Learn Italian in Italy far away from mass tourism!

Welcome to Cultura Italiana!

At Cultura Italiana you learn Italian in few weeks using exclusively Italian (not like a tourist), we communicate without using other languages with a full immersion in the Italian language. In Bologna was founded the first university in Europe (1088), for this reason it has a long tradition as a student city and it is the perfect place to learn Italian in Italy. Around thousand people attend Cultura Italiana (with a weekly participation from 35 to 85 people).

Our Italian language Courses


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1 week 330
2 weeks 605
3 weeks 880
4 weeks 1155
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Intensive Italian language course

25 lessons (45 minutes each), 6-12 students per class,

10 hours per week of extracurricular activities, 2 hours per day of homework at home/school

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  • Single room: € 157 (per week)
  • Double room: € 110 (per person/week)
  • Starting dates

    The courses begin every Monday and end on the Friday of the corresponding week. The school is closed only on the international holidays. The 25 lesson hours are spread over the other four days of the week

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    Dear visitor!

    Thank you for visiting Cultura Italiana Bologna Website. Cultura Italiana is a top-level School specialised in the dissemination of the Italian language. Total immersion in our language is possible with us because the surrounding environment is authentic. The School in Italy was established in Bologna in 1981. Here you can learn Italian and speak the Italian language with Italians, not with tourists.

    We collaborate in educational research with the Bologna University, the first University in the Western World (1088), and with other 40 universities in Europe, America and Japan.

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    Last events

    We organize events (lectures, exhihibitions, seminars and publications) with Universities and Italian Culture Institutes!

    10 November 2023

    Bologna città speciale. La dotta (la prima università), la rossa (case, portici e torri di mattoni rossi), la grassa (ricca cucina)

    Lecture held by director Massimo Maracci “Bologna città speciale. La dotta (prima università), (case, portici e torri di mattoni rossi), la grassa (ricca cucina)” at Associazione Italo Giapponese Tokyo

    Why learn Italian in Italy at Cultura Italiana?

    If you study Italian in Bologna at Cultura Italiana the cost-benefit ratio is optimal.

    • The course is practical to communicate from the first day
    • It is possible to meet Italian friends and use Italian
    • Cultura Italiana guarantees results
    • Our programmes are defined and monitored
    • Why learn Italian in Italy
    • Our objectives of the course are clear
    • Our teachers have at least 5 years of teaching experience
    • Our courses are particularly attractive in terms of value for money
    • One of the best leisure program in the world
    • Live like an Italian with us

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    Quick info

    Useful suggestions to live and enjoy the city during your Italian language course in Bologna.

    • Living in Bologna / Cost of living
    • Where to eat
    • What to wear
    • The Italian language and lifestyle is authentic
    • What can you do in the weekends
    • Exhibitions and lectures
    • Leisure time and sport
    • Music and theatres / Museums / Parks
    • Markets / Shopping
    • Night life
    • Transport
    • Bologna cuisine
    • Friends, relatives and guests

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    In order to learn Italian in Italy is important to choose a suitable city, Bologna is the right place because of few tourists and the oldest university in Europe. It is also important the prestigious location of Cultura Italiana. You can have fun with the leisure program after the lessons and learn Italian outside the school. You find here pictures of our Italian language school and the medieval city and two activities after the lesson.

    palazzo pepoli bologna from outside
    The school is located in a XV century building, where the first Lord of Bologna used to live
    Sport activity after the lessons
    bologna center view from above
    The historical city centre is one of the biggest in Europe
    Students’ performance
    Italian social life: aperitivo with Italians
    Cooking lessons
    The landscape of the hills:
    a walk in the park
    Today’s photo


    The lessons at the school in Bologna are lively and interesting. You can find more motivations by watching the videos about how to learn Italian in Italy.
    Here the lesson is different, more stimulating than the Italian lessons in your country.

