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Learn Italian in Venice: 5 secret sights

It is easy to see why Venice is one of the most visited and loved cities in the world, thanks to its beautiful ancient buildings, museums and charming canals. And away from the itineraries of mass tourism, you can find more surprising wonders. If you have decided to learn Italian in Venice, 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.

 

Libreria Acqua Alta

Run by eccentric Venetian Luigi Frizzo, this library is home to hundreds of books, both new and used. The books are chaotically stacked in old gondolas, canoes, and bathtubs. You will also find a staircase made from old, colourful books. Cats are some of the regular visitors at Libreria Acqua Alta. The library is located off the beaten path near the Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa.

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Venice Ghost Walking Tour

You can discover the mysteries of Venice at night with a 1.5-hour walking tour. It takes you on a journey to the city’s hidden corners, with a ghost-expert guide who recounts spooky ghost stories and other legends as you walk. Recoil at gruesome facts about Biasio, the murderous butcher of Venice; see the reputedly haunted Bovolo staircase; explore the shadowy squares and empty streets as you hear more sinister tales!

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Forte Sant’Andrea

This beautiful fort is located on Isola di Sant’Andrea, an island that is lesser known compared to the famous Murano and Burano. The 17th-century fort was built to defend the city from its enemies, and was the work of architect Michele Sanmicheli, who designed a number of civil and military buildings throughout the Venetian Republic. The top of the Island’s scruffy ruins makes for an excellent picnic spot with unrivalled views over the lagoon and city.

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Forte Sant'Andrea - photo by Adriano (GFDL)

 

Chioggia

Also known as “Venezia in piccolo”, Chioggia is a less touristy version of its famous neighbour Venice. It provides you with a tranquil getaway with arched bridges and narrow canals. You will not find much art here, but the town is ideal for a nice day trip when Venice is overcrowded. Choose one of its seafood restaurants and imagine that Venice might have looked like Chioggia had it not discovered the riches of trade.

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Malefatte Boutique

This shop, whose name translates as “misdeeds boutique”, sells products made with recycled PVC by prisoners from the jails in and around Venice. Here you will find handmade goods that go from t-shirts to notebooks and bags. The shop is a non-profit initiative run by Rio Tera dei Pensieri, a work-in-jail cooperative that offers prisoners training and professional rehabilitation.

Malefatte boutique in Venice
Malefatte boutique - photo from Malefatte on Facebook

 

Italian language course in Venice with Studiainitalia

Are you looking for an Italian language course in Venice? 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 Venice here.

 


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15% off your Italian accommodation with Spotahome & Studiainitalia

Studiainitalia is delighted to offer all its customers and blog followers a special discount! If you are looking for mid- to long-term accommodation in Italy, you can choose the easiest and safest way to find and book your ideal apartment with Spotahome!

Spotahome is an online accommodation platform for students and professionals looking forward to an Italian expat experience: each apartment for rent in Italy advertised on www.spotahome.com is personally visited by a professional photographer who takes photos, an HD video and designs a floor plan of the property.

Use the Promo Code below to get a 15% discount on your booking fee through Studiainitalia! You can also download the PDF flyer here.

About Spotahome

On Spotahome you will find accurate property descriptions and photos, and you can check the Landlord’s Policies to make an informed decision.

To book, simply click on the “Request to Book” button, tell the landlord about yourself, and proceed to the payment authorization page. This is just for Spotahome to check that your payment method is valid; no money will be taken from your account unless the landlord accepts your booking request. The landlord has 48 hours to accept or reject your booking request.

Can’t find the right apartment for you? Spotahome’s help center is at your service - get in touch and they will personally help you find and book your home. If you don’t speak English, don’t worry – we at Studianintalia and Spotahome speak your language!

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2017 Summer Courses in Italy: Discounts & Perks in Turin, Bologna, Venice, Trieste & Salerno

Signing up for summer courses in Italy provides the perfect opportunity to mix education with fun activities in a great weather. This summer you can learn Italian in the morning, and enjoy outdoor activities such as sailing, cycling and beach basking in the afternoon. Thanks to its network of excellent and dynamic language schools, Studiainitalia has some great summer language programs and special offers for you!

 

A Royal Summer with 10% Off in Turin

If you want to learn Italian in Turin, Italy’s “Little Paris”, don’t miss the discount of 10% off summer courses that take place in June, July and August. Take advantage of this time of year to visit the amazing royal palaces, which become the stage for entertaining exhibitions, theatre shows and concerts. Check out the calendar of summer events of Palchi Reali.

