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Embassy of Italy

3000 Whitehaven Street, NW

Washington, DC 20008

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- 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 celebrating Sicilian culture 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 and Venetian 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 boarding Piazza San Marco, the Piazzetta, the Ducal Palace, or in the Bacino.

We are offering a VIP and GENERAL (Reduced) Admission package :

I. VIP OPTION (Enters at 7:15 pm):

This is a special VIP Reception for a little extra Venetian touch.

Ticket Price includes:

- Early Admission to the Gala;

- Private Champagne Reception;

- Special Early Dinner Menu, including:

Genovese’s Antipasto
Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Colorful Peppers, Pickled Vegetables, Carrots, Salami, Provolone, Olives, Melon and Red and Green Grapes
A Chopped Salad of Fresh Crisp Greens, Golden Pear, Cucumber, Marinated Cranberry, Red Onion, Celery, Toasted Pine nuts
Rich Balsamic Pancetta Dressing
Breast of Chicken Marsala with Portobello Mushrooms
Handmade Meatballs in Rustic Tomato Sauce
Creamy Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Caramelized Onions
Green Beans with Cannellini, Sun-Dried Tomato and Oregano
Focaccia, Garlic Toasts and Warm Italian Bread
Whipped Butter, Herb Olive Oil and Pumpkin Butter

- Dessert Menu


Ticket Price includes:

- Open Bar

- Dessert Buffet

As if picked from the best pastry shops in all of Italy! Our Dessert Menu includes :

  • 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

- All other amenities of the Event



Toast to Venice and Italy all night long with fantastic Italian wines, beers and other (non alcoholic beverages).

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).

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.

A masterful local Ballroom instructor/couple will perform a special dance show highlighting the ballroom classics as danced for centuries. Following the demonstration, our instructors will offer a brief ballroom lesson to keep you dancing the way Venetians danced for centuries.


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).


Note, while we will be in official Ball attire, for those who choose, we ask you to now wear your Venetian “mask” in a unique contest. Tonight, we will pick two winners (one male and one female). Winners will receive prizes.

In the last half of the evening, one of Washington, D.C.'s greatest D.J.s brings us the best in retro, swing and top 40 dancing - Italian style!


1. This is primarily a stand up, buffet style reception with limited seating throughout the evening. We will have limited tables and chairs, but will not be able to accommodate seating for all attendees at one time. If you have any special needs, please email (info@merevents.com) in advance.

2. Please be advised that this event is NOT directly organized by the Embassy of Italy. Any concern or information request on the event MUST be addressed through thingstodoDC.com directly. Please do not contact the embassy with any specific questions.

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Refund & Ticket Resell

All sales are final. We only refund the full amount, if the event is canceled. If it is rescheduled, we will send an email to those who RSVPed 'YES' advising that. A full refund will be given to those that let us know within 2 calendar days of the update email, if you are unable to make it on the new date. No refunds will be given after that time.

However, you can sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. Please, feel free to post in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send the organizer a message letting us know the full name of the person taking your spot. You must let us know two hours before the RSVP close time, on the day of the event.

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Embassy of Italy

3000 Whitehaven Street, NW

Washington, DC 20008

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