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Learn Italian in Venice

Venice is a city of culture, history, grace and charm, where you will never run out of things to see and do. 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 a visit. Learn Italian in Venice, soak up the rich culture and fall in love with this truly unique city!

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, where you can practise Italian with your fellow classmates.

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Making Friends on the course
Italian lesson at our school in Venice
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Exploring Venice

Courses in Venice

Available courses

  • Intensive (20)
  • Intensive + Cookery (Saturday) (21)
  • Intensive + Cookery (Thursday) (21)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
  • Private Lessons (15)
  • Private Lessons (20)
  • Art History (15)
  • Evening Course (20)

Students on an Italian course in Venice can choose between a great range of programmes to suit their specific needs and interests. Choose the popular Intensive course of 20 lessons per week to sharpen up on your general Italian skills during the daytime or opt for the Evening Course if you would prefer evening lessons, giving you the full day to explore!

For more Intensive language learning you can add one daily private lesson to the Intensive course on an Intensive + Private Lessons course, or even book a 15 or 20 Private Lessons per week on their own.

Italian food fanatics can choose the Intensive + Cookery course where you can take advantage of the school's very own fully equipped kitchen! Learn about Italian cuisine and cooking with an experienced cook and prepare traditional Italian dishes, followed by dinner and a nice glass of wine in the evening.

As a separate course, Art History in Venice can be booked with start dates every month except December. This course includes 15 lessons each week which focus specifically on Venetian art, history, culture and traditions. Please note that an intermediate level of knowledge is required before starting this course. Entry to churches and museums is included in the cost.

Accommodation

Available accommodation

  • Host Family
  • Student Residence

Stay with an Italian host family in Venice, sharing your comfortable and convenient accommodation with a local resident. Meals aren't included but you have full use of the shared kitchen. Please note that in Venice, the level of independence is higher than the more traditional host family arrangements at our other Italian schools.

We can also arrange accommodation in the school’s traditional Palladian Cloister Student Residence, situated in an ancient vineyard with hundreds of olive trees, 25 single rooms with a view, free Wi-Fi 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.

Activities

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!

    Sample activity programme

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.

A transfer service, consisting of a member of staff meeting you at the airport and travelling with you, by public transport to your accommodation is available, on request for an additional fee.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions at all!


Location of our school in Venice

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Average score for our school in Venice based on 58 previous client reviews.

Student reviews & feedback

Course was good and the teachers very good, for the most part. I felt I learned a lot and was given every opportunity to practise. There were no 'hidden surprises' and the school staff all appeared very professional as well as friendly and welcoming. The walks organised by the teachers in the afternoons were excellent as was the cookery session.

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The school in Venice is exceptionally good from every point of view. In particular they offer extra sessions in the afternoons which are interesting and give more language practice. The staff are all charming and helpful.

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The school was in a beautiful location. The entire staff was friendly and helpful and the course material was very enjoyable. I learned so much in just two weeks!

My housing was very close to my school and in a great location. The whole apartment was clean and modern. My host was friendly and accommodating.

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I really enjoy the courses at this Istituto. The staff are amaingly friendly. They are very good teachers and the school organises at least one thing every afternoon which is in Italian and which is free. All in all it is a great experience . My view is endorsed by the number of returners who go back every year to the same school.

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The teacher were very kind and able to explain the gramatic always speaking Italian. I was also really pleased I could change the level. Also the activities which are offered in the noon are great. I liked it the other students where also kind.

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the quality of teaching at the school was excellent. the other activities provided by the school (guided tours etc) made the experience wonderful. I would go back to the same school for another course as I thought it was excellent.

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My experience surpassed my expectations. The instructors were truly dedicted to having us learn the language, and found ways to keep the class interesting and entertaining, as well as instructive. My pleasure in the program was heightened by the quality of the other students who seem to be attracted to this program. This really was an outstanding experience for me, and I hope to be able to repeat it in the not too distant future.

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Course was excellent. 1 week is nowhere near enough time, I was just getting into my stride when I had to return home. I did have a wonderful time and would highly recommend the course and your company. My accommodation was clean, spacious and quiet which is just what i needed. The location was good as it was not too near to the school which meant I had to walk and find my bearings. This was beneficial.

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Studying in Venice was simply fantastic. The teachers are incredibly friendly yet always professional, and there were moments of true hilarity in our lessons, thanks to the great mix of students in class. Venice is beautiful and so are the people - go there!

Stefania, Giuseppe and Mariano are wonderful hosts. We made fast friends, yet also I always felt I had my own space and had the freedom to do as I wished since there was great respect either way in our relationship. The apartment was spacious and airy, very clean and tidy and very well equipped. It was a reasonable walk from the school (about 25-30 minutes fast-walking) but I found this enjoyable.

My three weeks in Venice made for a fantastic, unforgettable life experience. Thank you.

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An excellent course. Mature students which was nice - I had feared a class of 15-year-olds! Well qualified teachers with language study backgrounds who spoke only Italian - ALL the time. Small class and intensive teaching - 4 hours, one break only. Would definitely do it again - and for a longer period. School is in a super part of Venice - lively, convenient, with all kinds of shops and bars on the doorstep.

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The course was excellent, although I felt that I was getting ahead of the rest of the class by the end of a week. The course was interesting, with good changes of theme, pace, teaching method throughout the day/week. I am particularly glad that I enrolled for the 1 hr private lessons as well. The lady that I stayed with was lovely, very friendly, helpful and chatty. The location was perfect - very central

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The school is in a good central location - interesting mixture of people attending and varying ages so even if you're over 49 you don't feel too old!

