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 University of Miami School of Architecture, Miami Dade College, Miami Dade County Public Library System, Florida Grand Opera, City of Coral Gables, City of San Juan in Puerto Rico, 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. 

About Our School

The Dante Alighieri Society was founded in 1889 by a group of intellectuals led by Giosuè Carducci and is erected charity with R. Decree of 18 July 1893, No 347; with D. l. No 186, July 27, 2004 shall be dealt with in structure and purpose, the NPO. Its primary purpose, as stipulated in Article 1 of the bylaws, is to "preserve and spread the Italian language and culture in the world, reviving the spiritual ties of compatriots abroad with the motherland and food among foreigners l 'love and worship for the Italian civilization. " To achieve these aims, the "Dante Alighieri" has relied and still rely on constant and generous help of over 500 committees, of which more than 400 active abroad. Africa, America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Each continent can now count on the activity and tireless volunteer from the seats of "Dante" who not only play Italian language courses, but also a variety of cultural events intended to thousands of members and students of our love Italy and keen to learn in its characteristic features, from figurative to music, from sports to cinema, from theater to fashion, to literature. Through committees abroad, moreover, the "Dante Alighieri" establish and subsidized schools, libraries, clubs and courses in Italian language and culture, spreading books and publications, promotes conferences, cultural excursions and events for art and music, prizes and awards scholarships; through committees in Italy participating in the activities designed to improve and expand the culture of the nation and promote each event aimed to illustrate the importance of the spread of language, culture and creations of genius and Italian workers. Point of reference for committees in Italy and abroad and the headquarters, located in Rome, Florence Palace and presided over by Ambassador Bruno Bottai. The Council is composed of the Vice Marella Agnelli, Alberto Arbasino, Gianni Letta and Paolo Peluffo, General Affairs are maintained by the Secretary General Alessandro Masi administration from the Superintendent Walter Conti Mauro. Since 1993, according to Convention 1903 November 4, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dante Alighieri Society of Italian opera for the certification of quality with its own certificate PLIDA (Dante Alighieri Italian Language Project) in an educational program directed by prof. Joseph Patota, Scientific Director and Professor at the University of Siena, assisted by Dr. Lucilla Pizzoli, deputy and Dr Constance Menzinger, assistant PLIDA. Certification PLIDA with scientific acclaim of "La Sapienza" of Rome, is recognized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (Decree of 18/10/2002) and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (Convention 11/2/2004), and has demonstrated competence in Italian as a foreign language on a scale of six levels representing the same stages of the learning of language that correspond to those established by the Council of Europe. HISTORY The Dante Alighieri Society was founded in 1889 by a group of intellectuals led by Giosuè Carducci. As is clearly stated in Article 1 of the Statute it intended to "protect and propagate the language and Italian culture in the world, taking anywhere up the feeling of Italians, reviving the spiritual ties of compatriots abroad with the mother country and nurturing among foreigners love and worship for the Italian civilization. " The founders of the Association labeled it to Dante Alighieri to confirm that that name had accomplished the linguistic unity of the nation, then politically recognized six centuries later. From the beginning the Company's operations are directed both within national borders or abroad. As is natural, however, is in this second location that best expresses itself the cultural meaning of Article 1 of the Statute. And 'in fact, through the expansion and the defined activities of its committees abroad who can shape the evolution of Dante as a body of production and dissemination of culture. At first the activities of the Society was addressed on the impulse of the first president, Ruggiero Bonghi (1889-1895), the establishment of Italian language courses for migrants who went abroad in search of work. In this first period, Dante had his first committees in foreign countries where there was an Italian colony of some significance, especially in Europe: in Switzerland (Geneva, 1894, Zurich, 1895), Belgium (Liege, 1894) and France (Marseille, 1895) where our countrymen emigrated in search of work. Committees also arise in Greece and Turkey, and indeed in these countries constitute the most longstanding alliance of