Rome

Rome


Its particularly mild climate makes it possible to visit and enjoy Rome at any time of year. Nowadays, Rome is a modern and lively metropolis offering a vast range of sights and entertainment to delight its visitors. The variety and magnificence of its monuments for are known throughout the world. The possibilities for enjoying its beauty, history and lifestyle are truly infinite, while the mild climate makes the city welcoming year round. The capital of Italy is a city that offers all kinds of activities, visits or excursions to the beaches, just a few kilometers from the city, and many other opportunities for entertainment, fun, culture and art.

Why Rome?


Masterpieces of architecture, sculpture and paintings of famous artists like Michelangelo, Raffaello, Bernini, Caravaggio are actually present in Rome. There are plenty of shopping areas in the city, each with its own specialty and flavour. The capital of Italy is a city that offers all kinds of activities, visits or excursions and many other opportunities for entertainment, fun, culture and art and you will not be disappointed.


When to go?


Its particularly mild climate makes it possible to visit and enjoy Rome at any time of year. From spring to autumn it is ideal for sightseeing, dining at an outdoor café/restaurant, and eating ice creams.


There & Around


All roads lead to Rome! With its two international airports, Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino, Rome is served by direct flights from across the world and hundreds of European connections.


For further information on things to see and do during your Italian course in Rome, we recommend you to have a look at the Lonely Planet Guide to Rome.



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Orbetello

Orbetello


Orbetello stands among the most characteristic fishing villages in Italy. Conveniently located in the maritime region of Maremma (southern Tuscany), at very close distance from Rome and Florence, it is surrounded by two lagoons, hills and beaches. Orbetello lies in front of the islands of Il Giglio and Giannutri and within walking distance of the famous Monte Argentario. All this makes of Orbetello an ideal place to learn Italian language and culture and enjoy a vacation at the beach.

Why Orbetello?


The lagoon which surrounds Orbetello is part of a protected nature reserve and is one of the most uncontaminated areas of natural beauty in Tuscany. Orbetello is a small, compact town with the centre free from cars and the narrow streets and squares are packed with bars, restaurants and shops. There is an endless choice of places to eat.


When to go?


The school in Orbetello is open from April to October and actually it is the best period of the year to take an Italian language course enjoying a fantastic holiday on the Italian coast at the same time.


There & Around


Orbetello is easily reachable by train from Rome’s Fiumicino airport. You can also travel to Orbetello by train from Pisa and Florence. We can arrange an airport transfer for you. For further information on things to see and do during your Italian course in Orbetello (Tuscany), we recommend you to have a look at the WikiTravel Guide to Orbetello.



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Naples

Naples


During the last few years, the city of Naples has become a favourite destination among tourists from all over the world. In fact, Naples is a synonym of good food, friendliness and ultimate fun. Neapolitan pizza has always been considered the best pizza in Italy, and the aromas of the numerous city’s pizzerias fill the streets of the historic centre. Naples is a great city to discover on foot. It is much smaller than Rome or Milan and, therefore, much more manageable. Divided into neighbourhoods, each with their own style and appeal, Naples offers something to suit all tastes. In fact, there are so many things to see that Naples is considered an open-air museum. Given its geographical position, Naples is a city for all seasons. Furthermore, Naples is an ideal base from where you can easily explore the Amalfi Coast and its beautiful cities and beaches.

Why Naples?


Naples is a great city to discover on foot. It is much smaller than Rome or Milan and, therefore, much more manageable. Divided into neighbourhoods, each with their own style and appeal, Naples offers something to suit all tastes. In fact, there are so many things to see that Naples is considered an open-air museum. Furthermore, Naples is an ideal base from where you can easily explore the Amalfi Coast and its beautiful cities and beaches and the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.


When to go?


Temperatures in Naples are pleasant all year and in spring and autumn are usually warm and pleasant. Easter and the period between Christmas and Epiphany are hugely important events for the city with many traditional celebrations.


There & Around


Naples is easily reachable by air through Naples International Airport Capodichino. We can arrange an airport transfer for you. You can also fly to Rome and take a train to Naples (around 2 hours). For further information on things to see and do during your Italian course in Naples, we recommend you to have a look at the Lonely Planet Guide to Naples.



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Modena

Modena


A little gem to discover, Modena is famous around the world for its vinegar or its powerful cars. This is a historic city and university. With its two hundred thousand inhabitants, it is a quiet and lively city, where modernity and tradition meet. Modena is a city to discover by foot walking under the arcades or pedalling along its old streets laid out on the old canals, the cobbled historic centre and the amber colour of the buildings will make you relive the medieval village and hear the echoes of the court of the Dukes of East. Its inhabitants are open and friendly: in the stores or on the street you will always find someone more than willing to chat with you. Unlike other bigger cities, Modena offers you the chance to hear Italian spoken in every corner.

