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Department of Italian


Do not fall victim of a scam about employment with this department. There is a bogus advertisement going round offering a position as a language teacher. There is no such position available. Sorry for any disappointment this may cause. All our current positions will be listed on the MML Jobs page.

Welcome to the Department of Italian.

Please click on the links or use the menu options given on the left. On this site, you will find extensive information about the Department of Italian and the undergraduate and graduate courses which we offer.

You will also find information about the wealth of resources and online resources which are available to the department, as well as about our staff and their research interests which cover a wide range of specialisms. There are also sections detailing news and forthcoming events, the student Italian Society and other topics of interest. There is a link to the extensive Italian Collections at the University Library here:

The Department of Italian is happy to answer any questions that current or prospective staff and students may have. You will find contact details here.

Why Study Italian? Click and scroll down here for a short film about studying Italian at University.

NEWS: Professor Robert Gordon, Serena Professor of Italian, has been elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy:

NEWS: Top ranking for Italian department.

NEW TO OUR WEBSITE: The Romance Linguistics Seminar

Graduate Study: All prospective Masters (M Phil) and doctoral (PhD) students should contact Robert Gordon (

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Latest News

500 Years of Italian Grammar(s), Culture, and Society in Italy and Europe

10 December 2015

A conference entitled 500 Years of Italian Grammar(s), Culture, and Society in Italy and Europe: From Fortunio’s Regole (1516) to the Present will take place on Thursday 10 December in the Music Room, Downing College, Cambridge.

Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy

9 December 2015

Beginning 18 October 2012 and continuing over four years, a team of Dante experts from the U.K. and abroad are carrying out a series of public lectures on the Comedy that explore the 'vertical' connections between cantos of the same number across all three canticles.