Dante Alighieri Society of Washington

per la diffusione della lingua e della cultura italiana nel mondo

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Your Door to All Things Italian

We Embrace All Who Enjoy All Things Italian and Desire To Expand Their Knowledge of a Beautiful Country, Its People and Its Language

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington promotes the Italian language and culture and welcomes all who share those objectives. Each year we present English and Italian programs open to the public, and host the Christmas party and the Annual Wine Dinner featuring wines from throughout Italy. The Society also sponsors an Italian Language program with beginner to expert classes for everyone who wants to learn, improve or perfect their fluency in Italian.

Sign up for our email list here. You will receive news of upcoming events.

Information on becoming a Dante Society member is here.

News and Upcoming Events ...

  • The Seattle International Film Festival's annual Cinema Italian Style runs November 7 - 14 this year. Check out the festival website for more information.
  • The Seattle Art Museum has an exhibit of art works from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Flesh & Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum.  Flesh and Blood offers a rare opportunity to experience the beauty of art from the 16th and 17th centuries from a Neapolitan point of view.  It is truly a once in a lifetime experience, unless - that is - you're lucky enough to make it to Naples some time! For more information and to make reservations, visit SAM's website.  Sarebbe i migliori di tutti!
  • The Dante Alighieri Society and Il Punto are sponsoring a special event  on Milano on Wednesday, November 20 at St. Patrick's Social Hall. Federica Gabardi, a former Dante Language Program instructor, will be the guest speaker. Federica is a Milan native and a Women’s Empowerment Expert. The presentation will be in Italian. See more information on this special event below.
  • Our annual Festa di Natale per i Bambini will be held Saturday, December 7 from 1 pm to 4 pm. This year's celebration will be at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in the Interbay neighborhood of Seattle. More information is available here.
  • Winter Quarter Classes in the Dante Alighieri Society's Language Program begin January 7, 2020. Check out the Classes page for more information.
  • The Dante Alighieri Society's new home is St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 815 East Edgar Street, on the North side of Capitol Hill. Parking is available in St. Patrick's parking lot, off of E. Edgar street. The meetings take place in the Parish Hall, located in the basement of the church and is entered on the West side of the church, off the parking lot. Except for one or two meetings a year, this will be our new location.
Pasta Dish

Next English-language gathering:

Wed., Nov. 13, 2019, 6:30 pm
St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Chris Kelly
Italy Invades

Italy Invades is an action packed history of Italy’s military involvements throughout the ancient and modern worlds. From the empire building of the Romans, through the globe-spanning Age of Exploration, to the multinational cooperation of NATO, Italy has conquered and explored countries as diverse and far-ranging as Cape Verde and Mongolia and Uruguay. With the additional guide of maps and photographs, the reader can visually follow the Italians as they conquer the world.

Christopher Kelly, the former chairman of Chyron Corporation, has had a lifelong passion for military history. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Kelly is Italian by marriage. He lives in London and Seattle, when he is not invading new cities to promote his published works.


Next Italian-language gathering:

Wed. Nov. 20, 2019, 6:30 pm
St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Federica Gabardi

The Italian Cultural Center - Il Punto and The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington present a special event on Milano.

Milan is glamorous, trendy and fashionable.   It is very much appreciated by tourists who have rewarded it with a boom in arrivals: about 8.4 million in 2017.   This number has guaranteed Milan the fourteenth place in the ranking of the most visited cities in the world, once again surpassing Rome at seventeenth with 7.3 million visitors.

In short, Milan has proven to have secret weapons that are not limited to the attractiveness of the businesses that the city has always hosted:  from the Romanesque churches to Milan Cathedral, from the Castello Sforzesco to Leonardo's locks along the Naviglio, from the hidden courtyards to the award-winning "Bosco Verticale."

This presentation will encourage your love of  Milan and help you discover what is the basis of its place in the panorama of the great European and world cities.

  • History of Milan;
  • Milan's evolution: from the Lombard capital to a world-famous city
  • Monuments and places of interest
  • Milan of the Milanese.

6:30pm – Aperitivo Potluck (bring your favorite food and wine to share)

7:30pm – 8:30pm Presentation in Italian

Register here: https://ilpuntoseattle.org/event/amomilano-lo-dicono-i-milanesi-ma-soprattutto-lo-dicono-i-turisti/
Free Admission but donations are welcome to cover the cost of venue and speaker.
Class Site

Next Italian language class series:

Winter Quarter 2020
January 7 - March 12

Registration Deadline
December 20, 2019

Learn More and Register...

Dante Alighieri Member

Join us or renew your membership

Join the Fun and Support Dante Seattle through Your Membership. Members receive discounts to a variety of museums and activities throughout Italy.  A summary is available here. Or check out the Società Dante Alighieri web page

Membership goes from January to December each year and the cost for 2019 is the same as it's been the last few years: $40 for a single membership, $50 for a family. Membership is open to anyone who supports the objectives of the organization. We embrace anyone who supports our mission to encourage the enjoyment of Italian language and culture.

Your membership enables the Society to:
  • Present 7 English and 6 Italian programs each year, and host the Christmas party and the Festa di Natale per i Bambini
  • Publish our La Voce monthly newsletter, and maintain our website free to all
  • Offer an Italian Language program with beginner to expert classes for everyone who wants to learn, improve or perfect their fluency in Italian
  • Support Italian-themed community events such as Festa Italiana and the SIFF Cinema Italian-style film festival

  • Dante memberships and donations are tax-deductible
  • Your Dante Society card provides discounts at some attractions in Italy
  • Opportunity for free tickets SIFF's Cinema Italian-style film festival
  • Come to our annual wine dinner for members and guests

And this year it's even easier to join or renew. Check out our online membership and renewal options here.

Special Announcements and Events:

  • Biblioteca Italiana Seattle (BIS), a library of Italian language literature is maintained by Il Punto! The library includes the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington's collection. Membership for BIS is free and users can borrow books at no charge. Library books can be picked up by visiting BIS at 14300 Greenwood Ave N on Sundays between 2 and 4pm, with the help of a volunteer. Learn more.

  • Check out Italian Talk Radio, Mondays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm. You can find it in Seattle on KKNW 1150AM, in Tacoma on KLAY 1180AM or online live at 1150KKNW.com. Learn more about NW Italian Talk Radio.

  • The Auburn Bocce Club offers free bocce instructions on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM, mid-April through mid-October, weather permitting @ Les Gove Park in Auburn. See auburnbocce.org for more information.

  • DAS Language Program Honored with a Grant for the second year from the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco.