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Learn Italian in Naples
Why learn Italian in Naples? Well, how about its unique character, its interesting landmarks, its excellent weather, its huge historic centre, its vibrant neighbourhoods, its spooky subterranean secrets - need we say more?! Located on the Mediterranean coast of Campania, this ancient city has so much to offer that you’ll never want to leave. It really is quite different from any other city on the planet. Its intricate streets offer a surprise around every corner - whether historical or modern, artistic or technological - and it is home to some of Europe’s friendliest, most hospitable people. It is the birthplace of pizza, of Baroque art, and of fine tailoring. It is a place of vibrant colours and a multitude of sounds and smells. Our fantastic school can be found in the Spanish Quarter, while the city itself forms a great base for exploring the beautiful Amalfi Coast. There really is no better place to start your Italian adventure!
This fascinating city has a long, long history and dates right back to the 2nd millennium BC. Naples was then named Parthenope, after the siren who was said to have washed ashore at Megaride. Now that site is home to Castel dell’Ovo, the city’s oldest standing fortification. Today you can visit the castle for free and experience unparalleled views over the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius behind it.
Since its inception, Parthenope - then Neapolis, and latterly Naples - has been a strong trading hub and cultural centre. As Neapolis it was a renowned Roman resort, noted for its fine weather and luxurious villas. In the Middle Ages Naples was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, which saw the building of incredible architecture like Castel Nuovo, the Duomo, and the Santa Chiara monastery - all of which can still be visited. Later, the city was the go-to destination for society’s finest; it was frequented by Genoese merchants, Tuscan bankers, Bourbon kings, and artists, philosophers, and scientists from around the world. During the Renaissance, it was one of the most important artistic centres on the continent.
This rich history has left its mark on the city; it is dotted with churches, castles, and palazzos from across the centuries, and its historic centre is the largest in Europe. Amongst the amazing architecture, you will find thousands of examples of perhaps Naples’ most famous export: its food! The city’s cuisine has been considered unique since at least the 18th century, and it has given us worldwide favourites such as margherita pizza, spaghetti, ragù, limoncello and, of course, gelato. Less widely known but equally favoured are dishes like comforting parmigiana melanzane, delicate sfogliatelle, and rich polipetti affogati. You simply must sample some authentic Neapolitan dishes when you study here; thankfully, there are over 700 restaurants in the city - 22 of which currently hold Michelin stars - so you won’t struggle for choice!
As well as the attractions within the city, Naples offers easy access to popular destinations such Pompeii and Herculaneum, the beautiful island of Capri, and other towns and cities on the Amalfi coast including Sorrento, Positano, and Ravello. You can also reach Rome in just a few hours thanks to the excellent high-speed rail network between the two cities.
So what are you waiting for? Book your language course in Naples today! If you’re unsure about which programme will be the best for your needs, feel free to contact us for advice.
Our school in Naples
Our Italian school in Naples is located in the city’s Spanish Quarter, the traditional home of the Neapolitan dialect. The language centre is located on the fourth floor of a quiet commercial building. It has 3 classrooms and an office that can double as a fourth teaching space. There is a library full of various Italian materials, including fiction books, essays, and comic books; these are all available for your use during your time here. There is also a small student lounge/social area. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
Hemmed by Sant'Elmo castle to the east, Teatro di San Carlo to the south, the famous Via Toledo to the west, and the food markets of Via Pignasecca to the north, the area around the school really is bustling with activity. There are trattorias and boutiques on every corner, churches of all sizes and ages, and even the entrance to Subterranean Naples, the underground tunnels used as bomb shelters during WWII. It is characterised by its narrow streets and towering residential blocks strung with laundry. Everywhere here, people have left their mark on this district, from posters and plaques spanning several decades to a myriad styles of street art. You cannot fail to feel the area's distinct character from the moment you get here, so it’s an excellent place in which to learn Italian.
