Dante Alighieri Society

Società Dante Alighieri
Founded 1889
Type Cultural institution
Area served
Product Italian cultural and language education
Key people
Andrea Riccardi (President)
Slogan Il mondo in italiano (The world in Italian)
Website www.ladante.it

The Dante Alighieri Society (Italian: Società Dante Alighieri) is a society that promotes Italian culture and language around the world. Today this society is present in more than 60 countries.

It was formed in Italy in July 1889. The society was named after Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), a pre-Renaissance poet from Florence and the author of The Divine Comedy. Dante is considered the father of the Italian language.

In October 1948 the society was restructured at a meeting in Venice to give total autonomy to all chapters of the Dante Society so that each could conduct its activities independently, under the direction of its own elected officers, in a manner that best suited local needs, preferences, and capacities while adhering to the Society's basic principles.

The cultural role of Dante Alighieri

The sole purpose of the Dante Alighieri Society is to "promote the study of the Italian language and culture throughout the world...a purpose independent of political ideologies, national or ethnic origins or religious beliefs, and that the Society is the free association of people – not just Italians – but all people everywhere who are united by their love for the Italian languages and culture and the spirit of universal humanism that these represent."

The society operates throughout the world, with branches from the United States to Australia.[1] Many societies offer language courses, ranging from tourist and beginner's Italian to advanced literature, in addition to their cultural activities.

In 2005, the Dante Alighieri Society (along with the Alliance française, British Council, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, and Instituto Camões) was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities.

Some branches of Dante Alighieri contribute to activities such as the cultural activities. For example, the participation of Dante Alighieri Society in Cairo in the activities of Egypt in the eyes of the Italians.

Participation in the activities of Egypt in the eyes of the Italians

The Dante Alighieri Society in Cairo has a prominent role in the activities of the cultural program "Egypt in the eyes of the Italians" in the general framework of "Egypt in the eyes of the World" (which was founded by Ahmed Ghanem to stimulate the cultural exchange between the two cultures).[2][3]


In 2005 Dante Alighieri Society was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award along with the Alliance française, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Instituto Camões.

By country




North America

British Columbia

See also


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