Unique Cities to Study Abroad in Italy

Unique Cities to Study Abroad in Italy: 10 Hidden Gems

Do you want to study in Italy somewhere off the beaten path? If the idea of “classic” study abroad destinations is not for you, we have a selection of 10 unusual Italian cities where you can learn the language and enjoy your free time between art, culture, nature and food.

In the region of Emilia-Romagna, there are 2 contenders. Bologna is one of the coolest towns in Italy. It is home to the oldest university in Europe and known to be the Italian food capital. In Modena, famous for its balsamic vinegar, you will be fascinated by the architectural treasures as well as the modern products of local inventiveness such as Ferrari, Maserati and Pagani motor vehicles.

Tuscany is Italy’s most famous region. You probably thought of Florence, Pisa and Siena right now. But it also offers many hidden gems where to study. One is Lucca, located at the foot of the Apuan Alps. Its medieval center is still nearly all intact, but unlike other similar towns it is not on a hilltop, so it is ideal for anyone with mobility issues. It hosts the Lucca Comics & Games festival and the Lucca Summer Festival. Orbetello stretches in the middle of a WWF-managed lagoon. Its position near the Duna Feniglia Reserve and the Maremma Nature Park makes it ideal for those who appreciate birdwatching and ecotourism.

If you love art and wine, you can choose to learn Italian in Todi in Umbria. Considered by many as a model sustainable and liveable city, Todi is the birthplace of the Franciscan poet Jacopone da Todi. Local sights include beautiful medieval monuments such as the Duomo, Palazzo del Capitano, Palazzo del Priore and Palazzo del Popolo. Umbria is a land of excellent wines, which you can discover along the four Wine Routes: the Sagrantino Route; the Trasimeno Hills Wine Route; the Etruscan-Roman Wines Route; and the Cantico Wine Route.

Off the mainland, the island of Sardinia offers 2 great options. Alghero, also called Barceloneta, offers the perfect blend of rich history, gorgeous beaches, delicious food and wine. Don’t miss the tasty Catalan-style lobster! In the capital of Sardinia, Cagliari, you will find fantastic historical buildings such as the Duomo and Bastione San Remy, as well as beautiful parks and a fashionable Marina.

Friuli Venezia Giulia is a culturally fascinating place with stunning hilltop stone villages, excellent cuisine and a dramatic history that was deeply affected by the world wars. Strolling in Trieste’s historic center makes you feel as if you were in Austria. James Joyce, Italo Svevo and Sigmund Freud were among the artists and philosophers who frequented Trieste in the 20th century, due to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and attractive architecture.

Unusual Cities to Study Abroad in Italy - Tropea

Calabria is a hidden gem in the South of Italy. The city of Tropea is a nice old town full of picturesque buildings, turquoise sea and excellent restaurants. Foodies can visit the inspiring citrus and olive groves, vineyards and wine cellars, and enjoy the famous Cipolla di Tropea. Not only can you taste this unique red onion in different traditional recipes, you can also explore “unthinkable” combinations, like red-onion gelato (ice cream)!

The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Genoa, is one of those fascinating Italian cities that remain off the tourist radar. Nicknamed La Superba by Petrarca, this multi-faceted city ranges from the most luxurious aristocratic palaces in the Strade Nuove district, to the narrow caruggi in the historic center. As you walk around this “vertical town” that was built between the port and uphill, at every corner you will have to resist the temptation to eat focaccia, fresh fish, the famous pesto and homemade confectionery.

What is your favorite classic or unusual city where to learn Italian in Italy? Explore all the possibilities here and choose your next study abroad experience with Studiainitalia.

 

 


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Art Courses for Groups in Italy

What can be more fun for a group of friends, school mates or work colleagues than to travel to a foreign country and enjoy some creative and enriching activities together? Whether it’s for student travel programs, summer teen camps or corporate teambuilding and incentives, Italy is the perfect destination for group art courses.

