Serbs in Italy

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Serbs in Italy
Serbi in Italia
Срби у Италији / Srbi u Italiji

Trieste Serb-orthodox church of San-Spiridione3.jpg
Saint Spyridon Church, Trieste
Famous Serbs

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Total population
Regions with significant populations
Rome, Trieste, Arzignano
Serbian Orthodox Church
Related ethnic groups
South Slavs

Italian Serbs (Serbs of Italy, Italian: Serbi in Italia) number around 109.474 in the territory of Italy.[1]


According to Graziadio Isaia Ascoli, the 19th century writer Giovanni de Rubertis considered the Schiavoni (Slavs) or Dalmati (Dalmatians) of Molise in Italy to be Serbs that were brought there by Skanderbeg during his Italian expedition in 1460—1462 along with the Albanians.[2]

In 1497 Italian court poet Rogeri de Pacienza di Nardo wrote about a group of Serbian refugees who left the Despotate of Đurađ Branković to settle in the village of Gioia del Colle near Bari, Italy. He describes how they sang and danced the kolo (dance) in honour of the Queen of Naples, Isabella del Balzo. The names of the singers that Pacienza wrote down are common Serbian names.[3]

In 1782 the first Serbian school opened in Trieste, and in the 19th century the Serbian Orthodox "Saint Spyridon church" in Trieste was built near the Ponte Rosso square.[4]


Some 40,000 Serbs live in northern Italy. In Arzignano there are non-autochthonous thousands of Serbs from all over former Yugoslavia.[5] In Trieste, 10,000-15,000 Serbs live in the city.[6]

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  1. ^ "Statistiche demografiche ISTAT". Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  2. ^ Kovačić, Risto (1885). "Srpske Naseobine u Južnoj Italiji". Glasnik Srpskoga učenog društva, Volume 62. Serbian Learned Society. pp. 273–340 [281]. Retrieved 21 July 2011. По господину де Рубертису, вели госп. Асколи ондје, први Срби — или како их онамо обичније зову Schiavoni или Dalmati — дошли су у Молизе заедно с Арбанасима (Албанези) што их је онамо довео Скендербег. 
  3. ^ Mundal, Else; Wellendorf, Jonas, eds. (2008). Oral Art Forms and Their Passage Into Writing. Museum Tusculanum Press. p. 98. ISBN 9788763505048. 
  4. ^ Sve Vesti, Udruzenje Srba "Vuk Karadzic" najstarija u Italiji
  5. ^, Srbi u severnoj Italiji
  6. ^ "Rete Civica Trieste". Retrieved 12 May 2012.