The main fields of research at the Institute are ancient and medieval history, classical philology, classical archaeology, and art history, as well as other humanities research on Italy. The director’s and vice director’s research projects are at the heart of the Institute’s work.

The Institute offers students at Finnish universities courses at various levels, mainly in ancient history and archeology, but also on other aspects of Roman and Italian history and architecture.

The Foundation, which runs the Institute, supports the work of Finnish or Finland-based researchers at various stages of their careers by awarding grants for research in Rome.

Students, researchers, artists, journalists, and non-fiction writers can come to the Institute for residencies; a studio and an apartment are reserved for visual artists.