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Summer Sale 2019: Learn Italian in Florence and Cagliari

If you are looking for some last-minute summer deals to learn Italian, Studiainitalia has some special promotions in two beautiful cities.

Summer Discounts in Florence

  • One-week intensive Italian language course with accommodation at the special price of 390 Euro (instead of 450 Euro), if you sign up by 31st July. More information on the Italian language course in Florence here.
  • Sign up for a three-week course and you only pay two: enroll before 31st July and the intensive Italian Course costs 410 Euro for 3 weeks (instead of 525 Euro). More information on the Intensive Italian Course in Florence here.
  • Sign up by 31st August to receive a 50-Euro discount off any Italian course in Florence.

Why Florence?

Firenze is the birthplace of modern Italian language, a symbol of Italian culture and fashion, a cosmopolitan city where you can find amazing works of art and beautiful gardens.

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Last-Minute Deal in Cagliari

Why Cagliari?

Sardinia’s capital has numerous open-air archaeological sites and unspoiled natural areas. Also known as “the city of the sun”, it’s the perfect place for a summer on beautiful beaches and to learn about the unique culture and history of this island.

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Why learn Italian?

This beautiful video will inspire you…

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for a last-minute summer course in Italy, contact us today: [email protected] +39 329 5616956.


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Do you want to study in Italy? Tips for the best Study Abroad Experience

Studying in Italy provides you with a fantastic opportunity to understand and take in a new culture, to refine your language skills and to make new friends. It can also improve your career opportunities and allow you to find new interests.

Italy is a great country for international students because it offers many quality options for both professional courses and learning holidays. In other words, whether you want to improve your professional skills, or simply enjoy your hobby or experience new activities while on a learning holiday – in Italy you can find the best workshops and programs.

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What’s the best way to sign up for a course in Italy?

Do a research on Google, finding and comparing agencies that offer quality courses and interesting leisure activities, have competitive prices, and boast verified positive reviews from past customers.

The most important part is to choose an agency that is specialised in Italy because, often, agencies that also offer other languages don’t personally know the schools that they propose.

Browse the websites of the agencies specializing in educational tourism, and see how transparent and thorough they are with the information about courses, schools, location, services, permits and fees.

Contact them with your questions and doubts to see how quickly and efficiently they reply. This will give you an idea of their expertise and customer care.

Why choose Studiainitalia?

We have been working in the field of educational tourism for over 20 years and won the prestigious “Best Creative Tourism Agency” award by the Creative Tourism Network.

At Studiainitalia we offer a variety of courses that will see you immersing yourself in local culture. We have carefully selected all the schools that we work with. You can join professional courses or embark on a learning holiday in the most famous destinations in Italy – like Florence, Venice, Rome, Naples – or choose from lesser-known yet beautiful towns, like Tropea, Trieste and Todi; among many others.

Finally, our customer service and attention to detail have been praised by hundreds of students and creative travellers throughout the years. Our flexible services will give you the experience you desire with no detail left unattended.

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Study Fashion in Italy: best courses in Milan, Rome and Florence

If you are considering a unique learning experience in the Fashion industry, then Italy is the place for you. It is home to the most famous fashion and design brands, 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. Italy also hosts amazing events related to the world of fashion. Examples include MIFUR (International Leather & Furs Exhibition), Milano Unica (International Italian Top-end Textile Fair), and the shows of Pitti Immagine in Florence and Milan Fashion Week.

Whether you want to study fashion with a short summer course or earn a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, in Italy you will find the ideal solution for you. Studiainitalia is the official agent for two prestigious academies specialized in fashion and design courses: NABA and Domus Academy, both considered among the 60 best fashion schools in the world! We also collaborate with local artisans that provide professional courses in their typical “bottega” (workshop).

Short Summer Fashion Courses

In Summer 2019, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) will offer two-week intensive programs in the fields of Fashion, Design and Multimedia Arts. You can choose between Milan and Rome, or combine them with the “Dual City” program.

Some of the summer fashion courses in Rome include Costume Design, Fashion Marketing & Communication, and Fashion Image & Styling.
The summer fashion programs in Milan include Fashion Design, Accessories Design, Textile Design and Visual Merchandising.
Guided by skilled Italian and international professionals, you will explore trends in fashion and design, and learn how to research and present a creative idea.

