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Welcome Mediterranean Spring

Welcome Mediterranean Spring!

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Italy in Spring means many things to me. I most often visit the few weeks before Easter because the artists are preparing for the tourist season that usually begins at Easter. The piazzas are filled with the Italian school children on their educational trips with their instructors. There is nothing in the world like the Easter Traditions and Celebrations in every city and province in Italy. Please visit Gioia for your gifting this Easter and Springtime. Here you will find ceramic crosses painted in Vietri Italy on the beautiful Amalfi Coast and various other traditional pieces to adorn your tables like Ceramic Eggs, Chickens, Angels from Italy, beautiful glass-blown Easter Eggs from the Santa Cruz Mountains, and many other gifts for Weddings, Birthdays, Graduations, and Anydays. We are always open by appointment 408.358.2004 and online www.gioiacompany.com.

Tuscany and Umbria Spring
Assisi in Umbria boasts a spectacular show of red orange poppies that photographers and painters have embraced and so many ceramic painters choose to adorn their pottery. Florence is still the heart of the Rinascimento, the rebirth of arts. Lean about Mostra Artigianato Firenze which is coming to Florence in April. Mostra Artigianato Firenze is a working artists show that takes place in Fortezza da Basso. This fort was built in the 1500s and is still completely intact. Many exhibits and conferences are housed at this venue in the Tuscan Province each year. (See pictures and more information about the fort by clicking here.)

Rome Spring
During this Holy season Rome will continue celebrating the election of Pope Francesco I and the Vatican City will continue to be filled with pilgrims from all over the world which makes for a magical time to be in the Eternal City. For a Papal Audience you can contact Santa Susanna Church, the American Church in Rome, which has an excellent website that allows you to request tickets online: www.santasusanna.org Letters to the Vatican should be addressed to: Archbishop James Harvey, Prefect of the Pontifical Household, Vatican City 00120. Ph: (011) 39 06 6988 4857; Fax: (011) 39 06 6988 5863

Early April in Roma is Festa della Primavera. A beautiful time to be in the city, the spring festival sees the Spanish Steps decorated with hundreds of pots of bright pink azaleas. Concerts are also held at Trinita dei Monti. Mid-April brings Settimana della Cultura, Week of Culture. National museums and archeological sites have free admission and some sites not normally open to the public may be open all over Italy. Some museums in Rome that participate include the Capitoline Museums and the National Roman Museum, among many others.

Venice Spring

In Venice Festa di San Marco and Liberation Day are celebrated on April 25, a busy day on the Venetian calendar. Saint Mark, Venice's patron saint, is feted on this day with a gondoliers' regatta, with commemorations of the saint at Saint Mark's Basilica, and festivities in Saint Mark's Square. Tradition also holds that the Saint Mark's Day is the day on which men give their wives or girlfriends the "bocolo," the bloom of the red rose. (It is not uncommon for Venetian boys to give a single rosebud to their mothers on April 25.). Liberation Day in Italy, April 25th also marks the anniversary that Venice and the rest of Italy was liberated at the end of World War II.

-- Source: www.goitaly.about.com

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Saturday and Sunday April 13 and 14th FESTA GIOIA SPRING

Welcome Spring with our Italian Glassware Secondo Pezzo Mezzo Prezzo on Glassware Event on April 13th and 14th!
All Italian Glassware we offer to you for Second Piece Half-Price time at Gioia
Many New Items from Italy. Shop for Weddings, Graduations, Mother’s Day and Anyday.


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. During the month of April, enter the word "Bella" at checkout to get your discount on glassware!


Secondo Pezzo Mezzo Prezzo!
Date: April 13 & 14 (Saturday & Sunday )
Time: Noon to 8 p.m.
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Ct., Los Gatos
Italian Shopping Experience
RSVP Kathy 408.640.6628, kathywinkelman@hotmail.com

Seductive Venice -- Meet the Author!
Date: April 16 (Tuesday)
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: IAHF, 425 N. Fourth St., San Jose, CA
Meet Kathleen Ann Gonzales, author of Seductive Venice, In Casanova's Footsteps
RSVP Kathy 408.640.6628, kathywinkelman@hotmail.com

Passion and Pasta
Date: April 22 (Monday)
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Campo di Bocce, Los Gatos, CA
Santa Clara University Fundraiser
For more information and tickets contact Charleen 408.202.3121

Invent Your Future Conference Silicon Valley
Date: April 24 (Wednesday)
Time: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center
Attend a Dynamic Conference and Visit the Gioia Exhibitor Table

Travel with Valentina
Puglia, Italy
April 15 - 24
For more information on this fabulous experience, click here.


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3-Day Mask Making Workshop

Date: May 3, 4, 5 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Location: Pruneyard Plaza Hotel
Bring your Imagination
Artist Carla Almanza-deQuant trained in Florence Italy teaches the Old World, 16th and 17th Century techniques of Venetian Mask Making and Sculpture.
All materials, instruction, daily brunch and beverages included
Pre-registration required. Reservations and payment must be in by April 7th. Space Limited!
RSVP Kathy 408.640.6628, kathywinkelman@hotmail.com

Festa Gioia Mother's Day Celebration

Date: May 10, 11  (Friday, Saturday )
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Ct., Los Gatos
Italian Shopping Experience
Shop for Mother’s Day with a $25 gift certificate for $50 or more purchase from Gioia Company
RSVP Kathy 408.640.6628, kathywinkelman@hotmail.com


Infusion into the Italian Culture
Sept. 9 - 20
Sorrento and more with Tonino
For more information on this amazing trip, click here.

See you soon...

Can't make it? Don't forget to shop online at www.gioiacompany.com
A Glass of Wine, A Cup of Tea and Gioia Italian Art and Products, a formula for a relaxing evening!
Every gift personally wrapped, shipped and guaranteed.

During the month of April, enter the word "Bella" at checkout to get your discount on glassware!

Katherine Winkelman
Gioia Company LLC

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