Italy’s national hospitality house, called Casa Italia, is likely to be a fan favourite among the free 2012 London Olympic attractions. We’ll be live blogging from Italy House, plus we’ve got all the essential information for you to plan your visit below:
Tuesday, 31 July
6:12 p.m. There’s plenty going on at Casa Italia this evening with six floors packed with activities. As you come in there is an auditorium with two big screens showing the Olympic action via Italian Sky Sports. Highlights include true Italian food and wine tasting at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily on the 2nd floor. At 10:30 p.m. tonight you can see live msic from Italian band J-AX on the ground floor.
Friday, 27 July
3:40pm To find Casa Italia from Westminster station, head right out of the station and towards Westminster Abbey. Carry on past and you’ll see Casa Italia in huge letters on the grass outside the QE II Conference Centre. It’s a much quieter atmosphere here, fewer English speakers for this public opening.
Where is it: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary
Nearest tube: Westminster or St. James Park
Hours: 12pm to 8pm
Watching the Games: There will be a big screen on the bottom floor of the six-floor conference centre
Highlights: A “made in Italy” section featuring some of the most popular Italian food, wine and cars. Food and wine tasting. A performance centre for Italian artists. Exhibit of Italian photography.
Restrictions: The third, fourth and sixth floors of the centre are not open to the public.