Academic Degrees in Fashion

NABA also offers Bachelor and Master courses in Milan, specifically the BA in Fashion Design and the MA in Fashion and Textile Design. Thanks to NABA’s close connections within the fashion industry, you’ll have the chance to participate in collaborative projects with companies.

Domus Academy was founded by the distinguished fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré. It offers Master degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Management, and Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising. Here too, during your workshops and internship, you’ll have the chance to collaborate on projects with top fashion studios and companies.

Artisanal Courses with Italian fashion artists

Florence has a long tradition as far as fashion is concerned. According to visittuscany.com (the region’s official tourism website), Italy’s haute couture was born in Florence at a parade organised in 1951 by the pioneer of Italian fashion Giovanni Battista Giorgini. On that occasion, many international buyers were present, and they discovered the elegance of Made in Italy.

The city has the only museum in Italy dedicated to fashion and its history: it is the Galleria del Costume with a collection of more than 6,000 artefacts! Florence is also home to the Salvatore Ferragamo museum and the Gucci museum, and hosts the prestigious, annual Pitti Immagine fashion events.

What fashion courses can you study in Florence? The best, most authentic way of learning about the “made in Italy” is to get busy with a practical, hands-on course that takes place in the bottega artigianale (artisan’s workshop).

fashion tailoring course italyIf you love sewing, for example, you can sign up for a Creative Sewing Course or for an Advanced Sewing Workshop. These dressmaking courses are aimed at those who want to learn cutting and sewing techniques and want to increase their skills on a practical level.

We all know the importance of visual merchandising and display, so how about a Window Dressing Course in Florence? There is a lot of history, science and experience behind how to design the perfect shop window, how to work with lighting, and how to learn the techniques, modelling and technology of the materials.

Two new entries in our fashion-related courses in Florence are the Hairstyling courses for professional hairdressers, and the Perfume Making course, available for students of all levels.

Choose your Fashion Course in Italy here or contact us for more information.

 


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Learning Holidays for Teenagers and Families in Tuscany

Long work days, endless responsibilities and the routine often prevent us from sharing more precious moments with our family. A family trip is an excellent opportunity to explore the exciting world around us while enjoying quality time and learning experiences for all. Tuscany is the ideal location for making holidays a learning experience, especially for families and children.

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is full of wonders from past artists, scholars and scientists. But culture, art and sightseeing activities are available all around the region, which also offers amazing nature and beaches for summer language holidays near the sea.

Here are two ideas for Educational Family Holidays and Teenager Summer Camps in Tuscany.

Italian Language Holiday for Families in Florence

This programme is conceived for families who wish to have relaxing holidays in Tuscany with their children, learning Italian while also experiencing local life through cultural and social activities. The 7-day experience is available year-round.

Courses take place in the morning and activities in the afternoon. While adults attend their Italian lessons with a certified teacher, the kids enjoy a variety of dedicated activities with specially trained school personnel. In the afternoon, families can experience together the excitement of discovering Florence with shared activities and site visits.

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Florence is a wonderful town with innumerable works of art, museums and churches. Despite being a very popular tourist destination, it is still a welcoming and tranquil city. The language school is located in its historic center and is officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education.

Studiainitalia can provide families with different accommodation options in Florence, such as private rooms, shared/individual flats and hotels near the school.

Read more information on Italian for families in Florence.

Summer Language Camp for Teenagers in Orbetello

A fun Summer Camp in Tuscany is something you don’t want your children to miss: they can learn Italian while having fun and expanding their cultural horizons. After a careful selection of schools and programs, at Studiainitalia we recommend Orbetello as the best choice for your teenager’s Italian Camp in Tuscany.

Orbetello is a small, serene town that lies in the middle of the namesake lagoon, which is a WWF Nature Reserve. It connects Tuscany’s mainland with the Promontory of Monte Argentario, a dream summer destination for many Italians.

The Summer Programme includes 20 Italian lessons (50 minutes long) per week, course material, computers and wi-fi at school, full-board accommodation plus a variety of supervised leisure, sport and cultural activities. The accommodation is offered by carefully selected, friendly and helpful host families who live near the school.

