1889 - The first Dante Alighieri Society was founded

The first Dante Alighieri Society was founded in Bologna in 1889 by poet Giosuè Carducci, with the objectives of preserving and promoting Italian language and culture abroad, and helping Italians in faraway lands to maintain cultural links with their country of origin.

1927 - Dante Alighieri Society starts in Johannesburg

Dante Alighieri Society Johannesburg was started in 1927 by Luigi Fatti, under the auspices of the first Italian Ambassador to South Africa, Count Natale Labia. This was the first of four Dante Alighieri Society Committees in South Africa.

Today - over 400 branches throughout the world

The Society operates throughout the world, with branches in Europe, Australasia, North and South America and Africa. There are over 400 Dante Alighieri branches in the world and yearly Dante Alighieri teaches more than half a million students.

A brief history of Dante Alighieri

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