The Italiano Porticando is a delightful, small, and friendly school, offering Italian lessons just down the road from where I used to live.
The school is situated in the Quadrilatero Romano in Via Mercanti (corner Via Garibaldi), which is one of the oldest parts of Turin and features in my Turin walking tour. This area has been beautifully restored and is now a very trendy and lively part of the city, full of cafes, craft shops, and great restaurants. You can visit the schools site here to discover more.
Being a small school, personal attention is assured from the mother-tongue teachers, Rosaria, Caterina, and the rest of the team. They are all exceptional teachers and ever-so-friendly. They focus on teaching you how to speak fluently, and even if you are a complete beginner, you will be amazed at how soon you'll be chatting away confidently with the locals.
The teaching is excellent, and at the same time, the school ensures that you have a complete "Turin Experience".
All teachers make a huge effort to introduce students to the authentic Turin and Piedmont. Their love of Turin is evident in everything they do from day one of your arrival and they are great at communicating their passion for this city.
Unlike the bustling tourist cities of Florence, Rome, Venice or Verona, Turin provides a serene environment that allows for focused language learning. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and world-renowned cuisine, the city is a treasure trove of experiences. Turin's vibrant arts scene, delightful cafes, many museums, lively nightlife and picturesque parks provide an inspiring backdrop for your language journey. Immerse yourself in this hidden Italian jewel, and you'll find that Turin not only refines your language abilities but also leaves an indelible mark on your heart.
After just a week here I can promise you that you'll have fallen in love with the city too.
Both private and small classes are offered, and the school will organize accommodation for students at really great rates, better than you could ever find on your own. That's another great advantage of Turin over Florence and Rome: finding somewhere to stay is far easier and far more affordable here.
What about other courses? Well, their specialized courses "Italian for Hobby-Painters" and "Italian for Gourmets" are particularly worthwhile. They are always changing their add-on courses, so do be sure to check with them if they have something new lined up.
If you want to learn Italian while at the same time getting to know the beautiful city of Turin, its culture, and a little of Piedmont’s history and culinary tradition, then this Italian language school is the perfect place to start. You will find it very difficult to leave this school and, indeed, Turin at the end of your stay.
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For more on the wonderful city of Turin visit our guide.
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