Italy

Cities

florence-river arno farcadeFlorence, the spectacular capital of the region of Tuscany, is located on Italy's northwest coast. It is a stunning medieval city divided into two parts by the River Arno that flows from the Apennines through Florence and Pisa and on to the Ligurian Sea. Florence is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its overflow of palaces, churches and museums filled with masterful paintings and sculptures. The city was found in 59.B.C by Julio Caesar's war veterans, who named it "Florentin", for its flourishing beauty. Florence experienced its time of greatness in the 14th century when the powerful family of the Medicis made its entry onto the world scene, eventually becoming bankers to the papacy. Cosimo Medici became the ruler of Florence and sponsored artist such as Donatello, Brunelleschi and Filippo Lippi. In 1469, the grandson of Cosimo, Lorenzo, took over power. He was responsible for the great development of art, music and poetry; and was a patron to philosophers and artist such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. From 1860 to 1875, Florence was the capital of Italy. However, the 20th century was a disastrous century for the city.

 

florence-Piazza del SignoriaIt was one of Mussolini's most faithful strongholds and was badly damaged during WWII by retreating Germans, who blew up all the city's bridges except the Ponte Vecchio. In 1966, devastating floods ravaged the city, causing inestimable damage to its buildings and artworks, some of which are still being restored. Today, the city leads quite an existence; and strolling the streets of Florence might deceive you to think that you have walked into a former age. Throughout history, Florence has played an important role in the world's culture. Home of classical Italian and of the Italian Renaissance, today the city's rich and fantastic remains attract a high proportion of international travelers every year. It still retains a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval center that was once the leading in the cultural and political development at the time. Florence is justifiably called "the capital of arts". According to statistics produced by UNESCO, 60% of the world's most important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these are in Florence. Browsing through Florence's collection of breathtaking architecture, sculpture, monuments, museum and other treasures of art might overwhelm you. However, you should see the Cathedral (i.e. Duomo) with its massive cupola and the bell-tower, which together makes the striking feature of the city. Inside are many important works of art by such artists as Michelangelo, Donatello and Brunelleschi. The Basilica of San Lorenzo dates from 393 and is the oldest church in the city. The church is flanked by the New Sacristy, designed by Michelangelo and houses the Medici family tombs.

 

Some of Florence most important museums are; "Galleria dell'Accademia" which houses famous sculptures by Michelangelo, and Donatello; "Uffizi Gallery" is one of the greatest museums in the world, with works by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt and Goya to name a few. Apart from the overwhelming art and cultural treasures, the city offers one of the Italy's most atmospheric and pleasant places to visit. The streets of Florence radiate the charm of Italian culture. It has a wonderful countryside, featuring picturesque villages and vineyards, making for a perfect day excursion. In close distance, you can visit Siena, once Florence's rival in artistic and political dominance, and Pisa, world famous for it's leaning tower. Plus, from Florence you can easily reach the Italian coast with its beautiful beaches, while Rome and Milan, the "capital of fashion", are in short distance. Food and wine lovers won't be disappointed in Florence; there are much delightful Italian wines and dishes to try. The city also makes for great shopping; here you find designer wear as well as wonderful flea markets. Mercato "Delle Cascine", situated in the beautiful Parco delle Cascine, is probably the biggest and cheapest market in town. Florence is also an active center of modern art and culture; in summer music, cinema, dance and theatre flows the streets and the squares. Florence status as an important university town attract a lot of Italian and international students, making the city a bustling capital in the region. A university town with over 650,000 inhabitants, Florence features a young, and lively night scene. For bohemians, check out the area of Oltrarno, south of the river. While, Piazza della Signoria has a more concentrated nightlife for the more dressed up crowd. For clubbing, Central Park in Parco delle Cascine, is a hotspot, with the latest in music trends. Soulciety Club at Via San Zanobi is a great place for funk, hip-hop and soul. Dance clubs typically open late and gets crowded around 2 am.

 

To find out exactly where the action is at the moment – check out Firenze Spettacolo, the city's major entertainment publication. Florence is best visited in the low season, from April to June and in September and October, when the weather is pleasant (summer can be very hot), during this time the city is also less crowded. During summer, tourists flock to the city as if it was Mecca. Early winter is also a good time, as it offers mild temperatures. In Florence you will enjoy the cultural and historical richness of its past and take part of its lively fun-going atmosphere of today! Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Centre: is situated in the Heart of the Old City of Florence just a few blocks away from the Piazza del Duomo. The building is a beautiful historical palazzo with magnificent view of the Cathedral. From here you can reach the most famous squares and sights in a few minutes. There is also free internet access available. Scuola Parola Centre: is centrally located in a XVI century building designed by Vasari (the architect of the Uffizi gallery) and only a few steps away from Santa Croce Church, in the heart of the historical center. It is in close proximity to most major sights such as, the Arno River, Central Market and Church of San Lorenzo, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, Piazzale Michelangelo, etc. There is a computer lab, which offers students free access to word processing and Internet via an ADSL connection, plus a library with over 300 books, video and DVD resources, and a Piano for the musically inclined. The spacious classrooms are all equipped with air conditioning.

