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Learning Holiday in Italy: Student Experiences 2019

A learning holiday in Italy is what you need if you dream of studying art in the birthplace of the Renaissance, of learning Italian, of creating or restoring objects by using century-old craft techniques. At Studiainitalia we offer a variety of courses and experiences that are ideal for a study holiday in Italy - for individual students, groups or even families - from all over the world.

We proudly share our local knowledge, expertise, and passion to create inspiring learning holiday experiences in Italy. But don’t just take our word for it! Some of our recent students share their Italian course experiences with us.

Vanessa – Italian in Salerno (August 2019)

I just came back from Salerno and I am delighted. Federica proposed this destination to me, and it was perfect. I am in love with the South of Italy, with its gastronomy, culture, villages, history ... When I arrived at the airport in Naples, I was unable to say a word in Italian, but now after the 3-week language course I can have a conversation. In addition to learning the language, I had two cooking classes that were some of the best activities. It has been a great vacation, I will repeat it.

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Denise – Shoemaking in Florence (July 2019)

I loved the shoe making course. Daniele was knowledgeable and patient with us. Two weeks was enough time to learn the process and leave with a unique pair of shoes. My only suggestion is for those who are based in Firenze, the fabulous art city, that the class be from 9am to 1pm daily so that we could have explored the city more fully. The workshop was a 40 minute bus ride from our housing which we found an interesting and enjoyable ride. The 3 hour break from 12:30-3:30  had to filled, as everything in the neighborhood was closed. The apartment was in a perfect spot 2 blocks from the Pitti Palace… we felt like natives. The once in a lifetime experience was fabulous and I would highly recommend this for anyone willing to learn and enjoy a fun filled holiday in Italia.

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Eric – Bookbinding in Florence (March 2019)

My bookmaking experience with Simonetta exceeded expectations. By the end of the workshop I went away with things — both tangible as well as intangible — that will last a lifetime. Fun!
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Alice – Antique Books and Paper Restoration (August 2019)

I did two courses in Florence and the whole process with Studiainitalia was very smooth. Federica was very helpful and available. Being in Simonetta’s studio was a dream come true. I had some little previous experience but her expertise got things in another perspective. Her level of Quality is remarkable and we approached subjects related to Paper crafts that I didn’t even know existed. I am Looking foward to putting everything I learned into test and I would definetly like to come back as soon as possible. She is super sweet and made me feel very welcome.

Keren – Furniture Restoration (July 2019)

I loved the experience. I loved working with the master craftsman in furniture restoration. I learned a lot. They always provided me with complete information about the course and the apartment where I was going to stay. The stay in the assigned apartment was also very pleasant.
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Matias – Italian in Verona (August 2019)
I recommend StudiainItalia and especially their school in Verona, they adapt completely to your level and needs, offer accommodation with local people and all kinds of group activities to immerge you into the culture of Verona and Italy. A hug to the staff!

 

At Studiainitalia we are also happy to share that, throughout the years, some of our students even found their better half while they were in Italy for their learning holiday. Some even got married!

We take great pride in leaving our students with new skills, memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. If you need any help in choosing the best course in Italy for your needs and wishes, please contact us.

 

 


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Italian Coast: where to learn Italian near the sea

With the way it sounds and its important history, there is an undeniable romance and beauty to the Italian language. The same can be said of the sea with its soothing yet powerful waves. Today, we are going to give you a brief description of the different coastal towns where you can learn Italian if you want to travel and learn close to the sea.

Alghero
This small town in Sardinia has a population of about 45 thousand inhabitants, but its gorgeous beaches, cultural power and historical value make it an amazing and essential choice for anyone looking to learn the language and get a sense of immersion in the culture. Learn Italian in Alghero.

Cagliari
Around 150 thousand people live in Sardinia’s capital. The city offers many historical landmarks worth visiting such as the Royal Palace of Cagliari. Can you imagine yourself learning Italian near the world renowned Poetto beach? Learn Italian in Cagliari.

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With a population of almost 1 million people, this is a gorgeous city with a vibrant atmosphere. It provides beautiful coastal views as well as the imposing Mount Vesuvius climb for those who seek an adventure. Learn Italian in Naples.

Orbetello
With a population of about 15 thousand people, this is a small but gorgeous destination that is quite peaceful and relaxing. The Orbetello Lagoon is definitely a sight to behold and a place for travelers to visit for inspiration. Learn Italian in Orbetello.

Sorrento
Overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a popular tourist destination thanks to its location on the Amalfi Coast and its antique and craft shops. It is a small town with 16 thousand inhabitants, but the charm and the rich cultural heritage are undeniable. Learn Italian in Sorrento.

Taormina
This small town packs immense cultural power despite its size. With a population of 10 thousand people, the Taormina coast is a gorgeous place for anyone to visit. There is plenty of inspiration for those who seek to learn Italian between the Ancient Theater and Mount Etna. Learn Italian in Taormina.

Trieste
This is a beautiful and lively port city that borders Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea. With a population of 240 thousand, this is a great location for those looking to learn Italian in a busy location near the sea. Learn Italian in Trieste.

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Located in the little-known region of Calabria, this is a small village with 6,500 inhabitants and a beautiful coastal scenery. This means you will be entering a very welcoming and relaxing place to learn Italian and embrace the culture of the region. Learn Italian in Tropea.

Venice
There isn’t much we could say about Venice that you haven’t heard before. With a population of close to 270 thousand inhabitants, Venice is the ultimate romantic and cultural coastal destination to learn the Italian language. Learn Italian in Venice.


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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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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?

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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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Do you have questions or doubts about studying in Italy?

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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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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.

Did we list your favourite Italian Christmas dessert? Share your thoughts below!

 


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Unique Cities to Study Abroad in Italy: 10 Hidden Gems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


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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

Pasta e zucca alla napolitana - by turismo.it

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.