Looking for an Italian course?

Dreaming of a holiday in the “Belpaese”?

We have the right solution:

Have fun learning Italian in Italy!

  • 7 nights / 8 days
    (dates can be agreed with the teacher)
  • 15 Hours of Italian course
  • 3 guided tours:
    Bologna, Ravenna and Ferrara

A study holyday in the heart of Bologna

A professional course organized in the centre of Bologna, a unique opportunity to learn Italian and discover traditions, history, art and cuisine of a beautiful city! You will be in “La casina”, a small but cosy apartment walking distance from all monuments and attractions.

The atmosphere of Bologna is happy and lively; the centre still preserves its prosperous medieval aspect with red roofs and warm colour facades. Its 40-kilometer-porticoes make its aspect unique in the world. Porticoes shelter people from rain and house beautiful shops, workshops, cafes and restaurants.

great monuments in Bologna
Bologna, its great monuments and its urban structure which still preserves its prosperous medieval aspect

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Why Bologna and Emilia-Romagna?

Italy’s most famous cities like Florence, Rome, Venice are definitely iconic destinations but not always the best places to learn Italian as they are full of English speakers and crowded with tourists.

To have an authentic Italian experience, Emilia-Romagna is definitely the ideal place. Its most iconic city is Bologna, the economical, political an cultural capital of the region.

Its university, founded in 1089, is the most ancient in Europe and turned Bologna into a global city. Its people are known in Italy for being welcoming, warm and open! The city is very lively but not too chaotic unlike other big tourist places. It’s the ideal place for an immersion in the Italian culture, art and language.

A few years ago Bologna hit the headlines in the UK:
“The Telegraph” published an article written by Nick Gordon. The journalist came to Bologna to improve his Italian and described the city as, “the best Italian place to learn Italian because people are welcoming, there are not too many tourists unlike in Rome and Florence and you can find great Italian courses.

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Emilia-Romagna is not just Bologna, though! During your stay you will guided to two other beautiful small city.

Ferrara

just 40 kilometres from Bologna is without a doubt one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Ferrara is full of charm and rich in history and elegance. Its court was home to important artist and writers as Piero della Francesca e Torquato Tasso.
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Ravenna

just 80 km from Bologna, was at the beginning of the 5th century the capital of the western Roman empire. In that period many churches and palaces were built and decorated with splendid mosaics which are unique in the world. Eight monuments in Ravenna are listed by the UN agency UNESCO.
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The teacher

If you come to Bologna, I am going to be your teacher.
My name is Gabriele Galli, I was born in Bologna, I am a 40-year-old certified Italian teacher with a degree in politics and a PhD in modern history. I have been working as an Italian teacher 8 years in the UK.

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It’s good value for your money!

We suggest a package that includes:

  • 7 nights / 8 days
    in a beautiful historic mansion
  • 15 Hours of Italian course
    with a certified Italian mother tongue teacher
    + course material.
  • 3 guided tours
    a whole day with your teacher to discover the beauty of Bologna, Ravenna and Ferrara
  • 1.155 € = 1 person
    1.910 € = 2 people (in a double room)

It is of course possible to arrange the package differently if that suits the students better.

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The course

This package is ideal for students wishing to experience the beauties and liveliness of the city centres without renting a car and worrying with driving. All the monuments and the station in Bologna are walking distance from the accommodation and both Ferrara and Ravenna are less than an hour train far from Bologna.

The course is thought for a person or for a couple and is bespoke on the needs, desires and knowledge level of the participant(s). Lesson take place in “La casina”, dates and syllabus can be agreed with the teacher who will be with you not just during the lessons but as well during the guided tours which are going to be as well a great opportunity of learning the language.


