TOIA is an Oxford-based cultural association for those interested in any aspect of Italy. No knowledge of the language is required for most of the events of the programme. Details are given below.

For further information, please contact the Secretary ( or use the form accessible via the Contact page).

Our activities

  • Lectures on art, architecture, literature, theatre, music, history, current affairs, contemporary Italy
  • Italian films
  • Social events including wine tasting, cookery demonstration, summer garden party
  • AGM in late Nov/early Dec with Panettone & Spumante

The events calendar follows Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms, each with about six events. See events to the right. Non-members are welcome to join our events.

For subscription information see the BECOME A MEMBER link.

Usually lectures start at 8 pm, with an opportunity to meet other members over a drink from 7.30. In addition there are two memorial lectures per year which are of interest to TOIA members.

The programme of events for each Term is available on the website just before the start of Term. In addition, members  receive at the beginning of Term an email with the Programme for that Term and before each event they receive a reminder email with details of the forthcoming event.

The charge on the door at meetings is £2 for members, and £5 for guests or non-members. Full-time students under 30 have free admission.

There is one film screening per term. Donation of £2 invited.

Forthcoming Events


We very much look forward to welcoming you back in person to a series of talks over October to December 2023.

All events will be held at St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, Oxford, with a drinks reception at 7.30 pm and the talks beginning at 8.00pm. All welcome: £2 entrance fee for members, £5 entrance fee for non-members. Free admission for students. Further events will be announced including the TOIA Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, 19th October
Professor Abigail Brundin, The British School at Rome, Italian Books and their English Readers after the Grand Tour

Monday, 20th November
Professor Peter Hainsworth, University of Oxford, Castiglione Today

Wednesday 13th December 7.30 pm start
Join us for prosecco and panettone at the TOIA AGM
Mary Allen Gray Lecture Room, St Hugh’s College, Oxford


In the event of unusually bad winter weather, meetings may have to be cancelled or postponed. In this instance, we would send an email to the TOIA mailing list or you could contact for confirmation.