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Bologna: -15% if you book early, study at any time

Book by 31 August to secure a 15% discount on your Italian course in Bologna, to study in any period of the year. The city hosts a variety of events and fairs. Just to mention a few: Bologna Beer Festival in October, Creative World (hobbies, fine arts and DIY) in November, and International Motor Show in December.

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Learn Italian on the Beach in Venice

Sign up for an Italian course in Venice between May and the second week of September, and the language school will provide you with free access to lounge chairs and parasols on a nice beach at Lido. Learn Italian in the morning and do your homework and practice later… on the beach!

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Bask in the sun in Venice! Photo from venezia-help.com

 

A sporty summer in Trieste

The Italian language school in Trieste gives you the opportunity to reserve and use a bicycle for free throughout the duration of the course! Bike lovers can also join weekly guided excursions to explore the surroundings, such as the Karst Plateau, the beaches of Grado and the Terrano wine route. Free bicycles are available on a limited number, sign up right away! On Saturdays, the school also organizes sailboat excursions in the Gulf of Trieste at the special price of 30 euro per person.

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A beautiful sight in Trieste: Castello Miramare

 

Ferragosto in Salerno

Ferragosto is an Italian public holiday celebrated on 15 August, coinciding with the major Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary. It is also the summer vacation period around mid-August, which may last a weekend (Ponte di Ferragosto) or most of the month. The Italian language school in Salerno offers a special summer program during the week of Ferragosto from 13th to 19th August 2017. The program includes the Italian language course and recreational activities and cultural excursions that allow students to enjoy the wonderful landscape of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. The program includes:

  • Italian course with didactic materials, 16 lessons, 4 lessons a day
  • Full-day Ferragosto celebration on the beach, with pizza lunch and beach activities
  • 1 Orientation meeting and welcome party with activities
  • 1 Seminar on the History and Art of Salerno
  • 1 Guided city tour of Salerno
  • 1 Half day excursion to Amalfi
  • 1 Italian practical cooking lesson
  • 1 Half day excursion to Paestum
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Relive ancient history in Paestum

Special, All-Inclusive Price for the Ferragosto Experience in Salerno: 450 euro.

If you need accommodation or more information on the Ferragosto Program, contact us. We will be delighted to assist you!

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Studiainitalia for a quote or further information regarding any of the Summer Courses in Italy!


Learn Italian Online with these 5 Free Resources

Would you like to learn Italian, the language of Dante Alighieri, for free and comfortably from your PC at home or on a portable device as you travel around? The internet is full of free online courses, but only some offer good quality content. At Studiainitalia, we have selected 5 great resources so that you can learn Italian online for free!

 

1. Website: The Italian Experiment

This simple yet rich website offers a series of free Italian lessons focused on introductory conversations, vocabulary and grammar. It also features a collection of old stories for children, which are great for adults as well: you can read the story in Italian or listen as a native Italian speaker reads it to you.

 

2. Videos – ItalianPod101

This Youtube channel offers a ton of free videos grouped in themed playlists, with lessons for absolute beginners, intermediate and advanced learners: listening practice, grammar, reading practice, comprehension, tips…

https://youtu.be/Cd2Qvxl5U8M

 

3. Podcasts - Learn Italian Pod

You can Learn Italian by downloading these free podcasts, and you will realize how 5 minutes a day can make the difference! Learn Italian Pod has 175 lessons divided in short anecdotes. One of our favorites is called “Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino”, named after the popular Italian dish that is easy and inexpensive to make, packed with flavor and healthy ingredients. It is a fun podcast that allows you to practice useful Italian words and expressions relating to Italian cuisine and cooking lessons.

 

4. App: Busuu

This application was rated by Google as a “Must have app” for Android in the language-learning category. Busuu gives you the opportunity to learn Italian with a fully interactive course, tailored to your education goals. After studying, you can submit practice exercises where native speakers will help you perfect your skills.

 

5. Social Network: Twitter

Simply go on Twitter and search for #LearnItalian. You will get photos, tips and infographics for you to learn a new word every day directly on your feed!

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Learn Italian Online or in Italy?

