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Villa Vigoni is a reference point for various international partners and for relations between Italy, Germany and Europe.

"I wish to express my full support for Villa Vigoni, an institution that does not merely play a diplomatic role. The aim is to bring Italian and German society closer and closer together."

Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic (2006-15)

"[...] ensures that the natural intellectual, heartfelt and emotional understanding between the two countries and the two peoples is developed in support of the European idea"

Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister (2013-14)

"This is the specific strength of Villa Vigoni: the ability to combine reflection on the past with questions about the political, scientific and cultural strategies of the future and to bring people together outside national and disciplinary borders, so that these issues can be discussed collectively."

Annette Schavan, German Minister for Education and Scientific Research (2005-2013)

"Culture and scientific research represent the perfect way to strengthen the dialogue between Italy and Germany, stimulating a European perspective. "

Alessia Mosca, Member of the European Parliament

Friends of Villa Vigoni

The Supporters’ Circle of Friends of the Villa Vigoni, inspired by the historical Italian-German friendship between the Mylius and Vigoni families, aims to promote cultural exchange between Italy and Germany by supporting the activities of Villa Vigoni.


Villa Vigoni has established an extensive Europe-wide network:

  • cooperation with various ministries
  • structural programmes with scientific and research management institutes
  • cooperation agreements and research conventions with universities and academies
  • partnerships with foundations and associations

International partnerships

Together with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH), Villa Vigoni promotes international scientific collaboration and the creation of new networks of researchers, experts and young people in the field of humanities and social science. It has therefore developed and implemented two conference programme formats with different characteristics ‒ one bilateral (Italy-Germany) and one trilateral (Italy-Germany-France). The initiatives that take place within the framework of these two formats are held at Villa Vigoni following an application process regulated by an annual competition.