    Above you can see a typical week at Cultura Italiana with active classes, engaging walks and meetings with Italians
    Above, students invented a play to practice authentic Italian in a class at Cultura Italiana

    What our students say about Cultura Italiana Bologna

    Cultura Italiana Bologna
    Based on 67 reviews
    E Stato un grande piacere. Really cool atmosphere, young and old from all over the world. Good teachers. 10/10
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille Jakob! È stato un piacere conoscerti. Ti aspettiamo 😉
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    Perfect immersion into the Italian language, culture and kitchen in the beautiful city of Bologna ! Highly recommended ! Very friendly and professional staff !
    Response from the owner: Grazie Hilde! Ti aspettiamo di nuovo a Bologna 😉
    Ich hatte kurzfristig Einzelunterricht gebucht. Die Schulleitung war sehr flexibel und hat gute, motivierte Lehrkräfte. Auch werden viele spannende Nebenaktivitäten organisiert (Führungen, Kochkurse).
    Response from the owner: Grazie Thomas, sei molto gentile! Siamo felici di sapere che sei stato bene a Cultura Italiana. Ti aspettiamo!
    Cultura Italiana is a wonderful school to learn Italian and improve communication skills. Being a language teacher myself, I was very impressed by the quality of the teachers. The classes are dynamic. The teachers have a good way to facilitate conversation and explain grammar. The atmosphere in class is encouraging the student to speak and making it fun in the process. The location in the old town cannot be beat.
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille Adriana! È stato un vero piacere conoscerti e aiutarti con l'italiano. A presto!
    This is a wonderful language school in a beautiful city. The staff are amazing and always so helpful making sure that you are in the class that suits you.It's not all classroom based - there are walks, talks, extra lessons, park activities and the all important aperitivo.
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille Stefano! Sappiamo che sei sempre in prima linea per l'aperitivo! Ti aspettiamo prestissimo 😉
    Hervorragend! Alle sind sehr nett, es fühlt sich an wie ein Besuch bei Freunden. Grazie mille!!!
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille Christiane! A presto 😊
    Une école sérieuse, très professionnelle, j'ai senti que j'étais soutenue et aidée de manière rapide et efficace que ce soit pour mon inscription, les papiers nécessaires à mon Erasmus, l' arrivée sur Bologne mais aussi bien entendu l'enseignement. Les méthodes sont bien rodées, l'enseignement varié, ludique et de qualité. L'emplacement en plein centre de Bologne est également un grand avantage. Bref, je recommande vivement Cultura Italiana et je vais essayer d'y revenir.
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille Corinne, le tue parole ci fanno piacere. Ti aspettiamo presto di nuovo a Bologna!
    La scuola Cultura Italiana Bologna, e efficace e molto gradevole.
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille Mario! È stato un piacere conoscere Theo! Un caro saluto
    Great place to learn Italian and Italian culture. Fun and study together.
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille Nuriye! A presto 😉
    Für mich der beste Ort um italienisch zu lernen. Es waren wundervolle zwei Wochen mit allem drum und dran. Ich habe mich sehr aufgehoben gefühlt ☺️
    Response from the owner: Ciao Georg! Grazie mille per le tue parole, sei molto gentile! A presto 😉
    I enjoyed a wonderful two weeks of study at Cultura Italiana. The staff are so helpful and friendly, and my entire learning experience at the school was excellent. Bologna is the perfect city to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Italy. I can highly recommend Cultura Italiana Bologna!
    Response from the owner: Grazie Moira! Siamo felici di averti conosciuta. Ti aspettiamo di nuovo a Bologna 😊
    The course was rigorous with excellent teachers. They also made it such fun. You will make great strides in your language learning.
    Response from the owner: Grazie Bonnie, un abbraccio!
    Cultura Italiana was an incredible experience. I can't say enough good things about their wonderful teachers and administrative staff. Everyone was so helpful and encouraging. I still have quite a ways to go on my learning journey, but am confident I will be returning for more instruction from this wonderful group of people. I highly recommend to anyone wanting to dedicate time and energy to this beautiful language.
    Response from the owner: Carissima Jules, grazie mille a te e alla splendida energia che tu e la tua famiglia avete portato a scuola! Vi aspettiamo di nuovo 😊
