Considering that the Italians have been an integral part of not only Denver but all of Colorado, it’s surprising, if not inexcusable, that there has never been a celebration of the Italian culture similar to celebrations honoring other ethnic groups. Until 2019 that is, when Susan Gurule, then vice-president of the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver, came up with the idea of creating such a celebration during the month of October. And so was born Italian Heritage Month. Since then, the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver has continued the celebration, even during the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down. Here it is 2023. Governor Polis has again been asked to proclaim October as Italian Heritage Month in Colorado, as he has done every year since its inception. Whether you’re Italian, an Italophile, or an Italian wanna-be, you’re sure to find an event or two, or more, that will appeal to your interests. Take a look at the line-up here and decide now, before it’s too late, to register, plan, or seriously consider attending a program or event that you will appreciate, whether it’s history, art, language, food, or something else. You’ll be glad you did.