the Company outside the borders of his country: the former Foreign Committee of the Dante was founded in Thessaloniki in 1890 and the following year came to Smyrna, followed in 1895 by that of Constantinople. Later, under the guidance of the second president Pasquale Villari (1896-1901), the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Dante were extended to other Mediterranean countries (Istanbul, Turkey, 1895, Cairo, Egypt, 1896, Alexandria, Egypt, 1896, Suez, Egypt, 1898), France (Marseilles, 1895, Paris, 1898, Monte Carlo, 1899, Toulon, 1902) and the Northern and Eastern Europe (Bucharest, Romania, 1986, Odessa, Ukraine, 1899). In this age of Dante begins expansion outside Europe, and new committees are based in some cities of North America (New York, 1897, Boston, 1901) and particularly in the south (Buenos Aires, Argentina , 1896, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1896, Iquique, Chile, 1896, Rosario, Argentina, 1897 Caracas, Venezuela, 1989, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1899). The primacy of the farthest from the mainland in this period compared to those of Melbourne (Australia), founded in 1896. In the early twentieth century, under the leadership of its third president Luigi Rava (1902-1906), the Company expanded more markedly in countries very far geographically and culturally national borders would increase the number of committees in North America to reach also Canada (Toronto, 1905). Committees in the same age born in countries where it was affirming the Italian colonial expansion (Benghazi, Libya 1906), or reinforce existing ones (Tripoli, Libya, 1898). In the early decades of the twentieth century, Dante begins to give a more structured and scientific training to their culture, and under the fourth president Paolo Boselli (1906-1932) the first courses were established for the training of teachers of Italian ' abroad. Immediately after World War I were also established at the initiative of comm. Antonio Ortore and under the patronage of the Royal House and the support of then Senator Boselli, the "Borse Prize" of the Dante Alighieri Society for the unredeemed lands During Fascism the company through an initial phase of expansion in European countries (Katowice, Poland, 1923, Groningen, The Netherlands, 1924, Bessarabia, Romania, 1931, Helsinki, Finland, 1931, and Gothenburg, Sweden, 1932, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 1932 , Oslo, Norway, 1932; Focsani, Romania, 1937), and especially in Germany and Austria (Leipzig, Germany, 1934, Innsbruck, Austria, 1935, Salzburg, Austria, 1935, Linz, Germany, 1936, Stuttgart, Germany, 1936 : Frankfurt, Germany, 1937, Tubingen, Germany, 1938, etc..). During the same period, the initially positive and modern image that fascism gave the country also contributed to the spread of an attitude "pro-Italian" in many countries around the world, especially the U.S. where it was the abundant presence of our emigrants, with the consequent formation of a large number of committees (Buffalo, New York, 1926, Hartford, Connecticut, 1926, Akron, Ohio, 1931, Steubenville, Ohio, 1931, Dallas, Texas, 1932; Garwood, New Jersey, 1933, Houston, Texas , 1933; Patterson, New Jersey, 1933, Utica, New York, 1933, Atlanta, Georgia, 1934; Canton, Ohio, 1934, Providence, Rhode Island, 1934; Lorain, Ohio, 1935, Columbus, Ohio, 1935, Youngstown, Ohio, 1935, Mount Vernon, New York, 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1936, Montclair, New Jersey, 1936). The same period the expansion of Dante also reached the Far East (Tianjin, China, 1924, Batavia, Dutch East Indies then Jakarta, Indonesia, 1934, Hong Kong, China, 1934, Bombay, India, 1935), Oceania ( Brisbane, Australia, 1937) and Africa (Dakar, Senegal, 1938). Obviously, the presence of Dante is also extended to countries in which Italy had imposed its colonial rule: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1936, Asmara, Eritrea, 1937. Later, however, the fascist regime relegated to the role of Dante, the minority, considering that they should play in first person the dissemination of Italian culture at that time coincided with the objectives of political propaganda by now. In many countries, therefore, cultural activities are normally the preserve of the Company came under the administration of the Fasci Abroad, or the local cultural institutes, in accordance with requirements established in 1938 between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the headquarters of the Dante Alighieri that, where they were in full swing of the Italian Cultural Institutes, the Committees of the Dante were to be dissolved. The new provisions were intended to confer any cultural institutions previously carried out by committees of Dante, and not just the more general diffusion of Italian culture, but also the more specific teaching of the language: all language courses were in fact employment with Italian Cultural