Online or home-based courses can be a great and cheap – if not free – resource and solution. Much of the progress and accomplishments in learning the language depend on the quality of the course and on your own motivation and dedication. If you take language learning seriously and want to have a long-lasting, working knowledge of Italian, the best way to study it is to travel to Italy and experience the country, the language, the culture and the food like a local. Studiainitalia offers Italian courses in different cities and in hand-picked language schools all across the Bel Paese, courses that you can combine with Creative Travel experiences to maximize and accelerate the learning process. Learn about our Italian language courses in Italy.

 


Salerno’s Magical Lights: Luci d’Artista

Every year, Salerno hosts one of the most spectacular and impressive exhibition of light artworks, called Luci d’Artista. These are installed along the streets, squares and parks of the pretty town in Campania. The old town center is full of giant figures and themed settings: elegant light cascades and globes illuminate Corso Vittorio Emanuele; a recreation of "One Thousand and One Nights" is visible in Piazza Flavio Gioia; fairy tales delight children in the “Enchanted Garden” of the Villa Comunale; just to mention a few installations of this year’s edition.

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You can either admire Luci d’Artista by strolling around town with your nose up or… gaze downwards from the sky! In fact, a giant ferris wheel was installed in Sottopiazza della Concordia, giving visitors a unique view of enlightened Salerno.

During this time of year, Salerno also offers beautiful Christmas Markets on Lungomare Trieste, and an evocative Sand Nativity at the Maritime Station. The Nativity Scene can be seen from 8 December 2016 to 8 January 2017.

The storytelling of Luci d'Artista 2016 is based on 4 main themes: Christmas, Myth, Dream and Time.

 

When to see Luci d'Artista?

Inaugurated in early November 2016, the initiative has reached its 11th Edition in Salerno, and stays until 22 January 2017. During this period, for 5 Euro you can buy the special SALERNO LUCI D'ARTISTA CARD, which gives you access to many benefits and discounts in museums, restaurants, parking lots, events and attractions.

For more information, visit www.livesalerno.com

 

Be a Creative Tourist in Salerno: sign up for an Italian Language Course!

Studiainitalia offers Italian courses in a language school in the historic center of Salerno. All the staff and teachers are specialized in teaching Italian as a foreign language, and organize social activities every day, such as seminars and workshops about the Italian culture, city tours, and activities that allow students to experience the “local” in a fun way.

Click here to read more, including costs and accommodation options.

 

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Top Movies filmed in Florence: Room with a View

Top Movies filmed in Florence

Ron Howard’s latest movie, Inferno, has just premiered around the world, days after a one-of-a-kind trailer projection on a “water screen” over the Arno River in Florence, where parts of the movie were filmed.

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What other movies were filmed in Florence? Here are some of the most famous flicks that feature this historic Tuscan city, starting from the most recent all the way to old-school films.

 

Inferno (2016)

The movie stars Tom Hanks as the main protagonist and is based on Dan Brown’s novel. Some scenes were filmed in Florence back in May 2015.

Locations include: Uffizi Gallery, Boboli Gardens, Palazzo Vecchio, streets in Tuscany’s capital.

In a Nutshell: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

 

Hannibal (2001)

Starring Anthony Hopkins and directed by Ridley Scott, this movie was the sequel of The Silence of the Lambs.

Locations include: Piazza della Signoria, Galleria degli Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio, Lungarni, Ponte Vecchio.

In a Nutshell: Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim.

Top Movies filmed in Florence: Hannibal

 

Tea with Mussolini (1999)

This movie was directed by Franco Zeffirelli. It is set in Florence and surroundings before and during World War II.

Locations include: (Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, Galleria degli Uffizi.

In a Nutshell: Semi-autobiographical tale from the early life of director Franco Zeffirelli. An illegitimate child is raised by a circle of British and American women.

 

A room with a view (1986)

This romantic movie, directed by James Ivory, was inspired by a 1908 novel by English Writer E. M. Forster.

Locations include: Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Church of Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria. The protagonists find accommodation in a place called “Pensione Bertolini”, which at the time was actually a guesthouse called Quisisana e Pontevecchio. It closed in the 1990s.

In a Nutshell: Lucy Honeychurch and her chaperon, Charlotte Bartlett, arrive in Florence. They are troubled by the fact that they don't have rooms with a view..

Top Movies filmed in Florence: Room with a View

 

La Meglio Gioventu’ (2003)

A 6-hour-long epic filmed in various regions of Italy, including Florence. Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana.

