About

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.

 

 

Our Board of Directors

 

President
Tony Cardinali


Vice-President

Cav. Uff. Raul Valdes-Fauli

Treasurer

Mrs. Arlene Abreu

Secretary

Mrs. Lourdes Cuzan

 

Honorary

Comm. Mitchell Wolfson Jr.

 

Executive Director

Cav. Claudio Pastor

Director of IT

Wanderson M. Dos Santos

 

Deputy Director of International Affairs

P.R. Specialist

Rocco Sodo

 

Deputy Director for Cultural Affairs

Arturo Mastelli

 

Teachers

Margarita Di Labio

Isabel Innocenti

Pietro Scaffitto

Wanderson Dos Santos

Rocco Sodo

Flaminia Morin (Volunteer)

Claudia Mercuri (Volunteer)

Belkys Robles (Ft. Lauderdale)

Nelson Alvarez