Why Modena?


Modenesi are open and friendly: in the stores or on the street you will always find someone more than willing to chat with you. Unlike other bigger cities, Modena offers you the chance to hear Italian spoken in every corner. Furthermore Modena is a superb destination for food lovers.


When to go?


At most times of the year, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities Modena has to offer.


There & Around


If you arrive in Italy by plane, the nearest airport to Modena is Bologna’s G. Marconi (about 35km from Modena). From Bologna you can take a bus, train or taxi to Modena. Other options are Milano Linate, Milano Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino (2-4 hours to Modena). For further information on things to see and do during your Italian course in Modena, we recommend you to have a look at the Lonely Planet Guide to Modena.



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Milan

Milan


Milano is arguably the most important city in Italy with regard to fashion, work and economy. It is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that offers numerous cultural and entertainment activities. Its numerous tourist attractions make Milan one of Europe’s culture capitals. Furthermore, Milan offer countless opportunities for cultural and leisure activities during 24 hours a day: trendy bars, concerts, theatres, clubs, discos and concert halls regularly host an infinite variety of music events by internationally renowned artists. Due to its unique geographical location, you can make interesting excursions from Milan to the lakes and the Alps. Our two fashion and design schools are also based in Milan, which is also home to the best Italian university, the Statale di Milano.

Why Milan?


Milan offers a chance to see a real-life Italian city and as well countless opportunities for cultural and leisure activities during 24 hours a day: trendy bars, concerts, theatres, clubs, discos and concert halls regularly host an infinite variety of music events. Some of the most famous city sights are the Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the Last Supper fresco painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Due to its unique geographical location, you can make interesting excursions from Milan to the lakes and the Alps.


When to go?


The best times to visit Milan are from April to June or September to October. In April takes place the worldwide known Furniture and Design Fair.


There & Around


Milan is easily reachable by air through its two main international air gateways, Linate airport and Malpensa airport. Sometimes referred to as Milan’s third airport, Bergamo’s Orio al Serio airport (45 km East from the city) hosts budget airlines. We can organise airport transfers.


For further information on things to see and do during your Italian course in Milan, we recommend you to have a look at the Lonely Planet Guide to Milan.



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Lucca

Lucca


Lucca  is an important city for art and traditional culture presenting a vital historic centre of extraordinary value. It´s famous for its narrow and medieval streets, churches, towers and intact walls. Lucca offers markets, festivals and exhibitions throughout the year and all facilities that you would expect from a small city. Lucca gave birth to great musician Giacomo Puccini.

Why Lucca?


Visiting Lucca is an authentic experience: not only Lucca's fascinating town centre is worth a visit, its surroundings offer relaxing journeys, natural and historic locations waiting to be discovered. Easily reachable from Florence and Pisa, Lucca is close to Viareggio and the nearby beaches, as well as the countryside for picturesque landscapes.


When to go?


From April to June is the ideal time to visit Lucca. However Lucca is quite pleasant in fall. In September the historic centre of Lucca is lit during the festival called Luminaria di Santa Croce.


There & Around


If you arrive by plane the nearest airports are Florence Amerigo Vespucci and  Pisa Galileo Galilei. There exist frequent connections to Luca both by train or by bus. Studiainitalia can organize a transfer to Lucca for you.


For further information on things to see and do during your stay in Lucca we recommend to have a look at the Lonely Planet Guide to Lucca.



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Genoa

Genoa


Liguria is a unique experience to live: sea, nature, mountain, culture, and history. The city of Genoa and the eastern and western rivieras are rich of all these aspects and have fascinated tourist from all over the world for centuries. The city of Genoa was chosen European Cultural Capital in 2004.  The city life revolves around its famous harbour, the most important one in Italy and one of the largest ones in the world. The old buildings around the city centre witness the city’s past as a Maritime Republic. Along with the many museums and attractions within the city, most notably the Aquarium of Genoa, you can also visit the coast and the mountains. Genoa has got the biggest medieval city centre in Europe.  The small streets of this area, known as carruggi, have inspired many Genoese artists. It is amusing to walk along the small streets, rich of shops of every kind, animated day and night by street artists and stands. In the evening, you can enjoy some of the activities the city offers, including concerts, music and fun.

Why Genoa?


Genoa is one of these fascinating Italian cities relatively unknown to the millions of tourists who visit Italy every year. Genoa is the birth place of Christopher Columbus. The whole city is an amazing combination of strong colours and flavours – such as pesto, focaccia, fresh fish - contrasts and curiosities, giving you more than one reason to visit Genoa.


