January 11 - March 28

Classics Book Club “I Promessi Sposi”

2 hours of reading, speaking and conversation at an advanced level, to enjoy learning and discussing about the classic Italian literature novels

Additional information

A series of 12 classes focused on studying, reading and discussing one of the main Italian classic literature novels.

In the Winter Term, the group will focus on “I promessi sposi” (“The Betrothed”), which was published in 1840 and is considered the first novel in the Italian literature.

It has been read and studied by generations and is still considered very contemporary for its themes. How has it influenced the history of Italy, and especially, what influenced Alessandro Manzoni to write this masterpiece after twenty years of crafting? With our instructor, Mattia Milone, we will read through this Classic of Italian Literature and discuss the story, the plot, and the characters of a book that has defined literary tradition for the past two centuries.

What better way to start our weekly appointment with our Classic Italian Literature Book Club?


  • Thursdays 3:00 – 5:00 pm PST


Reading book: “I Promessi Sposi”

I promessi sposi – Libreria Pino

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+ 10$ nonrefundable registration fee

2 hours

Thursdays 3:00 - 5:00 pm PST
via Zoom

Let our students speak for us!

Leslie Hughes
“What I like most about participating in a literature class with the Istituto is having classmates with whom to discuss our books. I like hearing their opinions and responding to them. Reading is a great pleasure of mine, but sharing a book makes reading an adventure. With a teacher guiding us we improve our language skills and become more self-confident expressing ourselves. I’m grateful for the opportunity!”
Dennis Abbe
“I have been taking classes at the SFIIS for years because, short of a long stay in Italy, it is the best way to maintain and improve my language skills. But more than that, I enjoy being with the other students and my instructor(s), many of whom are now good friends. In my class we read classic and contemporary Italian literature, and our instructor keeps us up to date on Italian culture and even politics. The experience on Zoom is almost as good as the in-person classes; Barbara is amazing in her use of the tools to run a lively, efficient, and fun class.”
Dede Heitman
“The SFIIS school offers the best, well rounded Italian languages classes in the Bay Area. With native speakers as teachers, the classes provide a comprehensive, natural and fun way of learning. Everyone feels welcome, no matter the level. The teachers are encouraging, entertaining and enthusiastic about their language and culture. As a bonus, I've made life-long friends through SFIIS classes. Please join our Italian language learning community!”
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