This school is a founding member of LICET, a quality-control association dedicated to providing and maintaining high standards of Italian language tuition around the world. Its tuition is accredited by the University of Naples L’Orientale, the University of Bologna, and the Università Stranieri Siena. This language centre is also a member of International Exchange (IESN), the Erasmus student network. These credentials allow you to have confidence in booking a course here, while the school’s excellent location will give you a truly amazing immersive experience.
Courses in Naples
The most popular course in Naples is the Intensive course, which consists of 20 lessons per week in groups of no more than 7. Classes are held between 09:00 and 12:00 Monday - Friday. You will study with other people with the same starting level as you, allowing you to progress naturally. Since the classes are completely immersive, you will find that you improve very quickly!
If grammar is a weak-spot for you, why not add 3 extra grammar lessons to your Intensive course? Each lesson is 90 minutes long and focuses on the specifics of Italian sentence structure and tenses. These extra lessons will help you to get to grips with the core aspects of the language, giving you added confidence in your abilities. These classes can also be booked on a 1:1 basis.
By far one of the best reasons to go to Naples is its food! Why not combine your language lessons with cookery classes that will teach you the secrets of this world-famous cuisine? The Italian & Cookery course adds a 3-hour cooking workshop to the Intensive course and is thus a great way to get a fully immersive cultural experience as you improve your language skills.
Alternatively, why not add extra sessions covering Italian literature, the history of Neapolitan art, or Italian creative writing? Any or all of these 90-minute classes can be added to your Intensive language lessons and they will give you a deeper insight into the roots of Naples, as well as Italian civilisation and culture as a whole.
The most efficient way to learn a language is through one-on-one interaction with a native speaker. Even better is to practice with a native professional teacher! We therefore highly recommend selecting a package of private lessons, especially if you feel you need extra support with your learning, need to cover specialist topics, or simply want to maximise your progress as much as possible. Offering completely customisable content on flexible schedules, these lessons are ideal for any language learner. The standard packages consist of 10 or 20 one-to-one classes, but we can arrange a bespoke package for you if you prefer. Duo-private lessons are also available for students with the same ability level travelling together.
Students getting ready to sit the Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language (CILS) can refresh their skills on our school’s Exam Preparation course. On this programme, you’ll can target any areas you need to in 10 or 20 one-to-one classes, and then benefit from a 2-hour practice test. You’ll get feedback from this practice exam, allowing you to iron out any problems before tackling the real thing. Studying in this way will give you the best chance of success possible! The exam fee is not included but can be added on-site at the school.
The school also offers specialised programmes including a 4-month evening course and closed-group packages for schools or businesses. These programmes are available on request, so please contact us if you would like further information.
Whichever course you select, you will take a level test before starting to ensure that you receive tuition at the right level. If you’re not sure what your starting ability level is, or what course will be right for you, feel free to contact one of our language advisors!
- Executive Studio Apartment
- Host Family
- Shared Apartment (with Spaniards)
- Student Residence
- Studio Apartment
This school is not currently able to offer accommodation packages alongside its language tuition. If you study with us here in Naples, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements.
To help you learn Italian and get to know this bustling metropolis better, the school offers at least one social activity per week. These are conducted in Italian and can include a guided walking tour of a Neapolitan neighbourhood, an extra conversation lesson or cultural seminar, a group aperitif, or a museum visit.
For a more culturally immersive experience, you can combine your language lessons with activity-based classes such as cookery, creative writing, or art history. See the ‘Courses’ tab for more information.
We also encourage you to arrange activities or sight-seeing trips with your fellow students. Why not take a tour of the catacombs, try out local street food, or take in a show at Europe’s oldest opera theatre, Teatro di San Carlo? Museum entry is free in Naples on the first Monday of every month, so take advantage of that if you can!
How to get there
Naples International Airport is a large airport that can be easily reached from many worldwide locations. It is only a 10-minute drive from the city centre and it is well-served by taxis and shuttle buses going to and from the centre and surrounding areas.
Since classes take place on weekdays, we recommend that you plan to arrive in Naples at least one day before your course begins and to depart at least one day after it finishes.
Location of our school in Naples
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