About us

Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts

The Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts is a non profit organization whose objective is to promote and foster Italian language and culture by:

  • Helping to develop an appreciation of Italian achievements in the arts, literature, science, and industry.
  • Promoting the study of the Italian language.
  • Promoting a spirit of understanding among people through the arts and other cultural activities.
Società Dante Alighieri in Italy

Inspired by the Nobel poet Giosuè Carducci, the Dante Alighieri Society was founded in 1889 by a dedicated group of men of letters with the aim of promoting Italian culture and language thoughout the world. From its very beginning the Dante Alighieri Society received an enthusiastic welcome particularly among the many Italian communities that had established themselves throughout the world.

It was not until 1926 that the Society set up its present headquarters in the Palazzo Firenze in Rome. There are currently over 450 “Dante Societies” around the world with the number continuing to grow.

In 1989, the centenary year, the Dante Society became part of the national committee for the promotion of Italian culture abroad. As such the Headquarters in Rome is constantly in search of ways to be in closer contact with the Dante Societies in the five continents.