At Studiainitalia we can organize art courses for groups for high schools, summer camps and businesses. Just last week we had a group of high school students from China, who attended a painting course in the beautiful setting of Museo degli Innocenti, a historic building in Florence that was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and that is regarded as a notable example of early Italian Renaissance architecture.

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The Chinese school returns every year for art courses in Italy: have a look at the splendid work from last year’s group, who had the challenging task of painting Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus!

Art Courses for Groups in Italy

Other art programs that can be organized for groups are Florentine Mosaic, Fresco, Painting Restoration, Gilding and Pottery Courses. This variety of courses caters to different tastes of art lovers and to the most diverse needs by companies who want to organize corporate activities.

What are the advantages of study abroad group travel in Italy? There are many, but the most important are: participants arrive at the destination with people they have already met; you can save on transfers to/from airports and train stations thanks to group rates; an experienced agency like Studiainitalia is at your disposal for pre-travel, on-site and post-flight assistance, course selection, accommodation and activities.

If you have any questions regarding group courses in Italy for your school or business, please contact Studiainitalia.

 

 


Artisan Career Opportunities after a Craft Course in Italy

Artisan Career Opportunities after a Craft Course in Italy

If you are good at working with your hands and have a passion for crafts, then an artisan career might be the perfect choice for you. To succeed in this profession, you need to complete craft courses and gain practical experience as an artisan. Italy is the birthplace of some of the world’s most famous artisans and offers the ideal schools where to learn some of the “Made in Italy” secrets. At Studiainitalia we are very proud to share some testimonials of students who chose our Craft Courses in Italy and either became creative professionals or expanded their skills to improve their artisan workshops or craft business.

 

From Journalist to Bag Maker in Spain – Rosalia’s testimonial

"For more than 27 years I worked as a journalist, until the “paper crisis” hit the sector. I was forced to reinvent myself, something that, sincerely, I really wanted. I always enjoyed working with my hands, the concentration needed to do it, the creativity invested, the result that - after hours of care - makes you smile and be proud of what you do and create. I wanted to learn to make handbags and looked for training courses, but in Spain there were few opportunities and almost no places where to study.

I found Studiainitalia, booked a three-week bag-making course with an artisan in Florence, and packed my bags. I took great advantage of this experience, which was unique and intense, in the idyllic and magical setting of Florence. I brought back home so much knowledge and so many tricks, and as soon as I landed in Spain I made the list of tasks to start my own workshop. It was a long list with machines, materials, tools and a cutting table… but finally I was able to set up my work studio in my attic, where I design, plan and do my work.

My creations will be soon on sale online on my website www.pepeberto.com. For me, this change of direction has not only provided me with a new opportunity to reengage in the career world, but a new way of life and inspiration, an activity where I can invest my creativity as I please, with the enormous satisfaction of creating something on my own. Ciao Firenze, I will be back!!!"

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Rosalia in her workshop - pepeberto

Florentine Painting in Argentina - María del Carmen’s testimonial

"Florence, Italy, language, discover, imagine, dream, learn, communicate, perfume, color and many other things ... is a summary of what I experienced in Florence when I went in July 2017 to do a course in Florentine pottery painting. [...] Every day I would cross the Ponte Vecchio to reach the pottery painting workshop, and this city would surprise me at every step. Living in the cradle of the Renaissance is a dream for those of us who dedicate ourselves to art.

The ceramic painting school is a welcoming place where the pottery skills and love are perceived instantly. Opening the door was like entering a magical world. The teacher, Nicoletta, greeted me with a smile and right away I was painting my first work with the Florentine technique. A priceless experience in every way, in direct contact with people who love what they do and allowing me to improve my skills.

Back in Argentina, I have been decorating objects with the Florentine painting technique. Some of my works have been exhibited at the Christmas fair held at the Spanish Theater of Reconquista. My workshop "Taller MCS, Magia, Creación y Sensaciones" is in Reconquista, Santa Fe (mdelccastroleiva29@gmail.com)."

