EXPLORE THE DANTE MIAMI
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.
About Our School
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. 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.
300 Aragon Avenue #250
Coral Gables, Florida 33134