Following the long and prestigious tradition of our organization, which was founded in Rome in 1889, the Societa Dante Alighieri in Miami was created in 1997 to serve the interests of Italy and Italians in our city. It was in the historic Douglas Entrance building in Coral Gables that we opened our first office, with the support of Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli and Consul General of Italy Marco Rocca.
With the success of our cultural events and Italian language programs and as the presence of Italy grew in our community, our institution flourished. The initial group of students and members provided the heart and spirit that guided our institution to its present form.
The Societa’ Dante Alighieri has become a vibrant cultural and academic institution with ongoing Italian language courses, wine tasting and cooking programs, and a rich agenda that is supported by more than 2,000 active members and students. Our institutional commitment is to work with and support the Consulate General of Italy in Miami as our principal partner, but we are also privileged to have official collaborations with the Italian Consulate in Miami, the German Consulate in Miami, the French Consulate in Miami, the ODLI (Organization for Development of Italian Language), CCBU (Centro Cultural do Brazil), the University of Miami School of Architecture, Miami Dade College, Miami Dade County Public Library System, Florida Grand Opera, City of Coral Gables, Puerto Rico Department of State, Regione Abruzzo, Museo Barberini (Roma), Italy America Chamber of Commerce, National Italian American Foundation, and Miami International Cultural Alliance. The Societa’ Dante Alighieri, which began as the vision of a few, is today the forum for the dreams and cultural enrichment of many.
As our institution continues to grow, our goal is that it will continue to be a beacon where people of all ages, nationalities, and religions can gather to share their love for Italy and for the beauty and traditions that are synonymous with that country.
In the last year we have open several new branches in San Juan, Pr., Atlanta and Charleston under the supervision of the Miami headquarter.