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Black Tie Venetian Ball at the Embassy of Italy
PRICE SUBJECT TO INCREASE! To Purchase and Lock in the Current Price: 1) RSVP; then 2) Visit Eventbrite at MAIN GALA ADMISSION IS AT 8:30 PM VIP ADMISSION IS AT 7:15 PM - The Majesty of Rome; - The Glory of Florence; and especially - The Beauty that is Venice Tonight, travel thousands of miles away and hundreds of years in the past without ever leaving Washington, DC. In a rare opportunity, step on to Italian soil for a very special and elegant evening at the Embassy of Italy. As you enter this incredible and beautiful Embassy, be transported to perhaps one of the most admired countries in Europe. Experience an Italian evening filled with Italian food, open bar, dancing, opera, film, and more! This classic celebration has been one of the hottest tickets to attend in Italy for centuries. Tonight, we invite you to come masquerade style (optional) and dance as they did on the most elegant of dance floors and ballrooms boarding Piazza San Marco, the Piazzetta, the Ducal Palace, or in the Bacino. All this - plus a portion of each ticket sale will benefit the American Cancer Society in memory of a former staff member. We are offering a VIP and GENERAL (Reduced) Admission package. PROGRAM: (VIP OPTION: SEE BELOW - INCLUDES DINNER AND EARLY ADMISSION) 1) ITALIAN OPEN BAR: Toast to Venice and Italy all night long with fantastic Italian wines, beers and other (non alcoholic beverages). 2) ITALIAN DESSERTS: Experience a buffet of authentic Italian desserts. (An optional VIP reception is also available via this website which includes a private reception with exquisite buffet dinner of Italian delicacies). DESERT MENU A Tuscan Village House Dessert Display Tiramisu Canolis Pizzelle, Biscotti, Snowball, Apricot Occhio di Bue, Amarelli Cookies Fresh Seasonal Fruit with Mascarpone Cream Coconut Macaroon dipped in Chocolate Florentines 3) VENETIAN BALLROOM MUSIC (8:30 pm to 10:30 pm): Tonight's Ball will fill the room with Italy’s and Europe's greatest classical ballroom treasures as you dance the night away in this unique, authentic setting. 4) VENETIAN BALLROOM DANCE PRESENTATION & LESSON: A masterful local Ballroom instructor/couple will perform a special dance show highlighting the ballroom classics as danced for centuries in the balls at Piazza San Marco . Following the demonstration, our instructors will offer a brief ballroom lesson to keep you dancing the way Venetians danced for centuries. 5) OPERA PRESENTATION: The first opera was performed in 1600 at the wedding of Maria de Medici and Henry IV of France at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Since then, Italy has created much of the world’s greatest opera. From Monteverdi’s creations at the Teatro San Cassiano, to Rossini’s comic operas such as The Barber of Seville, to the new and rising opera pièces of the 21st Century, the standard for all opera originates in, and permeates, the Italian soul. Tonight we present you with a unique sampling of timeless classics from the leading Opera houses of Italy. Two opera singers will be on hand for a live exclusive performance (from the Baroque, through the romantic period and to today). 6) MASQUERADE CONTEST: 7) LATE DJ & DANCING: 8) WIN A TRIP TO THE CARIBBEAN: 9) CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION: In memory of a former staff member, a portion of each ticket will be goign to the American Cancer Society. For full details about the organization, see . VIP OPTION: For a little extra royalty this evening, you will get: - Early Admission to the Gala (7:30 PM); - Private Champagne Reception; - Special Early Italian Dinner Menu SUGGESTED ATTIRE Black Tie Optional. Minimum of Suit & Tie for men. Casual wear, jeans or sneakers prohibited.

Embassy of Italy

3000 Whitehaven Street Northwest · Washington, DC


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    Not always black-tie but definitely suit & tie (for the men) and cocktail attire (for the ladies) at a minimum. These are the dances tied to charity events, fund raisers, inaugurals and other formal affairs. Tickets are seldom cheap, but the chance to get dressed up and dance is always worthwhile, even more so when it supports a good cause.

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