    Excelente!! Las clases son muy dinámicas y los profesores siempre atentos y apoyándote para mejorar.Ha sido una experiencia excepcional para mi compartir con compañeros de otras nacionalidades.Toda una experiencia que quisiera se vuelva a repetir!!!Muchas gracias. . . .
    Response from the owner: Cara Graciela, siamo molto felici di averti conosciuta! Grazie per aver partecipato con entusiasmo alle attività 😊
    Todo fue maravilloso, las clases, los compañeros, los profesores, las actividades sociales. Gracias!!
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille! Ti aspettiamo a Bologna!
    Die Schule ist sehr zu empfehlen, wirklich top.Die Lehrer -innen sind fachlich gut, immer gut organisiert , sehr sympathisch und motivierend. Auch das Büro arbeitet sehr professionell und schnell.Ich war 4 Wochen, den ganzen November, in dieser Schule und war erstaunt, wieviele Studenten auch im November noch hier waren. Das ermöglicht der Schule, viele Klassen mit verschiedenen Niveaus zu bilden.Mit dem Vorteil für die Schüler, sich in der Grammatik oder in der Konversation ein Niveau höher oder tiefer einstufen zu lassen, je nach Bedürfnis.Die Schule bietet zudem jeden Nachmittag ein tolles Zusatzprogramm an (kostenlos). Wanderungen, Kochkurse oder Konversationskurse.Es herrscht ein tolles und angenehmes Klima in der Schule. Danke an das ganze Cultura Italiana Team
    Response from the owner: Caro Markus, grazie mille per le tue belle parole! Siamo felici di sapere che a Cultura Italiana hai imparato molto e ti sei anche divertito. Grazie per la tua partecipazione alle attività del programma. Ti aspettiamo sicuramente di nuovo a Bologna!
    I joined the Cultura Italiana community for only a week but it was a fabulous experience. Good teachers, great content & inclusive friendly students of all ages & countries. I’d love to go back!
    Response from the owner: Cara Louise, grazie mille per le tue parole! Siamo felici che tu sia stata bene a Cultura Italiana. Ti aspettiamo presto a Bologna!
    Fantastic language school, unique and social!
    Response from the owner: Cara Maria, grazie delle belle parole! Speriamo di rivederti presto a Bologna!
    A very good language school. The atmosphere was very pleasant, everything ran smoothly and the lessons were very good!
    Response from the owner: Cara Saskia, siamo molto felici che le lezioni ti siano piaciute!
    Brilliant course. Myself and my family (husband and 2 teenage children) cannot recommend Cultura Italiana highly enough. E una scuola fantastical! 🙂
    Response from the owner: Dear Tanya, thank you very much for your review. We are very glad to hear you enjoyed the course! It has been a pleasure having you and your family at the school. We hope to get a chance to meet you again soon! Buona fortuna per il vostro italiano! 🙂
    Die Schule ist absolut empfehlenswert, die Lehrer sind super umgänglich und legen viel Wert darauf, dass alle Schüler und Schülerinnen gleich gut mit dem Thema mitkommen. Der Unterricht ist sehr interaktiv.Kleines Manko: Vor dem Gebäude ist nicht erkennbar, dass die Sprachschule wirklich existiert (außer an einer kleinen Klingel). Man könnte dort eventuell ein Schild anbringen.
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille per la tua recensione! Siamo contenti che tu abbia vissuto una bella esperienza a Cultura Italiana. Siamo in un palazzo storico e purtroppo la legge italiana che tutela le Belle Arti vieta di mettere cartelli all'esterno dei palazzi storici, infatti la targa della scuola come quella degli altri professionisti che lavorano qui è subito all'entrata del palazzo! Ti aspettiamo per un saluto o magari per un altro corso! A presto
    die Schule hat ein sehr gutes Konzept. Die Grammatik wird sehr gut erklärt und auch gleich umgesetzt. Die Themen für die Konversation sind immer interessant und nicht zu schwierig. Themen zu denen jeder etwas sagen kann. Durch die Gruppenarbeit und Spiele, um die Sprache auch anzuwenden, vergeht die Zeit sehr schnell und man lernt wirklich viel in einer angenehmen Weise. Die montägliche kleine Stadtführung mit anschließendem gemeinsamen Aperitif und andere Aktivitäten die angeboten werden ergänzen den Unterricht.. alle Lehrer und Lehrerinnen sind sehr nett und der Humor fehlt auch nicht. Ich kann la scuola „Cultura Italiana Bologna“ sehr empfehlen 👍
    Response from the owner: Cara Petra, grazie mille per le tue belle parole.Siccome "non c'è due senza tre", ti aspettiamo presto a Bologna!
    Großartiges Team, individueller Unterricht, umfangreiche Kulturangebote abends! Sehr empfehlenswert.
    Response from the owner: Grazie, speriamo di rivederti!
    Super Schule um italienisch zu lernen. Tolle Lehrer*innen und großartiger Unterricht. Ich bin für 4 Wochen hier und werde definitiv zurück kommen! Einfach großartig.
