In January 1976, Il Circolo, The Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches was born. The founders chose the name Il Circolo, which literally means “the circle.” This expression was originally used during the Italian Renaissance to indicate an organization of scholars who gathered to cultivate the arts and literature.
Il Circolo was incorporated as a nonprofit organization on April 6, 1977, and has sponsored numerous cultural and social events, directed and organized under the guidance of seven successive presidents.
Italian culture is part of the mosaic of our daily lives, influencing our vision of art, beauty, fashion, design, architecture, cuisine, nature, language, poetry, philosophy, thought, opera, and music. Since the beginning, annual scholarships have been given to qualified students to study in Italy. In addition, Il Circolo has been a major supporter of Florida Atlantic University’s Italian Studies Program, one of only two major programs in the Florida State University System.