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. Since then, Turkey has had a constant presence in Italy throughout both their embassy in Rome and their consulates in Milan and Naples.
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.
Italian culture in Turkey
Istanbul is home to one of the Italian Cultural Institutes opened throughout the world by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 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.
İzmir and Ankara are hosts to, respectively, the Italian Culture Center "Carlo Goldoni" and the Italian Friendship Association "Casa Italia". 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.
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