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The teacher, the student at work, and María del Carmen’s workshop

Leatherwork Skills for African-print bags in St. Lucia – Taribba’s testimonial

Taribba is a St. Lucian designer. She fell in love with the art of leathercraft while living in Ethiopia. Today, she is the owner of Même Bête, a brand of luxury handmade leather bags. Taribba trained in Florence, where she refined her skills with our Leatherwork Course. She shared her experience and thoughts on Instagram.

 

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Do you want to become an artisan and work in the world of crafts?

If you would like to produce inspiring work and survive in a competitive job sector as an artisan, choose your favorite Italian craft course or contact us with any questions about studying in Italy. We will soon launch a new project called “Creative Italy”, in collaboration with our partner Italian Special Occasions. It will offer you an innovative way to discover Italy through ancient crafts. Visit our blog soon for updates or sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop.

 


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Best Cities and Seasons for your Study Abroad in Italy: Florence, Naples, Trieste & Venice

In our last article we recommended some Top Italian Cities for you to match with your Interests. Since many of our students often ask us for advice on the best time of the year in which to travel and study in Italy, today we will give some tips on where and when to undertake your course and experience as a creative tourist.

 

Spring: Florence

Florence is one of the most livable places for a student, as it is a relatively small city where you can move around easily without means of transport. Despite its size, the city is filled with remarkable architecture and art, amazing museums, interesting events and lively bars and restaurants. In early spring you can take relaxing bike rides through Florence and bask in the sun as it starts to warm the cobblestones. Spring is the perfect time to visit its lush gardens and parks, such as the Giardino delle Rose (blooming with about 1,000 specimens of roses); and the Bardini Gardens with panoramic views and fragrant wisterias. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is an arts festival that takes place every spring in Florence, and it includes a notable opera festival.

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Summer: Naples and Salerno

If your idea of studying in summer includes a mix of peaceful places where to study and swim, together with a fun atmosphere and lively nightlife, then the region of Campania is ideal for you. Naples is a vibrant city full of character and friendly locals. Around Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and the Island of Capri are the region’s most popular destinations, so it is probably best to avoid them in summer. Instead, head to Salerno and beyond, where you will find miles of sandy beaches to enjoy, as well as the Roman ruins at Paestum. Our Italian language school in Salerno offers a special Summer Program during the week of Ferragosto (the vacation period around mid-August for most Italians).

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Autumn: Trieste

Head to Trieste to admire the spectacular fall foliage of the Karst Plateau, a limestone region extending between the Gulf of Trieste in Italy and the Vipava Valley in Slovenia. This is a culturally fascinating place with stunning hilltop stone villages, excellent cuisine and a dramatic history that was deeply affected by the world wars. Strolling in Trieste’s historic center makes you feel as if you were in Austria. James Joyce, Italo Svevo and Sigmund Freud were among the artists and philosophers who frequented Trieste in the 20th century, due to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and attractive architecture.

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Winter: Venice

Of course, Venice is beautiful at any time of the year. But there is a special magic to the city in winter. On clear days you can see the snowy Dolomites in the horizon, and the canals sparkle under the sunlight. There are less tourists in winter, which means less time spent on queues and more affordable accommodation rates – except in the Carnival period. Thanks to the great and fast train connections, you can organize day trips to other beautiful cities in Veneto, like Verona, Padua and Vicenza. And if you enjoy winter sports, the Dolomites and chic ski resorts like Cortina d’Ampezzo are a short drive away.

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When and where would you like to study in Italy?

Do you have a favourite Italian city but are unsure about the best time of the year to visit? Do you know the season in which you can travel but are still unsure about the destination of your course?Whether you have an idea or are completely clueless, feel free to share your questions below or to contact the expert team at Studiainitalia.