    Response from the owner: Ciao Katharina, grazie mille! Non vediamo l'ora di rivederti 🤗
    Für mich die beste Spracheschule in Bologna. Super Lehrer*innen. Man fühlt sich direkt wohl und willkommen. Wer in Bologna italienisch lernen möchte sollte die Cultura Italiana wählen.
    Response from the owner: Grazie mille Martin, a presto!!
    Este verano he estudiado en Cultura Italiana Bologna durante dos semanas. ¡Muy recomendable! Es un centro muy acogedor y los docentes y sus clases son dinámicas y muy divertidas.Es una oportunidad perfecta para aprender italiano. La escuela organiza actividades fuera de clase cada tarde con los otros alumnos de todo el mundo. Sin duda una experiencia ideal para practicar italiano y conocer muchas personas y culturas.
    Response from the owner: Grazie Julia!!
    Best school if you want to start speaking Italian as soon as possible.Can definitely recommend!
    Response from the owner: Grazie Myros!!
    Une école de langue italienne qui mérite d'être visitée. J'y ai passé deux semaines de cours des plus enrichissant.
    Response from the owner: Caro Claudio, ti ringraziamo per le tue parole. Speriamo di rivederti presto a Bologna!
    Encontré a Cultura Italiana Bologna en recomendaciones de Google, leí los comentarios aquí y también en su página web, los cuales siempre eran muy buenos. Así que decidí estudiar allí, desde el primer correo electrónico que envié para preguntar mis dudas la escuela siempre estuvo atenta a mi proceso de inscripción y, en mi caso, al proceso de buscar un alojamiento por el tiempo de mi estadía.Hoy, después de estudiar dos semanas en Cultura Italiana Bologna, puedo decirles que esta escuela por mucho superó mis expectativas, mi experiencia académica fue muy buena.Los profesores son excelentes en su práctica y el programa escolar con el que cuentan es muy bueno. Así como las actividades extracurriculares que tienen, como la passeggiata, las clases de cocina italiana (adjunto fotos), los juegos en Giardini Margherita y muchas actividades más.También destacó que el ambiente estudiantil es muy acogedor.Sin lugar a dudas volveré a Cultura Italiana Bologna, y te invito a que vivas esta experiencia.
    Response from the owner: Cara Alejandra,grazie mille di cuore per la tua recensione. E' stato un grande piacere accoglierti a Cultura Italiana e speriamo di rivederti presto a scuola o a Bologna per un saluto!
    La migliore scuola di lingue che abbia mai frequentato! È il posto perfetto per sviluppare il tuo italiano o anche per iniziare da zero!
    Response from the owner: Caro Luy, grazie per la tua fiducia e per aver sempre partecipato alle attività con grande entusiasmo. Speriamo di rivederti presto!
    Se si pensa che tra la bellezza dei posti la loro storia che noi sappiamo che creò il mondo , l'Italia dove ti giro e guardi vedi bellezza solo bellezza io ne sono innamorato specialmente sulle isole che si dice nel antico testamento che un uomo trovo una spada tempestata di diamanti e questo uomo la tiro fuori dal mare e cadono tre goge d'acqua e quelle furono le isole italiane , ma questa è una parola invece la verità e che hanno fatto cose così belle che ora non le fanno più.... ecco amici Italiani e del mondo grazie e buon giorno.
    Expérience très enrichissante! Si vous souhaitez étudier l’italien, n’hésitez pas de contacter cultura italiana!École de bonne qualité et des professeurs très professionnels et sympathiques!Merci à vous.Patricia de Rennes
    Response from the owner: Grazie Patricia!!!
    Für mich ist diese Sprachschule der ideale Ort, um italienisch zu lernen. Engagierte Lehrerinnen, informativer, kurzweiliger und unterhaltsamer Unterricht, dazu ein attraktives Nachmittagsprogramm. Ein weiterer großer Vorteil ist natürlich die wunderschöne Stadt Bologna (touristisch noch nicht so überlaufen). Ich war im vergangenen Jahr einige Wochen dort und werde auch in diesem Jahr wieder mehrere Wochen in der Sprachschule verbringen, dies sagt eigentlich alles.
    Response from the owner: Grazie Oliver!! Ti aspettiamo sempre!!
    Cultura Italiana Bologna
    Based on 46 reviews
    la profesionalidad....familiaridad entre alumnos y profesores.
    un ambiente distendido.
    Je viens de passer six semaines à Cultura Italiana. Six semaines très agréables. L'atmosphère, les profs, les cours, le personnel administratif... Dix sur dix!
    Cultura Italiana, ce ne sont pas seulement des cours d'italien (ce qui est déjà pas mal!), c'est aussi tout un programme culturel facultatif: visites guidées, conférences, cours de cuisine...
    Merci à toute l'équipe! Grâce à vous, j'ai fait la connaissance d'une belle langue et d'une ville magnifique. Je reviendrai...
    excellent and interesting presentation on the origins of the Etruscan cities.

