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 eventinapoli.com)

 

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.

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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 cimiterofontanelle.com)

 

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.

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Venice Ghost Walking Tour

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

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Forte Sant’Andrea

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

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Forte Sant'Andrea - photo by Adriano (GFDL)

 

Chioggia

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

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.

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

 

Italian language course in Venice with Studiainitalia

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

 


learn italian rome

Learn Italian in Rome: 5 Secret Sights

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

 

Parco degli Acquedotti

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

Parco degli Acquedotti, Rome

 

Municipal Rose Garden

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

Roseto Comunale: Rome's Rose Garden

 

Centrale Montemartini

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

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Villa Torlonia

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

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Quartiere Coppedé

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

The whimsical Quartiere Coppedé in Rome

 

Italian language course in Rome with Studiainitalia

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

 


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

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

 

A Royal Summer with 10% Off in Turin

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

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

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

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Learn Italian on the Beach in Venice

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

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

 

A sporty summer in Trieste

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

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A beautiful sight in Trieste: Castello Miramare

 

Ferragosto in Salerno

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

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

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

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

 

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


Learn Italian Online with these 5 Free Resources

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

 

1. Website: The Italian Experiment

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

 

2. Videos – ItalianPod101

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

https://youtu.be/Cd2Qvxl5U8M

 

3. Podcasts - Learn Italian Pod

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

 

4. App: Busuu

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

 

5. Social Network: Twitter

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

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Learn Italian Online or in Italy?

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

 


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: lungarotti.it

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: lungarotti.it

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
info@studiainitalia.com

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studiainitalia offers:

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

Visit www.studiainitalia.com for more information

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Eurochocolate, Perugia, Umbria

Chocolate Delights in Umbria: taste, explore, study

Autumn is the season of intense flavors in Italy. And for those with a sweet tooth, the festival of festivals take place in Umbria, specifically in Perugia. It’s Eurochocolate, the largest chocolate festival in Europe!

Eurochocolate, Perugia, Umbria
Chocolate sculpting in Umbria - Credit: www.eurochocolate.com

Eurochocolate Festival

Held since 1993, Eurochocolate is an annual chocolate festival that takes place in the historic center of Perugia, the capital of Umbria in central Italy. It offers a variety of free chocolate activities including chocolate art displays, experimental chocolate tasting, street performances, and chocolate

sculpting.

This year, the Eurochocolate dates are between 14 and 23 October 2016. During these 10 days, there are different appointments revolving around chocolate. Some of the main attractions are:

Maxi CHOCO Selfie Stick (Piazza IV Novembre) - Everyday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can jump on the stage and shoot your special selfie next to the huge Eurochocolate installation: the only selfie stick that is 7 meters long, with a tempting chocolate bar that is 6.000 kilos heavy, instead of your smartphone! And if you share your selfie on @eurochocolate.official, you receive a chocolate gift.

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Eurochocolate World (Rocca Paolina) - Everyday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., there is an area dedicated to the Cocoa Producing Countries where visitors will discover the culture and flavours of the largest cocoa producers in the world.

Chocolate with the Writer – Everyday at 6 p.m. there is a series of meetings with national and international authors that will talk about their work while drinking hot chocolate with you.
Chocolate Sculptures – On Sunday the 16th October you can admire real artists working on enormous chocolate blocks to realize wonderful sculptures.

Chocolate Show – Everyday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (on Saturday until 11 p.m.) - A mega-store set up along the streets of Perugia’s historic centre, the commercial area featuring over 140 of the most important names in the Italian and international chocolate industry (including small farms).

Master & Courses – Everyday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., there are courses for both chocolate lovers and professionals. Aimed at those wished to improve their knowledge on the use of chocolate in a wide range of ways and in learning more about this delicacy (e.g., Chocohouse Cooking, Chocohouse Sweet, Cioccolatomania, Master of Chocolate).

 

Study in Umbria: chocolate, history and Italian language

If you would like to study and learn more in Umbria, expanding your knowledge beyond a short course on chocolate provided by Eurochocolate, you can join an Italian language course by Studiainitalia in Todi.

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Todi is a town in the province of Perugia. It is perched on a hill overlooking the River Tiber with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. In the 1990s, Richard S. Levine, a professor of architecture at the University of Kentucky, chose Todi as the model sustainable city, because of its scale and its ability to reinvent itself over time. After that, the Italian press reports on Todi as one of the world's most livable cities.

Among the attractions at Todi are the co-cathedral church (Duomo), the Palazzo del Capitano, the Palazzo del Priore and the Palazzo del Popolo. Dating back to the 11th century, Todi Cathedral is a Gothic edifice featuring a squarish façade with a central great rose-window added in 1513. The Palazzo del Popolo is a Lombard-Gothic construction already existing in 1213. Palazzo del Capitano, in Italian Gothic style, was built around 1293. Palazzo dei Priori was begun in 1293 and later enlarged as seat of the podestà, priors and the Papal governors.

