Past Events

We wish to thank all our members for participating in the season's events and for bringing new friends to join our growing membership! A special thanks to our Event Chairs and Board members who work so diligently and professionally to make your events special.

We are very excited about the events planned by the Board to celebrate and promote Italian culture in Sarasota.

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"Rome: Sculpture and Architecture of Bernini and Barromini"  -  December 2021

  • Rosanne Martorella begins her lecture

  • President, Joe Morra, welcomes attendees

  • Rosanne responds to questions from the audience

  • Event Chair, Eileen Kirk, introduces our presenter, Dr. Rosanne Martorella

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Caravaggio and Artemisia's Rome - November 2021

  • President Joe Morra welcomes everyone to SICE's opening event of the 2021-22 season at Selby Library.

  • Vice-President Brenda Morra introduces Dr. Chrystine Keener, Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art and Culture at Ringling College of Art and Design.

  • Dr. Chrystine Keener discussing Caravaggio's "David with the Head of Goliath."

Luncheon - November 2021

SICE members enjoying lunch at Cafe Epicure following Dr. Keener's exciting and informative lecture on Caravaggio and Artemisia.

Luncheon - April 2021

SICE event at the Prestancia Country Club in April 2021.

A Venetian Reception & Book Discussion Inspired by Marcella Hazan’s "Amarcord”

Venetian Foods and Fun with Friends
Thursday , November 7, 2019 at the Phillippi Estate Park Mansion

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TNT = DYNAMITE - February 25, 2020

SICE sponsored a lecture on Titian’s mythological paintings & Tintoretto’s dramatic religious canvasses. Christine Keener, Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture at Ringling College of Art and Design, gave an animated discussion on art and patronage in 17th century Venice.

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Film Event - February 12, 2020
Italian film lovers enjoyed viewing of “Bread and Tulips” and lunch at Il Conte in Lakewood Ranch.  Joe and Brenda, co-chairs of the event offered insight and discussion.
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A Venetian Reception & Book Discussion Inspired by Marcella Hazan’s "Amarcord”

Imagine the serenade of a gondolier as you taste tantalizing cicchetti and sip your wine. Mouthwatering pasta and Venetian delights were presented in the magnificent setting of the Italian Renaissance Phillippi Mansion on the south bank of Phillippi Creek.


Inspired by world-renowned chef Marcella Hazan's memoir, "Amarcord", SICE had a reception and book discussion that will took you straight to Venice, featuring food and wine drawn from Hazan's recipes, served by Simply Gourmet Caterers.


A video presentation of  that included an exclusive SICE made interview with her son, Giuliano, portrayed her love for the two cities she called home, Venice and Sarasota.