Venice is a city of culture, history, grace and charm. Our school in Venice offers not only Italian language courses, but also a very popular Italian Art course, combining art history classes with guided visits to museums and galleries within Venice, enabling students to immerse themselves in Italian and explore the culture and history of this beautiful city. Learn Italian in Venice, soak up the culture and fall in love with this city.
Whether you want to visit one of the many galleries, museums or historic monuments, take a gondola ride down the 'Canal Grande', visit the beach or simply shop and watch the world go by from one of the many pavement cafés, Venice is a truly unique location and is definitely worth visiting.
Our school in Venice
Our Italian school in Venice is located in an 18th century palace, in the very centre of Venice, just a short walk from the famous Rialto Bridge and the Piazza San Marco. There are 10 well-equipped classrooms and a beautiful terrace – very popular at break time - with magnificent views over the city. All accommodation is in historic Venice, or else on the ‘Lido’, mostly within walking distance of the school, providing the perfect base from which to explore the city.
Courses in Venice
Students on an Italian course in Venice can choose between a great range of programmes to suit their particular requirements. Choose the popular Intensive course of 20 lessons per week, taking place in the morning and early afternoon. Students who already know some Italian can start on any Monday, whilst complete beginners have one start date each month. Alternatively the Evening course has the same amount of group language lessons per week but runs from May to October from 16:30 - 20:30 in the afternoon.
For more Intensive language learning you can add one or two hours of private lessons to the Intensive course in the morning, or even book 15 to 20 private lessons per week on their own.
In February, May and October, students can, for a small fee, add cookery lessons to the Intensive course, taking advantage of the school's very own fully equipped kitchen! Students will learn about Italian cuisine and cooking from the school's talented cook, preparing traditional Italian food on Thursday afternoons then tasting it together with a nice glass of wine in the evening. On Saturdays you will visit Rialto's famous fish and vegetable market, selecting and tasting ingredients in the morning and cooking/eating the meal in the evening.
As a separate course, Art History in Venice can be booked with start dates every month but December. This course includes three hours of lessons a day from Monday to Friday. As all lessons are held in Italian and deal specifically with Venetian art, history, culture and traditions, therefore an intermediate level of knowledge is required (B1) before starting this course. Entry to churches and museums is included in the cost.
Stay with an Italian Host in Venice, sharing your comfortable and convenient accommodation with a local resident. You will usually find that our hosts in Venice are couples or single people without children. Meals aren't included but you have full use of the shared kitchen. The level of independence is higher than the more traditional host family arrangements at our other Italian schools in Italy.
The traditional Palladian Cloister Residence is situated in an ancient vineyard with hundreds of olive trees, 25 single rooms with a view, free WiFi access, use of a kitchen and laundry room. This is the ideal place if you want to live on a budget in the fashionable, artistic and historical centre surrounded by other students. We always advise to book early if you are interested in this type of accommodation.
Students who do not like cooking can take advantage of the nearby university canteens, offering lunch and dinner for less than €10 and a different, tasty menu every day.
In addition to Italian language courses, our school in Venice also offers students an extensive ‘Culture’ program, including 5 activities per week - walking tour of Venice, guided visits, Italian film evenings in the school, wine-tasting, bicycle tours around the ‘Lido’, plus trips to Padova, Treviso and other locations. Venice is a wonderful location in which to combine an Italian language class with an experience of Italian culture, both past and present - somewhere ‘truly Italian’ and truly unique.
With regular grammar workshops, thematic lectures and discussions on Italian literature, as well as themed guided walks, the activities programme at our school in Venice is the perfect way to delve deeper into the language and culture!
How to get there
Italy has excellent train links throughout the country and due to its relatively small size it is easy to get around the main cities. Venice is approximately five hours by train from Rome and less than two and a half hours from Florence. On the way to Venice you will pass through the industrial town train station of 'Venezia-Mestre' before travelling over the lagoon that separates Venice from the mainland, arriving at 'Venezia-Santa Lucia', the main train station for Venice. The popular bus stop in Venice is also conveniently located and you can walk to most destinations in the city from there.
The main airport in the region is Marco Polo, close to Venice with excellent transport links to the city. If booking our school's accommodation your full travel details will be sent to you approximately two weeks before your start date. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions at all.