In 2017, the British Institute of Florence is 100 years young!


The Institute was founded in 1917 to promote cultural exchange between Italy and the English-speaking world and granted a Royal Charter in 1923. Read our history. Today we offer our 2000 students and members a comprehensive programme of courses in the Italian language, the English language and History of Art, as well as open shelf access to the historic 53 000 volume Harold Acton Library and a rich cultural programme. We operate without public funding.


The centenary of the Institute is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the long-standing cultural ties between the UK and Italy.  In June 2017 we shall be awarded the Fiorino d’Oro by the Mayor of Florence. We also envisage participation by the President of the Republic, the British Ambassador in Italy and the Italian Ambassador in London.


See our centenary plans here.

To donate to the Institute or sponsor the Centenary click here.