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How to choose your jewellery design school in Italy: 5 Tips

If you want to become a jewellery designer or perfect your skills by studying abroad, finding and selecting the best jewel design school is of crucial importance and not always an easy task. Even if you decide to study in Italy – birthplace of countless amazing jewel designers like Bulgari, Pomellato, Damiani and Buccellati – you want to be sure that you choose a jewellery design school or university that offers you the best quality and value for your money and time.

So how do you choose the institution that will play a very important role in your career and life? We have 5 tips to help you find the best jewelry design school in Italy.

 

1. Teaching Excellence

Knowing about your potential teachers and their background, works and experience, can give you an idea of who they are and how passionate they are about jewellery. Have a look at their description on the website of the jewel design schools you have found in your Internet research. If there are no biographies, ask the school for information regarding the teachers so that you can get to know them a little.

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2. Course Variety and Quality

Whether you want to specialize in one particular aspect or in many techniques, it is important to find a school that offers a variety of courses with excellent reviews written by previous students. Jewellery courses for beginners can include Design and drawing, 3d computer design, gemstone cutting; and there are specialization courses such as wax and precision casting, enamelling, engraving and stone-setting. You can check reviews on Facebook, websites like educations.com and even on the official website of the Italian jewellery schools themselves, as long as there is a system that only allows reviews from verified buyers.

 

3. Equipped School

Where will your jewellery workshops and courses take place? A functional, clean and spacious environment are desirable aspects. Proper jewellery design schools in Italy offer a main workshop area with several work stations fitted with the tools you need for the training. Other rooms and facilities can include Laminators and die, a Wooden bench for embossing and engraving, rooms for Welding and micro-casting, a Finishing room, an Enamelling station, a Room for Wax modelling, and one for Drawing and 3D computer design, and for 3D printing and photographic set.

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4. Location

Sure, it is not essential, but a school in a great setting can have a positive influence on your study abroad experience in Italy. Can you imagine if your jewelry school were in the historic center of Florence? After class, you could go admire the crafts of local artisans in the market or in designer boutiques, visit history and art museums, join the cultural events that often take place in this beautiful city.

 

5. Unsure? Ask a specialized agency

If you are having a tough time finding the perfect jewellery school in Italy, you can contact a specialized education agency like Studiainitalia. We are Italian and work exclusively with Italian partners since 2005. We personally know all the schools and workshops we work with, and guarantee high quality schools at no extra cost. Have a look at our jewellery design courses here. We can also help you with finding accommodation. For more information, contact us by chat, email or telephone.

 

 


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Learn Italian in Rome: 5 Secret Sights

It is easy to see why Rome is one of the most visited and loved cities in the world, thanks to its beautiful ancient buildings, museums and lush gardens. And away from the itineraries of mass tourism, you can find more surprising cultural and natural wonders. If you have decided to learn Italian in Rome, we have 5 lesser-known sights where you can escape the crowds, enjoy the scene and even find inspiration to do some homework and study the beautiful language.

 

Parco degli Acquedotti

Part of the Appian Way Regional Park, the Parco degli Acquedotti is named after the ancient Roman stone water bridges that go through it. It retains a rustic air and is perfect for a picnic or to practice your photography skills. You will surely have noticed its distinctive looks in movies like La Dolce Vita or in La Grande Bellezza.

Parco degli Acquedotti, Rome

 

Municipal Rose Garden

Located at the foot of the Aventine Hill, just above the Circus Maximus, this heavenly garden boasts more than one thousand species of roses from all five continents. This area was already devoted to flowers back in the 3rd century BC! Every May, Rome’s Rose Garden hosts the "Premio Roma", honouring the newest, most beautiful, and most scented rose.

Roseto Comunale: Rome's Rose Garden

 

Centrale Montemartini

Situated on Via Ostiense, the Montemartini Power Plant is an extraordinary example of an industrial building transformed into an exhibition space. It was originally the first public electricity plant in Rome. Now it contains an outstanding collection of classical sculptures from the excavations carried out in Rome at the end of the nineteenth century and during the first decades of the twentieth.

