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Homestay in Italy

If you want to study in Italy and are looking into accommodation options, a homestay is definitely worth thinking about. Whether you are traveling to learn Italian or to attend a course of a different kind (art, craft, cooking, restoration), living in the home of an Italian family teaches you so much more than the language. In fact, by staying with an Italian host family you can eat, sleep and breathe the Italian culture. It is as a full-immersion life experience.

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At Studiainitalia we offer a variety of accommodation options, including independent flats, hotels and family stays. Our students who opted for homestays all agree on the fact that their language acquisition would not be nearly as strong if they had not lived with an Italian host family.

Why is it so effective? Because you must practice Italian at home and avoid the temptation to speak to other students in your native language. Even if you don’t talk much, you will be exposed to the chatter of the Italian TV in the background, the conversations between family members, and other little things of everyday life that will improve your language skills.


What to expect from living with an Italian Family?

When signing up for a homestay through Studiainitalia, your Italian host family offers you:

  • Bed in a private or shared room
  • WiFi connection
  • Upon request, the possibility to have breakfast and dinner as part of your homestay
  • Access to laundry
  • An authentic Italian experience, beautiful memories and new friends, as you will treasure your connection with the family when you leave.

If you would like to improve your Italian studies outside the classroom in a warm, welcoming social setting, a homestay in Italy is ideal for you. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to know more about our registered, approved Italian hosts.



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Top tips for a Learning Vacation in Italy

One of the most difficult decisions that one can make is to either continue furthering your education or taking that once in a lifetime trip overseas. We say, “Perché non entrambi?” or in English, “Why not both?”. If you have ever dreamed of learning the Italian language, fashion from a country always on the cutting edge, the finer points of Italian cuisine, or learning about art in the birthplace of the Renaissance - then an Italian learning vacation is exactly what you need.

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How to sign up for a learning holiday 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.

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.

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Why choose Studiainitalia?

We have been working in the field of educational tourism for over 12 years and won the prestigious "Best Creative Tourism Agency" award by the Creative Tourism Network.

At Studiainitalia we offer a variety of packages that will see you immersing yourself in local culture. We have carefully selected all the schools that we work with. You could embark on a learning holiday in some of 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.

Contact Studiainitalia today to find out how to get started on your Italian learning vacation!

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Useful links for your Vacation Course in Italy

Italy Travel Guide - Italian Tourism Official Website
Italy Travel Guide - Loney Planet
Life in Italy - Girl in Florence
Italy Blog - Walks of Italy
14 Tips On How To Travel Italy Like A Local – Forbes
Visa for Italy - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Summer Camp in Tuscany: Italian Language Course for Teens

Are you looking to experience a Summer Camp in Tuscany to learn Italian while having fun and expanding your cultural horizons? Whether you are a teenager searching for the perfect summer school or a parent looking for the best language camp for your kids, this article is for you. After a careful selection of schools and programs in Tuscany, Studiainitalia recommends Orbetello as the best choice for your Summer Camp in Italy. Here is why.


Destination - Orbetello: Great Location, Safe, Beautiful

Orbetello is a small town that lies in the middle of the namesake lagoon, which is a WWF Nature Reserve, in the southern area of Tuscany known as Maremma. It can be easily reached with a 90-minute drive from Rome Fiumicino International Airport and a 2-hour drive from Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport. It also has a train station (Stazione Orbetello-Monte Argentario) that connects Orbetello to Civitavecchia and Rome in the south, and to Grosseto and Livorno in the north.

Young people who choose Orbetello for their Italian summer camp are surprised by the vibrant atmosphere that can be found here between June and August. In fact, there are regattas in the lagoon, food festivals in the neighbouring sea villages, art and culture events in and around town, the antiques market on the first weekend of every month. With a 20-minute bicycle ride along a panoramic bike path you can reach some of the most pristine beaches in Tuscany. In the evening, locals hang out on the “corso” (main street) for an aperitivo or dinner with friends. 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.

Not only is Orbetello safe and lively, it is also a beautiful town with an important history. For example, in the 16th century it became the capital of the State of the Presidi under the Crown of Spain. Also, the town was the starting point for Italo Balbo’s famous air cruises between 1930 and 1933. There are many curious things about the local history that students will enjoy learning when living in Orbetello.

Orbetello connects Tuscany's mainland with the Promontory of Monte Argentario, a dream summer destination for many Italians.


