Amici. It’s an Italian word that we are all familiar with, translating to “friend” in the English language. For Italians, use of the word amici encompasses various ideals and values: loyalty, respect, love, and even famiglia. So what does it mean to be Amici della Cultura Italiana? For many young people who are currently studying at universities in the United States, it means being part of a fast-growing network of student-run Italian clubs sponsored by the Coccia Foundation, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to Italian culture.