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Excellent - thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable. My confidence came on in leaps and bounds. I intend to go on the Rome course next year.

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The course was excellent, the staff flexible and informative. The accommodation was perfectly adequate, I was pleased to have a fellow student there too.

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Very practical and customer oriented. Whenever we brought up a subject, they spend time on that item and elaborated on that. They had a method, but that was not the holy grale.

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It was very enjoyable and edcuational. I really enjoyed the whole four weeks. My teachers were especially excellent, really engaging and thorough.

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Good teachers and a very nice group of students. From all over the world. I had a great time. The school is very well managed and is beautifully situated. I am overwhelmed. A perfect week for learning and socializing.

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Everything was great, nothing to add. Thank you! Just wish you to continue this succesful project

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The course was good and the teachers were very friendly. I think a lesson on Venice, its history and culture would have been a good start to the course. The accomodation was lovely and Marina was a kind and charming hostess. Info about the local area would have been useful. I was very happy to stay at Marina's and would hope to return sometime.

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The course was very pleasant and highly instructive. I was not bored for a minute. I am thinking of going back and add an individual lesson in the afternoon.

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It was a bit difficult to find the school, but our teacher was excellent and we really enjoyed the lessons which helped us understand our wedding ceremony.

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The school was fantastic in a good location and the staff were friendly and approachable. The students were a good mix of ages and I had a great time there.

The room at my accommodation was large and clean....the host was very friendly though the cat was very noisey in the mornings!!!!

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Good tuition, good location and enjoyed the course. As a beginner, struggled with the tenses and variations of verbs. Both teachers were very good

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Two teachers shared the lessons for my private course, total 4 hours daily. Very knowledgeable, friendly, well-prepared.

I stayed in a hotel, right by San Marco, very comfortable and centrally situated but quiet.

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School in Venice was excellent. I am a language teacher and so am particularly critical of language lessons but I found that the teachers at the school were brilliant - very good at ensuring that Italian was used throughout lessons, explaining grammar in Italian, and using a wide range of materials and approaches to make lessons interesting. It was a very good idea to have to different teachers each day - at a previous language school I attended we had the same teacher throughout the two weeks that I was there. I also enjoyed the free activities that were organised such as themed walks around Venice. A fantastic experience and one which I intend to repeat!

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As I wasn't studying a particular course my tutors were advised to adapt their teaching to my individual wishes in our one-to-one lessons.These were based on the limited information I gave in my application form.This must have made things quite difficult for those organising my tuition.In the event the flexible approach adopted was superb and was especially appreciated because of my age. My particular tutors were a delight to work with, Valentina and Marco were incredibly helpful, patient and considerate.They are gifted tutors and they ensured that I enjoyed the course immensley.The school is obviously run in a highly efficient manner by the Principal who, I am sure,was responsible for co-ordinating and monitoring my lessons.

I really enjoyed it. The classes were based around grammar and speaking activities and the topics and materials were appropriate for the ages and nationalities of the students. The teachers were delightful.

It was probably the best language school I have been to. The one in Taormina was also very good but I was very much a beginner at that point.

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An interesting and well organized but challenging course. The instructors (especially Betta and Alberto) were approachable and helpful. Classes were small (about 10 people) which allowed good instructor-student contact time. My accommodations were comfortable and within easy walking distance of all amenities (20 minutes to the school, 10 minutes to the train). My hostess was pleasant and interesting and I hope would return to her and her "Ghetto" apartment tomorrow, if I could. The location of the school on Campo Santa Margherita is fabulous. Just around the corner from the school is an old movie set where the 1958 movie "Summertime" with Katherine Hepburn and Rosanno Brazzi was shot.

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It was better than I even hoped it would be. The 2 teachers I had, Roberta & Silvia, were fantastic. I really feel like I learnt so much in a short time; it was great! The accommodation was tranquil & really lovely. I want to return asap!

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This was a great experience, the only negative is that there were 14 people in the class and it was a bit hard (and occasionally quite noisy) but the teachers were very skilled and managed it well. The two teachers I had (Veronica and Elisabetta) were really excellent.

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I was very pleased with the teachers and with the variety of materials and methods used. The combination of group lessons in the morning and private in the afternoon worked well for me. I just wish I could have stayed longer!

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J. Reider

The office staff at the school in Venice and my teacher were wonderful.

J. Lees

I had two excellent teachers and the time simply flew by, which must mean I was having fun. All the students took the course seriously and did the homework every day. The social programme was excellent too. I had a pleasant double room in the home of a lady of around my own age which made conversation easy and I got plenty of opportunity to practice my conversational skills every day. I think Venice is the most magical place on earth and the opportunity to study there was a real bonus.

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J. Wareham Best

The teachers were excellent and gifted with controlling the learning experience along with supportive and fun. I would definitely join this class/school again.

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G. Fernandez Garcia

The teachers were great and the accommodation was good.

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B. Comerford

My accommodation was in a bright, new building with daily maid-service and 24 hour concierge. The location in Guidecca was ideal. The class mix was fascinating... German, Danish, Russian,Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian and Czech among others. Some who had attended the course for two months on a full-time basis were quite fluent.

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School statistics

Nationality (%)


Austrian (10)
French (8)
German (20)
Japanese (5)
Dutch (5)
Spanish (4)
Swiss (4)
British (8)
American (11)

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Average ages (June - Aug)

* Statistics considered correct at the time of publishing

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