Top 5 Places To Learn Italian

Top 5 Places to Learn Italian

Top 5 Places To Learn Italian in Italy!

It’s not surprising that more and more people are starting to learn Italian. The international love affair with Italian food crosses continents and from Tuscany to Venice, Florence to the Amalfi Coast, Italy provides some of the most stunning scenery and architecture in Europe. Italian is one of the most romantic sounding languages, as well as being strongly connected to art, culture and literature. There is no better way to learn a language than by taking an Italian course in Italy where you can fully immerse yourself. Here are our Top 5 Places To Learn Italian in Italy.

 

1. Rome – Authentic Italy

Top 5 Places to Learn Italian

Italy’s Capital Rome is layered with history and heritage. The city is brimming with ancient ruins, world-famous galleries and must-see museums. But Rome is so much more than just its glorious past. It is a modern, evolving and a vibrant capital, with a passion for art, food and life. There is also so much to explore in and around Rome that even spending a month there would not be enough.

Its year-round sunshine makes it a popular destination for tourists and Italian language learners alike. Visit some of the world’s major heritage sites, indulge in the Italian gastronomy and stroll at sunset along Rome’s colourful streets.

Start learning Italian in Rome, get a taste of the authentic Italian way of life and discover why Rome is our number one on our Top 5 Places to Learn Italian.

Explore our Italian courses in Rome

 

2. Florence – The City of Renaissance

Top 5 Places to Learn Italian

Not only is Florence the capital of Tuscany, it is also one of the world’s finest cities. It is a haven for art and history and home to stunning Renaissance architecture, beautiful gardens and exceptional museums. Visit stunning palaces and enjoy some of the most spectacular art of the admired work of Renaissance masters such as Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.

Florence is also a great place to enjoy Italian cuisine and to taste some savoury regional specialities from Tuscany. Moreover don’t forget to make a Day-trip to the beautiful Island of Elba and taste the wine in the ravishing neighbouring Chianti hills.

Take an Italian language course in Florence and start your immersive experience in Italy.

Explore our Italian courses in Florence

 

3. Naples – The Home of Pizza Napoletana

Top 5 Places to Learn Italian

Naples, the capital of Southern Italy, is famous for being a chaotic and edgy city.  However, it is also a city full of humanity, impressive architecture and, above all else, delightful food. Naples features glorious Baroque churches, exceptional museums and stunning panoramas dominated by the imposing Mount Vesuvius.

The city is also the best place in Italy to taste Italian food. Naples’ region is the birthplace for pizza, and you will also find great Italian pasta and seafood dishes.

Enjoy the city’s natural beauties and discover the best Italian food in Naples

Explore our Italian courses in Naples

 

4. Sorrento – Enigmatic Amalfi

Top 5 Places to Learn Italian

Experience the best of Southern Italian culture on the glamorous Amalfi Coast in Sorrento. The city is a popular seaside resort yet a marvellous town with some beautiful places to visit. Hike up the Mount Vesuvius, enjoy the incredible views of the Mediterranean see and visit the world famous ruins of Pompeii.

Not only is Sorrento set in a stunning landscape, it also offers a mild and sunny climate.  Enjoy your time strolling through the charming streets and take in the breathtaking views. Explore the Amalfi Coast, Positano and the famous island of Capri.

Take an Italian language course in Sorrento and start your immersive experience in Southern Italy.

Explore our Italian courses in Sorrento

 

5. Venice – The Romantic City

Top 5 Places to Learn Italian

Take your gondola ride back in time. Venice is famous for its canals, its marble palaces, for its charming churches and above all its romantic atmosphere. A truly iconic city. Visit exceptional theatres, museums and art galleries. Taste the delightful Italian cuisine and experience Venice Carnival at its best.

From the renown Canal Grande, St Mark’s Basilica and the Palazzo Ducale, to the omnipresent boats and numerous delightful restaurants. Venice is a great destination for Italian language learners.

Take an Italian language course in Venice and start immersing yourself in the Italian culture and gastronomy.

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How to Book an Italian Course?

Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process.  Check the location links to find more information on the Top 5 Places to Learn Italian.

For information on any of our Top 5 Places to Learn Italian, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 23 different languages in 11 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Get Romantic, Go Italian: The Italian Glossary of Love

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Get Romantic and Go Italian this Valentine’s Day

It’s no secret that the Italian language has an attractive and lilting sound that makes it one of the most romantic languages in the world. What you may not know is how to use these beautiful expressions to win over the object of your affection this Valentine’s and assist you with your soulful declarations of love. Learn now with our Italian glossary of love

 

L’ amore è tutto: Italian love expressions

Avere il cuore nello zucchero To have your heart dipped in sugar, to be in love

Riprendersi dopo una delusione d’amoreTo recover from a heartbreak

Sei la mia anima gemellaYou are my soul mate

Sei il mio migliore amico/amicaYou are my very best friend

Mi vuoi sposareWill you marry me?

