opera with the First Street Opera Singers. The event is held to benefit programs in the Italian arts and culture as well as providing scholarships to enhance the study abroad experience for college students in Santa Clara County.
Learn More: www.sccgov.org/florenceevents


Festa Gioia May
Mark Your Calendars - Gifts for mothers and weddings and graduations and more!
Date: May 9 (Saturday before Mother's Day)
Date: May 9 (Saturday)
Time: Noon to Six p.m.
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court Los Gatos
RSVP: 408.640.6628

Pasquale Esposito in Concert
"The Voice of a Legend"
Date: May 2 (Saturday)
Place: San Francisco, CA
Tickets: 408-528-6308

 "La Notte Canta"
Date: July 26 (Sunday)
Place: Morgan Hill, CA
Tickets: 408-528-6308
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
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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!  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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Gioia Company LLC