Italian Scotland SCIO - Scottish Charity Number SC044660












Italian Dinner Dance/Exhibition

You are invited to the 45th Anniversary of the Lucchesi nel Mondo (Scotland).
The date of the Dinner Dance is Sunday, 19th October, 2014. The venue is the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.

The entertainment will be Angela & Paolo, Barbara Bryceland & Martin. The starting time is 6.30pm.for 7pm. The ticket price is £25.
Our chosen charity for the evening is Marie Curie Cancer Care, so we hope to do well for them, especially with our Hon Consul Leandro's position with it.
Organisers would like people to contact the numbers listed below to book & purchase tickets.

They also intend to have an exhibition of Scots/ Italian Families that evening as well, so spread the word that they are still looking for more family collages to be handed in for inclusion. They will be returned. If a good response is made for this, the Lucchesi nel Mondo can use other venues to host the exhibition.

The contact numbers for bookings/memorabilia for exhibition are -

Leana Biagi. - 0141 886 2869
Michael Lemetti. - 07903133875
Marco Vannucci. - 07954175893
Irene Vannucci. - 07954173276


Italian Family Day - La Vendemmia

You are invited to a unique event for all families, members and friends of the Italian Community in Scotland - "La Vendemmia"
Sunday 5th October 2014. Doors open 3pm ends by 10pm at The Shed, 26Langside Ave, G41 2QS Glasgow

The Pino Leto Band & special guest Martino will be singing traditional opera arias, Paesano, Neapolitan and regional Italian tunes.

Complimentary food and drinks will be supplied by Sartis, The Butterfly and Pig, Buongiorno,
Battlefield Rest, Bella Fresca, Bella Vita, Volare, Mediterraneo, La Florentina and others to come ...

Bringing the members and friends of the Scots Italian community together

Free entry, children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
To book tickets email:


Italian Language Classes

We know you were waiting for them...

Our new ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES are ready! And you??

For more detailed info, please visit our website.

Or just drop us an email:

Villa Latina Book

If you know the area of Villa Latina well or have relatives from the area round Cassino you will be interested in this new book which has finally found a publisher ...

Italy at the Fringe

There is an amazing range of Italian performers and shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe/Festival. Around 40 Italian companies are presenting shows/concerts/exhibitions/events – twice the normal number. You can check them out here 



Aldo Faccenda

It was with great sadness that all at ItalianScotland SCIO heard of the death of Aldo Faccenda - CoCAIS (Vice President 2005-2007).
Born: 2nd January 1948
Died: 16th August 2014

One of the Scottish Italian Community’s less prominent but most enthusiastic supporters of all things Italian passed away on 16th August 2014. Born near Picinisco (FR) and growing up in Glasgow he was involved for many years with the organisations for Italians in Scotland including, Casa D’Italia, CoCAIS and Circolo Italiano Di Greenock. He will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him in the Scottish Italian community.

An online memorial service has been set up by his family as many people may be in Italy during the month of august. For messages of condolence, please click here.


Italian Awards

It's that time of year again when the Scottish Italian Awards get underway. Get the 26th October in the diary! Keep up to date on twitter @italianawards.



COMITES Elections

The COMITES – Commitato per gli Italiani all’estero is an official body recogniosed by the Italian Government which is established to support the interests of Italian citizens living abroad. The Scottish COMITES has its own website which gives an idea of its role.


The time has come for elections to this body and a decree of the Italian parliament has been published to this effect. The official announcement follows:


The renewal of the Comites shall take place according to the provisions of Law 286/2003, which provides for the establishment of one Comites “in each consular district where at least 3,000 Italian nationals reside”. 

The above legislation stipulates that the right to vote be exercised by post, as per Law 286/2003, and that the electoral pack be sent only to those electors meeting the relevant legal requirements and who make a specific request to the relevant consular office. 

The date of the elections shall be notified at a later date, and they shall take place in the month December.Please note that the above measure, albeit statutory as of the date published, is subject to parliamentary conversion. 

Applications to be included in the electoral list may be sent as of now by post to:

Consolato Generale d’Italia
Elezioni Comites
32 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HA

or alternatively:

provided it is accompanied by a copy of the ID of the applicant.