milan-Castell Sforzesco 0101Milan or 'Milano' is located in the plains of the Lombardy region of Italy which has a humid subtropical climate with typically damp cold winters and warm humid summer. It is considered Italy's second largest city with a population of about 1.3 million, and Italy's largest metropolitan area with an urban area of about 4.5 million featuring ethnic representation from over 145 countries.The city was first inhabited by the Gauls in 400 B.C, followed by the Romans who conquered it and named it Mediolanum. It was later declared the capital of the Western Roman Empire by Emperor Diocletian in 293 AD. The Lombards conquered it in 569 A.D, and in 1117 Milan became a municipality expanding itself through war with nearby municipalities.
milan-DuomoIt continued to increase its importance, and finally was changed to a "Seigneury". The Visconti noble family came to power in 1300 and brought about a lengthy period of splendour and wealth to the city. After Francesco Sforza of the Sforza family took over, Milan became one of the leading cities of the Italian Renaissance fostering development in sciences, art and literature. Milan was declared capital of the Cisalpine Republic when Napoleon conquered Lombardy in 1796 and later the capital of the Reign of Italy. The Austrians arrived in Milan at the start of the 18th century bringing along the culture of the lyric opera. The Teatro alla Scala was built on the site of the Church of Santa Maria della Scala, and has showcased the debut of some of the greatest names in opera: Rossigni, Bellini, Toscanini, and Giuseppe Verdi. The annexed Scala Museum contains a collection of paintings, drafts, statues, costumes, and other documents regarding opera and La Scala's history. When the Austrians were driven out of Milan in 1859, the city and the rest of Lombardy were incorporated into the Kingdom of Piedmont, which then became the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.
Milan was immediately chosen as the economic and cultural capital of Italy, and has maintained this title ever since. The Lombard metropolis holds several prominent titles on the global stage. It is one of the major financial and business centres of the world and the powerhouse of Italy, boasting the 4th highest GDPs in Europe and is home to the Italian Stock Exchange (the Borsa Italiana). Plus it has Italy's largest industrial area producing textile and garments, automobiles (Alfa Romeo), industrial tools, and heavy machinery. Milan is also considered as one of the world capitals of design and fashion, showcasing the headquarters of some of the leading international designers, such as, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Versace, Luis Vuitton, Cartier, Chanel, etc. It is famous for its prestigious boutiques and luxury shops found along Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea, Via Manzoni, and the four-storey Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II glass-domed arcade within the famous Fashion Quadrilatero. For other types of shopping, the very popular Saturday morning Fiera di Senigallia flea market in Viale d'Annunzio, offers Indian, South American and African craftwork; new and second-hand clothes, old furniture, perfumed candles, among other items. The significant historical attractions are contained between the two landmark sites – the world's largest Gothic cathedral (Il Duomo) and the majestic Gothic-Renaissance style Castello Sforzesco whose central tower (Torre del Filarete) dominates one of the most beautiful landscapes in Milan.
There is, the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with many arts of Bramante and his work in the beautifully luminous tribune, plus, the famous Cenacolo Vinciano (Last Supper) fresco painted by Leonardo da Vinci; the Royal Palace dating back to 1100; the 25 meters high Arco della Pace in the middle of Piazza Sempione; the ancient Romanesque style Basilica di Sant' Ambrogi, originally called Basilica Martyrum, built in dedication to the Saint patron of Milan; and the 17th-century Pinacoteca di Brera Palazzo which houses one of Italy's finest collections of medieval and Renaissance art. Besides, its evident historical culture, Milan possesses an entertaining nightlife. The Ticinese-Navigli district southwest of Milan is popular for its trendy dance clubs, cosy pubs and sandwich bars, while the Brera district offers many art galleries, small clubs, and restaurants. Plus, there is the popular "Musica in Metro" program, a series of summer concerts performed by local music students in subway stations. Adding to that, there are traditional operas, theatre, ballet, recitals, concerts or cinema. Like many Italian cities, there is much to learn, appreciate, enjoy and do here. Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Centre: is located inside a student campus in the Navigli zone, full of artists, bars and cafes. It is a well connected to the city center by subway and by bus. All classrooms have air conditioning, and the campus boasts a park, a bar and a refectory. There is also free internet access available.
Vaticano

Vaticano

Rome is located on the western coast of central Italy along the Tevere River. The capital of the Lazio region is Italy's largest city with a population of 2,654,100 and over 2600 years of richness in art, history, architecture, monuments and culture.The Roman civilization began with shepherds and farmers settling on the Palatino hill near the Tevere River, where Romulus founded the city in 753 B.C. and where Augustus, the first Emperor, built his House of Livia. Augustus´ reign between 27 B.C. – 14 A.D. saw the Roman Republic gradually extend its territory and expand its influence, giving way to the Roman Empire. It was ruled first by Etruscans until being overthrown in 500 B.C. However, the capital declined when Constantine transferred his capital to Byzantium in 323, which was followed by a lengthy period of devastation by barbarian tribes after Alaric I conquered it in 410. The city revived during the Middle Ages as the spiritual and temporal power of the papacy increased. During the 1800s Rome was held at various times by the French until it became the capital of Italy in 1871.

Rome

Rome

The city extends over six other hills: i. Quirinale which features Scuderie, the president´s Palazzo del Quirinale, and the Piazza Omonima with its colossal statues of the gods, Castor and Pollux, on its summit; ii.The smaller Viminale which is split into two by Via Nazionale, and dominated by the huge Palazzo delle Esposizioni on the most beautiful Piazza della Repubblica with its restored Fontana delle Naiadi in its centre; iii. Esquilino, also known as 'exquilini', is home to the great poets Virgilio and Orazio, as well as, Monte Oppio where the ruins of Domus Aurea are located; iv. Celio, in the south, is possibly the greenest of all the hills and is home to Parco del Celio and Villa Celimontana, as well as, a long promontory called Monte delle Querce after its once many oak trees (querce). There are many beautiful buildings along the magnificent Appia Antica, though most are places of worship; v. Aventino has many important medieval monuments such as the Santa Maria in Cosmedin basilica, where the famous Bocca della Verità is housed; vi. Capitolino, which was the Rome´s religious and political centre during the Roman era, is dominated by the Michelangelo styled Piazza del Campidoglio with a statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius on horseback in the centre. It is also home to the Capitoline Museums with some of the most precious art collections in the world.There is flat out more to see here than any other place in the world.

Rome offers numerous breathtaking sights, with such famous monuments as the 1st century Colosseum, the Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla and Catacomb, and the well preserved Pantheon temple in Piazza della Rotonda. From the Renaissance-Baroque came the extravagant Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica's very lavish church which attracts thousands of visitors to see its beautiful paintings and architecture. The Spanish Steps are just apart from the many temples, Christian basilicas, Romanesque churches, Renaissance palazzi, numerous piazzas, parks, museums and fountains constructed in Rome, to form one of the world's most beautiful cities. Try taking a leisure stroll through the streets of Via Condotti and Via Veneto in the centre, filled with several elegant stores, or even along the Roman Forum, Largo Romolo e Remo.Rome has an atmosphere unlike no other city – a fascinating and energetic capital which also offers relaxation within its many coffee shops, fabulous restaurants, casual city spots, squares and parks. Trastevere, home of the historic Santa Maria Trastevere, is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant areas of Rome with its hot night spots like Trastè – especially in the summer. Plus the Prenestino and Tiburtino university areas, not far from S. Lorenzo, have a wide variety of pizzerias and bars. Its intense blend of culture and entertainment shall make your stay in Rome unforgettable.Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Centre: is located in a typical 17th century aristocratic house in the heart of the Old city Center of Rome, just a short distance from the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain and the Victoria Emmanuel II monument. The building hosts several modestly spacious classrooms, plus a computer area with access to the Internet. From here, you have great access to many of Rome's most interesting sites, plus, shopping streets, cafes, restaurants and bars are also in close distance. There is also free internet access available.
Located in the heart of Tuscany, just 70 km south of Florence, Siena is Italy´s best preserved medieval city with a population of about 56,672 people. Once a wealthy, warlike independent state during the Middle Ages, Siena experienced a few hundred years of poverty after its final defeat by Florence. Since then, Siena has maintained its lovely medieval buildings and Gothic architecture, and today's new constructions adapt to this character and beauty.Siena-Basilica Cateriniana di S DomenicoSiena is built on three small hills within the city walls, divided into three areas, called "Terzi".
- "Terzo di Citta" was the earliest inhabited area of the city, and holds Piazza Postierla; the Cappella delle Ceneri di Sant'Ansano; the Duomo, Siena's gorgeous black and white cathedral; and the museum of Santa Maria della Scala.
- "Terzo di Camollia", named after the city gate Porta Camollia, consists of the main social and shopping street -Via Banchi di Sopra, with Piazza Salimbeni and Piazza Tolomei; and the Basilicas S. Maria in Provenzano, S. Francesco, and the Fortezza.
Siena-Duomo-"Terzo di San Martino" expands around the Francigena way, the route to Rome for the pilgrims of the patron saint S.Martino. The area includes the Piazza del Campo at the heart of the city; the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's City Hall, which contains the famous frescos on government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, and access to the Torre di Mangia with a spectacular view of the Senese countryside, and the famous fountain Fonte Gaia.