The duration of the Summer camp can be of 2, 3 or 4 weeks, between June and August. Read more information on Italian language course for young learners in Orbetello.

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The tranquil and safe character of Orbetello is a crucial factor for most parents who are looking for the best summer study abroad experience in Italy. And if they want to visit the area and enjoy a summer vacation themselves, they will be surprised by the pristine beaches, food festivals and culture events in the area. Italian courses in Orbetello are also available for adults between April and October.


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Hairdressing in Italy: History and Professional Courses

When one thinks of a hairdresser, the first thing that comes to mind is an artisan who specializes in cutting and styling hair. But a parrucchiere (hairdresser in Italian) is much more than that. He or she is an artist who creates and transforms hairstyles, and who can therefore shape the image and even the personality of customers.

A brief history of hairstyling

Archaeologists found the most ancient razors in Egypt: they are 3.500 years old! However, it seems that the first barber shops were conceived by the ancient Greeks: they turned hairstyling into a profession and hair salons became a meeting point for citizens.

In ancient Rome, hair played an important role in rank and social recognition. According to Pliny the Elder, the first illustrious citizen who adopted shaving as a distinctive sign was Roman general and consul Scipio the African.

During the Middle Ages, the practice of barbers-surgeons spread in Europe: in addition to taking care of hair, barbers could perform some minor doctor procedures, such as bloodletting.

In the 1600s, hairdressers go back to focusing their attention and skills on cutting and styling hair, and particularly… wigs! This is the era of extravagant hairstyles and big, powdered wigs used by the European aristocracy. It is also thanks to famous opera pieces like the Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini, that people start considering hairdressers as proper artists of the hair.

From the 1900s onwards, innovative techniques and technologies are developed by and for hairdressers, such as the perm and the hairdryer.
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Hairdressing Courses in Italy

As we have seen, the romantic figure of a hairdresser has evolved throughout the years. Italy is home to both the “vecchia bottega” (old workshop), which remains in the heart of those who experience its authentic essence and vitality; and to famous high-fashion hair stylists.
If you are fascinated by this profession and would like to become a hairstylist or improve your skills, you can join a professional hairdressing course in Italy.

Studiainitalia offers two hairstylist courses in Florence, where you can learn with highly qualified and experienced professionals.

The first is a course for professional hairdressers or hair salon directors who wish to discover all the new trends and techniques of Italian hair fashion. It is available for 80 or 120 hours. Read more on the programme and pricing of the “Hair Fashion: cut, colour & hairstyling Course”.

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The second is a 12-month “International Hairdresser Qualification Course”, certified by ITEC and VTCT. It offers a complete training, alternating theoretic studies and practice sessions, and is dedicated to those who wish to become successful hairstylists and true professionals in this field. Read more on the programme and pricing of the “International Hairdresser Qualification Course”.


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Creative Italy: for artisans & craft lovers

We all love to discover new places and learn about other cultures, but we often forget the valuable experiences that go far beyond sightseeing. At Studiainitalia, together with our partners at Italian Special Occasions DMC, we believe that the best way to experience a destination is to get to know the history and the ancient craftsmanship of the artisans in the area. That’s why we created the Creative Italy platform!

Protecting Ancient Crafts

Not only does Creative Italy help travelers to discover the incredible history and the people behind the most beautiful handmade objects, it also helps to preserve ancient traditions and support artisans.

An artisan is like a gatekeeper for the values, the traditions and the skills of their people. This is something that deserves to be given as much value as possible, and Creative Italy wants to bridge the gap between the “artigiani” and those who want to learn about their trade as a hobby or for their own profession.

Professional Courses, Made in Italy

If you are yourself an artisan and would like to expand your knowledge and learn new techniques, or if you are an aspiring craftsperson, there is no better country than Italy where to attend a professional course.

You will be learning directly with the masters behind the famous “Made in Italy” guarantee of beauty and quality. We are happy to have many testimonials of students who, following a crafts course with Studiainitalia, opened their own workshop abroad or in Italy.

Traditions that give way to creative travel

Learning how an artisan creates an object is an experience that goes beyond simple knowledge: the process is soul enriching and full of spiritual power. Society is stuck in a loop of consumerism and we have lost touch with our creativity and craftsmanship.

