The Norwegian Institute in Rome

The Norwegian Institute in Rome is part of the University of Oslo, and contributes to the national research and education objectives.

The focus of the Institute’s research since it was founded in 1959 has been art and archaeology in antiquity and the middle ages.

The Institute has later broadened its scope, expanding its historical field of study and nurturing multi-disciplinary expertise which spans religious studies, intellectual history, literature, philosophy and philology, history and the social sciences.

The Norwegian Institute in Rome is owned by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo, and collaborates closely with the Universities of Bergen, Tromsø and Agder, the Norwegian University for Science and Technology, and the Norwegian School of Theology.

Why Rome?

The richness of Rome’s cultural, historic and artistic legacy served as the initial impetus for establishing a Norwegian Institute in the eternal city. The encounter with Rome continues to represent something unique: a chance for Norwegian scholars to spend time interacting and working in one of the oldest, most culturally important cities in the world.  

The Norwegian Institute in Rome fosters and facilitates academic research and provides students with opportunities to study in a Roman context.

Visiting researchers and students may profit from Rome’s breadth of international academic environmens, research libraries, archives, heritage sites, museums, and collections as well as numerous universities and academies.

The Institute provides a unique platform for students and scholars at all stages of their careers to interact, enabling collaborations and exchanges on studies of all aspects of Mediterranean and Italian culture, both modern and premodern, and creating a manifold and stimulating research environment.

Each year, scholars working on ancient, medieval and early modern sources meet at the Institute to form new networks and develop project ideas and collaborations. Both researchers and students remain part of the DNIR international community of scholars and many of them continue to return over the years.

Located at the Gianicolo hill with a breathtaking view over Rome, the Institute regularly hosts national and international workshops and conferences. The Institute has fully-equipped conference spaces and facilities. Its garden and roof terrace provide the perfect surroundings for continued discussions and more informal meetings. 

What do we offer?

The Institute has at its disposal a library, a quiet reading room, office spaces, and three meeting rooms. Our staff provides assistance in locating and accessing resourses for teaching and research.

The library contains a highly specialised collection of books, maps, scholarly journals and a unique and rare photo archive of late antique art images. The librarian provides reference assistance and digital assistance and access to scholarly journals and resources.

The advantages of staying at the Norwegian Institute include:

  • Access to the library 07:00 – 21:45
  • Librarian reference assistance – and interlibrary loans
  • Access to libraries and archives in Rome and beyond (Florence, Napels, etc)
  • Walking distance to unique monuments and art
  • Entrance to sites not generally open to the public
  • Convivial and inclusive academic environment
  • Invitations to presentations/events at other academic institutes in Rome
  • Internal seminars (January – April)
  • Wi-Fi, printing, copying and scanning facilities
  • Digital document delivery
  • Garden and terrace
  • Walking distance to excellent hotels and restaurants

What does it cost?

Facilities can be used by the collaborating institutions at no cost, while other users pay modest rates. Partners are given priority in reserving offices and meeting rooms, while others are obliged to contact us when the main activities (student courses and workshops/conferences) have been inserted.

Please contact the administration for more details

Lectures at the Institute Autumn 2017

Archaeology of the Bronze, Iron and Viking Age in Scandinavia is the focus of three of the lectures this autumn, while the L'Orange lecture takes a closer look at the individual in the Greco-Roman world.

Monday 11. September

Dr. Unn Pedersen: Kaupang in Skiringssal - Urban Vikings and Rural Fashionistas.

Friday 13. October  

Dr. Marianne Hem Eriksen: Processing, Curating and Fragmenting Skulls in Iron and Viking Age Scandinavia

Thursday 2. November - The L'Orange lecture 2017

Prof. Jonathan Hall: Archaeology of the Individual in the Greco-Roman World

Thursday 16. November

Dr. Lene Melheim: Bronzization and the Scandinavian Bronze Age


The Norwegian Institute in Rome

Viale Trenta Aprile 33

00153 ROME

Tel.: +39 06 5839 1000/ 1007



Find us

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Public transport:

  • Bus 44 (from Piazza Venezia or Via Montalcino)
  • Buss 75 (from Piazza Indipendenza near Termini)
  • Buss 870 (from Via Paola near Castel Sant'Angelo)
  • Buss 115 (circular between Gianicolo and Trastevere)

ATAC public transport in Rome: 

Informazioni in italiano

Informazioni in italiano sull'Istituto di Norvegia in Roma