    Full house and kept the room engaged throughout the many slides and new information.

    well done!
    I highly recommend the Italian language school “Cultura Italiana”: There are excellent teachers, especially Marina Carbone, who integrates grammatical structures into everyday language in such a humorous and awesome way that even grammar is lots of fun! Thank you so much!!
    Furthermore Cultura Italiana offers a variety of great extracurricular activities! The city of Bologna is wonderful - I will definitely return!!👍😃
    A very nice and welcoming school with fun classes, engaged teachers, and lots of after school activities
    Cultura Italiana is very intensive but it makes a lot of fun although.
    I will recommend it to anyone who would like to learn italian.
    mycket bra nivåanpassad undervisning, trevliga utflykter och en mycket familjär stämning
    I loved my experience at Cultura Italiana Bologna. Two absolutely amazing weeks! If you are on the fence about enrolling, go for it.

    I stayed in an apartment that the school arranged. It was in the city center, and I was pleased with every aspect of my living accommodations and my learning experience. I met great people of all ages, with varying cultural backgrounds. Sometimes we explored the city together, and sometimes I ventured out alone. I felt safe and connected, at every turn. The city is amazing and the school is wonderful.
    Back from two weeks Cultura Italiana in Bologna. I learnt so much in the two weeks - and I believe I never laughed as much as in these two weeks of Cultura Italiana.
    I also higly recommend the interesting excursions and of course the cooking lessons.
    ... and Bologna is a truely wonderful city!
    Due settimane e io credo che tornerò. Bella experiencia e le persona della scuola.
    Ci vediamo!!! Bellisima Bologna.
    Marinette, Swizerland
    Mi aspettavo un tuffo nella lingua e nella cultura italiana. Volevo soprattutto rinfrescare le mie conoscenze della grammatica. È stato perfetto, esattamente quello di cui avevo bisogno! Gli insegnanti sono buonis…
    Joseph, Usa
    I want to let you know that my two weeks of language study with Cultura Italiana could not have been any better. It was an absolutely superb program in all respects. Although I still have much to learn, my Italian…
    Andreas, Germania
    Per proteggere gli studenti è meglio evitare le scuole commerciali che organizzano corsi di lingue diverse (inglese, tedesco e italiano) insieme. Consiglio una scuola specializzata, (ce ne sono diverse in Italia)…

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