If you want to enjoy an authentic, meaningful vacation in Italy by doing more than marvel at sights, choose one of the selected experiences by Creative Italy: you will have the chance to unleash your creativity, meet artisans and come up with your own creations under their expert guidance.

Intrigued? Check out https://creative-italy.com/ to find your genuine experience in Italy!


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Perfume Making History & Workshop in Florence

There is a misconception regarding the origins of perfume. Most people think that it originated in France, but the person who brought perfume to Paris and gave it notoriety was a citizen of Florence. The first perfume shop was opened in Paris by Renato Bianco, a man who became a specialist in the creation of fragrances and was the personal perfumier of Catherine de Medici. This Italian noblewoman was queen of France from 1547 until 1559, by marriage to King Henry II.

Alchemy is closely related to the process of creating perfumes and it was considered a very mysterious artform. It was thanks to Renato that perfumes started to become a commercial success all over France and in every corner of the globe at some point in history.

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The monks at Officina di Santa Maria Novella in Florence created a perfume for Caterina de’ Medici when she became the bride of Henri II, King of France. Image from smnovella.com

Perfume lovers and Florence

If you happen to travel to Florence and you are also a perfume enthusiast, you will find yourself in a very privileged position. There is a building near the Santa Maria Novella train station that is considered the oldest cosmetic shop and pharmacy in Europe. Known by its official name of “Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella”, this place holds more history and aromatic treasures than any other in Italy.

To this day, the family-owned six-hundred-year-old establishment uses the same ancient recipes it used back when it started to make perfumes and skin care products! Make sure not to miss this place when visiting Florence, the true birthplace of European perfume.

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The Ancient Apothecary’s Shop at Santa Maria Novella.
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Learn the art of quality perfume making

In Florence you also have the opportunity of joining a professional perfume-making course with Studiainitalia. The program, available for both beginners and advanced students, includes forty hours that can be spread over seven or fourteen days.

This course will give you detailed information on the history of perfume, the use of materials, the comparisons between the different scents and fragrances, the use of animal derivatives, the use of dyes and fixatives, and the choice of preparation.

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You can find more information, starting dates and prices on the Perfume-making course in Florence here.


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13 Italian Christmas Desserts

Every region in Italy has its own typical cuisine and food traditions, even during the Holiday Season. Some regions have more than one dolce di Natale and the best way to discover them all is to visit Italy and taste these delicious homemade sweets as you travel. To give you just an idea of how you can treat your sweet tooth during the Festive Season, here is a selection of 13 Italian Christmas Desserts, one from each region where you can learn Italian or join cooking courses and art workshops with Studiainitalia.

Buccellati in Sicily (Taormina)
These Christmas cookies originated in Palermo and are also known as cucciddati in dialect. A thin pastry wraps around a filling of dried figs and nuts, and other ingredients depending on the areas where they are prepared.

Certosino or Panspeziale in Emilia-Romagna (Bologna, Modena)
This ancient dessert originated in the Middle Ages, when it was made by pharmacists (known as speziali). Later, the friars of Certosa began preparing the panspeziale, and they were so good at it that the dessert changed name to certosino. Typical from Bologna, it is made with almonds, pine nuts, dark chocolate, and candied fruits.

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Gubana in Friuli Venezia Giulia (Trieste)
This is a spiral-shaped cake of sweet leavened dough, filled with dried fruits, raisins and amaretto, and sparkled with grappa or slivovitz (a plum spirit).

Nepitelle in Calabria (Tropea)
The nepitelle calabresi are typically prepared for Christmas and Easter. Their name derives from the Latin word “nepitedum” (eyelids), because these sweets resemble a closed eye. They are filled with walnuts, dried figs, almonds, Strega liqueur, and dark chocolate or honey.

Pandolce in Liguria (Genoa)
This sweet bread with raisins, candied fruit and pine nuts originated in Genoa in the Middle Ages.
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Pandoro in Veneto (Venice, Verona)
This is the most popular Christmas dessert in Italy along with Panettone. Shaped like an eight-pointed star and dusted in vanilla-scented icing sugar, it descends from the ‘pan de oro’ created in Verona in the 19th century to celebrate the first Christmas under the Scala dynasty.