Near Todi, from October to February you can book a guided tour to discover the world of chocolate at Vannucci, a company that produces high quality, handcrafted chocolates in the respect of the most authentic tradition of Perugia. Tasting chocolate at Vannucci’s means experimenting and analysing its organoleptic traits while using all of your five senses. The expert guide during the tasting sessions leads you through the Visual, Tactile, Aural, Olfactive and Gustatory Analysis.

Vannucci Chocolate Factory, Umbria
At Vannucci Chocolate Factory - photo credit: www.vannuccichocolates.com

In a lovely historic building in the center of Todi, you will find the Italian language school that collaborates with Studiainitalia, a travel agency specialised in creative tourism and language courses in Italy. Intensive Italian courses are available all year round and consist of 4 Italian lessons per day. The lessons are held in comfortable settings with small homogeneous groups (maximum 8 students) in order to deepen students’ structural understanding of the language. The teaching method favours active participation and interaction in the classroom, promoting the student’s integration, both linguistic and cultural. The school also offers cultural courses, outdoor sports, and cooking classes. By the end of the course participants will receive a certificate of attendance stating their degree of Italian.

Apart from a personalised service, if you need it Studiainitalia can also propose accommodation options including rooms in shared apartments with Italian hosts, rooms in shared apartments with international students, and Indipendent flats (Studios).

For more information, availability and costs, visit www.studiainitalia.com

 

Learn Italian language lessons in Todi near Perugia, Umbria


August in Turin: 10% off on language courses

August 2016 in Turin: summer events & 10% off language courses

August in Turin: 10% off on language courses

Turin is a vibrant and beautiful city with a lot to offer, even during summer.

Turin is one of the more prominent cities of Italy but is relatively undiscovered by tourists. It possesses classical elegance as the first capital of the republic of Italy, yet it also embodies the progressive and modern aspects of Italian culture.  This dichotomy keeps Turin vibrant. (ItaloAmericano)

 

Here are some of the top festivals and exhibitions that you can enjoy in Turin during the month of August 2016.

TODAYS FESTIVAL 2016

From 26/08/2016 to 28/08/2016

Today's Summer Festival in Turin

Todays aims to capture and enhance all the influences possible between the various contemporary forms: not just major concerts but also more intimate occasions, evenings for dancing, meetings, conferences and creative workshops dedicated to those who create music and those who listen to it. In three days of intense programming, Todays offers a true journey into today’s music, from the afternoon into the night.

More info

 

ARTE ALLE CORTI

From 30/06/2016 to 10/11/2016

August in Turin: summer events

A perfect combination, epitomising the image of Torino where contemporary art blends in perfectly with the spaces created by the court architects of the House of Savoy: because Torino is the capital of the contemporary but also of Baroque. “Art of Courts” is an outdoor exhibition taking a route through the courtyards and gardens of seven major palaces in the city where there will be great site-specific installations and sculptures interacting with the beauty of Torino’s baroque architecture to the surprising benefit of both. Acknowledged masters have been called, leading exponents of Italian research already established internationally and young emerging artists of particular interest.

More info here

 

MARIO MERZ. LA NATURA E' L'EQUILIBRIO

From 04/07/2016 to 25/09/2016

"La Natura e' l'equilibrio", Fondazione Mario Merz, Photo by Renato Ghiazza
"La Natura e' l'equilibrio", Fondazione Mario Merz, Photo by Renato Ghiazza

A selection of works by Italian artist Mario Merz profoundly linked to the subject of nature: paintings, installations and drawings in which thoughts focus more on the poetic and social tale than on the earth as creator of life.

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LEARN ITALIAN IN TURIN: AUGUST SPECIAL OFFER

Studiainitalia, an agency specialized in language courses across Italy, has a special deal for you: sign up for an Italian language course in Turin in August and get 10% off the course price! Read all info about the course here and ask for your quote here.

August in Turin: 10% off on language courses

 


Language vacations in Italy: ideas & offers

2016 Summer Promo: Online Italian Course

Language vacations in Italy: ideas & offers

ONLINE ITALIAN COURSE FOR TRAVELERS: This summer you have a special promotion for an Italian language course designed for travelers by Aulaitalia academy.

The online course has a duration of approximately 15 hours and is built in 7 units and one class by Skype.

You can try the free demo and, if you are interested in the course, please send an email to info@aulaitalia.com specifying the course you are interested in. Make sure to use the promotional code PROMOSTUDIAINITALIA16 to enjoy the course for 35€ instead of 50€.

If you want to travel around Italy and be able to communicate with native speakers, then this course is what you are looking for. Learning a language has never been so fun, quick and effective.

In this course you will face several practical situations of real life travelling: communicating at the airport, at the café, in the hotel, etc.

The course provides a communicative and interactive-oriented learning process. At the end of this course you will be able to manage everyday conversations thanks to the activities included in each section and to the presence of your online tutor.