These terzi are subdivided into 17 contrade. Loyalty to one's contrada is an important part of Siena´s culture and history. The competition between each contrada takes centre stage in Siena's world-famous horserace, Il Palio. An unbroken medieval tradition since the 11th century that takes place annually on 2 July and 16 August when the unique shell shaped Piazza del Campo is converted into a racetrack.

Siena is a major tourist attraction and home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe, which adds for a vibrant student atmosphere and a bustling daily life. Siena offers many cultural events, concerts, cinema, theatre and a wide range of sporting activities. In the summer, there is the Siena Jazz Festival, and the classical concert by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Settimana Musicale Senese features various concerts around the city.

Siena stores offer many locally made items, such as, leather products, neckties, fabrics, glazed terracotta, gold jewellery, and of course local food, such as, Panforte, Ricciarelli, Pici and many wines. Every Wednesday morning a huge market is held around the Fortezza Mediceana.Siena312

The Senese countryside also boasts a lovely landscape of natural beauty. There is the Chianti landscape between Florence and Siena, hills woven with vineyards and Olive estates, and beautiful towns like San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. South of Siena, the Arbia valley leads to the hill-top town of Montalcino, home to the famous Brunello wine. The area La Crete Senese features harsh rock formations, soft rounded hills, and a unique landscape grain-field below a medieval fortress.

Siena wonderfully blends the natural beauty of Tuscany with the historic elegance of its medieval influence.

Schools Facilities

Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Centre: is located three minutes' walk from Piazza del Campo in the historical center of Siena, next to Piazza San Domenico and Piazza Gramsci. It is a small building with a familiar and friendly atmosphere. It has a large sunny terrace were students can meet and relax when not in class. There is also free internet access available.

Italy Information

HOLIDAYS 2015
New Year's Day

Epiphany (3 King's Day) - Christian

Eastern Christian

Eastern Monday - Christian

Liberation Day - Italy

May Day / Labor Day

Republic Day

Feast of St. John the Baptist - Christian

Assumption Day - Christian

All Saint's Day

Victory Day / National Unity Day - Italy

Christmas- Christian

Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day Boxing / Santo Stefano

January 1st

January 6th

April 5

April 6

April 25

May 1st

June 2

June 24th

August 15th

November 1st

November 4th

December 25th

December 26th

FESTIVALS
Il Palio di Siena occurs annually on the second of July and the sixteenth of August. It is a traditional horse race which is conducted over a set course throughout the city. The event is attended by many and is widely televised. The race is a very dangerous one, as there are often a great deal of horses and riders packed into narrow streets. In order to better protect the horses, steps have been taken to make veterinary care more easily available during the main race.

Location: Siena

Visa & Travel information for Italy

The following information below is here to assist travelers in understanding their options as they travel to and through Brazil.

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Tourist Visas

Citizens of the following countries, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months, who wish to stay in Italy for tourist or business purposes for up to 90 days DO NOT NEED A VISA:ANDORRA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, BRUNEI, CANADA, SOUTH KOREA, COSTA RICA, CHILE, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HOLY SEE, HONDURAS, ICELAND, ISRAEL, JAPAN, LIECHTENSTEIN, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, MONACO, NICARAGUA, NORWAY, NEW ZEALAND, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, SAN MARINO, SEYCHELLES, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND, URUGUAY, USA, VENEZUELA, HONG KONG (SAR), MACAO (EAR) and citizens of THE EUROPEAN UNION. Citizens of other

countries must apply for a visa to enter Italy.

 

Student Visas

A student visa is mandatory for any foreigner wishing to study in Italy for 3 months or longer. The visa is processed in your country of residence prior to your departure. You cannot get the visa in Italy, and you cannot have it sent to you. The visa is affixed in your passport before you depart your country, and must be presented at the border Officials upon your entry into Italy.All student visas are valid for a period of 90 days from your entry date into Italy, during which time the student must contact the local authorities to acquire a student residency card. This "Italy Student Residency Card" is then valid for as long as the student is enrolled in the program in Italy. Please allow sufficient time before departure date for visa to be process. Contact Italian Consulate on this matter.

 

Low Priced Airlines

These airliners provide inexpensive flights to and from Italy between other Europe cities. It can help you mix your flight connection city or entry city into Italy in order to locate a lower cost trip.

Airports

Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR): is located about 10 km (6 miles) from Florence and 80km from Pisa, within the territory of Sesto Fiorentino. It is a small airport, with a single runway. Frequent bus service from the airport connects with Florence´s centre. A flight from North America, generally, connects through Rome or Milan.

Milan Linate Airport (LIN) is located about 7 Kilometers (4 miles) east of Milan, and the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) is located about 45 Kilometers (29 miles) north west from city. Buses run from the terminals to Milan's city centre. There is also bus service connecting Linate airport to Malpensa. Trains run from Terminal 1 of Malpensa Aiport to Milano Cadorna Station every 30 minutes during weekdays. From Linate aiport, bus service connects to the San Babila metro Station as well as, the Milan Central Station.

Pisa-San Giusto "Galileo Galilei" Airport (PSA) is located 12km (7 miles) south of Pisa. There is bus service (Bus #3) departing just outside the arrivals and departure hall with various bust stops in the city centre It is consider Florence's second airport at 97km (60 miles) west of Florence.

Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) is called both Leonardo da Vinci and Fiumicino. It is located on the Via Appia Nuova, 15 km from the centre of Rome and Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) is situated 32km from the city, and the drive is about 45 minutes to Rome´s Centre. Buses run every 30 minutes from Fiumicino and every 15 minutes from Ciampino to the nearby Anagnina Metro Station with lines to the centre. Or, from Fiumicino take the Leonardo Express train service, directly to Rome's main railway station (Stazione Termini).The service runs every 30 minutes, between 6.30am and 11.30pm. Taxis are available at the airports. The ride from Ciampino to the Rome's centre may cost between 30-40 €.

Siena's Ampugnano airport (SAY) is located 9 km from the city of Siena. Presently, there are connections from Olbia, Vienna and Munich. A shuttle service connects the airport to the Piazza Gramsci Train Station. Most travellers to Siena arrive at Florence or Pisa airport. Siena-Ampugnano Airport is a small military airstrip in the Tuscan countryside, with less than one flight per day.

Italy by Bus/ Railway / Taxis

All driving licences issued by EU countries are recognized in Italy. Visitors with a non-EU licence are technically required to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) to accompany their national licence.Speed limits on Italy's roads are 130 km/h (81 m.p.h.) on the Autostrade or Highway, 110 km/h (69 m.p.h.) for all cars and motor vehicles up to 1099 cc. on the Autostrade, 90 km/h (56 m.p.h.) on main state roads and rural roads, and 50 km/h (30 m.p.h) in cities and towns TO ROME Take the A1 motorway "Autostrada del Sole" Milan – Rome, exit Roma-Nord.

-From Rome Fiumicino Airport

The autostrada runs from the airport to the city center via EUR.

– From Rome Ciampino Airport

Take Via Appia Nuova to the center. TO FLORENCE Take the A1 motorway "Autostrada del Sole" Milan – Rome, exit Firenze-Nord. TO SIENA – From the north of Italy

Take the Chiantigiana from Florence (SS 222 – 72 km) crossing the hills of Chianti or the highway (SS 2 superstrada Siena/Firenze – 68 km).

– From the south of Italy.

Take the Autoway from Rome (A1 Roma-Firenze, exit Valdichiana), turning right on state highway 326 (Bettolle-Siena – 240 km).

Driving in Italy

Buses in Italy are fast and reliable, and are the way to move between Italian destinations when train services are not available.

TO SIENA

From Florence

Take the SITA bus Station across the street from the Santa Maria Novella train station to the Siena's Piazza San Domenico or Piazza Gramsci in the center. There are about 36 daily trips. Duration: 75-120 min.

From Rome

5-7 daily buses from Tiburtina station runs to Siena. Duration: 2h47

TO FLORENCE

From Florence Airport

A city bus runs every half-hour from the airport to Santa Maria Novella Station in the center.

From Rome

The Express bus from Rome's Tiburtina Station takes 4 1/2 hr

TO ROME

From Rome Fiumicino Airport

The night bus runs to Stazione Tiburtina.

From Rome Ciampino Airport

Take the COTRAL bus that connects with the subway to Stazione Termini in the center.

Train travel is a great way to enter Italy from within Europe, and is also an inexpensive way for travels among cities in all the region of Italy. The railway network, operated by the state-owned Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), spans over 16,000 km with High-speed train (FS Eurostar trains) connections available among major cities.

TO FLORENCE

Train from Milan/Verona/Venice via Bologna to Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Main Railway Station.

From Florence Airport

Train from Airport to Florence S.M.N. Station

From Pisa Airport

There are two to three trains per hour that leave the airport for Florence's Santa Maria Novella Station. Cost: 5.40€ Duration: 1h10 – 1h40 min.

From Rome

There are four (4) daily trips on the Pendolino going to Santa Maria Novella station. Duration: 1h45.

From Milan

There are also about 16 trains daily from Milan. Duration: 3 hrs

TO ROME

Train from Milan/Verona/Venice via Bologna to Roma-Termini Main Railway Station.

From Rome Fiumicino Airport

Take the Leonardo Express train service that runs hourly, directly to Rome's main railway station (Stazione Termini). The Roma-Termini Station is located conveniently for connections to other Italian cities. For Tiburtina station, the train runs every 20 minutes between the hours of 5:35am to 9:35pm. There are also trains from the airport to Trastevere, and Ostiense.

From Milan

Train departs for Rome every hour. Duration: 4h30.

From Florence Airport

Train from Airport to Roma-Termini.

TO SIENA

From Florence

You can take any train that stops in Empoli and get a connection to Siena every 30-60 minutes. There are direct trains to Siena departing from Chiusi or from Grosseto 19 trains run daily to Siena's Piazza Fratelli Roselli train station. Duration: 90 min. – 2h15.

TAXIS

The official taxis in Italy are white and identified by the 'Taxi' sign on the roof. Before departure be sure the meter is working, and check the approximate price of the journey before boarding. The meter should be started once you have entered the cab, unless you telephoned the taxi, then the meter starts running as soon as the taxi is called. There are extra charges for baggage.Taxi fares may often increase on weekends and holidays, as well as, after 6 pm on weekdays.

FLORENCE

There are several taxi points in the city, including at the Duomo, in Piazza della Repubblica and at the Santa Maria Novella train station.

From Rome Fiumicino Airport, the Taxi ride to the center takes about 45 min.

 

Ships

Ferries connects the Italian mainland with many of it's islands (Sicily, Palermo, Sardinia) and several other countries, such as, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Malta, Albania, Croatia and Spain. Not all ferries transport cars, if you plan on bringing one, please check ahead of time. Cruise lines includes Italian ports, such as, Rome and Civitavecchia, on the Mediterranean.

Maps

Map of Italy, Cities & Routes: http://maps.google.it/

Maps and Routes of Italy: http://www.mappy.com/

 

Travel insurance Medical Insurance:

We advise all citizens/Residents of the EU to bring the E111 documents to France. If you require medical treatment, with this document and the medical bill you will be able to reclaim the medical expenses from your country of origin. Everyone else is also advised to take out insurance to cover health.

Travel Insurance: We advise all travelers to take out insurance to cover personal property.

Weather

• Weather Online

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EXCURSIONS

Various activities and excursions are offered during the year at the various locations. You may participateå in short walks around the historic centre or at the Welcome dinner during your first days. While some excursions may be free, for some excursions, students are required to sign-up and pay in order to participate. Excursions may include visits to beaches/lake, local monuments, museums, guided visits in History of Art, performances and cinema Italian, while other's may include trips to other nearby cities. The destinations vary among the different cities where classes are given. Here are examples of possible excursion destinations:

From Florence

Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como, Lago d'Iseo,Lago di Garda, Monza, Brescia, Ligurina coast, Pavia, Venice or Switzerland.

