Genoa port city, Italy
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Italian course in Genoa

Genoa is a captivating, unspoilt city with a truly Italian flavour, so an Italian course in Genoa is a perfect way to learn the language! Formerly one of the most powerful city-states in the world, and a pioneer of exploration, Genoa possesses a profusion of palaces and great historical riches. Learn Italian in Genoa and spend days wandering back in time through the medieval streets of the city. These ‘caruggi’ lead to splendid open squares and antique townhouses, painted every shade imaginable, overlooking the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from ‘Il Bigo’, a lift built in the style of a ship crane to pay homage to Genoa’s great seafaring tradition.

Our school in Genoa

6 classrooms
Student lounge
Course materials included
Wi-Fi throughout the building
Registered CILS examination centre
Member of Eduitalia
Approved for CSN and Bildungsurlaub programmes
Winner of CSM’s Excellence Award 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018



In the scenic centre of Genoa, just a short walk from the seafront, our school occupies a beautifully restored historic building. You’ll learn Italian in large, bright classrooms with native, Italian-speaking teachers who love their work! In the student lounge you’ll find a small library and computers with free Internet access, as well as refreshments. It’s the perfect place to practice your Italian with other students!

Location: Prè, Genoa
Nearest convenience store: 170 m
Nearest café: 150 m
Nearest metro stop: N/A
Distance from train station: 900 m (Genova Piazza Principe)
Nearest bus stop: 110 m (Zecca/Carmine)
Distance from airport: 10.4 km (Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport)

Courses in Genoa

Available courses

    There are a variety of different tuition options available at our school – learn Italian the way you want to! Study in a group with other students on a Standard or Intensive Italian course in Genoa, or enjoy the personal attention of Private Lessons. On the Standard course, you’ll have 20 Italian lessons per week, whereas the Intensive course comprises 30 classes each week.

    Our school allows you to customise individual lessons according to your interests. Learn about subjects such as the history, art, literature, law, culture or cuisine of Italy, as you improve your Italian language skills!

    The course schedule for one-to-one lessons is also very flexible. Choose to have classes every weekday or for just three days each week, taking either two or four Italian lessons each day. Whichever course you choose, you’ll greatly improve your language skills and still have plenty of time to discover this unforgettable city!

    Combined Courses, including both group and Private Lessons, are also on offer at our school. These courses give you the chance to meet other students through your group lessons, and then benefit from specialised, one-to-one tuition as well.

    If you have a query about any of these courses, please contact us.


    To run alongside your Italian course in Genoa, our school offers a range of extracurricular activities. Firstly, there will usually be a city tour to familiarise you with Genoa’s ancient streets. Also, the school usually arrange a meal or typical aperitivo evening once a week, to help new arrivals meet their fellow students. Free seminars on a certain aspect of Italian culture are also occasionally offered. Other examples of typical activities arranged include Italian cookery lessons, wine tasting, nature hikes and meals out in local restaurants. Or, explore some more of Italy on full-day excursions arranged by our school. Take a boat trip on the Italian Riviera, visit beautiful Portofino or witness the spectacular sight of some of the most beautiful villages in Italy, the acclaimed Cinque Terre!

    How to get there

    Upon your arrival in Genoa, our school will gladly collect you from either Genoa Airport or Genoa train station, although this service is not included in the price of the course.

    Location of our school in Genoa


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    Average score for our school in Genoa based on 15 previous client reviews.

    Student reviews & feedback

    The course was enjoyable, challenging and professional and I felt like I got a lot out of it even in just a week. Kriste was brilliant.

    School Staff

    It was excellent to do both grammar and have opportunity to do a lot of talking.

    The homestay accommodation was brilliant because the hostess was very friendly and was around to chat with in mornings and evenings.

    School Staff

    I just wanted to let you know that all the arrangements for my arrival, accommodation and attendance at the school were flawless - you run a very impressive operation! It was especially good to have such helpful and prompt responses from the other side of the world.

    The school itself was also superb - good facilities, great location and very friendly and skilled staff. My own teacher, Elena, was an absolute delight - very lively, funny and a great communicator. We all enjoyed her classes enormously and learnt a lot. What more could you ask for. I hope I have the opportunity to return to Genoa in the future for a refresher (and Genoa is a great city, by the way).

    School Staff

    The class size was good - just 6 students The teacher was excellent - lively, interesting, patient, encouraging. The course material was a bit repetitive - lots of printed worksheets. I would have preferred more variety, involving more interaction, movement, different styles of teaching. I enjoyed most the conversational parts of the course, although the grammar was well presented and useful.

    My host was extremely friendly and welcoming. `She cooked excellent meals and I appreciated that she sat with me for an hour over the evening meal, speaking with me in Italian. The room was rather cold, although when I asked her my host turned the heating on. I just didn't like to ask too often.

    I had thought there might be outings or activities on offer for students but did not hear of anything. It would have been really helpful for someone, like myself, coming alone to have an afternoon activity programme. [ALC note: our school does offer a daily activity programme and we are investigating why Mrs Sherratt wasn't able to take part.]

    School Staff

    All classes were small -only 3 in mine, which was great with a pleasant, enthusiastic teacher. Lovely flat in the historic centre, easy walking distance from school and all city attractions. Delightful, friendly hostess.

    School Staff

    I was very impressed by the school which appeared well organised and with stimulating , engaging staff. I also felt that my level was exactly accommodated. I am an extremely satisfied customer and very happy with the tuition received. I would certainly be happy to attend another course at the school.

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    T. Cousins

    The quality of teaching was excellent. There was the right amount of reading, writing and listening work. There were only 2 people in my class but that enabled more time for individual questions to be answered. The social activities they organised were good and were always very inclusive.

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