Locations include: Galleria degli Uffizi, Piazza della Signoria, Biblioteca comunale, Chiesa di Santo Spirito.

In a Nutshell: The story of two brothers with, in the background, the socio-political turmoil and challenges witnessed by Italy from the late 1960s into the early 2000s.

 

Ricomincio da Tre (1981)

A comedy film written, directed and starred by Massimo Troisi.

Locations include: Via dei Bastioni, Via San Miniato, Via San Niccolò, Piazza San Giovanni, Via dè Cerretani, Piazza dell'olio, Via de' Pecori, Via Lamarmora, Ponte Santa Trinità.

In a Nutshell: A young Neapolitan decides to leave home and heads to Florence, overcoming all sorts of obstacles on the way.

Top Movies filmed in Florence: Ricomincio da Tre

 

Obsession (1975)

A thriller directed by Brian De Palma.

Location include: San Miniato al Monte, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Lungarno Maria Luisa de' Medici, Via de' Girolami, Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Via della Ninna.

In a Nutshell: A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife.

 

Amici miei (1975)

This Italian comedy-drama film was directed by Mario Monicelli. It made it to number one on the Italian box-office in front of Steven Spielberg's Jaws.

Locations include: Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza Oberdan, Ponte degli Scopeti, Piazza SS. Annunziata, Piazza del Galluzzo, Via de' Renai, Via della Colonna, Via Monalda, Piazza San Felice, Viale Machiavelli, Piazza Demidoff, Viale Mazzini, Piazza Beccaria, Cinema Metropolitan, Lungarno Serristori, Cinema Odeon, and many others.

In a Nutshell: The movie tells the story of four middle-aged friends in Florence who organize together idle pranks (called zingarate, "gypsy shenanigans") in a continuous attempt to prolong childhood during their adult life.

Top Movies filmed in Florence: Amici Miei

 

Paisà (1946)

Roberto Rossellini’s movie about WWII is split in six episodes, the fourth of which is set in Florence. At the time, the city was split in two, with the South freed by the Allies and the North occupied by the Nazis and Fascists.

Locations include: Giardino di Boboli, Via S. Onofrio, Galleria Vasariana, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio.

In a Nutshell: Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice.

 

Sources

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For more movies with scenes shot in Florence, see www.toscanago.com

 

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Learning the Art of Antiques Restoration in Florence

Learning the Art of Antiques Restoration in Florence

Learning the Art of Antiques Restoration in Florence

The art of antiques restoration consists in restoring an antique or work of art to a like-new condition. There is a lot of difference between restoring and repairing. Functionality may be achieved by a repair, but restoring an item is a proper form of art.

Restorers have to be trained craftspeople. Why? Because a single piece of furniture may include wood, glass, inlay, leather and fabric. This means that antique restoration requires knowing different types of materials. Also, a restorer who is working for a collector who values patina, must make sure that the item reflects an aesthetic that shows its age. In other words, an "over restored" item can actually lose its value.

In the historic center of Florence, Tuscany, there are many botteghe – or artisan workshops – that are specialized in antiques restoration. They are often family owned, with traditions passed down from generation to generation. Some also share their knowledge and secrets with students, offering authentic restoration courses to people from all around the world.

Studiainitalia, an agency specialized in language courses and art & handcraft workshops across Italy, offers a number of restoration courses, including period furniture, ancient books, paper and paintings.

Enjoy the videos below presenting some of the master artisans who teach the courses, and students offering testimonials about their Florentine experience.

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Fashion tours and dressmaking courses in Florence

Fashion tours and dressmaking courses in Florence

Fashion tours and dressmaking courses in Florence

Florence is perfect for fashion & shopping lovers. Let’s learn about the history of Italian fashion, shopping itineraries in Tuscany, and dressmaking workshops in this beautiful land.

 

A brief history of Italian fashion

Italian fashion started to become the most fashionable in Europe in the 11th century, and reached its peak during the Renaissance. Florence was among the powerful cities of the time that began to produce jewelry, textiles, shoes and elaborate dresses. In particular, fashion in Italy was largely influenced by the masterpieces of Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli, and by clothes and accessories worn by members of the Medici Family in Florence.

While Italian fashion in general fell into decline in the 17th century, Florence was among the cities where the clothing activity never stopped. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some of the first Italian fashion houses were founded, such as Gucci and Ferragamo in Florence, Bulgari in Rome and Prada in Milan.

