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!

    Cultura Italiana Bologna - Jean Talon presenta il libro Incontro coi selvaggi

    1 June 2023

    Jean Talon presents the book ‘Incontro coi selvaggi’ at Cultura Italiana Bologna

    The book is a diverse mosaic of 16 funny, strange, weird, or moving stories.
    The stories are fabulous tales about improbable encounters between different cultures. A topical and popular topic these years within Intercultural and Gender Studies.

    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.
    bologna center view from above
    The historical city centre is one of the biggest in Europe.
    students learn italian in italy walking on the hills of Bologna
    The landscape of the hills: a walk in the park.
    students socializing learning italian doing aperitivo with italians in the center of bologna
    Italian social life: aperitivo with Italians.


    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

    Excellent4.8 Based on 50 reviews fromGraciela O.Graciela O. ★★★★★ 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 ownerCara Graciela, siamo molto felici di averti conosciuta! Grazie per aver partecipato con entusiasmo alle attività 😊 Psisport_gala Entrenamiento M.Psisport_gala Entrenamiento M. ★★★★★ Todo fue maravilloso, las clases, los compañeros, los profesores, las actividades sociales. Gracias!!Response from the ownerGrazie mille! Ti aspettiamo a Bologna! Markus H.Markus H. ★★★★★ 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 TeamResponse from the ownerCaro 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! Louise W.Louise W. ★★★★★ 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 ownerCara Louise, grazie mille per le tue parole! Siamo felici che tu sia stata bene a Cultura Italiana. Ti aspettiamo presto a Bologna! MariaMaria ★★★★★ Fantastic language school, unique and social!Response from the ownerCara Maria, grazie delle belle parole! Speriamo di rivederti presto a Bologna! Saskia S.Saskia S. ★★★★★ A very good language school. The atmosphere was very pleasant, everything ran smoothly and the lessons were very good!Response from the ownerCara Saskia, siamo molto felici che le lezioni ti siano piaciute! tanya L.tanya L. ★★★★★ Brilliant course. Myself and my family (husband and 2 teenage children) cannot recommend Cultura Italiana highly enough. E una scuola fantastical! 🙂Response from the ownerDear 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! 🙂 LSLS ★★★★★ 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 ownerGrazie 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 Petra B.Petra B. ★★★★★ 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 ownerCara Petra, grazie mille per le tue belle parole.Siccome "non c'è due senza tre", ti aspettiamo presto a Bologna! Alexandra E.Alexandra E. ★★★★★ Großartiges Team, individueller Unterricht, umfangreiche Kulturangebote abends! Sehr empfehlenswert.Katha K.Katha K. ★★★★★ 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.Martin P.Martin P. ★★★★★ 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.js_loader Excellent5.0 Based on 46 reviews fromZulema Docio HerreroZulema Docio Herrero ★★★★★ la profesionalidad....familiaridad entre alumnos y profesores.
    un ambiente distendido.
    Rosemarie FournierRosemarie Fournier ★★★★★ 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...
    Marie-Jeanne van EngelenMarie-Jeanne van Engelen ★★★★★ 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!
    Kers TinKers Tin ★★★★★ 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!!👍😃
    Ido SassonIdo Sasson ★★★★★ Extremly Recommended!

    I've been in Cultura Italiana for 2 weeks.
    Before I decided to start studying here, I contacted the school to ask a few questions.
    Federica, the secretary, answered all of my questions in a very good English. She was very nice and even suggested me to join a class before deciding if I want to learn here or not. From this moment I felt that I'm in good hands.

    I arrived for the trial lesson and it really went well so I decided to register.
    The staff helped me to find a good accomendation. Federica, Silvia and Ariana (hope that I'm not wrong with the name) were very gentile, helpful and sensetive to my needs.

    And what can I say about the teachers and the lessons?
    What a great atmosphire we had during the lessons. The teachers are warm, positive and funny. You can really absorbs the Italian culture just in the lessons. I really improved my Italian during my 2-weeks-stay.

    One of the main reasons to that is the social activities we had during every afternoon. We had aperitivos, trips to the near hills and in the city center and also interesting lectures. Everything is in italian. Everything. That's amazing.

    This school is putting a lot of effort that the students will really learn italian but also for enjoying their experience in Bologna.

    Bologna is a very special city. The atmosphire is chill and very authentic. I was really fascinated by it. This school has a big part of my amazing experience in Bologna.

    If you consider to come here, you don't need to consider it anymore. You arrived to the perfect place.

    I want to thank all the staff - Marina, Stefania, Beatrice, Federica, Silvia, Ariana, Francesco and all the others. You all are amazing people. Thank you very much for. I had a great time and you are the reason for it.
    I have no doubt that I'll be back.

    Grazie mille e arrivederci 🙂
    Malena AndénMalena Andén ★★★★★ A very nice and welcoming school with fun classes, engaged teachers, and lots of after school activitiesSandra V. AppenSandra V. Appen ★★★★★ 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.
    Birgitta Waldebrink-OlssonBirgitta Waldebrink-Olsson ★★★★★ mycket bra nivåanpassad undervisning, trevliga utflykter och en mycket familjär stämningMaria Shubert BarrowMaria Shubert Barrow ★★★★★ 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.
    Res RickliRes Rickli ★★★★★ 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!
    Rory CrowleyRory Crowley ★★★★★ Bigdou DiaoBigdou Diao ★★★★★

    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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