From Roma:

Seaside of Sperlonga, Naples, Pompei, Cortana, Tivoli, Ostia Antica, Orvieto, Frascati and Castel Gandolfo.

From Siena:

Tuscan countryside, Vineyards of ‘Chianti', Montepulciano, and San Galgano.

 

PICK-UP

Bus Station, Train Station, Airport

This optional service is offered at a cost for One-way from/to arrival or departure spot in Italy. A representative meets and takes the student to accommodation or departure point. Please forward travel information at least 3 weeks in advance.

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LODGING OPTIONS

NIK|LAS offers lodging during your stay in Italy while you are taking part in one of our courses.

Accommodations are generally a 15 - 45 minutes walk/bus/metro from the school/centre. Shopping facilities are a short distance away. Electricity, gas and water are included.

Single Room (SR) - Private room.

Double Room (DR) - Shared Room between two students traveling together.

Suggestions: Take extra care with your behaviour; keep common areas clean; moderate noise to a low level at night; respect apartment mates schedule and customs. In short, be responsible for yourself.

Shared Apartments

Apartments are furnished in simple Italian style with a fully equipped kitchen with with essential kitchen utilities(cutlery, plates, pans, etc.), washing machine, with television, iron and 1 or 2 bathrooms. There are no telephones available in apartments. These 2, 3, or 4 Bedroom apartments are shared with other international students and/or locals so students can cook their own food and manage food budget. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Room in an apartment shared with Italian people, with access to all communal areas of the house (kitchen, bathroom) and, together, keep the place clean. Single or double rooms options.

Location: All

 

Homestay/Host Family

Staying with a Italian Family is rewarding, in that, it encourages the natural use of every-day Italian. This helps to improve your language skills. Room with a Italian family with a meal option of breakfast (breakfast/day) or half board (2 meals/day). You are encouraged to enjoy the unique opportunity to fully integrate oneself into Italian family life. Though, you will be free to do what you wish, you will be expected to adjust a bit to the rules of the house. You will receive your own house-key so you may come and go as you please. During your home-stay you will be able to receive phone calls. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single or double rooms options.

Location: All

Student Residence

The residence houses several rooms with students also studying Italian. You have access to communal area of the fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room with TV, video, as well as washing machines.

It has an international atmosphere, so English can easily become the common language. Try to speak Italian as much as possible. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single or double rooms options.

Location: All

Diplomas and Certificates

Teachers will be checking on your progress continuously during your course and will discuss with you any particular difficulties, which arise in the teaching program. At the end of each course and each level, your progress will be assessed with a written test. At the completion of the course, you will be provided with a Certificate of Attendance (Certificato di Frequenza). At the completion of various levels, you can qualify for other certificates that are valid proof of your knowledge and communicative abilities in the Italian language:

- Certificato di Conoscenza: At the end of the 3rd level

- Diploma di Lingua Italiana: At the end of the 5th level.

Or you may complete internationally recognized exams to achieve the "Firenze" Language Diplomas of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL), such as, the DELI, DILI, DALI or DALC.

Start Dates

You may start your course twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Monday of Month. However, you may begin on the last Monday of the month in the case where it falls between the 26th - 31st dates of the month. Contact us for appropriate dates.

Holidays

School will be closed during Holidays. Holidays are not made up. Please view the holiday section to assist in deciding your travel time.

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

Courses are taught by professional, young teachers who have studied at the University level and who have been specially trained in teaching Italian to foreigners of all ability levels. Teaching Materials, such as text books and supplies are provided. However, you are expected to bring your own dictionary.

Our friendly and helpful staffs provide personal attention to each student. Italian is taught in small study groups (maximum 12 participants) and individual classes. There is a whole range of activities offered for students to gain insight into the Italian culture.

You are taught according to the Direct Method: from the first day on, at all levels, only Italian will be spoken. The spoken language and live language are emphasized, thus, continually stressing the use of verbal communication permits you to learn Italian "naturally", to unite theory and practice easily and to increase your knowledge quickly and with confidence. Advanced courses also practice the written language.

Courses follow the Didactic program according to level, thus focusing on the following areas:

i. Intensive grammar study, ii. Phonetics Development of vocabulary, iii. Syntax and application, iv. Listening and comprehension, v. Dialogue and communication, vi. Situation method Idiomatic and phraseology, vii. Written and oral comprehension, viii. Lecture and analysis, ix. Live guided discussion and synthesis, and x. conversation.

Semi Standard

Group instructed 10 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. These courses are ideal for students who wish to split course time with enjoying their time in the city.

Location: Florence Level: All Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

Standard

Group instructed 20 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday, usually beginning at 9am. If there are many participants the Standard Course may also be held in the afternoon at 2pm.

Location: All Level: All Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

Super Standard

23 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. The course consists of 4 lessons of group instructed language course plus 3 lesson of Individual course per week. It combines the Standard Course with private lessons (one-to-one). The individual lessons are specifically designed for your specific needs.

Standard Plus

20 + 5 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. The course consists of 4 lessons of group instructed language course plus 1 lesson of Individual course per day. It combines the Standard Course with private lessons (one-to-one). The individual lessons are specifically designed for your specific needs.

Location: All Level: All Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

 

Intensive

Group instructed 30 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. It consists of 4 lessons Standard Course per day in the morning and 2 extra lessons of group language course in the afternoon. In the afternoon session students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge with practice in speaking and conversing.

Location: Florence, Milan, Rome Level: All Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

Intensive Plus

20 + 10 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. The course consists of 4 lessons of group instructed language course plus 2 lesson of Individual course per day. It combines the Standard Course with 2 private lessons (one-to-one). The individual lessons are specifically designed for your specific needs.

Location: All Level: All Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

Individual (One to One)

Tailor-made private classes for highly motivated persons who need to advance rapidly in a specific area of study but in little available time. You decide how many classes you want and what you wish to study. This course can be formatted to suit your particular professional and personal needs, as well as your own time schedule. It allows for continual language practice, maximum concentration through intensive work with your personal teacher and, especially, active practising of your communication skills guarantee you swift progress and success in the shortest possible time. Minimum 3 to maximum 8 lessons per day; the course intensity may be changed from week to week.

Location: All Level: All Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

Combined Cities

This program attracts the voyagers in students. It allows for students to choose from the list of courses that we offer in our schools and distribute the learning experience among the different locations. By combining a course from among these different cities, one will learn Italian and have the opportunity to know the rich variety of Italian cultures at the same time. Plus, it makes for great city hopping.