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In the 1960s, the designer handbags produced by Gucci drew the attention of numerous stars and celebrities, such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Florence was Italy's fashion capital in the 50s and 60s, and is still today considered an important center for the sector, featuring exclusive shopping districts.

 

Fashion & Shopping itineraries in Tuscany

Florence and surroundings are the ideal destination for fashion and shopping lovers.

If you are looking for the top luxury goods in town, head towards Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna Nuova. Here you will find all major Italian and international fashion brands!

Florence is also a city of traditions, where you can buy high quality local handicrafts. For example, the town is famous for its leather goods, jewels and embroidery works. Looking for these? Make sure to stop by the market of San Lorenzo, where the colourful display of handmade leather goods will surprise you. At the marketplace of Loggia del Porcellino there are lovely ceramics, marbled-paper objects and fabrics. Finally, Ponte Vecchio features amazing jewellery shops offering the best tradition of Italian goldsmiths.

Fashion tours and dressmaking courses in Florence

If you want to shop in luxury outlets, there are many around Florence and in other Tuscan cities. The following are among the most famous...

The Mall in Reggello (Florence), is the most famous shopping outlet in Tuscany, specialized in fashion designer shops. Gucci, Ferragamo, Cavalli, Armani, Valentino and Tod's for the Italian houses; Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent for the international brands… you name it, and you will find it.

The Barberino Designer Outlet is located in Barberino del Mugello (Florence), and offers more than 100 shops of the best brands selling almost everything from clothing to cosmetics, from electrical appliances to chocolate and shoes.

Valdichiana Outlet Village is 30 minutes south of Arezzo. It features all the most prestigious Italian and international brands and all types of stores, for shoes, home furnishings, garments….

In addition to these shopping villages, you will also find several factory outlets in Tuscany for famous fashion designers. Examples? Dolce e Gabbana in Incisa in Val D'Arno (Florence); Roberto Cavalli in Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), and Fendi and Prada, both in Reggello (Florence)

For detailed information on all shopping outlets and how to reach them, visitdiscovertuscany.com

 

Pattern & Dressmaking Course in Florence

Pattern and dressmaking course in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

If, apart from shopping, you also enjoy creating your own fashion clothing, then there is no better place than Florence where to sign up for a course in dressmaking, tailoring and pattern cutting.

Studiainitalia, an agency specialized in creative tourism and educational travel, offers a fantastic Pattern and Dressmaking course in the historic center of Florence, right in the workshop of a local master artisan.

The course includes a phase of modeling on paper and a subsequent product realization. Then, students will study specifically the molding technique to get the general understanding of patterns, to finally create a complete garment. The course prepares students to a practical approach to fashion and couture, allowing them to assemble proper clothing, to learn about different techniques of sewing, and to recognize different types of fibers.

The course is available from beginner to advanced levels, with a choice of workshops with 6, 10 or 20 teaching hours per week. For more information on prices, duration, program and accommodation options, visit www.studiainitalia.com 


Language vacations in Italy: ideas & offers

2016 Language vacations in Italy: ideas & offers

Language vacations in Italy: ideas & offers

Study holidays allow you to add a deeper level of cultural immersion to your travel experience in Italy. Just imagine what your typical day could be like: you dedicate the morning to learning the beautiful Italian language, followed by fun activities that can vary from visiting museums to cooking courses, from artistic workshops to scuba diving or yoga.

Studiainitalia, an agency specialised in language courses and creative tourism across Italy, is offering some deals for language programs to be enjoyed either during summer or in autumn-winter 2016. The choice is vast! To help you narrow down your options and pick your favourite destination, here are the highlights for the available offers.

 

Florence, Tuscany

Language vacations in Florence

The deal

-Receive a 50 Euro discount on intensive courses with a duration of 2, 3 and 4 weeks
-The discount is valid for courses in July and August 2016
-Deadline: Sign up before 31 May 2016!

Why choose Florence for your Italian language vacations?

Florence is worldly renowned for its innumerable works of art, museums and churches. You can easily move around the historic center on foot or bicycle, or catch the train to visit other destinations in Tuscany and beyond. The language school offers a cheerful and informal atmosphere, just what you need for a fun and productive summer! Apart from the educative and social activities offered by the school, with the help and expertise of Studiainitalia you can also take advantage of your time in Florence to join art & handcraft workshops, such as painting, sculpture, leatherwork, restoration of ancient books and furniture. Read more

 

Sorrento, Campania

Language vacations in Sorrento

The deal

-Get 20% off the course price
-The discount is valid for courses until 31 August 2016
-Deadline: Sign up before 30 June 2016!