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Villa Torlonia

This is the most recent of the villas belonging to Rome’s nobility, yet it is particularly fascinating due to the originality of its English-style garden and to the whimsical follies in the surrounding park, including the House of the Owls with a collection of Art Nouveau glass.

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Quartiere Coppedé

This corner of Rome is most surprising for its bizarre architecture – an amazing mixture of Liberty (or Italian Art Nouveau) and Art Deco works, with Greek, Gothic, Baroque and even Medieval influences. Located between Via Salaria and Via Nomentana, this complex was built between 1913 by 1926 by the eclectic architect Gino Coppedè.

The whimsical Quartiere Coppedé in Rome

 

Italian language course in Rome with Studiainitalia

Are you looking for an Italian language course in Rome? With Studiainitalia you can learn Italian in the best language schools, with intensive courses composed by 20 lessons per week, available all year round. Get all the information you need about the courses, prices and accommodation options for your Italian course in Rome here.

 


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3 Reasons why to Study Fashion & Design in Italy

If you love Fashion and Design and want to sign up for related courses abroad, we have 3 good reasons why you should study Fashion and Design in Italy.

1) Historic Leader and Current Trendsetter

Italy is home to the most famous fashion and design brands. It has been a leader for centuries, from ancient Rome’s architectonic masterpieces to contemporary protagonists like Gio Ponti and Renzo Piano; from century-old family generations excelling in shoemaking and leatherwork, to the modern-day fashion icons of Ferragamo and Gucci, just to name a few. Throughout the past decades, Italy has been the protagonist of several movements that had an impact on art and design at national and international level, such as futurism, rationalism, the Novecento Italiano, Arte Povera – with illustrious figures like Marinetti, Terragni, Sironi, Pistoletto…

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2) Prestigious International Events & Fairs

Italy hosts amazing events related to the world of design and fashion. Examples include MIFUR (International Leather & Furs Exhibition), Salone del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair), Milano Unica (International Italian Top-end Textile Fair), Homi (International Home Show), and the fashion shows of Pitti Immagine, Milan Fashion Week, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana – among many others. There are also beautiful exhibitions that you cannot miss, such as the Costume Gallery at Palazzo Pitti in Florence or the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.

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3) The best Fashion & Design Schools, plus Work Opportunities

Italy offers outstanding design and fashion academies in different cities. You can choose among a wide selection of courses: short workshops, summer courses, long term courses or undergraduate and MA programmes. Studiainitalia is an official agent for two prestigious schools in Milan: Domus Academy and NABA (Nuova Accademia delle Belle Arti). Both are considered among the 60 best fashion and design schools in the world. They offer courses such as Masters in Design, in Fashion and Accessory Design, in Marketing of Luxury Goods, in Interior Design and in Car and Business Design – among others.

If you wish to study Interior Design or Window Dressing in Florence, Studiainitalia also offers a 24, 48, 72 or 96-hour course that allows you to distribute your hours along the number of weeks of your choice. These courses are very practical and hands-on, taught by local artisans concerned with maintaining Italian artisan traditions alive.

Finally, with Studiainitalia you can also apply for a work and study programme. It involves a 4-week intensive Italian language course, followed by an 8-week Design Internship.

 

Do you have any questions or doubts about studying in Italy?

Contact the experts at Studiainitalia and get all the information you need about Fashion and Design Courses and other study opportunities across Italy.


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Why Study Art in Italy? Art Courses in a Living Classroom

Italy is one of the top destinations for  Art Studies and Art Vacations. If you are passionate about art, either professionally or as a hobby, you will love visiting the country that has the most Cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Can you imagine the emotion in seeing in real life a famous piece of art that you had only seen on a textbook or on a screen? If you are considering which country to choose for your education and/or vacations, here are 3 good reasons why you should study art in Italy.

