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Pirandello Institute of Italian Language and Culture

Our Mission
The Pirandello Institute has long been a dream of Vita Mesnick.

Dreams come true every day but, what does it take for dreams to become reality? Love, patience and a lot of dedication. The Pirandello Institute is the fruit of Vita’s passion, effort and commitment. We offer classes, workshops, and lectures in Italian language and culture to adults and children whose roots are Italian and those who have a love for Italy, Italian literature, cuisine, and music. 

Our Classes

Classes in Italian language, grammar, conversation, literature, and culture begin every 8 weeks. We also offer Italian for Children!


Want to purchase a gift certificate for an Italophile in your life? Email us for more information!


Private and semi-private lessons can be arranged, as well as classes via FaceTime. 

The next session begins May 13, 2024!
Register Today!


Upcoming Events

  • Caffè e conversazione
    Caffè e conversazione
    Tue, May 07
    May 07, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Poughkeepsie, 9 Monell Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, USA
    This monthly event offers our students the opportunity to practice using the Italian language in a casual, conversational setting. We will have a fluent speaker there to assist with vocabulary and phrasing, but we encourage people to interact at their own pace and comfort level.
  • Italian Movie Night @Gallery 40 - May 6, 2024
    Italian Movie Night @Gallery 40 - May 6, 2024
    Mon, May 06
    Gallery 40
    May 06, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Gallery 40, 40 Cannon St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    Join us Monday, May 6, 2024 to watch "Lo Scopone Scientifico" in Italian (with English subtitles) at Gallery 40, 40 Cannon St, Poughkeepsie, NY. During the summer, we will begin the movie at 7PM.

Join Us

Help us in our mission to encourage those who are passionate about Italy, Italian language, literature, cuisine, and music. Email


Send a check made out to "Pirandello Institute" to:

9 Monell Ave.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

(at this time, we are not set up for online donations)

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