Italian Language School – High-quality Junior Summer Programme

Studiainitalia works with a language school that offers a fantastic junior summer camp in Tuscany. Every year it proposes a summer programme for high school students from 13 to 17 years old.

In 2018, the starting dates for the Summer School in Orbetello are:

  • July 2, 16, 30
  • August 13

teen summer camp tuscany junior language schoolThe Summer Programme includes 20 Italian lessons (50 minutes long) per week, plus a variety of supervised leisure, sport and cultural activities. The language lessons are delivered by qualified native-speaking teachers, who work with small groups of 5-10 students in a fun and stimulating atmosphere. Some classes are held in the beautiful garden that surrounds the school.

Studiainitalia also offers half-board accommodation with carefully selected, friendly and helpful host families who live near the school.

The fees of the Junior Summer Programme in Orbetello are:

  • 1450 Euros for 2 weeks
  • 2150 Euros for 3 weeks
  • 2750 Euros for 4 weeks

The fees include twenty 50-minute Italian lessons per week, course material, computers and wi-fi at school, half-board accommodation and scheduled/supervised leisure activities.


What are your summer plans?

If you have any questions about the Summer Camp in Tuscany or about other summer language courses in Italy, do not hesitate to contact the Team at Studiainitalia or comment below.


Learn Italian in Naples: 5 secret sights

Learn Italian in Naples: 5 secret sights

Naples is Italy's most vibrant city, and it is a delight to discover. If you have decided to learn Italian in Naples, 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.


“I love her theatricality, the oriental chaos of her streets, the architecture that began with the ancient Greeks and ended with the Baroque. I love the fat, sensual Neapolitan vowels. I love the scruffy bars where coffee is served zuccherato, ready sweetened; the pasticcerie with the delicate sfogliatelle bursting with cream; the friggitorie, with their roaring wood-fired ovens and bubbling pizzas; the extravagance of the opera house, the oldest in Europe […]” -  Stanley Stewart, The Telegraph


Castello Aragonese di Baia

If you want to leave the hustle and bustle of Naples behind for a day, head out to the Bay of Pozzuoli, about 30 minutes away by car, to admire the Castello Aragonese di Baia. This late 15th-century castle was built by the Aragonese over ancient Roman ruins thought to be the summer residence of Julius Caesar. It towers over a cliff and offers amazing sea views. It is home to the Museo Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei. This museum is rich in Roman remains found in the Phlegraean Fields, which is the large volcanic area situated to the west of Naples (you can also plan a visit in this regional park on your way to the castle).

Castello Aragonese di Baia
Castello Aragonese di Baia (photo from


Spazio Nea

This whitewashed gallery is a living space dedicated to contemporary art and cultural entertainment. Its cafe-bar is dotted with books and flowers, and features an outdoor seating area at the bottom of a baroque staircase. The art gallery is near Piazza Bellini in central Naples. Here you can admire exhibitions of contemporary Italian and foreign art by established and emerging artists. Check out its Facebook page for updates on its next activities: concerts, theatrical performances, children's workshops, vinyl sets, video art…

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White ambiance at Spazio Nea (pic from Spazio Nea on Facebook)


Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco

This unique church was built in the early 1600’s, when the “cult of the souls in purgatory” was recognised by the Catholic Church. Noble Neapolitan families commissioned its construction so that they could bury their loved ones in crypts under the city. Behind the baroque façade there are two churches mirroring each other – one at surface level and one below. The underground cathedral features niches carved in tuff stone displaying skulls and femurs; and it has an altar with flowers, rosaries, and other memorabilia left by devotees. You need to join a guided tour to access the underground section.

Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco (photo by Baku CC BY-SA 4.0)


Parco Sommerso di Gaiola

This 42-hectare park extends along Posillipo's coastline from the high cliffs in the bay of Trentaremi to the gentle slopes of Marechiaro. You will find mesmerizing underwater Roman archaeological remains, as well as remarkable flora and fauna. You can explore the Protected Marine Area with guided visits on boats and with snorkeling and diving itineraries.


Cimitero delle Fontanelle

This is a fascinating and unusual place: a tufa cave with ancient Greek and Roman tunnels, and thousands of human skulls and bones. The charnel house was created to store remains due to overcrowding in traditional burial sites. Eventually, the plague of 1656 claimed thousands of victims, most of which ended up in the Fontanelle Cemetery. Your tour guide will also tell you the story of the ancient practice of the "anime pezzentelle". Basically, believers in need of something would “adopt” a soul’s skull and bones and pray for that soul until their favour was granted. The soul’s transition from purgatory to heaven would be faster thanks to the prayers.