Day-by-day schedule

It’s just an example, you can amend it the way you like and doesn’t need to be Saturday to Saturday

  • Saturday
    Arrival and welcome by Giorgia, the owner of “La casina”
  • Sunday
    9.30-12.45 a.m. Italian lesson
    LUNCH BREAK
    3.30-5.30 p.m. Italian lesson
  • Monday
    Guided tour in Bologna.
    We will walk together under the porticoes and you will get shown the university, the cathedral, the square and all the main monuments in town. We will go as well to Basilica di San Luca, a beautiful shrine just outside the centre.
  • Tuesday
    9.30-12.45 a.m. Italian lesson
    LUNCH BREAK
    3.30-5.30 p.m. Italian lesson
  • Wednesday
    Guided tour in Ravenna
    with its mosaics dating from the 5th and 6th centuries AD and its Christian and Byzantine religious buildings, included by UNESCO on the World Heritage List.
  • Thursday
    9.30-12.45 a.m. Italian lesson
    LUNCH BREAK
    3.30-5.30 p.m. Italian lesson
  • Friday
    Guided tour in Ferrara
    a small, elegant city which is full of character and history. We will not miss the beautiful castle overlooking the main square, the Cathedral, and the “Diamond” Palace.
  • Saturday
    Departure

Your accommodation for your bespoke course in central Bologna

The “Casina” is a pretty apartment right in the heart of the town, located in an inside courtyard. “Casina” has a bedroom, a kitchen and an en suite bathroom. The small terrace overlooking the iconic roofs of Bologna is a very attractive feature.

Accomodation in Bologna in pretty apartment, the terrace

Accomodation in Bologna in pretty apartment, stairs

Accomodation in Bologna in pretty apartment, the kitchen


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What you are going to learn in 15 hours of Italian lesson

This is just an example of a schedule for beginners; if you are more advanced we’ll start from where you are and the syllabus is going to be bespoke on your needs and wishes.

The basics
Meeting greetings
How to introduce new people
Members of family
Numbers
Verbs essere (to be) and avere (to have)
Definite and Indefinite Articles
Nouns and adjectives
Single and combined prepositions
Ordering Food & Drinks. Polite requests
Expressing likes and dislikes and preferences.
Hotel. Booking a room. Days and months. Telling the time
Where is… ? Where are…. ? Places of interest
Finding your way around
Leisure and holidays.
Doing shopping

Talking about work
Regular verbs

Talking about free time
Verbs to go and to come + some irregular verbs

Inviting people out / Directions
Modal verbs + More irregular verbs.

Where do you live?
Talking about houses and accommodations
Furniture and rooms in an house

What did you do at the weekend?
Introduction to the Past tense
Talking about past activities – More past tense – transitive and intransitive verbs – verbs to have and to be used as auxiliary verbs – regular and irregular past participles

Italian tradition and festivals
Christmas, Easter and Carnival – Talking about traditions and festivals – Comparing British and Italian traditions

Relationship with friends and people in general
Reflexive verbs

What you will see

Bologna – Piazza Maggiore
Bologna – Piazza Maggiore
Ravenna – Piazza del Popolo
Ravenna – Piazza del Popolo
Ferrara – View
Ferrara – View

What you may eat (and why not cook?)

The international fame of Bolognese cuisine dates back to the Middle Ages when the powerful noble families employed at their courts the most celebrated chefs of the time and taverns in town were already thriving. The gastronomic tradition of Bologna is closely linked to the University: the mixture of numerous students and professors of different nationalities enriched the gastronomic culture, and needed a good organization of food supply.

Cuisine from Bologna and from the whole of Emilia stands out for the use of meat, especially pork, and egg pasta. For this reason the city is nicknamed: “la grassa” (the fat city). The use of dairy products, such as butter, soft cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano, is also very common. The numerous recipes originated in Bologna, spread all over the world contributing to the great reputation of Italian cuisine, and the huge number of food shops and restaurants in town have earned to Bologna the surname of “food city”.

Tagliatlle al ragù
Tagliatelle al ragù

Tagliatelle in Bologna are of course accompanied by bolognese sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

Tortellini in brodo
Tortellini in brodo

Another great tradition from Bologna: Tortellini. A ring-shaped pasta, typically stuffed with a mix of meat of pork and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, usually served in broth.

typical Bolognese cuisine: Crescentine
Crescentine

A local fried bread traditionally served with cured meat.

Lasagne alla Bolognese
Lasagne alla Bolognese

Lasagne alla Bolognese: they turn out green because there is spinach in the dough.

