The Association of Lyceum Clubs in Italy is a member of the International Association of Lyceum Clubs. Through the International Association of Lyceum Clubs, Lyceum Clubs in Italy have links with clubs in many European countries and New Zealand. Members may visit these clubs and meet other members at triennial International Congresses and annual Cultural Visits.
Membership entitles members for:
- Opportunities to continue lifelong learning
- Participation in special interest groups
- Varied programs of lectures
- Friendships engendered by sharing mutual interests
- Opportunities to meet members from other Clubs and other countries
- Participation in Australia-wide and international conferences
- Secure accommodation which is offered by some Clubs
There are four Lyceum Clubs in Italy:
The history of the Florence Lyceum Club is one of a women’s movement that has pursued its objectives through cultural education and technical and professional training of women with a view to their playing an active role in society. This goal has led to establishing serious commitment and responsibility on many fronts, leaving an indelible mark on the history of Florence.
Today the Florence Lyceum Club continues to be involved in both the emancipation of women and the dissemination of culture. Its method is to combine tradition and innovation and to monitor the contemporary world, suggesting ever new themes. The world of young people in particular spurs the Club on to keep working with schools, offering students the opportunity to follow university lectures and to participate in cultural events. With its 54 events a year, the comprehensive program is carried out by different sections, each offering a specific profile (music, art, literature, science, social medicine, history, current events, etc.), but within a common theme, such as Birth, Journeys, The Blue Flower, etc. We lay stress on partnerships between sections, with other cultural associations and with the city government.
The Lyceum club of Genoa was founded in 1921, and is now about to celebrate the ninetieth year of its foundation. On this occasion the Genoa Lyceum Club has been awarded the medal of the President of the Italian Republic. We remember the former President Mrs. Minnie Alzona, who greatly added to the club’s prestige by organising numerous meetings and including a large number of councillors. Many members, such as the president of the club Clara Rubbi and the national president Silvana Canevelli, are themselves writers, so that literary interests are prevalent even if the philanthropic section is not neglected; every year it collects funds in favour of persons or organizations in need of help. Cultural activities include book presentations and round tables on social subjects, such as the ill-treatment inflicted on women and children, with the presence of a justice of the peace and the person responsible for Unicef in our Province.
Many meetings are dedicated to music, with vocal and instrumental concerts and conferences on musical topics from Paganini to the greatest interpreters of the French chanson.
The Lyceum of Catania was founded on the 28th of May 1928 by Amalia Pantano, a scion of a well-known family of local politicians (her uncle having been Minister of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce in the Sonnino Government and Minister of Public Labour in the Nitti Government), and whose brother Enrico fell in WWI and had a central street in Catania dedicated to his name. Amalia, who married Paolo Lanzerotti, an architect who built many buildings of Catania“in the French Baroque style”, always attended to the organization of charitable institutions. On the 23rd December 1928, Tommaso Martinetti inaugurated the Lyceum at Teatro Massimo “Vincenzo Bellini”. During her Presidency she invited many famous artists (Borgese, Ungaretti, Silvio D’Amico, Massimo Bontempelli, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Segovia…). After her death in 1961, her daughter Elettra Battaglini became President. In 1996 Concetta Abatelli was elected, in 2004 Ninfa Ricciardolo and in 2007 Lina Costa.
The Lyceum Club of Cremona was founded by Jucci Tornaletti, on his death the Presidency was governed ad interim by Ida Barbieri.
Currently the President of the Lyceum Club of Cremona is Laura Ruffini, who held the position of National President from 2002 to 2008.
Since 1998 the Cremona Club has been twinned with the Lyceum Club of Locarno.
In 1998 the B.C.I. and on that occasion the National Statute was drawn up which regulated the various activities of the Italian Lyceum.
In 2004, on the occasion of the 1st centenary of the foundation of the Lyceum Club, celebrations were organized on behalf of the Italian Federation, including talks, round tables, exhibitions and concerts.
Some International Presidents and the Presidents and members of the Lyceum Clubs of Locarno, Genoa, Lugano, Lucerne and Grenoble visited the Lyceum in Cremona.
The cultural activities, often open to interested parties, include conferences and round tables on topics of literature, art, music, science, current affairs, book presentations, travel reports, exhibitions, theatrical performances, concerts. Social activity is paid with particular attention to the mistreatment of children and women. The convivial ones, in an atmosphere of true friendship, are aimed only at members.
Since 2016, the new social year has been inaugurated with “Cremonaletteratura” with the presence of prestigious national and international speakers.
The 5th Edition (2020) on the theme: “The condition of militant criticism in Italy” due to the pandemic, was carried out electronically on youtube.
The Lyceum of Cremona, well received by the local press, collaborates with public administrations that often grant patronage and collaboration in cultural meetings proposed with other women’s associations and not present in the city and with national Lyceums.
The headquarters of the Lyceum Club of Cremona since October 2019 is located at the Cremonese Philodramatic Society of ancient tradition and equipped with a small and prestigious theatre.