Who We Are

The Dante Alighieri Society (Società Dante Alighieri) is a society, based in Rome, that promotes Italian culture and language around the world. Today this society is present in more than 60 countries and in Aberdeen is represented by the Aberdeen Italian Circle.

The Società Dante Alighieri 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.

In Aberdeen our Circle is open to anyone with an interest in Italy and the Italians.  We meet once every two or three weeks over the winter season, and our meetings usually take the form of an illustrated talk followed by an informal get-together over a glass of wine. One talk a year is in Italian, with the others in English.

We also have Italian language study groups who meet weekly. These are conversational groups and some prior knowledge of the language is necessary.

Our members and friends have a common love of Italian culture and we provide a friendly platform for sharing and learning.

You can read about the history of Aberdeen Italian Circle here.


We regret that Aberdeen Italian Circle cannot offer internships or internship experience at this time.