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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!


Interested in learning Spanish or English? 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 July 17, 2023!
Register Today!


Upcoming Events

  • Caffè e conversazione - Evening Only
    Caffè e conversazione - Evening Only
    Tue, Oct 03
    Oct 03, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Poughkeepsie, 9 Monell Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, USA
    This is a monthly event that 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.
  • Provincial Night - Una Serata in Liguria
    Provincial Night - Una Serata in Liguria
    Tue, Sep 19
    The Italian Center
    Sep 19, 7:00 PM
    The Italian Center, 1195 NY-376, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, USA
    The Italian Center has invited Pirandello Institute students and members to participate in their monthly Provincial Night. For the month of September, they will be highlighting the cuisine of Liguria / Genoa.

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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