The Italian Language School of Bologna


Cultura Italiana organises Italian language classes devoted to promoting Italian culture, including that of modern Italy. Various institutions, such as Bologna University, the city authorities, cultural, artistic and social organisations, co-operate with the School in a variety of activities. The School itself is located in the Palazzo Pepoli, a fine medieval building in the historic centre of Bologna, close by the city’s famous Two Towers.

The School is the only one in Bologna of its kind specialising exclusively in teaching Italian to foreigners.

Cultura Italiana specialises in teaching Italian to adults. We also host groups of school-age students or individuals, for whom we organise special classes. The average number of students is about 70 (59% from Europe, 21% from America, 14% from Asia, 3% from Australia, 0.2% from Africa).

It is easy to make contact with the local people. Statistics show that most Italians would like to live in Bologna. Bologna’s University is the oldest in Europe.

euro 271 30% Special Discount
20 hours per week 6-12 students per class
10 hours per week of extracurricular activities
2 hours per day of homework at home or at school

Living in Bologna

Bologna is an ideal place to learn Italian. It is easy to make contact with the people in this city in which most Italians would prefer to live because of its respect of the quality of life. 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 provinces.

Bologna is a medieval town of Etruscan origin whose beauty has not yet been discovered by mass tourism.
The town is never crowded with groups of tourists who usually prefer a visit to the more striking Renaissance and Baroque cities.

Bologna has thus maintained its traditional modest and humane way of life: after work, people of all ages meet in the main square (Piazza Maggiore), or go to the typical osterie (taverns). In these places it is not difficult to meet people and get to know the “Bolognesi”. Foreigners are few in Bologna and they are most welcome. Bologna is rich and elegant. Under the arcades away from traffic, it is possible to admire the prestigious shops (Armani, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Dolce e Gabbana, Gucci, Bulgari and other famous Italian stylists).

This “quiet” environment is hardly spoiled by the traffic of the centre which is under control; many people use bikes or Vespas. The many arcades above the pavements, furthermore, seem an extension of the private living rooms and give an original and warm atmosphere to the city’s social exchange.



The city is also called “la dotta’ (the learned) because of its University which is the oldest institution of its kind in the Western World; “la grassa” (the rich and the fat) because of its famous cuisine; “la rossa” (the red) because of the red colour of the terracottas and tiles, characteristic of the houses. The decision to restore the whole of the Historic Centre and the importance placed on social services in the city budget have* aroused great interest and brought about various studies of the city and its administration.

In the private sector, the importance given in the area to small and efficient factories and companies has brought about a certain economic stability even during times of general economic slow—down. Bologna is called the motor land because of its traditional mechanical production. In fact in the area are the makers of the famous car factories Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and the Ducati motor cycle factory.

Other cities as Milano and Florence are important for the fashion exhibitions, but in the Bologna area there is the highest industrial production of shoes and high fashion clothing manufacturers. Bologna is a key railway and road junction between the North and the South of Italy.

The historic cities and tourist centres Florence, Venice, Verona, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo, Rimini, Ferrara, Mantua and Ravenna can be reached on day trips.

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