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 ([email protected] 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


After two years of Zoom lectures, we very much look forward to welcoming you back in person to a series of talks over May and June 2022. All talks will be held in Maplethorpe Hall, St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, with a drinks reception at 7.30 pm and the talks beginning at 8.00pm. TOIA would recommend that attendees wear masks on arrival and during the talk itself, if they are able to do so. All welcome: £2 entrance fee for members, £5 entrance fee for non-members.

TOIA will also host a garden party on the 25 June in Old Headington, Oxford at 5.00 pm. Please RSVP to Luciana John at [email protected] to let TOIA know you are coming and the number of attendees as this will help with planning. We’d appreciate it if you could do so as soon as possible. For fulll details of venue/address, please email [email protected]

Wednesday 4th May 2022
Professor Michael Scott, Shakespeare, Rome, and Politics

Monday 23rd May
Professor Alexandra Wilson, Puccini’s “La bohème” in Cultural Context  

Thursday 9th June
Marco Varvello, Londra Anni Venti 

Wednesday 15th June
Edward Posnett, Lead on the Brain: A Wounded Architect Interprets Italy’s anni di piombo

Saturday 25th June
(5.00 pm – 7.30 pm, Entrance fee £8 for members, £12 for guests. Donations to Children Heard and Seen also invited ) TOIA Garden Party, Old Headington, 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 [email protected] for confirmation.