Why choose Sorrento for your Italian study holiday?

Dreaming about spring and/or summer by the Mediterranean Sea? Where else if not Sorrento near the Amalfi Coast? Sorrento is a friendly and elegant town, a meeting place for artisans from all over the world. The Italian language school is located in the picturesque historic center, and also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities such as ceramics, cookery and singing. The program promotes the student’s integration, both linguistic and cultural. As Lonely Planet explains, “Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the highlights of its region, Campania: to the south is the best of the peninsula’s unspoilt countryside, to the east is the Amalfi Coast, to the north lie Pompeii and other archaeological sites, and offshore is the fabled island of Capri.” Read more

 

Bologna, Emilia Romagna

Language vacations in Bologna

The deal

-Get 18% off the course price
-The discount is valid for courses throughout 2016
-Deadline: Sign up before 30th June 2016!

Why choose Bologna for your Italian language holiday?

Europe’s oldest university is in Bologna, a town with a huge range of cultural activities and excellent services. Bologna is big enough not to be provincial, but not too big to have lost the human quality of social relations still to be found in the countryside. This makes it the ideal place where to learn Italian and to easily make contact with the local people. And you will be right in the middle of the “calm bustle”, as your language school is located in a beautiful old building next to the famous Two Towers and just a few steps from the Main Square. Learn more

 

Rome, Lazio

Language vacations in Rome

The deal

-Get a 75 Euro discount
-The discount is valid for courses with a duration of 2, 3 and 4 weeks throughout 2016
-Deadline: Sign up before 30th June 2016!

Why choose Rome for your Italian language vacations?

Well, it’s Caput Mundi! As Lonely Planet summarizes: “A heady mix of haunting sights, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy's Eternal City is one of the world's most beautiful and inspiring capitals.” The Italian language school in Rome is located in an elegant Liberty quarter, near the University of La Sapienza. In order to help students become acquainted with the city, courses are supplemented by a rich cultural program. Learn more

 

Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia

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The deal

-Get a 75 Euro discount
-The discount is valid for courses with a duration of 2, 3 and 4 weeks throughout 2016
-Deadline: Sign up before 30th June 2016!

Why choose Trieste for your Italian study holiday?

Trieste is a vibrant city with a lively cultural scene. Resulting from its complex history and its geographical location, the city shows a rich cultural and linguistic mixture. Trieste makes a good base for exploring local Roman ruins, beautiful coastal castles, interesting museums, and even to discover the neighbouring Slovenia and Croatia. Your Italian language school is located in a former monastery on the hill overlooking the historical centre and includes an interesting social programme.  Read more

 

Venice, Veneto

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The deal

-Get a 75 Euro discount
-The discount is valid for courses with a duration of 2, 3 and 4 weeks throughout 2016
-Deadline: Sign up before 30th June 2016!

Why choose Venice for your Italian study holiday?

With the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre, Venice is one of the most visited towns all over the planet. By living here for a little while and experiencing the town as a local, you will truly understand how unique and wonderful it is – beyond the tourist guides! Studiainitalia’s hand-picked school is located in a historical building with a wide terrace on one of the most beautiful squares in Venice. Apart from an excellent language course, students can also participate in all the social and cultural activities offered on a monthly basis by the school. Learn more

 

Genoa, Liguria

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The deal

-Get a 75 Euro discount
-The discount is valid for courses with a duration of 2, 3 and 4 weeks throughout 2016
-Deadline: Sign up before 30th June 2016!

Why choose Genoa for your Italian language vacation?

The city of Genoa was chosen as European Cultural Capital in 2004. The city life revolves around its famous harbour and between its small streets, known as carruggi. Spending some time here will certainly inspire you, just like the medieval center inspired many Genoese artists in the past. Studiainitalia collaborates with a small language school that also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities such as guided tours of the city, visits to museums and different opportunities to enjoy the local cuisine. Learn more

 

Turin, Piedmont

learn Italian in Turin

The deal

-Get a 75 Euro discount
-The discount is valid for courses with a duration of 2, 3 and 4 weeks throughout 2016
-Deadline: Sign up before 30th June 2016!

Why choose Turin for your Italian study holiday?