 

1. The birthplace of countless artists and art movements

Italy was the cradle of the Renaissance and of many other art movements. And the list of influential Italian artists is quite formidable. Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli, Giotto… just to mention a few! One great thing about this country is that it is a living classroom: you can study inside an institute, and then continue your learning experience outside, in fact there is…

2. Art behind every corner

In Italy, you will find art along the streets, in ancient sites, inside museums, at the theater, even in Italian cuisine! You can experience Art with all your senses. You will be inspired and engaged both creatively and intellectually, thanks to the variety of cultural and social events and activities that you can join.

3. The Best Art Courses

The artistic spirit has remained ingrained in Italian society, and if you study art in Italy you will find many skilled professors ready to share their passion with you. There are excellent schools that can meet the needs of any student, whether they want to enrich their education or career, or simply want to enjoy an art vacation in Italy.

 

Why Study Art in Italy with Studianitalia?

With more than 10 years of experience in the field of Creative Tourism and Educational Travel, Studiainitalia has carefully and personally hand-picked the best art courses in Florence. This city was the cradle of both the Renaissance and the Italian language, and offers a delightful richness of art and architecture. You can study art in Florence in a creative and interactive way, learning century-old techniques directly in art workshops run by professional artists and maestros. Curious to know what courses you can sign up for? Have a look at Studiainitalia’s Art Courses.

 

 


Top Art Exhibitions to see in Italy in 2017

The new year offers new opportunities to enjoy art in Italy. 2017 features some exciting appointments: here are some of the best art exhibitions so that you can plan your trips to visit museums and art galleries all around the boot!

 

ROME

 

Anish Kapoor

WHEN: From 16 December 2016 to 17 April 2017

WHERE: Macro, Rome www.museomacro.org

British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor returns to Italy after 10 years, with an exciting show in Rome’s Macro Museum. The exhibition will comprise a series of reliefs and paintings made up of jutting layers of red and white silicone and paint, as well as monumental architectural sculptures, including the extraordinary “Sectional Body Preparing for Monadic Singularity”, displayed in the park of the Palace of Versailles.

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Pablo Picasso

WHEN: From 21 September 2017 (end date TBA)

WHERE: Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome www.scuderiequirinale.it

Later in September, Rome hosts a grand exhibition called “Pablo Picasso between Cubism and Neoclassicism”. It showcases the complex relationship between Picasso and Italy, from the neoclassical hints inspired by the Roman Renaissance to the realistic temptations due to Pompei’s paintings.

 

 

MILAN

 

Keith Haring

WHEN: From 20 February to 18 June 2017

WHERE: Palazzo Reale, Milan www.palazzorealemilano.it

From February to June, Palazzo Reale in Milan hosts “Keith Haring – About Art”. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the American artist and social activist, whose imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century.

 

Édouard Manet

WHEN: From 8 March to 2 July 2017

WHERE: Palazzo Reale, Milan www.palazzorealemilano.it

 

Milan welcomes two more great art exhibitions between March and July 2017. One is dedicated to “Manet and Modern Paris”, featuring the works of art of the French maestro along with paintings by Renoir, Degar and Cezanne.

 

Wassily Kandinsky

WHEN: From 15 March to 2 July 2017

WHERE: Mudec, Milan www.mudec.it

 

The other event pays homage to Wassily Kandinsky with an original “site-specific” exhibition, based around his vocation and the relationship between art and science and on the metaphor of travel as a cognitive adventure. The exhibition displays his works from the most important Russian museums, some never seen before in Italy, and traces the long formative period of the artist’s visual imagination.

GENOA

Amedeo Modigliani

WHEN: From 16 March to 16 July 2017
WHERE: Palazzo Ducale, Genoa www.palazzoducale.genova.it

You can explore Modigliani’s creative life in Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale in March. The exhibition shows the main stages of his brief, yet fruitful, artistic career. Modigliani had a very distinctive brush stroke and moved between tradition and modernity, influenced by ancient Greece, passionate Paris and Art Négre.

