About Us

The Silicon Valley Italian Festival aims to give a window into Italian talents and businesses located in Silicon Valley. After 4 years of working in the San Francisco Bay Area coordinating different Italian events, we learned that the most relevant ones take place in San Francisco and people living in Silicon Valley must travel to San Francisco to enjoy them.

We think Silicon Valley is growing by the day, with its diverse and well-educated population; it deserves its own events. That’s how The Silicon Valley Italian Festival was born! We brainstormed about what we could bring and reached out to the Italian talents we know. Everyone was extremely enthusiastic and thrilled to come to Silicon Valley. Our program started growing by the week! We found incredible support within Italian institutions that soon became partners. But also friends joined in our passion and love for the idea of the festival.

The goal of the festival is to give attendees an opportunity to learn and immerse themselves in the rich and authentic culture of Italy for one day. This year, we are focusing on the theme of Sicily. You will learn about Sicily through the Oscar winning movie, Cinema Paradiso, a masterpiece of Italian cinema, inspired by the real life of its director, Giuseppe Tornatore. Also, you will see the awe-inspiring exhibition of Sicilian photographer, Giuseppe Leone, which unveils iconic Sicilian landscapes and traditions that you can only admire through his lens. You will be able to savor the flavors and tastes of true Sicilian cooking through the hands-on cooking class and then through the Sicilian appetizer. Finally, you will complete your Sicilian journey by embarking on a dynamic presentation of the most important archeological sites in Sicily.

The Silicon Valley Italian Festival appeals to everyone! All nationalities, ages and genders are welcome! There is something for everyone – singles, couples, families, children, everybody is encouraged to come and learn about Italy, and this year, about Sicily!

We hope you will enjoy this day! It is with great pleasure, passion and love that we look forward to presenting our country to you. We plan to repeat the festival every year with new and different themes and this is just the beginning! Thank you for coming!
A presto!

Daniela e Giulietta

Daniela Cilia

Daniela CIlia
Daniela Cilia was born in Sicily and lived in Ragusa till 1996. She grew up in a small town with her family and typical Sicilian traditions!
She intensely played basketball for 10 years being part of the Italian National team and pursuing the professional basketball carrier. While playing basketball in premiere league she studied Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Palermo. When she retired from basketball, she moved to Milan to specialize in International Marketing. Daniela worked as Product Manager and Marketing Manager before following her husband’s carrier around the world. Each city she visited enriched her life, nurturing incredible experiences and setting forth amazing opportunities. When she moved to California in 2011 she started collaborating with Cinecitta’ Luce, working for CinemaItaliasf, helping friends and supporting non-profit organizations through her professional skills. She has been happily living together with her family in Los Altos for the last 4 years.
Giulietta Saconney was born in Torino where she grew up in a bilingual and multicultural family.  She lived in Italy until 1997 when she started her expatriate life and followed her husband to 4 different countries. She has a master degree in Italian literature and is specialized in marketing and advertising. She accepted the challenges posed by every new expatriation, always trying to create a new professional adventure. In France, a local language school, with a focus on kid's early exposure to foreign languages and cultures. In the same vein, during her stay in Japan, Giulietta introduced Italian cooking lessons as a way to share the culture of her country.

Giulietta Saconney

Giulietta Sacconey
She later worked for five years on an apparel company that she founded in India focusing on its distribution throughout Europe. She is particularly interested in the mechanisms of individuals to adapt to different environments, she co-founded "Vivere in Silicon Valley", a group for Italians to offering the possibility for newcomers to meet other expatriates and find  both help and support more easily upon arrival.  She writes for the web site expatclic.com, and on her blog (www.icerrutiinindia.com). She arrived in Silicon Valley in 2012 with her husband, their 3 girls and a cat.

Proudly sponsored by

Partners Consul General of Italy in San Francisco Italian Cultural Institue SF Silicon Valley Italia Executive Council Business Association Italy America Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West Italian American Heritage Foundation TechPartners Cloud4Wi MediaPartners West 46 Mag Sponsors Cloud4Wi Art.com Tootsies Barn Italfood Asaro Farm Partanna Oil Fiasconaro Expert System Italfood Centro39 Passione Pizza Angie Galaltolo Italy Beyond the Obvious Gioia Company Brigantino Olive Oil Alessandro Desogos Federica Armstrong

Location and Dates

Oshman Family JCC
Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life
3921 Fabian Way,
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Thursday - January 21, 2016

Sunday - January 31, 2016


Directions to the OFJCC
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Going either North or South on Highway 101:
Take the San Antonio Road South
exit toward Los Altos
Right on Charleston Road
Right on Fabian Way
Enter driveway & parking garage on the right
Going either North or South on Interstate 280: Take the El Monte Avenue East exit Left on Foothill Expressway Right on San Antonio Road Left on Charleston Road Right on Fabian Way Enter driveway & parking garage on the right
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