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



The British 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 March 2017 we had the honour of hosting our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. In June we were be awarded the Fiorino d’Oro by the Mayor of Florence and in July a special national postage stamp featuring the British Institute of Florence was issued by the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico. The stamp also featured in the cake design for our 100th Birthday party:



See our centenary plans and past events here.

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