 

NAPLES

Pablo Picasso

WHEN: From 10 April to 10 July 2017 (dates may vary, program still TBA)

WHERE: Museo Capodimonte (Naples) and Antiquatium (Pompei) www.museocapodimonte.beniculturali.it

2017 marks 100 years since Pablo Picasso visited Italy while he was working on “Parade”. Apparently, Naples inspired the artist in designing the costumes and sets for that ballet. At this time, there still isn’t much information regarding the exhibition called “Picasso Parade”, which will be split between Museo Capodimonte in Naples and the Antiquarium in Pompei. Stay tuned on our social media accounts for updates!

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What do you think about these events? What are your favorite art exhibitions in Italy? Comment below!

 

 


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2016 Fall Events in Cool Bologna: Food, Wine, Jazz and Cinema

Bologna is one of the coolest cities in Italy. The capital of Emilia Romagna is an important cultural and artistic hub, famous for its beautiful towers, lengthy porticoes, and well-preserved historical centre. Home to the oldest university in the world – the University of Bologna founded in 1088 – this city hosts thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city. In 2000 it was declared European Capital of Culture, while in 2006 it was designated as a UNESCO City of Music.

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Bologna hosts interesting events all year-round. November is a great month to explore Bologna through its fall events!

Tartufesta is the biggest autumn festival of the Bolognese Apennines dedicated to the fine white truffle of the local hills. It takes place from October 8 to November 20, 2016. Bologna and surrounding towns celebrate this delicacy with markets, exquisite menus, informational meetings and tastings held by the producers, mycological and photography exhibitions, truffle dog competitions, conventions and themed meetings. You can find the calendar of events on www.bolognawelcome.com

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If you are a foodie, November is also the month of Enologica, an exhibition dedicated to the wine and the local products of Emilia Romagna region. It takes place at Palazzo Re Enzo from November 19 to 21, 2016, featuring more than 110 producers, consortia and wineries of the region. They will allow visitors to enjoy a “journey of flavors” with winemakers and chefs along the Via Emilia - from Rimini to Piacenza hills - through the wines of this territory: Albana and Sangiovese, Pignoletto, Fortana, Lambrusco, Malvasia and Gutturnio. If you can't make it there, make sure to follow Enologica on Facebook for all updates.

bologna-wine-tourismBologna Jazz Festival takes place from 27 October to 20 November 2016, featuring exclusive concerts with contemporary music icons and all-stars bands. Among the artists of this edition: Kronos Quartet, Steve Coleman with Council of Balance, Aziza quartet (Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke ed Eric Harland), Cookers (with Billy Harper, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart among others), trumpet player Randy Brecker, pianist Barry Harris, double-bass Buster Williams. To see the complete list of performers, dates and locations, visit www.bolognajazzfestival.com

lumiere-cinema-bolognaIn November and December, you can still enjoy the exhibition Lumière! The invention of cinema, focusing on cinema inventors Auguste and Louis Lumière. Located in the venue of Spazio Sottopasso in Piazza Re Enzo, it has been on display since 25 June 2016 and will wrap up on 30 January 2017. It features an exceptional collection of original materials (photos and objects) representing the first pioneering experiments of the Lumière brothers. On this occasion, Cineteca di Bologna releases a slipcase containing the Lumière brothers’ films, restored by the laboratory L’Immagine Ritrovata. For further information visit www.cinetecadibologna.it

Interested in visiting Bologna? Why not become a creative tourist and seize the opportunity to learn Italian?

Studiainitalia offers:

  • a special 15% discount on Italian language courses that take place in Bologna in November and December 2016;
  • a special 20% discount on Italian courses in Bologna throughout 2017 if you sign up before 31 December 2016.

Visit www.studiainitalia.com for more information

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