Renewed interest in the Reformed confession is not a uniquely American phenomenon. There are, of course, large confessional Reformed/Presbyterian bodies in South Korea, Nigeria, The (Democratic Republic of the) Congo, and elsewhere. We where we might not expect to find a Reformed presence in Italy, since it is overwhelmingly Romanist. Nevertheless, from the early 1540s there was a Reformed presence in Italy and there were Italian ex patriots who fled to Geneva, among them the Turretini family. You might be familiar with Francis Turretin (1623–87) and his Institutes of Elenctic Theology (3 vols) or Jerome (Girolamo) Zanchi (1516–90) and perhaps Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562). These are among the more famous Italian Reformed theologians, each of whom had a significant influence on the shape of Reformed theology.
There is confessional Reformed congregation in Milan, Chiesa Riformata Filidelfia about whom the HB has reported previously. It is a church plant of Christ URC in Santee, CA. Pastor Andrea Ferrari (who has the coolest surname of any Reformed pastor I know) reports that the congregation now has 45 members (12 families and four other individual members with 12 baptized members heading toward profession of faith). Beside the morning and evening sermons they are studying the Belgic Confession in their adult class on the Lord’s Day mornings. Two of the members are teaching a Bible survey class to teenagers and they’re holding a Thursday evening class on the Heidelberg Catechism for some Chinese young people, who are at university in Milan. Who says that the Reformed faith isn’t international? Italian and Chinese Christians studying a Francophone confession and a German catechism!
He notes that there is an Italian translation of the Heidelberg Catechism. Here it is. If you know someone whom this might help, please let them know.
Pastor Ferrari says they do see visitors occasionally and they are reminded constantly that Europe is a post-Christian mission field. They covet your prayers and support.