January 18 - January Monthly Meeting

For the January Monthly Meeting, Francesca Ventura, founder and fearless leader of our burraco interest group, will offer us all an introduction to BURRACO, the beloved social card game many of us have heard of, some know how to play, and all can certainly take on! We will meet at Misterlino (the cool knitting bar on Strada Maggiore, near Porta Mazzini) for the entire general meeting: at 7:15pm there will be our usual social gathering; at 8:00pm Francesca will speak to us about the history of burraco and the rules of the game, with an informal tournament to follow for whomever wants to stay, enjoy the company and the no-host aperitivo time which will continue right there at Misterlino. A warm, friendly, social time for a dark, cold January evening!

February 15 - February Monthly Meeting

Save the date for the February Monthly Meeting, scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 15th. The topic will be legal considerations of/for international couples.  A no-host aperitivo will follow, location TBD soon.






December Holiday Social Event

Date Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 08:00 PM

The Holiday Social Event is scheduled for Saturday December 16th at 8pm at the very chic and recently renovated I Portici Hotel, via dell'Indipend ...

January Monthly Meeting

Date Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 08:00 PM

For the January Monthly Meeting, Francesca Ventura, founder and fearless leader of our burraco int ...

February Monthly Meeting

Date Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Save the date for the February Monthly Meeting, scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 15th. The topic will be legal considerations of/for i ...


Apero-Cena at Caffe Zamboni

Date Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 06:30 PM

Happy New Year everybody! Please join us at our next no-host kocktailklatch at Caffe Zamboni on Tuesday, January 30th ...


The Graduate

Date Friday, January 26, 2018 - 08:00 PM

 Apologies for the lateness of the Film Fans this year. Hold the date for the classic film, The Graduate. More ...


Educating Our Children

Date Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00 AM

I am happy to announce the next TTT event (still thinking of changing the group name...)! We will meet on ...


Weekly Meetings at Pappare

Date Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:30 AM

From the 8th of November we'll be meeting at Pappare on Via de' Giudei, 2. Hope to see you all there. Lisane ...


Happy new language XChanges!

Date Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 01:00 PM

Dear ladies, let's meet one last time in 2017 to wish everybody Happy New Year in many languages. We ...


Christmas Get-Together

Date Friday, December 15, 2017 - 05:15 PM

Hi Ladies, I would like to invite all IWF families with young children (i.e. under 12) to come informally celebrate ...


Artisan Workshop Visit POSTPONED

Date Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 06:01 PM

Dear Friends, I regret having to inform you that tomorrow's meeting must be postponed as we did not reach a ...


Aperitivo at Sartoria in Piazza Aldrovandi

Date Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 07:00 PM

Join us November 29th at 7PM at Sartoria for an aperitivo.  As always, male and female friends are ...


IWF guided tour confirmation

Date Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Dear IWF Friends, I am glad to confirm the IWF guided tour of next Saturday 25th of November at the ...


“La Mostra Sospesa” that never took place

Date Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM

September 13, 1973 in  Santiago, Chile: scheduled opening date of the exhibition of the artworks by the three ...


Multilingual chats

Date Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Hi ladies, our next multilingual lunch will be at a classic, near 'La fiera di Santa Lucia' under the Portico in ...


November dinner at Ristorante India

Date Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 08:15 PM

Dear Ladies,   here we are again!  When you like a restaurant it's always a good idea to go back there ...


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