Location: All Level: All Duration: 4 - 24 weeks

Group Programs

  • For groups of 5 or more persons traveling together on the same package to the same destination, please contact our Group Department for a group discounted price quote at: group@nik-las.com
  • With a group of 5 or more persons, you may organize a program that fits your interests and trip desires. Contact our Group Department for more information.

 

Location: All Level: All Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

 

CULTURE & FOCUS PROGRAMS

Business & Professional Courses

30 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. The professional courses consist of the Standard Course plus two (2) Individual course daily that focus on terminology from selected professional field. You can choose among the following subjects:

Business Correspondence

- Business Italian

- Italian for Banking Business

- Italian for Law

- Italian for Healthcare

- Italian for Hotel Industry

- The Language of Wine and Food

- The Language of Tourism

- Italian for Flight Attendants

- The Language of Fashion

- The Language of Architecture

- Italian Cinema

- Italian Literature

- The Language of the Opera

- The History and Language of Theatre

Location: All Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

 

Italian for Tourism

It is designed for people wishing to learn or perfect their Italian with a specific focus on the world of tourism. If you are working (or would like to work) for a travel agency, tour operator, restuarant, hotel, congress organiser or any other sector of the tourism industry? Well, this is the program for you.

This is basic training for those who work or plan on working in the tourist industry. The course allows the student to master specific technical terminology. It is given as 5 group classes per week.

Location: Florence Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 4 weeks

 

Italy "Today"

25 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. The "Italy Today" Course is perfect for students who want to learn Italian and at the same time become acquainted with the culture and history and the current social and political situation of their host country. In addition to the 4 lessons Standard Course in the morning, there are afternoon sessions that introduce the student to art and culture, history and folklore, press and films as well as the current political and economical situation of Italy. The cultural part of this course consists in 10 supplementary lessons over two weeks.

Location: All Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

 

A.I.L.[Accademia Italiana di Lingua] "Firenze" Exam Preparation

As a recognized examination centres of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL), the school host preparatory courses for the different Italian examinations "Firenze" of the AIL. The preparatory courses always start one month before the examination dates and consist daily of 4 group lessons of grammar review and conversation plus 2 lessons of test taking strategies and examination drills.

The exams are organized to test the level of Italian; below the exams are listed with the ability level that they test for:

DELI - Diploma Elementare di Lingua Italiana "Firenze" - AIL, (elementary level): exams 4 times a year.

DILI - Diploma Intermedio di Lingua Italiana "Firenze" - AIL, (intermediate level): exams 4 times a year.

DALI - Diploma Avanzato di Lingua Italiana "Firenze" - AIL, (advanced level): exams twice a year.

DALC - Diploma Avanzato di Lingua Italiana Commerciale "Firenze" - AIL, Business language, (advanced level): exams twice a year.

Start Dates: March 1, May 31, August 30, November 22

Exam Dates: March 26, June 25, September 24, and December 17

Location: All Level: All Duration: 4 weeks

 

Italian For Teachers

33 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. This course supports Italian-language teachers by bringing the theoretical knowledge and teaching methods up to date. The emphasis is placed on revitalizing linguistic and didactic abilities and refreshing your socio-economic and political-cultural knowledge of Italy. The course covers the following:

I. Teaching Italian as a foreign language (theory and practice);

II. Lessons in diction;

III. Body laboratory;

IV. Student-teaching.

This program can be combined with the advanced seminar for Italian-language teachers who are not native speakers of Italian. The course is available to Italian and foreign professionals who want to acquire the teaching tools, both theoretical and practical, used in the teaching of the Italian language and Italian culture to foreign students. The program meets the requirements for a LINGUA grant that teachers of Italian within the European Union can take advantage of.

Start Dates:

Florence: 1 March, 14 June, 18 October

Milan: 15 March, 14 June, 23 August

Rome: 17 May, 28 June, 4 October

Location: Florence, Milan, Rome Level: All Duration: 2 weeks

Drawing

This 6 group instructed classes are held in two afternoon lessons of about 3 hours each per week. It is usually organized in the following way: Realistic representation of still life, importance of lines in an object's character, discovery of chiaroscuro and perspective. Lesson can be held in Italian, English and French.

Location: Florence, Milan Level: All Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

Paintings

This 6 group instructed classes are held in two afternoon lessons of about 3 hours each per week. The course is outlined for those students that have already a good drawing ability and would like to learn watercolour techniques. The initial lessons include the basic techniques of painting and watercolour; students will work in monochrome and progress to working with a palette of warm and cold contrasting colours. Advanced students with a good knowledge of the techniques will be supervised by the teacher with whom students can discuss their work. Lesson can be held in Italian, English and French.

Location: Florence, Milan Level: All Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

Italian Design

Italy is world-famous for its design and this course will enable you to study the history of Italian Design and learn about the influence of Italian design in daily life. It is given as 12 group instructed lessons over 2 weeks. The course "History of Italian design from its origins to the present" covers the following topics:

The first decades of the 20th century: How and why the design had its beginnings in Italy; Furniture among

The 30s and the 40s: artisans and industry; Futurism as freedom of expression. Between rationalism and autonomy - from Terragni to Ferragamo;

The 50s: Changes in style of a nation living under a fascist regime. Italian design is born - awards and recognition.

The 60s: Plastic - the exuberance of forms and colours.

The 70s: Great recognition for aesthetics and technology.

The 80s: Post-modern - contemporary classical style; Abstraction and new colourings.

The 90s: Influence and clash of Italian design in daily life.

Location: Florence, Milan Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 2 weeks

Italian Fashion

The Italian Fashion course introduces you to the world of Armani, Ferré, Ferragamo, Versace and many more famous Italian fashion designers. It is given in 12 lessons over 2 weeks.

The program of the course "The History of Italian Fashion" is as follows:

  • Palazzo Pitti and the birth of Italian fashion: Why the Italian fashion was born in Florence; The "Sala Bianca" - the first Italian fashion show; Recognition and success of "made in Italy".
  • Graphic fashion and publicity: The influence of art on fashion; how publicity enters the world of fashion.
  • Italian fashion and the cinema: From the sandals of Salvatore Ferragamo for Marylin Monroe to the dresses of Giorgio Armani for the new American stars; Fashion in theatres and the cinema.
  • History of Italian style: The great masters of "made in Italy"; the new masters of "made in Italy".
  • The masterminds of fashion: From Roberto Capucci to Gianfranco Ferré.

Location: Florence, Milan Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 2 weeks

History of Italian Art

Italy's has many magnificent art works. Our course on the History of Italian Art will enable you to understand its history and social background. The 12 lessons over 2 weeks is designed to show, by means of slides and guided visits, the development of art in Italy in relation to the rest of Europe and offers you an introduction to the most important artistic styles (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque). You will become acquainted with the most important works of artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo while learning about the most significant historical and social events that accompanied them.