Cimitero delle Fontanelle
Cimitero delle Fontanelle (photo from


Italian language course in Naples with Studiainitalia

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


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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.


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)



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.

Chioggia, Italian course in Venice


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.

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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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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.


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.


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.



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.


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.



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


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…


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.


Wine Museum in Torgiano, Umbria

Learn Italian with Wine & Olive Oil Experiences in Umbria

What’s the best way to learn Italian? To experience Italy like a local through Creative Tourism! You can join language courses that are combined with cultural experiences, learning Italian at school in the morning and visiting ancient villages, museums, wineries and oil mills in the afternoon.

Foodie Experience in Todi, Umbria - photo By Livioandronico2013
Pretty Todi - photo By Livioandronico2013

Studiainitalia is an agency specialized in this kind of creative tourism. With its selected partner school in Todi, Umbria, it is promoting weekly cultural programs that combine language lessons and foodie experiences off the beaten track.


Wonder what your creative and enriching week could be like in Italy?

Here is the itinerary for the program called “Umbria’s Gold: Olive Oil”.

Olive oil museum in Torgiano, Umbria
Olive oil museum in Torgiano, Umbria - photo credit:

You arrive in Todi on a Sunday, and settle in your chosen type of accommodation between a house with a host family or a private or shared flat.

In the mornings from Monday to Friday, you learn Italian in the best local language school, for two to four hours depending on whether you sign up for individual or group lessons.

What is Todi like? On Monday afternoon, you visit the lovely town and enjoy an aperitivo with your teacher and fellow students, sipping some prosecco or local wine as an Italian would!

On Tuesday afternoon, it is time to taste a delicious selection of olive oils from Umbria, accompanied by bread and cheese, in an olive oil mill near Todi.

On the following day, you will discover the secrets of Umbria’s gold at the Museum of Olive Oil in Torgiano.

One of Umbria’s most prestigious olive oils come from Trevi, known as “the city of olive oil”. You will visit it on Thursday, along with the charming nature park of Fonti del Clitunno and the region’s oldest olive tree, Albero di Olivo di Sant’Emiliano.

Do you want to put your culinary skills to the test? It’s “foodie Friday” and you get to join a cooking lesson in Italian with a local family. The experience ends around the table, tasting the dishes that you cooked!

What about the weekend? Italians love to go to food festivals and open days at local farms and food businesses. In November and December, several olive oil mills across Umbria will open their doors in the weekends so that visitors can learn about the harvest of olives and the production of olio extra vergine di oliva.

Prices start from 790 euros per person, including language lessons, cultural activities, registration fee, and stay in a shared flat for 1 week. Rates vary if you choose to stay in a private apartment or with a family that also offers half board.


Wine Museum in Torgiano, Umbria
Wine Museum in Torgiano, Umbria - photo credit:

Another Creative Experience that combines learning Italian, exploring the territory and its flavors, is called “Todi’s Wine Roads”.

The program is like the one above, except for the afternoon activities.

On Tuesday, you enjoy wine tasting accompanied with bread and cheese at Cantina Roccafiore, a beautiful winery that blends tradition and modernity.

On Wednesday, you get to explore the world of wine at the Museo del Vino in Torgiano.

Thursday afternoon is dedicated to discovering Montefalco, the city of the prestigious Sagrantino wine, along with the medieval hamlet of Bevagna and a traditional winery.

It’s foodie Friday again and you get to learn the secrets of wine tasting with an expert sommelier, followed by a cooking lesson in Italian with a local family. Enjoy your culinary creations in a lively, Italian-style dinner!

Saturday’s program varies: you might visit a vineyard to learn about grape harvest; or enjoy tasting at an Open Winery; or join a local wine festival.

Prices start from 1.090 euros per person, including language lessons, cultural activities, registration fee, and stay in a shared flat for 1 week. Rates vary if you choose to stay in a private apartment or with a family that also offers half board.


If you are curious to know more about these cultural experiences with Studiainitalia, or would like to receive a custom quotation (for example if you travel with someone who is not taking language lessons), contact:

+ 44 (0) 75814 75 595 (UK)

+ 39 329 5616956 / +39 347 1405731/ (Italy)
+34 915336873 (Spain)
+54 1 568321341 (South America)

Whatsapp: 0034619579535

Bologna Jazz Festival, Italy

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.

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

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

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

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 for more information