As high schools across the US begin party planning for the Prom, are some of you wondering whether students in Italy celebrate the end of their high school careers with the major social event of the school year? Are $800.00 dresses and oversized limos part of the experience or are Fiat 500’s and Italian sprezzatura more likely to be part of the big night.
Yes and No. In the Italian tradition, graduating students attend a dinner with their class, called the Cena Dei Cento Giorni (Hundred Days Dinner), 100 days before the final exams. Sometimes the dinner is held at a restaurant ending the evening at the local disco or a day trip with fellow classmates is planned.
Nothing as formal, organized, Zac Efron inspired or as Disney-teen as what we do in America. But recently a group of students in the Italian city of Urbino in the rolling hills of the Marche decided to plan an Italian version of an American Prom and the results were typically Italian and their comments about this coming of age American institution interesting.
See an Italian high school student and Prom Committee Member talk about his first Italian Prom.