Tradition and modernity. Culture as a meeting place

Proud of the past with an eye to the future: From 16 to 20 October 2024, Italy will be the Guest of Honour at the International Frankfurt Book Fair. The last time this was the case was in 1988. At that time, being the guest country represented the culmination of a golden era in Italian literature.

Looking back on its glorious past, but equally determined to always look forward, Italy is once again preparing to become a host country, with a motto that represents the secret of its success: “Roots in the future”.

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Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti of Naples in concert

Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti of Naples Concert in Dortmund

Italy Guest of Honour brings Puccini, Verdi and Mascagni to the German stage.
Video camera for conference

Destination Frankfurt: Press Conference in Frankfurt

The Italian cultural and literary programme as Guest of Honour 2024 will be presented in Frankfurt on 28 May.
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“Destination Frankfurt”: Italy Guest of Honour 2024 at the Turin Book Fair

Italy is preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair by participating in the most important Italian book fair.
IL fest event logo and details

ILfest – Italian Literature Festival Munich

ILfest is Munich’s Italian Book and Literature Festival for all lovers of Italian language and literature.

Italy Guest of Honour... also in Tunis

Culture that unites... two shores of the Mediterranean. Italy was Guest of Honour at the Tunis International Book Fair
Bologna Children's Book Fair logo

Destination Frankfurt: 2024 Guest of Honour Italy at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Stopover in Bologna. 2024 Italy Guest of Honour and AIE present market data and Italian children’s publishing abroad.
Leipzip Bookfair

Destination Frankfurt: Leipzig Book Fair

Stopover in Germany: Italian Institute of Culture in Berlin prepares to present Italian cultural heritage
press conference in Berlin
©Embassy of Italy in Berlin

Destination Frankfurt: press conference in Berlin

“2024 is the year of Italy in Germany”: literary events take the stage ahead of the Italian appearance at the Frankfurt International Book Fair.
London bookfair

Italy's Literary Journey: From London to Frankfurt

Exploring Italy's Cultural Tapestry at Europe's Premier Book Fairs.

Destination Frankfurt: the “Testo” book fair stop

Italy Guest of Honour took part in the debate “Promozione della letteratura italiana e della lettura” (“Promotion of Italian Literature and Reading”), with a speech by Commissioner Mauro Mazza.
La Nuvola - Nuovo Centro Congressi

Destination Frankfurt: Book promotion: What matters really? Newspapers, TV, web, events...

Panel on literary promotion strategies hosted at Italy’s fair dedicated to independent publishing “Più libri, più liberi”.
Italy Slovenia border

Italy-Slovenia: Geographical neighbours, cultural neighbours

The two countries strengthen their friendship in the handover ceremony as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Press conference

Destination Frankfurt: Italian's journey to 2024

Press conference to present the motto and logo chosen for the Italian participation as Guest of Honour at the 76th edition.


Download the press kit all information shared during the press conference.

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Mazza and Rolando chatting

Destination Frankfurt: culture is the opposite of solitude

“Imaginary Life” was chosen as the title of the 36th Turin International Book Fair, another important milestone on the Italy Guest of Honour 2024 journey with “Destination Frankfurt”.
Amedeo Modigliani, Elena Povolozky, 1917

A tryptich exhibition of the works of Puccini, Modigliani and Liebermann highlights the wealth of Italian culture

Three major exhibitions promoted by the Italian Embassy in Berlin confirm an interest in Italian music, art and culture in Germany, with a multimedia show on Puccini, a personal Modigliani exhibit and one dedicated to Max Lieberman's Italy.
laptop with piles of books on the sides
Publishing trends

Frankfurt calls, and now also answers in German

Thanks to the new version of the platform for launching Italian books abroad, engaging in dialogue with the German-speaking world is now even easier.
young woman reading a book
Publishing trends

New releases in translation (December 2023 to March 2024)

From rediscovered literary classics to graphic novels.
Mattotti's illustration

Mattotti’s calla lily blooms in Bologna and projects Italy into Frankfurt 2024

A preview of Frankfurt in Bologna. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024 enthusiastically projects us towards the Frankfurt Book Fair 2024, the Fair's 76th edition, which will see Italy as Guest of Honour.
Kinder- und Jugendliteratur im Aufwind
Publishing trends

Continued growth of publishing for children and young people

The domestic market is expanding in terms of copies sold and their sales value. One in three translation rights sold worldwide relate to this sector.
„Verwurzelt in der Zukunft“: Unser Motto visualisiert in einer poetischen Illustration

“Roots in the future”: our motto represented in a poetic illustration

Past and future meet in the work of Lorenzo Mattotti: a radiant tomorrow blossoms from a great cultural tradition.
Hunderte italienischer Bücher liegen in den Regalen deutscher Buchläden
Publishing trends

From Dante to contemporary authors: our great literature speaks German and translates into success without borders

Hundreds of Italian books can be found on the shelves of German bookshops.
Open book in a library
Publishing trends

Destination Frankfurt. Rereading tomorrow.

Reading with your eyes, reading with your ears, smelling the paper or travelling light – a whole cultural baggage in just a few grammes of an e-reader?