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Useful websites

The following information and websites are not exhaustive. They do not cover all the useful contacts and reference sites in the cultural sector.


General information from Italian Institutions:

Directorate General for Public and Cultural Diplomacy

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Piazzale della Farnesina 1, 00135 Rome

Tel. : +39 06.36911



ITALIANA – Language, culture, creativity in the world

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


Ministry of Culture

Via del Collegio Romano 27, 00186 Rome

Tel.: +39 06.6723.1/06.6723.1


Ministry of University and Research

Viale Trastevere, 76/a, 00153 Rome

Tel.: +39 06.5849.1


Tourism and statistical information:

Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo (The Italian National Tourist Board)

365 Bay Street, Suite 503

Toronto (Ontario) M5H 2V1

Tel.: +1 416 925-4882



ISTAT – Italian National Institute of Statistics

Via Cesare Balbo 16, 00184 ROMA

Phone.: +39 06 46731


Italian language studies in Canada

For information on Italian studies offered by Canadian universities, click here.

For information about Italian language courses organized by Canadian organizations, click here.

For more information about Italian courses organized in the Montréal and Toronto areas, please, check the websites of the Italian Cultural Institutes.


Italian books, movies, TV Series, Operas at the Ottawa Public Library

The Ottawa Public Library represents a source of in-depth study of Italian culture, both in the form of books by classic and recent Italian writers translated into English and French, and in truly representative and precious visual material. In DVD format to be requested in the various locations, or directly in streaming video to download from home, you will find the stage performances of all the major operas, the great classics and recent films, together with TV programs on art and culture and entire very popular TV series in Italian with subtitles.


Online study of the Italian language

Below are online sources for learning Italian. The Italian Embassy in Ottawa is not responsible for the quality of the courses and teaching materials on the sites. The list is offered for information only, and as a service to our users:

  • Accademia della Crusca: scholarly site for research on the Italian language
  • Babbel Italian: provides paid courses for all levels
  • BBC Italian: provides two interactive courses with multimedia materials
  • Cyberitalian: provides options for all language levels with cultural materials
  • Duolingo Italian: provides free programs according to different levels
  • edX: provides free online courses issued by different universities worldwide
  • FluentU Italian: provides video material and customized lessons
  • FSI Italian: provides free courses created by the US government
  • ILUSS Italian Online: provides free course with 4 learning levels and for-payment courses with more exercises and activities on grammar and vocabulary
  • Instant Italian (ed2go): provides courses for a fee
  • Italian Uncovered: provides alternative learning methods through storytelling
  • Italy Made Easy: Italian language courses
  • Language Transfer: provides a free introductory course
  • Logos – Multilingual Translation Portal: multilingual translation portal
  • News in Slow Italian: provides three different levels of courses
  • One World Italiano: free online course
  • Online Italian Club: six learning languages
  • Ripeti Con Me: learning Italian through speaking and listening exercises
  • SegnaWeb: online resources selected by Italian libraries
  • Udemy: platform for online language courses


Institutions in charge of the promotion of the Italian language and culture

  • Accademia della Crusca: main point of reference for research on the Italian language
  • Dante Alighieri Society in Rome and foreign Committees in Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Vancouver e Winnipeg
  •, the portal of the Dante Alighieri Society in the world: culture, events and language courses in presence and remotely
  • Italiana Portal of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Italian language, culture and creativity in the world
  • Italian Cultural Institutes in Montreal and Toronto


Publishing houses offering manuals for teaching Italian to foreigners and multimedia materials on their websites

  • Italiano per Stranieri Alma Edizioni
  • Italiano per Stranieri Loescher Editore


Platforms/websites/apps offering courses and free or purchasable materials

  • About
  • Babbel Italian
  • Cyberitalian
  • Duolingo Italian
  • edX
  • Eleaston
  • FluentU Italian
  • FSI Italian
  • ICoN
  • Italian Electronic Classroom
  • ItalianPod101
  • ILUSS Italian Online
  • Instant Italian (ed2go)
  • Italian Uncovered
  • Italy Made Easy
  • Language Transfer
  • Learnamo
  • Live Lingua
  • Logos – Multilingual Translation Portal
  • Memrise
  • News in Slow Italian
  • One World Italiano
  • Online Italian Club
  • Preply
  • The Italian experiment
  • Thinkinitalian
  • Thoughtco
  • Udemy
  • Verbling



All the most comprehensive dictionaries are also offered in a free or purchasable digital version:


Italian language newspapers in Canada

  • Accenti
  • Cittadino Canadese
  • Corriere Canadese
  • Corriere Italiano
  • Il Postino
  • L’Ora di Ottawa
  • La Voce
  • Lo Specchio
  • Marco Polo
  • Panorama Italia
  • Panorama Italiano


News agencies in Italy

  • ADISTA – Agenzia Di Informazioni Stampa
  • AdnKronos – Italian news agency
  • AGE – Agenzia Giornalistica Europa
  • Agenparl – Agency of the Italian Parliament for political and economic information
  • AgenPress – Italian press agency
  • AGI – Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
  • Ago Press – Online press, media and communication agency
  • AGR – Agenzia Giornalistica Radiotelevisiva
  • Agv News – Il Velino, Italian news agency
  • AISE – Agenzia Internazionale Stampa Estero
  • ANSA – Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata
  • Askanews – Italian news agency
  • Dire – Italian news agency
  • IPS – Inter Press Service, Agenzia di Stampa Internazionale
  • Italpress – Italian news agency
  • Lapresse – Italian news agency, reportage and videonews
  • NewsMediaset – structure to which all the Mediaset group’s information publications belong, with the exception of TG5 and Videonews
  • Pressenza International Press – International press agency
  • Radiocor – New agency of Gruppo 24 ORE
  • Redattore sociale – Italian Multimedia Network of information services
  • SIR – Servizio Informazione Religiosa, Agenzia di Stampa Cattolica
  • Sudnews – Italian news agency, local news
  • Sviluppo Programmi Editoriali S.p.A. – Italian news agency
  • Teleborsa – Italian news agency about financial-economic sector


Canadian television and radio stations offering Italian programming

  • Canale IV
  • CFMB
  • Italradio
  • Mediaset Italia Canada
  • Mediaset TGCOM 24 Canada
  • Radio Globo Italia
  • Radio Italia Canada
  • Rai Italia (Rai International)
  • Rai News 24
  • Rai World Premium
  • Shaw Multicultural Channel
  • Sky Tg 24 Canada
  • Tele-30
  • TeleBimbi
  • TLN (Telelatino)


Italian Cinema

  • AFIC – Associazione Festival Italiani di Cinema
  • ANICA – Associazione Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche Audiovisive e Multimediali
  • – website on new Italian cinema providing information on Italian films and documentaries produced from 2000 onward
  • Cinematografo – foundations of show business
  • Cinemotore – search engine of all the websites on Italian cinema
  • Close up – cinema magazine
  • – information about Italian cinema
  • – cinema magazine
  • – movie magazine
  • Il documentario – Italian website about documentaries
  • PRIMISSIMA – general information on Italian film
  • TEMPI MODERNI – cinema magazine