One of the most positive annual events (since 1993) in the Catholic Italy of today is this event hosted (in English) by The Roman Forum: http://www.romanforum.org/.
2010 Summer Symposium, Gardone Riviera
Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Notre Charge Apostolique (August 15, 1910)
Letter of Pope St. Pius X to the Bishops of France on the Sillon
July 1st-July 12th (11 nights)
The Politics of Faith and Reason?
Or the Triumph of the Will?
A basic “either-or” choice seems more and more to be forced upon contemporary Catholics. Either they accept as somehow written into the nature of things the dominant pluralist political, social and economic system, or they reaffirm their loyalty to a classical and Christian vision of man and society that clashes profoundly with it. What are the origins of that system? In what ways do classical and Christian political, social, and economic concepts contradict it? How is it that many believers have been falsely convinced that the pluralist system fulfills the Catholic vision? What can be done to drive home the truth that pluralism is an attack on both Faith and Reason and a recipe for the triumph of the will in public and private life? These are the themes to be developed by the Roman Forum faculty at the 2010 Summer Symposium.
Each day involves three lectures (morning and pre-dinner), and Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Rite (Tridentine Mass) at noon. There are no lectures on Sundays. Musical and theatrical entertainments take place in the garden of the Angeli in the evenings after dinner.
For more information see here: http://www.romanforum.org/symposium/summer2010/.