Panettone in Lombardy (Milan)
The most famous Italian Christmas dessert, even abroad. It originated in Milan in the 9th century. The classic recipe includes flour, eggs, butter, raisins and candied fruit; although today there are many versions, for example with chocolate or pistachio cream.

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Panforte in Tuscany (Florence, Siena, Lucca, Orbetello)
Originating in Siena as far back as the year 1000, the panforte is one of the most sumptuous Italian Christmas desserts. It is a dense, flourless, and heavily spiced fruitcake mixing honey, spices, candied fruit, and almonds. The name literally means "strong bread".

Pangiallo in Lazio (Rome)
Ever since the times of Imperial Rome, pangiallo (literally “yellow bread”) is prepared on the day of the winter solstice as a good omen for the return of long, sunny days. That’s why it has a golden crust, given by the mixture of flour, oil and saffron. It includes dried and candied fruits and raisins.

Panpepato in Umbria (Todi)
This round, sweet-and-sour cake is made with walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, honey, raisins – and as the name suggests – even pepper.

Sebadas in Sardinia (Alghero, Cagliari)

Although you can find them throughout the year, the sebadas (or seadas) are typical of special occasions such as Christmas and Easter. They are a fried dessert with a savoury touch, filled with local pecorino and covered with corbezzolo honey.

Struffoli in Campania (Naples, Sorrento, Salerno)
Originally from Naples, Struffoli are deep-fried little dough balls coated in honey, sprinkles and candied fruit. They are served once shaped into a Christmas tree or a pyramid.

Tronchetto di Natale in Piedmont (Turin)
Resembling a small tree trunk, this roll is made with eggs, flour and mascarpone, topped with chestnut cream and chocolate flakes.

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Creative Fall Break in Italy: Italian in Venice & Naples (10% off)

Fall has arrived in Italy with all its glory: intense blue skies and crisp fresh air, picturesque foliage and landscapes, and delicious seasonal food. If you want to book a last-minute vacation in Italy, make the most out of autumn by combining sightseeing, local events and an Italian course to become a Creative Tourist.

Our top picks in Italy for fall learning holidays in October, November and December are Venice and Naples. Not only do you enjoy 10% off the Italian course with Studiainitalia if you study in one of these months, these cities also offer a variety of things to see and to do during autumn.

Venice Fall Events

To celebrate his 500th birth anniversary, the Palazzo Ducale di Venezia hosts a wonderful art exhibition about Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto (1519-1594) from 9 September 2018 to 6 January 2019.

If you love drama and theater, don’t miss the autumn shows at Teatro La Fenice, one of the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre. These include Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini in October, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in October, and Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi in November and early December - among others.

Unsure about visiting Venice in fall? Here is what an expert travel journalist from The Telegraph has to say: “Venice is a unique, magical place 365 days a year. But much of the time you'll be sharing that magic with thousands of other visitors. Numbers peak in summer, despite the heat, humidity and swarms of mosquitoes. Spring and autumn are much more pleasant months. I especially like late autumn (mid-October to mid-November) when, if you're lucky with the weather, it can still be warm enough to eat outside. But my favourite season of all is winter, a time of misty vistas when tourists are few and far between, rooms are cheap and the city is reclaimed by Venetians.

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Naples Fall Food Recipe

The pumpkin is loved and recognized all around the world as the symbol of fall. In the region of Campania, and particularly in its capital city Naples, the “zucca lunga di Napoli” (also known as “cucozza zuccarina” or “zucca piena di Napoli”) is traditionally planted in April and May, and then harvested between August and September. The pumpkins are then conserved for different months in precise conditions, although they are best savored fresh in autumn.

According to the Slow Food Foundation, the pumpkin from Naples is on the brink of disappearing because it is cultivated in very limited amounts. You can consume it raw in salads, marinated or cooked, both for savory and sweet dishes.

Here is our favorite autumn recipe from Naples

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The ingredients are: zucca lunga di Napoli, pasta, garlic, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, optional peperoncino (chili pepper).

