Italy-Turkey relations

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Italy-Turkey relations
Map indicating locations of Italy and Turkey



Italy-Turkey relations refer to relations between Italy and Turkey. Both countries are members of NATO and the Union for the Mediterranean and have active diplomatic relations.


Turkey, then the Ottoman Empire, begun its first diplomatic mission to Italy in 1856, shortly before the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy, by sending Ambassador Rüstem Pasha.[1] Since then, Turkey has had a constant presence in Italy throughout both their embassy in Rome and their consulates in Milan and Naples.[2]

Italy's presence in Turkey now consists of an embassy in Ankara, a General Consulate in İstanbul, and a consulate in İzmir, together with honorary consulates in Bursa, Nevşehir, Antalya, İskenderun and Gaziantep, and a Consular Correspondent in Eskişehir.[3]

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Italian culture in Turkey[edit]

Istanbul is home to one of the Italian Cultural Institutes opened throughout the world by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[4] The Institute, among other cultural activities, offers Italian language courses, also offered by a number of Turkish universities, such as Ankara University and Istanbul University.[5]

İzmir and Ankara are hosts to, respectively, the Italian Culture Center "Carlo Goldoni"[6] and the Italian Friendship Association "Casa Italia".[5] Both of these associations engage in the organisation of events promoting Italian culture and of courses teaching the Italian language.

A number of Italian schools are present in Turkey, with the great majority of them being located in Istanbul. Italian schools in Turkey include kindergartens, elementary, middle, and high schools.[5]


  1. ^ "T.C. Dışişleri Bakanlığı Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Roma Büyükelçiliği". Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  2. ^ "T.C. Dışişleri Bakanlığı Milano Başkonsolosluğu". Retrieved 2018-09-19. 
  3. ^ "La rete consolare". (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Istituto Di Cultura - Istanbul". (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  5. ^ a b c "Cultura e lingua italiana". (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-09-19. 
  6. ^ "İtalyan Kültür Merkezi. İtalyanca dil okulu İzmir'de | Hakkımızda". İtalyan Kültür Merkezi. İtalyanca dil okulu İzmir'de (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-09-19. 

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