Learn Italian in Elba, Italy
Elba is a stunningly beautiful island, with sandy beaches and crystal clear water. On Elba, you can learn Italian and at the same time enjoy everything that the island has to offer as regards beaches, countryside, quaint fishing villages, excellent nightlife and wonderful food. At the heart of Elba is Monte Capanne, with its ancient forests and spectacular views. Elba really has something for everyone, whether you want to water ski, scuba dive, sunbathe at the beach, explore the history and culture of the island, or just choose a peaceful spot to relax, unwind and take in the beautiful scenery. The people of Elba are friendly and welcoming, happy to speak with students who learn Italian on a course at our school.
Our school in Elba
Our school in Elba, open from May to October, is located in a 4 star hotel in Marciana Marina, just 10 km from the capital, Portoferraio. Classes are often held outside in the shady gardens, and the beach is just 300 metres away. The school also has a swimming pool, where you can relax after your morning lessons.
|Lesson length:||50 mins|
|Number of classrooms:||1|
|Average class size:||10|
|Course materials included:||No|
|Average number of students:||Summer (12) per week|
|Affiliations:||Italian Ministry of Education, EDUITALIA and PROFILE, CSN|
|Included in fees:||Include a cultural program, drawing lessons or sport-activity|
|Typical activities:||Lecture on Elba, visit to interesting places on the island (eg Porto Azzurro, Capoliveri , Portoferraio etc), boat-trips, visit to the Napoleon Museums, light trekking-tours, wine-tastings etc.|
|Paid activities:||All activities are paid activities|
You can learn Italian on an ‘Intensive’ Italian course of 20 Italian lessons/week, or on a ‘Combined’ course, which is a combination of the ‘Intensive’ Italian course and 10 private lessons. There is also an ‘Italian Conversation’ course, of 10 lessons/week.
Our school on Elba also runs a very successful ‘Italian Club 50+' course, for students aged 50 or over who prefer to study with students of a similar age. The Club 50+ course includes a program of activities and excursions (guided walks, wine tasting, visits to the Napoleonic villas, and more)
Students who learn Italian at our school in Elba can stay in shared self-catering student apartments, or in the 4 star hotel where the school is located. Hotel rooms have en-suite bathrooms and telephone, and guests have full use of the swimming pool, tennis courts and restaurant.
Hotel prices can vary depending on the date you travel. The exact cost of your accommodation will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Elba offers plenty of options for activities after class, and the school organises a welcome dinner, excursions, boat trips, guided walks, visits to local markets and to the Napoleonic museum, plus a variety of watersports.
How to get there
To get to our school on Elba, you can fly to Marina di Campo Airport (on Elba) and take a taxi to your accommodation in Marciana Marina. Or, fly to Pisa Airport, take the train to Piombino Marittima, the ferry to Portoferraio and then a taxi to Marciana Marina.
I enjoyed every minute of the course. I was rather apprehensive before leaving London, but settled in very quickly.
The school used very helpful learning methods and has extremely skilled teachers.
The course was very good and my teacher was excellent.
The outdoor location made it much nicer, less like a classroom which helped keep our concentration going. The teacher was excellent, good fun and conscious of each students needs and abilities.
I felt that the book that my class used was a bit hard although the teacher gave us work from other sources to balance this. I certainly worked hard and learned a lot.