Si, ti sposo / No grazieYes, I’ll marry you / No thanks

Ti penso ogni giornoI think about you every day

Provo a dimenticarti ma non ci riescoI try to forget you but I can’t

Sei bellissimo/bellissimaYou are very beautiful

L’amore e’ ciecoLove is blind

Posso darti un bacio?Can I give you a kiss?

Ti abbraccio/ ti do un abbraccioI’ll give you a hug

Per me sei perfetto/perfettaYou are perfect to me

Il cuore ha ragioni che la mente non comprendeThe heart has reasons that the mind doesn’t understand

Mi manchiI miss you

Ho bisogno di tempoI need time

Ti amo da morireI love you so much

Sono tuo/tuaI am yours

Vita mia: My life

Cucciolo Puppy

TesoroTreasure

Dolce metàOther half

L’ amore è tuttoLove is everything

Baci: sweeten the day with chocolate kisses

If you wish to gift more than words to your loved one, the typical Valentine’s Day chocolates in Italy are the Baci (kisses) Perugina, which are droplet shaped chocolates containing romantic phrases, sayings, quotations from famous writers and poets, and wise proverbs. They are the equivalent of Chinese cookies, but Italian, romantic and made of chocolate.

 

Contact Us

For more information on any of our Italian language courses in Italy (or perhaps on Italian glossary of love) please call us on 01273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 10 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Join the Magic in Venice: Don’t Mask your Curiosity

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It’s Carnival Time in Venice: Enter the Magical World of Masks

by Kathrin Schmitz

The Carnevale di Venezia (Venice Carnival) is an almost one thousand year old tradition, after being banned for almost 200 years under the rule of the King of Austria, the Carnevale returned to the streets of Venice in 1979. Since then, the carnival in Venice has became one of the most popular celebrations in Europe with approximately 3 million visitors per year. Venice carnival always takes place between February and March. Explore the city of Venice, take an Italan language course and discover the magic of Carnival!

 

What happens at Carnevale?

The historic carnival was a colourful and spectacular event with theatre shows, ropewalkers, jugglers, exhibitions of exotic animals and fireworks. The streets of Venice Carnival were full of people in masks, and no differentiation could be made between nobility and the common people. Today’s carnival still tries to convey the flair of the 18th century when the Venetian carnival was at its height. The celebrations start with water parades through the canals of the floating city, artistic performances and celebrations in San Marco square. You can still see some acrobatic arts during the Volo di Angelo (flight of the angel) when an artist flies from the clock tower down to San Marco square.

The most distinctive and popular feature of the Venetian carnival, however, are the masks. Masks have always been important in the Venetian culture and mascheraro (maskmaker) was a reputable profession. As masks were also allowed on Ascension and from October 5th to Christmas, people could spend a large portion of the year in disguise. Nowadays there is a competition every year for la maschera più bella (the most beautiful mask).

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Types of masks

Volto – the modern Venetian mask. Covers the entire face but doesn’t allow wearer to eat. Mostly worn with a cloak and tricorn.
Bauta – covers the entire face but still enables the wearer to eat, drink and talk. Often combined with a black cape and tricorn. Originally worn by men
Colombina – a half-mask often decorated with gold, feathers, crystals. Originally worn by women
Medico della peste (The Plague Doctor) – very distinctive mask with a long beak. Originally used by doctors to prevent spreading of the plague
Moretta – a black oval mask which didn’t allow the wearer to speak. Therefore also called Muta (mute). Was mostly worn by women.

 

Why Study Italian in Venice?

Venice Carnival

So pick your mask and dive into the fantastic world of the Carnevale di Venezia. Discover the famous canals on a gondola, try the Italian delicacies and go on wine tasting sessions. If you would like join people from all over the world at the Carnevale and to combine your masquerade adventure with learning Italian, Cactus Language offers Italian courses in the centre of Venice! You can study Italian from 1 week up to 52 weeks and choose from general Italian courses to Italian and Cooking courses. All courses are delivered by accredited Italian language schools.

 

How to Book an Italian Course in Venice?

Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process. Check the link to find more information about any of our Italian courses and discover the Venice Carnival.

For information on any of our language courses or to study Italian in Venice, Italy, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have before you start a summer adventure.

 

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 10 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French