The procedure is:

  • In a large saucepan fry the garlic, a trickle of extra virgin olive oil and - if you wish - the peperoncino.
  • Then, add the diced-cut pumpkin that you have previously peeled and freed from seeds. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and add some chopped parsley.
  • You can then remove the garlic, add a glass of water and cook the pumpkin for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil some more water in a separate saucepan.
  • When the pumpkin will be very soft and begin to undo, add a little of the separately heated water and the pasta that will cook for a few minutes (depending on its cooking time) on a low flame; if needed, add some more water with a wooden spoon.
  • When the pasta is almost ready, add a little more chopped parsley and, if you like, serve at the table with a sprinkle of peperoncino to flavor.

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Italian Courses in Italy – Seasonal Specials

Sign up for an Italian course with Studiainitalia and enjoy 10% off in Venice and Naples if you study in October, November or December 2018. Our Italian courses are composed by 20 lessons per week. You can learn Italian in Naples or Venice for any length of time. Lessons are delivered by qualified native-speaking teachers and based on the use of simple and effective teaching methods with small groups of students in a fun and stimulating atmosphere. At the end of the course, our Italian language school issues a certificate of attendance that indicates the type of course attended and the level completed. We provide our customers with different accommodation options (private rooms, shared/individual flats, hotels) near the school.


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Summer in Italy: Events, Recipes, Courses

Are you planning a last-minute summer trip to Italy? Or are you currently in the Bel Paese and looking for inspiration on how to make the most out of this beautiful season? There are thousands of great events for you to attend; delicious dishes for you to taste at a restaurant or to cook at home; and fun and interesting courses that you can join as a creative tourist to enjoy your hobby or to improve your professional skills. Here are some of our highlights.

Spectacular Summer Events

Music lovers cannot miss the classical festivals held in Rome, Verona and Ravello. The Caracalla Summer Festival is unique: it is hosted by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and takes place in the ancient ruins of Terme di Caracalla (Roman baths). The Arena Opera Festival is held in the Arena di Verona, one of the most prestigious Italian concert halls. Ravello Festival is simply spectacular, with concerts throughout the summer in the Amafi Coast’s Annunziata Historic Building.

Historic events that thrill thousands of locals and tourists every year include the Palio in Siena and the Festa del Redentore in Venice. The former takes place twice a year, on 2 July and on 16 August. In addition to the famous horse race, there are plenty of other attractions including costume parades, flag exhibitions and music. The Festa del Redentore takes place every year on the third Sunday of July. It features spectacular fireworks, thousands of illuminated boats decorated with flowers and balloons, and the Regatta of the Redeemer.

Summer Dishes

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The table of an Italian family looks particularly bright and colorful during summer! One of the simplest and most delicious seasonal dishes is Melone e Prosciutto (ham-wrapped melon slices), usually served as an aperitivo. The Caponata is a Sicilian stew that unites the vegetables that are at their best in summer, including chopped fried eggplant, celery and capers seasoned with sweetened tomato and vinegar sauce. And of course, the patriotic Caprese salad mixes high-quality mozzarella, local tomatoes and fresh basil, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Italian Summer Courses & Testimonials

Many travelers combine leisure with education, visiting Italy to discover its beauty, history and cuisine, but also to learn Italian or a craft that is part of local heritage. We have asked two of our summer students to share their Italian course experience with Studiainitalia.

Juliana from the USA just completed an Italian Course in Salerno.

My time in Salerno has been wonderful. I stayed here for three weeks! My teacher, the accommodation, and Studiainitalia have been wonderful. The classes have been so helpful in improving my Italian, and I have learned a great deal in a short amount of time. The school offered wonderful excursions as well. I would absolutely recommend this program and school to anyone who wants to improve their Italian (or begin to learn) and travel around the beautiful cities in Italia!

Katie from Australia is attending our Leatherwork Course in Florence.

Alicia is a very good teacher she is very thorough and pedantic for detail and making the perfect bag. She is patient and holds your hand through the whole process and towards the end of the program I am now feeling confident in my ability. She is also very flexible and happy to meet my customized needs. I would choose Alicia time and time again as my teacher.

You can see more testimonials and updates on our Facebook Group “Studiainitalia People”, join here!

If you are interested in Creative Tourism, take your time to browse through our courses in Italy and please contact us if you have any questions or need more information.