Department of Italian

Italian Studies and Italian Translation Studies explore the Italian language and culture comprehensively. The teaching of Italian began at the University of Turku, Faculty of Humanities in 1972. In 1981, the chair of Italian Language and Literature was founded with Franco Vazzoler as the first professor of the department. In the beginning, the department's focus was on teaching the Italian language and culture extensively – later it was extended to cover translation as well.

Italian studies and research focus on the structures, development and pragmatic features of the language as well as on the various manifestations of Italian culture. Social issues and the differences between social structures and conventions in Finland and Italy are also central areas in both research and studies. The aim is to conduct in-depth analyses of linguistic, social and cultural phenomena from different viewpoints.

The department is situated in the Signum building (visiting address: Koskenniemenkatu 4, 1st floor). Please see the Staff page for contact details. The student organization Pappagallo organises student activities.




Postal Address
Department of Italian
Visiting Address
Signum building
Koskenniemenkatu 4 (1st floor)
FI-20500 Turku

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