Italiaidea was first opened in 1984 and our idea of opening the school was born from a passion to spread and share Italian language and culture, helping students to understand our country in depth. We have two locations in the heart of the city: our main school is found on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 84, in a lovely palazzo that dates back to the 1800s, our second school is on Piazza della Cancelleria, 85. Both are a brief walk from Campo de’ Fiori and the iconic Piazza Navona. After or in between lessons, our students love to browse the Campo de’ Fiori market, check out the cafes around Piazza Navona, and stroll through the historic center.
In 1986 we were asked to collaborate with the Department of Italian of Cornell University for their credit bearing courses. Today Italiaidea is officially recognized by the Ministry of Education and by many US and European universities Beside the Italian language courses we teach courses on Cinema, History, Art History and offer assistance in the organization of the program (housing, homestays, classroom space, tours, activities, etc.)
More recently, Italiaidea has been collaborating with RAI (Radio-Televisione Italiana) to produce a series of quality programs called “I Montalcino, Italian language course“. In 2006 Italiaidea has begun to collaborate with Alma Edizioni to realize New Italian Espresso, the first Italian textbook to be “made in Italy” specifically for university-level English speaking students of Italian.
At Italiaidea we have a course for everyone, from brand new beginners to Italian-language veterans who want to maintain their speaking skills. We have intensive, all day courses, 2 hours long, semi-intensive courses that meet twice a week and we also offer individual lessons for those who want a personalized didactic plan tailored to their specific needs.
Learning a language is not just memorizing vocabulary, assimilating the grammar and developing communication skills, but also getting to know the culture of the country in which the language is spoken, habits, customs and traditions. That’s why we propose our students many extracurricular activities. What do Italians do in their spare time? What kind of entertainment and cultural events does the Italian way of life offer? We believe that making experience of that is very important. We also believe in human relationships as a way to support learning.
Roma is a mosaic and every tile correspond to a city area. We will discover together the stories and secrets of these areas, hidden in their multi-layered urban texture.