Applications must reach the Consular office at least 50 days prior to the date chosen for the elections.

Please visit for further updates


Italian Chapel Theft

Three hand-carved wooden stations of the cross have been stolen from Orkney's famous Italian Chapel.The chapel was built during World War Two by Italian prisoners-of-war and has since become a tourist attraction.


Fourteen stations were gifted by the chapel's creator Domenico Chiocchetti and his wife in 1964.

The Secretary of the Italian Chapel Preservation Society, John Muir, said the theft of the 'Stations of the Cross' plaques was "devastating". The plaques are approximately 6in by 8in with a small wooden cross on the top edge.


New website

Look at this fantastic new website full of all the goodies you could ever imagine from the Valcomino Picinisco area ...not only all the cheeses and liqueurs you could dream of, but also information on where to stay.


Bear Grylls seeks Italian participants for new series  

Do you want to take part in a new TV series with Bear Grylls & overcome a personal obstacle in your life?

Television production company betty (London, England) are currently making a brand new series for Discovery International with world-famous adventurer Bear Grylls. They are carrying out a worldwide search for people who want to overcome a personal challenge or obstacle in this exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity.

The sensitive series sees Bear Grylls travel to a wild and remote location with a travel companion, who has a personal challenge they wish to overcome. These companions are not survivalists themselves, but rather real people who have stories to share and the urge to overcome their individual hurdles, to regain confidence within themselves.

They are looking for people who have been struggling with a fear or phobia (whether this is a fear of heights, insects, water, darkness or claustrophobia etc.), or someone who is generally unhappy with their lifestyle and in desperate need of a change – be it obsessive behaviours or unusual eating habits (e.g. OCD, picky eating) – they would love to hear from people who are willing to face their fears and issues head on to make a change. Each episode will aim to achieve the impossible and hopefully change someone’s life for the better through determination and courage.

They are looking for people worldwide but are currently interesting in hearing from Italians aged 18 and above, with a good level of English who fit the above criteria.

The team are working with a full support network on location and a medical professional and psychologist will also be on hand throughout filming. Duty of care to contributors is of utmost importance.

If you are held back by a fear, phobia or personal challenge and want to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please call or email the team: | 0207 290 0204


Italian Flight Guide

  • Barrhead Travel
    • Glasgow to Venice - each Saturday morning until October 11
  • Easyjet
    • Edinburgh to Milan Malpensa - flights from 30 Jan to 25 Oct
    • Edinburgh to Naples - flights from 23 April to 19 Oct
  • Ryanair
    • Glasgow Prestwick to Pisa - flights from 4 June to 27 Sept
    • Glasgow Prestwick to Rome (Ciampino) - flights from 1 April to 25 October
    • Edinburgh to Bologna - flights from 1 April to 27 Sept.
    • Edinburgh to Pisa - flights from 1 April to 25 Oct
    • Edinburgh to Rome (Ciampino) - flights from 31 Jan to 31 Oct
  • Jet 2
    • Glasgow - Rome (Fiumicino) - flights from 3 April to 26 Oct
    • Edinburgh to Venice (Marco Polo) - flights from 4 April to 27 Oct
    • Edinburgh to Verona - flights from 14 May to 1 Oct
  • Thomson flights (Charter)
    • Glasgow to Naples - flights (on Fridays) from 4 April to 24 October



ItalianScotland on Social media
In the era of Facebook and Twitter it makes sense to keep in touch via
social media. Our Facebook page is updated almost daily with news and events or interest to members and friends of the Scots Italian Community. 

Just look up ItalianScotland on Facebook and click “like”.
We are now into the third year of our Facebook presence. It has more than 1300 signed up followers and reaches a different audience to the newsletter recipients - much younger, less likely to be involved in formal associations. Posts can reach 6000 people in less than 24 hours! Our Facebook page engagement has shown a more than 200 per cent increase on last year, which shows the importance of us using social media to communicate.
Remember to follow us also on Twitter at @ItalianScotland.



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Italian Scotland SCIO - Scottish Charity Number SC044660