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 link in the menu).

Our activities

  • lectures on art, architecture, literature, theatre, music, history, current affairs
  • contemporary Italy
  • food, wine, social events, films
  • occasional wine-tastings
  • summer garden party

The events calendar follows Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms, each with about six events and one free magazine. See events to the right. Non-members are welcome unless otherwise stated. For subscription information see Membership link.

Lectures are usually held at 7.30pm, allowing time beforehand to socialise over a drink or book signing. Two memorial lectures of particular interest to TOIA are held each year (see History link).

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.

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, £8.00 entrance fee. 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.

Who we are

The Oxford Italian Association was created by Professor John Woodhouse in June 1990 in order to celebrate the generous endowment by the Agnelli Foundation, which re-established the defunct Chair of Italian. The Association was also meant to fill a need, never previously met in Oxford, for a local cultural association of people interested in any aspect of Italian life. A knowledge of Italian is not necessary, and members are typically people who are fond of Italian language and literature, art and music, Italian food and wine; people who like visiting the country, or speaking and learning Italian; people of Italian nationality, and students living in the area.

TOIA meetings and events are usually conducted in English. One of our aims is social contact, and we almost always serve refreshments at our meetings to encourage members to get to know each other. For those who like to speak and hear the Italian language, and for learners at various levels who seek practice, we organise discussion evenings entirely in Italian.