Italian cultural center celebrates move to Aragon Avenue
Serving the interests of Italy and Italians in South Florida through cultural events, language programs and more, Societa’ Dante Alighieri recently relocated to Aragon Avenue.
Mayor Jim Cason joined Claudio Pastor, executive director of Societa’ Dante Alighieri, and numerous guests at a ribbon-cutting and reception at the new headquarters, 300 Aragon Ave., on Oct. 11. Patrons enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Caffe Abbracci, whose owner Nino Pernetti was among the guests.
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.
Founded in 1889 and headquartered in Rome, the society’s principal aim is to promote Italian language and culture in the world by reinvigorating the ties that link Italians abroad with their country, and by encouraging a love of things Italian among non-Italians.
The society is named after Italy’s most illustrious poet and author of the Divine Comedy. Born in Florence in the 13th century, he chose not to write his famous work in Latin, but used a new language, Italian, based on the regional dialect of Tuscany with some elements of Latin and other regional dialects.
Its Miami location opened in 1997 in the historic Douglas Entrance building. For more information visit www.dantemiami.org
Photos by Betty Alvarez / Events Photographer