Il Punto": Participation approval in a "Perpetual Reading" session of Dante's Comedy 

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Lo scorso anno, in occasione del 7mo centenario della morte di Dante, la citta' di Ravenna, in Italia, ha organizzato la Lettura Perpetua della Divina Commedia.

Maggiori informazioni sull'iniziativa possono essere trovate sul sito

Da ora fino al prossimo centenario, è stato deciso che ogni giorno, davanti alla tomba del Poeta, un lettore diverso leggerà un canto della Commedia, che viene trasmesso in diretta e memorizzato su facebook e youtube.....

Lo scorso anno "Il Punto" ha partecipato a tali festeggiamenti leggendo da Seattle alcuni dei principali canti della Commedia. A seguito di questa iniziativa, "Il Punto" ha inoltrato alla cittá di Ravenna la richiesta per poter partecipare ad una sessione di Lettura Perpetua.

Ebbene, la risposta è arrivata. Siamo felici di comunicare che il 21 Agosto 2022 un rappresentante de "Il Punto" leggerá il Canto V dell'Inferno davanti alla tomba di Dante, in Italia.

Pensiamo che questo omaggio che la nostra associazione porterá al sommo Poeta sia un onore per tutti gli Italiani o Italoamericani de "Il Punto" di Seattle.

Nel ringraziare la nostra membership e tutti i partecipanti alle conversazioni in Italiano che hanno animato le nostre iniziative anche in questi duri anni di pandemia, vogliamo comunicare la nostra intenzione di donare alla Cittá di Ravenna e all'organizzazione delle letture perpetue una  targa/certificato come ricordo della partecipazione de "Il Punto" di Seattle a questa magnifica iniziativa.

Per ulteriori informazion: , Mario Cazzanti ph: 507-358-0142  e-mail:

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Last year, on the occasion of the 7th centenary of Dante's death, the city of Ravenna, in Italy, organized the Perpetual Reading of the Divine Comedy.

More information on the initiative can be found on the website

From now until the next centenary, it has been decided that every day, in front of the Poet's tomb, a different reader will read a canto from the Comedy, that is broadcasted live and stored on facebook and youtube...

Last year "Il Punto" took part in these celebrations by reading from Seattle some of the main cantos of the Comedy. Following this initiative, "Il Punto" forwarded last September the request to the city of Ravenna to participate in a session of Perpetual Reading.

Well, now the answer has arrived. We are happy to announce that on August 21, 2022 a representative of "Il Punto" will read Canto V of the Inferno in front of Dante's tomb, in Italy.

We think that this tribute that our association will bring to the great Poet is an honor for all the Italians or Italian Americans of "Il Punto" in Seattle..

In thanking our membership and all the participants to the Italian conversation classes that have animated our initiatives even in these hard years of pandemic, we want to communicate our intention to donate to the City of Ravenna and to the organization of perpetual readings a plaque/certificate as a reminder of the participation of

"Il Punto" of Seattle to such magnificent initiative..

For further information: Mario Cazzanti ph: 507-358-0142 e-mail: .

Conversation Groups

Want to improve your spoken Italian, but don't know where to start? Sei nel posto giusto!

Our Italian Conversation Groups are a great way to practice speaking Italian with others and to improve your knowledge of the language. Friendly and helpful moderators, who are native Italian speakers, guide the discussion. They offer fun facts to stimulate your growth as a language learner and expand your knowledge of Italian culture. Topics range from history, literature, music and art to news, food, cinema and travel. 

These small gatherings of 4-8 people allow everybody multiple opportunities to practice their Italian. We offer both a Beginner Conversation Group and an Intermediate/Advanced Conversation Group, open to members and non-members.

How much does it cost?

The price is $10 for members of Il Punto and $20 for non-members. (Covid-19 Hardship price of $0 is currently also available.) If you are not already a member join now to take advantage of the reduced rate and other benefits!

All proceeds support the Italian conversation program and help make it available to both local and distant communities as well as those who may be unable to travel to in-person sessions. We are extremely grateful to our Conversation Group moderators who volunteer their time and are truly the heartbeat of this program.

When and where?

Due to the current restrictions on social gatherings, the Conversation Groups are currently held online via Zoom, on Saturday mornings. 

Normally, the Saturday morning Conversation Groups are in Seattle and on the Eastside at Tutta Bella Pizzeria in Crossroads/Bellevue. Check the calendar for details on dates, times and location of the upcoming groups and to register directly online for the group that's right for you. For further information contact us or email directly our coordinator


If you are unable to attend a Conversation Group for which you have signed up, please contact us as soon as possible at If we are able to fill your spot from our waiting list, we will issue a credit which can be used for future Il Punto registrations.

What Participants are Saying ...

“Il Punto conversation groups—whether online or dal vivo—are an invaluable resource for Italian language learners. The facilitators do a fabulous job of creating entertaining and useful language learning experiences tailored to the participants’ levels. They simultaneously support and challenge the learners in an atmosphere that is warm, engaging and low stress. I truly appreciate the effort Il Punto has made to provide such a wonderful learning opportunity and I highly recommend them to curious lovers of the Italian language, from beginners to more advanced.” - Laura Jensen

“I have been attending the conversation groups with Il Punto for a few years. I have to admit, I get a little nervous before each meeting. I worry about my skills and wonder if I will be at the same level as the others. However, each and every meeting I leave feeling energized, with a new sense of confidence in my language skills. The leaders are all so warm and welcoming, they help instill a sense of fun and make it easy to converse. They are all encouraging and supportive. The new Zoom format works well for these gatherings and I appreciate that they are continuing.” - Anne Zannata Kline

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