When to go?


Genoa lies in the heart of the province of Liguria. Genoa weather is perfect for a visit anytime of the year. If you are looking for sunny and warm weather, then it is good to visit during the summer season from May to September. The spring season is great for enjoying the surrounding countryside and also in autumn, you can enjoy a pleasant stay by the sea.


There & Around


Genoa is easily reachable by air through Genoa International Airport Cristoforo Colombo. We can arrange an airport transfer for you. You can also fly to Milano and take a train to Genoa (between 1 and 2 hours).


For further information on things to see and do during your Italian course in Genoa, we recommend you to have a look at the Lonely Planet Guide to Genoa.



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Florence

Florence


Florence is located in central Italy, in the heart of Tuscany. The city is worldly renowned thanks to the presence of innumerable works of art, museums and churches. The historical centre of Florence is quite small, so it is very easy to visit on foot. Try to loose yourself in its narrow medieval streets and discover some of its wonderful palaces, its history, its charm and its beauty. Let yourself  be surprised by the flavours of one of the most famous cuisines in the world. These are just some of the reason why millions of people visit the city of the Renaissance every year.

Why Florence?


Taking a course in Florence means a totally immersion into the Italian culture and lifestyle. Florence is the ideal location to learn Italian because it’s where the Italian language was created by Dante Alighieri. Florence is a vibrant and high-energy city, home of many museums and art galleries and it is called the "Cradle of the Renaissance": actually the Renaissance can be perceived just by walking through the centre and looking around. Even if it's packed with tourists all year round, Florence has many secrets corners to discover and where you can relax. Furthermore Florence is the heart of Tuscany which means it’s very easy to visit places such as Lucca, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo or the vineyards of the Chianti region.


When to go?


In spite of its hot summers and cold winters, Florence and its sorroundings are packed with natural and artistic wonders that you can enjoy throughout the year. Early spring and late autumn are especially convenient if you want to avoid mass tourism in the city.


There & Around


Florence is easily reachable by air through Florence International Airport Amerigo Vespucci. We can arrange an airport transfer for you. You can also fly to Pisa, Bologna, Milan or Rome. For further information on things to see and do during your Italian course in Florence, we recommend you to have a look at the Lonely Planet Guide to Florence.



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Cagliari

Cagliari


The city of Cagliari lies in South Sardinia, one of Europe’s most impressive regions, with some of the best beaches in the whole Mediterranean, if not the world. Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia. Due to its small size and the friendliness of its inhabitants, Cagliari is the perfect place for students who want to learn Italian. Its beachfront position, its origins and ancient traditions, will let meet the needs of all.

Why Cagliari?


Due to its small size and the friendliness of its inhabitants, Cagliari is the perfect place for students who want to learn Italian. Its beachfront position, its origins and ancient traditions from archeological treasures to medieval monuments, will let meet the needs of all. Furthermore, Cagliari is the perfect place to start a tour of Sardinia.


When to go?


Cagliari has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and very mild winter. From mid-June to mid-September, rain is a rare event, limited to brief afternoon storms. You can enjoy a variety of seaside activities all year round.


There & Around


Cagliari is easily reachable by air through Cagliari International Airport Elmas. We can arrange an airport transfer for you. For further information on things to see and do during your Italian course in Cagliari, we recommend you to have a look at the Lonely Planet Guide to Cagliari.



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Bologna

Bologna


Many Italians would like to live in Bologna, a city with one the best qualities of life in the country, provides public services first and a huge range of cultural activities. In Bologna was founded the oldest university in Europe, which receives every year thousands of students from around the world. Traffic in the city centre is limited, and many people use bikes to move around. The many arcades above the pavements, furthermore, seem an extension of the private living rooms, giving an original and warm atmosphere to the city’s social exchange. Bologna is also an ideal place to learn Italian, where it is easy to make contact with the people. Bologna is big enough not to be provincial but not too big to have lost the human quality of social relations still to be found in the province.

Why Bologna?


Bologna is an ideal place to learn Italian and experience the Italian lifestyle. People are very welcoming and it is easy to make contact with them. Bologna is big enough not to be provincial but not too big to have lost the human quality of social relations. Traffic in the city centre is limited, and many people use bikes to move around.


When to go?


The best time to visit Bologna is from spring to autumn, when the weather is warm and pleasant and the presence of students gives the place a lively atmosphere.


There & Around


Bologna is easily reachable by air through Bologna International Airport G. Marconi. You can also fly to Florence, Milan or Rome (between 2 and 3 hours). We can arrange an airport transfer for you. For further information on things to see and do during your Italian course in Bologna, we recommend you to have a look at the Lonely Planet Guide to Bologna.



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