The program foresees the following subjects:

  • Introduction: General and historical lists; and the Romanesque period.
  • The XIII century: Architecture - passage of the French Gothic in Italy; the "Italian" Gothic; and the sculpture: from Nicola Pisano to Arnolfo di Cambio.
  • The architectural and urban transformation between the XIII and the XIV century
  • Florence and Siena in the XIV century: Cimabue and Duccio; Giotto; Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers; Florence in the second half of the century; and traces of international Gothic.
  • Brunelleschi and the revolution of perspective: The three fathers of the Italian Renaissance: Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio
  • The first Renaissance: Florence in the first half of the XV century
  • Florence in the second half of the XV century: The cultural environment of Lorenzo il Magnifico and Botticelli
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Rome, artistic capital: Raphael and Michelangelo

Location: All Level: Elementary and above Duration: 2 weeks

 

Italian Cuisine

This 3 group instructed classes is held in one (1) evenings lessons of about 3 hours each per week. In this cooking course, you will prepare typical Italian meals and learn recipes from the various regions of Italy. The course is shaped for all potential participants: from the novice who is interested in learning about cooking as well as for the expert who is interested in refreshing and deepening her/his knowledge. Participants receive a recipe book including a vocabulary in several languages.

During each lesson the students prepare and cook a different complete menu which consists of typical dishes of Italian cuisine in the tradition of genuine simplicity. At the beginning of each lesson the teacher explains the menu of the day and distributes the work. During the preparation and the cooking of the food, the teacher demonstrates, explains and gives valuable hints and tips. The students prepare the table and dine together. Each student or pair of students presents and serves to the others the dish they have prepared.

Location: All Level: All Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

 

Italian Wines

This 3 group instructed classes is held in one (1) evenings lessons of about 3 hours each per week. This course introduces students to the art of grape cultivation, processing and storing of the most well-known Italian wines. The practical part consists of wine tasting of 24 quality wines from the different regions of Italy. When possible a visit to a renowned wine-cellar will be organised. Maps will be shown and illustrated material handed out (statistics, charts, descriptions etc.).

Program topics: How to read the etiquette of an Italian wine bottle; Classification of the Italian wines (house wine or denomination of origin, D.O.C. and D.O.C.G.); The traditional techniques of cultivation, fermentation and aging used in Italy; Wine tasting and terminology; The wine production in Italy and its consumption; New, non traditional wines; The products of Tuscany, the north-western region (Piedmont), the north-eastern region (Friuli, Sud-Tyrol) and the other regions, especially of the central and southern area of the peninsula. Plus, the combination of food and wine and the comparison with foreign products will also be covered.

Location: All Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

 

WORK & STUDY ITALIAN PROGRAM

HOSPITALITY WORK EXPERIENCE

This Work & Study program combines a Italian course (4 weeks minimum) in several NIK|LAS destination with a job placement after your course in the coastal region of Lecce, Italy.

We offer young student travellers the opportunity to experience the Italian culture firsthand. Learn or improve your Spanish language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in one of the most famous tourist resorts of Italy.

After your Italian course (Standard), you will have the opportunity to work in the Coast of Lecce, allowing you to practice your Italian while financing your stay in Italy.

Candidate's Profile

This program is opened to to nationals from: ANDORRA, ICELAND, ISRAEL, MONACO, NORWAY, SAN MARINO, SWITZERLAND, and citizens of THE EUROPEAN UNION (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania).

Age between 18-35 years.

Structure of the Program

The NIK|LAS Study & Work Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: Minimum 4 weeks of Standard Italian language (available in Rome, Florence, Lecce, Milan, Sienna).

2nd: The Work placement may last 2 months or more

I Part - Course

The program is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a Italian Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your work post. With a higher level of Italian, you’ll be more likely to land a more interesting and potentially tip-earning position, as a bartender or waiter, for example. Arrangements can be made to take extra courses before you start your work placement. In order to qualify for the work placement you must have an upper intermediate level of fluency.

Location: Rome, Florence, Lecce, Milan, Sienna

II Part: The Work Placement Period

You will work in Coast of Lecce area. It is one of Italy's popular tourist destinations. The area's mild climate is the root attraction that makes it possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities year round. You’ll likely work in the resort areas of Lecce. Work placements are in 3 to 5 star hotels.

Employers: Hotels, Fast Food restaurant, International Cuisine restaurant, Italian Supermarket, Restaurants/Coffee, Beach Bar Club, Cafeteria, and Golf Resorts.

Type of Positions: Bartender, Amusement park attendant, Waiter/Waitress, Kitchen assistant, Waiters’ Assistant (Runner), Hostess (in restaurants, cafes, bars, amusement parks...) or in general services like shops, boutiques....

Work Placement Fees: $850 USD

The work period will be: 2 months to 3 months.

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $140 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Start Dates: March - November

Location: Lecce, Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, Costa de Salento, Otranto, Pescara, Rome, Milan, Venice, Perugia, and others

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in Italian European Format. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1 page): Detailing specifically the kind of experience the student wants to have, what kind of work placement is preferred, and why.
  • Enrollment Form
  • Send the documents by e-mail to: info@nik-las.com
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment )
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

TEACHING ENGLISH IN ITALY

This program is opened to to nationals from: American, Australian, Canadian, Kiwi, and South African participants.

Teach English Abroad

Get Certified to Teach English with us! Any of our TESL/TEFL TESOL certificates will qualify you for teaching English in private language schools in Italy or elsewhere in the world. You can gain certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Florence, Italy.

Course includes:

  • Emphasis on basic vocabulary; Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills; and communicative grammar
  • Observation of Experienced English teacher
  • Teaching input session with experienced English Teacher based in Italy
  • Language Analysis
  • Comprehensive exam review
  • CV/job assistance session (option)
  • T.E.F.L. (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate
  • etc.

Start Dates

Start Dates: 16 Jan, 27 Feb, 26 Mar,7 May, 4 Jun, 2 Jul, 30 Jul, 3 Sept, Oct, 29 Oct, 26 Nov

Location: Florence

Teaching Practice

We also offer Teaching Practice in Florence for 1 or 2 weeks. Only TEFL or TESOL certificate holders or current enrollees can be considered for Teaching Practice (and observation).

It includes:

  • In class lesson planning;
  • Observation of ESL/EFL teaching videos;
  • Observations of live teaching practice with feedback;
  • Teaching practice preparation time;
  • Scheduled lesson planning help with professional teacher;
  • Live teaching practice with experienced teacher observer with feedback;
  • Access to job board; information CV/resume preparation session;
  • Recommendation letter based on teaching practice.

