We applaud your decision to study Italian at Duke. Italian is the language of many of history's most illustrious poets, artists, and musicians. Italy has given the world unsurpassed works of art, architecture, urban planning and industrial design, as well as influential film, fashion and gastronomy. Italy has a population of nearly 60 million and is among the seven nations with the highest gross national product. There are more World Heritage Monuments in Italy than in any other country and it is the top tourist destination in the world. 19 Italians have been awarded Nobel prizes in literature and science. 15 million Americans trace their heritage to Italy and millions of Italians are descendents of immigrants who returned home after years in America. By studying Italian you will gain passage into this world of beauty, culture and history.

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Tavola Italiana

For more information on Tavola Italiana, please see the webpage

Department of  Romance Studies, Italian Studies and 'Tavola Italiana'


''IPad e Mezzo''

Voted "Best Film" at the Fall 2013 Duke Italian Oscars

"IPad e Mezzo"! is reminiscent of Federico Fellini's 8½ . Congratulations to the winners!

Watch the film HERE

Italian Lecturing Fellows Matteo Gilebbi and Mattia Begali were recently featured on the Duke University Libraries blog “The Devil’s Tale: Dispatches from the Rare Book, Manuscript, & Special Collections Library.”

For more information on the Undergraduate Program in Romance Studies and how to major in Italian, please see the Undergraduate website.

For information on the Language Program in Italian, please contact the Director,

Associate Professor of the Practice of Italian

105 Languages

(919) 660-3117

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Assistant Director,

Lecturer of Italian

04 Languages

(919) 684-8437

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Assistant to the Italian Language Program, Anita Vanerelli

104 Languages

Phone: (919) 660-3193

Fax: (919) 660-2438