Institute. This led to a decline in the number of active committees, although in some cases they were not formally dissolved, but put under the control of a "trustee" who controlled the committees of an entire country, effectively depriving them of their autonomy and ability to maneuver. Some exceptions to this rule is observed in Germany, thanks to the special cultural agreement between Italy and Germany. The Italian Cultural Institute in Vienna, for example, assumed the character of predominantly institute specializing in historical and literary studies, and language courses went back to Dante, who reconstituted the Committee. Some committee also find ways to circumvent this legislation and prevent its dissolution. The Committee of Warsaw, for example, nominally disbanded opening of the new Institute of Italian culture but turned into a "Committee Poland-Italy," with which he continued to engage in cultural activities. After the Second World War he was elected president Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (1946-1952), who rewrote the statute by adapting the work of Dante in the new political and social climate. In this period there was a new expansion and reorganization committees abroad, except for the United States of America, where the contrary, we are witnessing the disappearance of many committees including the former education: it should, in fact, that in this country the Dante Alighieri was inserted in the list of subversive organizations promulgated by the Attorney General (Attorney General) of the United States in 1947. The list continued to circulate for many years, recompiled and updated periodically, and to determine a bad reputation of the Associations in that application. The presence of Dante in the list determines a certain distrust of the Association in the postwar years, and many more members would not resubscribe or participate in the activities of various forms of Americans. Distrust is exceeded only in 1961 with the appointment of Edward Kennedy as President of the Honorary Committee of Boston. Despite this, however, the mark required by that ordinance continues to affect the lives of Americans committees. The Committee of Houston (Texas), for example, in 1963 thought of having to differentiate and detach from the headquarters of the Dante as not to damage because of the former presence in the infamous list: then changed name to "Dante Cultural Society and leaned against the Sacred Heart Dominican College, while maintaining continuous contact with Dante. In Orlando succeeded Arangio Vincent Ruiz (1953-1955) who worked to update the libraries of Dante abroad in Italy for the promotion of reading Dante. In these years there is the difficulty of reorganizing the committees in Brazil, caused by a law which prohibits the existence of foreign companies in Brazil. The problem was often circumvented by basing on the state of local companies who bore the title of "correspondent Dante Alighieri" This happened, for example, the Committee of St. Paul, who in 1951 formed a partnership with the local "Instituto Cultural Italo-Brasileiro" who actually performed the same tasks but without the Dante bring its formal name and adding to its endorsement titled "Dante Alighieri correspondent for Sao Paulo, Brazil." Aldo Ferrabino (1956-1972) again changed the bylaws to the shareholders by assigning administrative tasks and duties more closely to Congress culture. From 1973 to 1988, the Dante, drawing on the chairmanship of Minister Plenipotentiary John of Jura, worked to establish closer relations of cooperation with Italian cultural associations abroad. Was then set up a permanent inter-ministerial coordinating committee to review the work undertaken by the Company and to plan collaborative initiatives with other bodies. This period saw a remarkable flowering of the committees in Argentina or, more generally Latin Americans, that despite the economic difficulties they encounter because of political conditions in the country can promote equally valid cultural activity. In 1989, the year of the Centenary, the President sen. Salvatore Valitutti (1989-1992), the Dante was inserted between the components of the National Commission for the promotion of Italian culture abroad. From 1993 to 1995, the presidency was entrusted all'etruscologo Massimo Pallottino, and under his guidance the Society has promoted the relationships and collaborations with foreign cultural institutions in Rome. During this period, the company inaugurated a certification program for teaching the Italian language to the many teachers engaged in teaching foreign Committees: This is the Plida (Dante Alighieri Italian Language Project). In May 1996 he was elected President of the Society Ambassador Bruno Bottai, who still plays the position.

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Società Dante Alighieri
1197 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, Fulton County 30361