Mortadella Bologna IGP
Mortadella

Mortadella, a popular cured meat from Bologna which can be served sliced or cubed.

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Bologna: a city with two souls

I feel very lucky that I can hold my courses in my hometown. It’s a place that has a special place in my heart. I have wonderful memories of Bologna since the childhood but the best ones date back to the degree and the PhD years when I had the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of the centre nearly every day! Fusing elegance with down-to-earth grit and one beautifully colonnaded medieval grid, Bologna is a city of two intriguing halves. One side is a hard-working, high-tech city located in the wealthy river Po valley, the other is politically edgy city that hosts the world’s oldest university and is famous for its graffiti-embellished piazzas filled with mildly inebriated students swapping Gothic fashion tips.

No small wonder Bologna has earned so many historical monikers. La Grassa (the fat one) celebrates a rich food legacy (ragù or bolognese sauce was first concocted here). La Dotta (the learned one) doffs a cap to the city university founded in 1088. La Rossa (the red one) alludes to the ubiquity of the terracotta medieval buildings adorned with miles of porticoes, as well as the city’s long-standing penchant for left-wing politics.

Extra Activities

Cookery school

Italian tutor is happy to arrange for you lesson(s) in a local cookery school. You can help to prepare Bolognese food or even become a chef for a day: a unique and exciting experience.

Wine tasting

In the mood for some wine? On the hills surrounding Bologna there are many vineyards which have been producing fine wines, including Barbera, Sauvignon and Pignoletto, for centuries. During your visit to a winery you can taste wonderful wines and get to know one of the best Italian traditions: the wine.


Getting to Bologna from the United Kingdom is very easy!

Bologna airport
There are direct flights to Bologna from many UK airports:
London Heathrow, 3 per day with BA
London Stansted, 1-2 per day with Ryanair
London Luton, 1 per day with Ryanair
London Gatwick, 1 per day with EasyJet
Bristol, every Wednesday and Sunday with Ryanair
Manchester, every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Ryanair
Edinburgh, every Monday and Friday with Ryanair


Feedback

Last year on the hills of Bologna I organized a really similar experience for two of my British students. It was great for me and judging from the feedback even for them:

“We had a fantastic trip to Bologna organised by Gabriele . Nothing was too much trouble and we particularly enjoyed the variety of the experience from the wonderful accommodation and food and local wines at to our guided tours of Ravenna and Ferrara and Bologna itself.
The opportunity to learn pasta making, have Italian lessons and go cycling in the beautiful countryside is something we will never forget. We would thoroughly recommend.
Salute!”

What my students in UK say of me:

“After having completed a 24 hour Italian course with Gabriele, I could only highly recommend him as an enthusiastic and engaging teacher for all levels. Upon starting the course, I had an upper-beginner level and was not at all confident in spoken or written Italian. Now I have completed my hourly sessions of conversational Italian, my level of spoken and written Italian has improved so much and I am so happy with everything I have learnt and achieved.”
Richard, Marlow

“I always look forward to my Italian lessons with Gabriele very much indeed. His friendly manner and good sense of humour put me at my ease, and there is always so much to discuss. He has a thorough understanding of Italian and English grammar and, more importantly, the skills to explain and teach, which is not true of all native speakers.
He is interested in his students and tailors each lesson to their individual needs and interests. His warm personality and professional intelligent approach make his lessons a most rewarding and enjoyable experience.”
Pam, High Wycombe

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Seaside
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Full-board provided – from 850 euro per person

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Hills

Study Italian on the hills of Bologna. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a late sixteenth century mansion: it’s a very special place, surrounded by hills and great views.

From 815 euro per person

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Mountains
Borgo Pianello
Borgo Pianello is a tourist resort, totally immersed in a quiet and uncontaminated landscape, one hour far from Bologna and Florence.

7 meals included – from 965 euro per person

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Roger
Roger
ROGER is a brand new approach to language learning, based on the combination of travelling abroad, sightseeing, language practice and live-action role playing.

B&B treatment – just 1000 euro per person

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Do you still have any doubt?
Forget it! It’s going to be amazing!

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