Established in 1996, the Manchester branch is one of the Society’s many branches around the world.
The Society’s headquarters are in Rome, and its mission is to promote the Italian language and Italian culture abroad.

The Manchester branch does not have its own premises. Membership is open to both Italians and non-Italians, and members and supporters enjoy a wide programme of events throughout the year.
Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend.


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 (Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend, unless specified otherwise)



13th – 18th June

(scroll down to see the full list of events or download the leaflet here)



Tuesday 13 June (6.30pm)

Divorzio all’italiana / Divorce Italian Style (1961 – B&W – 108’) 

The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester

Film in Italian with English subtitles (rare edition)

Introduction in English by Dr Silvana Serra – Q&A session to follow

As part of the Italian celebrations for Marcello Mastroianni, the protagonist of “La Dolce Vita”, this funny and intelligent satire portrays the hypocritical view of the Italian society of the time towards rejecting divorce as illegal while accepting “honour killing” as a minor transgression. This is a cinematic journey into the “Commedia all’italiana”. The movie won the Oscar/Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.

Drinks and nibbles to follow.

£4 members of Portico and Dante
£5 non-members / £3 students and unemployed

For more information, please visit

Booking required: Library tel. 0161 2366785   or




Thursday 15 June (6.45 for 7.00pm start)

The GIRO D’ITALIA 2017 celebrates its 100th edition 

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Stefano Forcolin gives his impressions on one of the oldest Italian cycling events, from the heroic times up to the present days, speaking about more and less famous protagonists and the impact they had on the Italian sport (and not only).

A glass of wine with pasta Garofalo will follow this interesting event.

Admission £5    




Saturday 17 June (11.00am to 5.00pm)

Il mercatino del libro – Italian book market

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Browse for second hand and rare one off Italian books for adults and children.

FREE admission


Enjoy Garofalo pasta tasting

(3 shows: 12 noon – 2.00pm – 4.00pm)


Pasta Garofalo is the Italian pasta synonymous with Italian film

After browsing the book stalls you can watch these two short films in Italian with English subtitles:  ‘Caserta Palace Dream’ and ‘The Wholly Family’ (12.30pm – 2.30pm).

Duration approx. 40 minutes for both, screened at 12.30 and 2.30PM.


Sunday 18 June


Don’t’ miss our Magic Pasta shows in St. Ann’s Square

Sunday 18 June – all day

Does Garofalo pasta taste as good as it looks?

Try the TRIO of pasta during the Manchester Day at AL BACIO Restaurant

10-14 South King Street, off Deansgate, Manchester M2 6DW

A main course dish with 3 pasta and different sauces (suitable for vegetarians) for only £ 6.50


13 to 18 June at AL BACIO Restaurant

10-14 South King Street, Deansgate, Manchester M2 6DW

Get a free glass of Prosecco before lunch and dinner.





Saturday 24 June


Fresh pasta-making with the Societa’ Dante Alighieri at the

STREET SATURDAY in Hebden Bridge for their annual Arts Festival.

12 – 4pm at the Marina

Don’t miss us if you are in the area!

Full programme on



(foto banner: particolare della Cattedrale di Firenze, gentile concessione di Patrick Brosset)

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