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Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Melbourne

233 Domain Road
South Yarra VIC 3141  

Office hours:

Monday to Thursday: 9.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-6.00pm
Friday: 9.00am-1.00pm

Tel - General enquiries, events & bookings: + 61 3 9866 5931
Tel - Language courses and membership: + 61 3 9866 4729
Fax: + 61 3 9867 3696
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large number of artistic proposals the Institute receives daily, we are unable to guarantee an individual reply to each single proposal. (Please do not send large attachments.)


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura's residency at Elm Tree House and, for the first time, the house is part of the Open House Melbourne circuit.

Join us this weekend Saturday 26 July and Sunday 27 July from 10.00am - 4.00pm
for a self-guided tour of Elm Tree House, and learn more about facts and anecdotes related to this heritage residence.

Take a tour of the photographic exhibition Australia, Italia: Foto & Photos - Italy through Australian eyes and Australia through Italian eyes.

Try our free 30-minute sample Italian lessons, conducted by one of our native Italian speaker teachers. Lessons are half-hourly from 11.00am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm

L'angolo dei bambini (Kids Corner) - fun children's activities, with Italian videos and coloring in.

Lavazza coffee cart and barista specially for the occasion, ready to take your order. Enjoy an Italian espresso, a soy cappuccino, a hot chocolate or a Chai latte on our terrazzo or in our library!

Open House Melbourne Special Offer! Become a member of the IIC this weekend. Special discount applies.

See you this weekend at Elm Tree House!


View the IIC's latest newsletter, full of information about events in July/August 2014.


Australia & Italia // Foto & Photos

Winning, highly commended and selected images now on display at the IIC Melbourne - until 30 August!

Click here to download the brochure of winning, selected and exhibited images.

People's choice award - come in and see the exhibition and vote for your favourite photos!

Australia & Italia // Foto & Photos was a photographic competition which aimed to bring together visions of Italy and Australia, each seen from the other’s point of view.

There were two thematic categories in the competition, which could be freely interpreted:
1) Italy through Australian eyes – images of Italy.
2) Australia through Italian eyes – images of Australia.

The competition sought to encourage dialogue about Italy and Australia by looking at how each sees the other, and through this dialogue, to encourage debate about cross-cultural communication and understanding.

The judging panel was: Naomi Cass - Director - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Sarina Lirosi - Visual Artist and Lecturer, Photography Studies College and Brian Reberger - Artist and Photographer


The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is the official Italian government office for the promotion of the Italian culture and language, offering a wide choice of Italian classes.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced level student, whether you want to learn Italian for business or pleasure, we can help you perfect your language skills at a level that suits your needs, and at times that suit your schedule.

All our classes are conducted in Italian and provide training in all basic communication skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – with a systematic study of grammar. Our teachers are university-qualified and native speakers.

Those who study Italian at the IIC Melbourne can also take advantage of the following benefits:
- Use of the IIC Library, with more than 11,000 books, DVDs, CDs and periodicals
- Exclusive access to scholarships to study in Italy
- Discounts to selected ticketed cultural events (music, cinema, lectures and live performances)
- Discounts and free offers at partner restaurants in Melbourne (click "Restaurant Partners" button on left)
- $10 discount for NGV membership

For more information, phone 03 9866 4729 or email


Click here to view the Term 3 Course timetable.
Click here to download the adults, children and special courses enrolment form.
Click here to download the private tuition enrolment form.
Click here to download the IIC Membership form.

TERM 3/2014  - 14 July - 20 September

ADULT COURSES (20 hours tuition over 10 weeks)

Please click here, phone 03 9866 4729 or email for further information about our adult courses.



The Istituto Italiano di Cultura offers the following specialised courses:

- Italian for Italians - for those who speak some Italian at home but want to improve their language skills.
- VCE Italian - extra tuition for Year 11 and 12 students.
- Survival Italian - an intensive “crash course” before a trip to Italy.
- Italian Literature and Culture: The IIC currently offers the following four courses:
1) Caffe' Italiano - Intermediate and advanced conversation classes
2) Dante's "Divine Comedy"
3) Cultura Italiana
4) Italian Cinema

For more information, select the relevant tab above, phone 03 9866 4729 or email



Our university-qualified, native speaker teachers also conduct private lessons for students with specific deadlines or goals in mind or for those who would like the extra attention of one-to-one tuition.

For more information, click here, phone 03 9866 4729 or email


Become a Member of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and take advantage of great benefits!

For more information, click here or email



Our lovely garden here at the IIC needs some care.

Join the "Pollice Verde Club" for a few hours per month and you will receive a free IIC membership!

Please call (03) 9866 5931 or email to let us know your availability.




-Puccini & Friends

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Puccini & Friends

On this occasion young and talented Australian artists will perform arias by composers such as Puccini, Donizetti, Tosti, Bellini and Mascagni. Singers include Nikki Hill (soprano), Jade Moffat (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Reardon (tenor) and Melbourne pianist, >>>


-Melbourne Writers Festival

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014

Melbourne Writers Festival

On the occasion of the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Writers Festival, the IIC has invited a famous Italian writer to participate in a number of presentations. Please stay in contact with the Institute regarding dates and locations.


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