Turin was the first capital of a united Italy and, in the nineteenth century, it became an important industrial centre. Nowadays, Turin is the city of Fiat and Juventus, with a vibrant cultural life which includes the Egyptian Museum and the Museum of Cinema. The 2006 Winter Olympics sparked an urban revival, with a cultural knock-on effect that has seen a contemporary art, architecture and design scene blossom in the city. Your language school is located in an 18th century building in the historic city centre, and offers a programme of extracurricular activities to get to know the city of Turin as a local. Read more

 

Modena, Emilia Romagna

learn Italian in Modena

The deal

-Get a 75 Euro discount
-The discount is valid for courses with a duration of 2, 3 and 4 weeks throughout 2016
-Deadline: Sign up before 30th June 2016!

Why choose Modena for your language course in Italy?

Let’s start from the your classroom, which is decorated with eighteenth-century frescoes.. how inspiring is that? Plus, if you like discovering places that are off the beaten path, Modena is just right for you. Although it is famous for its vinegar and its powerful cars, this historic city hides gems for you to discover along its old canals, elegant arcades and cobbled streets. Its inhabitants are open and friendly. Read more

 

Alghero, Sardinia

learn Italian in Alghero

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Why choose Alghero for your Italian language course

If you visit during summer, you will love the spell-binding beaches of Portoferro, Maria Pia and the central Lido. In other periods of the year, you can still enjoy mild weather, admire the old town’s picturesque melting-pot of architectural styles, and learn about Alghero’s unique history, traditions, and social diversity. Thanks to its welcoming and relaxing atmosphere, your language school is the perfect place to practice Italian and gain a unique insight into Sardinian culture. All five senses are activated during the learning process – not only do you listen and speak, but you eat, sleep and breathe Sardinia through numerous social activities and excursions. Learn more

 

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Exploring exotic Tropea

Tropea, Exotic Calabria in Italy

Tropea is a smal town in the province of Vibo Valentia in Calabria, the region that looks like Italy’s “toe”. This enchanting seaside resort boasts impressive beaches and a turquoise coastline known as Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods). The scenery is also characterized by the town’s historic center perched on dramatic cliffs. Due to this strategic position as terrace on the sea, Tropea played an important role during Roman, Norman and Aragonese times.

Tropea is a favorite destination for Italian and foreign tourists looking for a relaxing break on amazing beaches. The beach beside Santa Maria dell’Isola is said to be one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, but there are other fine beaches south at Capo Vaticano and north at Briatico. However, the village and the surrounding territory also offer a number of attraction and activities to be enjoyed at all times of the year.

Tropea, Calabria, Italy

The 12th-century Norman Cathedral features intriguing Gothic portals outside, and various artworks inside. According to one of many beliefs/myths regarding the Duomo, two bombs were placed at the church’s entrance but never exploded thanks to the Virgin of Tropea, who also protected the local population during different earthquakes.

Tropea’s most photographed attraction is the Benedictine Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola. Wondering why? Check it out…

Benedictine Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola, Tropea, Calabria, Italy

Perched high on a rocky promontory and accessible only by a winding flight of stone steps cut into the cliff side, it dominates the view over the sea from Piazza Ercole, the main town square. Believed to date back to the 4th century AD, it has been rebuilt many times and took its present form in the 18th century after it was damaged by an earthquake. Reopened in August 2014 after nine years’ restoration, it is now accessible to visitors.

The historic center of Tropea features many 17th- and 18th-Century palaces, and the Baroque Church of San Demetrio with an 1300s chapel from the 1300s.

Whether you are here during the warm season or the cold season, Tropea’s surroundings allow you to visit inspiring citrus and olive groves, as well as vineyards and wine cellars producing local specialties such as Vino Calabria (white wine with I.G.T. – or Typical Geographical Indication - label).

Tropea's Red Onion, Calabria, Italy

If you are a foodie, you can indulge yourself with the most famous local product, the Cipolla di Tropea… or Tropea’s Red Onion! Although it has become an Italian synonym for all red onions, the town and surrounding villages produce a particular quality of red onion. Not only can you taste the onion in different traditional recipes, you can also explore “unthinkable” combinations, like red-onion gelato (ice cream) in Tropea’s historic center! Should you be in the area in summer (usually in July or August), then you cannot miss the onion-dedicated festival called “La Sagra della Cipolla Rossa”.

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