At least two hours of Teaching Practice can be guaranteed and are required per week; other volunteer opportunities for teaching practice are often made available.

Start Dates

Any Monday (except 16 Jan, 27 Feb, 26 Mar, 7 May, 4 Jun, 2 Jul, 3 Sept, 1 Oct, 29 Oct, 26 Nov,

Location: Florence

Teaching Programs

After completing a TESL/TEFL TESOL Certificate course, get some additional English teaching experience by applying to any of the following teaching programs. Apply directly to the program listed in each link for more information:

Click on the above links for more information about teaching programs in Italy and apply directly to the prospective companies:

ITALY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Within the broad range of educational opportunities at home and abroad work internships, provide one of the best ways to learn about the job you hope to have. An internship will acquaint you, in a practical way, with the career options in your field of study and offer first-hand opportunities to test your knowledge and examine your career plans.

The traditional view of business education for both students and professional is under the microscope as Universities and companies world-wide look for the most effective ways to train people to work in today's global markets. The rational Higher Education program alone cannot fully prepare you fro what you will face on-the-job. International business skills and second language competency are now a necessity.

Whatever your area of study might be, through the NIK|LAS organization you may have the opportunity to gain real-life experience abroad. You will experience for yourself the very different Italian business protocols, learn to do business in a completely different culture, and gain fluency in both formal Italian as well as local and profession-specific jargon. These factors which may well mean the difference between business success and failure.

Objectives of the Internship Program

The principle objectives of the combined language and internship program are twofold. (1) To promote acquisition of high-level Italian language skills and (2) to provide candidates with professional working experience in a full immersion Italian-speaking environment. Another feature of our program is highly important: to provide students the most realistic experience possible. All aspects of the program are real-life. Entrance requirements are high and each step is competitive with high-levels of performance expected.

Structure of the Program

The Internship Program consists of 3 phases:

1st: minimum 4 weeks of Italian language (Florence, Milan, Rome, Siena, Lecce).

2nd: the Professional Orientation course (in all cities).

3rd: the internship placement, lasting a minimum of 4 weeks (Florence, Milan, Rome, Siena, Lecce).

I Part - Course

The length of the Italian-language portion will depend on your starting point and how quickly you can acquire the needed fluency. Written skills test and additional ones will be used to monitor your progress administered to judge readiness for the work period. In order to qualify for the internship placement you must have a high intermediate level of fluency. The minimum length for the Italian course is 4 week.

Location: Florence, Milan, Rome, Siena, Lecce

II Part: Professional Orientation Course

The professional orientation portion takes places in all cities to facilitate placement interviews. It is a 2-week course aimed at learning about the Italian business world. Having a working knowledge of business argot is an important step towards success in the interview and work phases: This is why both the language study and the professional orientation courses are required before work placement.

Location: Florence, Milan, Rome, Siena

III Part: The Internship Period

Professional practice internships are offered in private sector companies, governmental organizations, NGO's, schools, colleges, and universities. The work period will be a minimum of 4 weeks. It may be possible to extend placement if both the employer/sponsor and the intern are in agreement and if there are no legal considerations that would discourage the extension. The internship portion of the program may not be combined among different companies or different cities. Internships are offered in the following fields: Hotel / Restaurant / Travel Agency / Tourism / Web design / Web marketing.

Internship Placement Fees: $1080 [8 wks] / $1380 [12 wks] / $1690 [16 wks]

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $140 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Location: Florence, Milan, Rome, Siena, Lecce

Company Assignment

The most important factor is language skills. The more limited the student's language abilities, the flexible s/he will have to be in terms of placements.

We try very hard to match the students' educational background, professional experience, and professional plans, to the internship placement. We contact the student (by e-mail, telephone or in person) with one or more possibilities, and descriptions of those internships, and ask the student for comments and to rank the possibilities in order of preference. This helps us ensure appropriate placement. The interviews can take place during the time the student is studying (usually during the Professional Orientation course)

Minimum required Italian level: intermediary - high

Services Include

  • Italian Course (minimum 4 weeks): Standard Italian language
  • 2 Weeks Professional Orientation
  • Minimum 4 weeks Internship
  • Requesting and receiving background information on all internship candidates providing guidelines for the preparation of the professional résumé in Italian, interviewing each candidate, and drawing up a list of possible internship placements;
  • Conferring with the candidates via e-mail or telephone to confirm area of interest and counsel on professional experience options;
  • Approaching the sponsoring institutions and achieving placements;
  • Maintaining contact with both the candidates and the sponsoring organizations to ensure that the internships run smoothly;
  • Intervening to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings between the clients and the corporate sponsors, to assure mutual satisfaction.

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in Italian or English, depending on the student's stronger language. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what he/she wants to learn, what kind of internship the student prefers, and why.
  • The student has to send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com
  • Deposit of $250 USD
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

Please, make sure your medical insurance covers you during your stay in Italy.

"Italy Today"

25 Classes of Italian Language and culture per week from Monday to Friday. The "Italy Today" Course is perfect for students who want to learn Italian and at the same time become acquainted with the culture and history and the current social and political situation of their host country. In addition to the 4 lessons Standard Course in the morning, there are afternoon sessions that introduce the student to art and culture, history and folklore, press and films as well as the current political and economical situation of Italy. The cultural part of this course consists in 10 supplementary lessons over two weeks.

Location: All Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 2 - 24 weeks

Drawing

This 6 group instructed classes are held in two afternoon lessons of about 3 hours each per week. It is usually organized in the following way: Realistic representation of still life, importance of lines in an object's character, discovery of chiaroscuro and perspective. Lesson can be held in Italian, English and French.

Location: Florence, Milan Level: All Duration: 2 or 4 week

Paintings

This 6 group instructed classes are held in two afternoon lessons of about 3 hours each per week. The course is outlined for those students that have already a good drawing ability and would like to learn watercolour techniques. The initial lessons include the basic techniques of painting and watercolour; students will work in monochrome and progress to working with a palette of warm and cold contrasting colours. Advanced students with a good knowledge of the techniques will be supervised by the teacher with whom students can discuss their work. Lesson can be held in Italian, English and French.

Location: Florence, Milan Level: All Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

Italian Design

Italy is world-famous for its design and this course will enable you to study the history of Italian Design and learn about the influence of Italian design in daily life. It is given as 12 group instructed lessons over 2 weeks. The course "History of Italian design from its origins to the present" covers the following topics:

The first decades of the 20th century:

How and why the design had its beginnings in Italy; Furniture among artisans and industry; Futurism as freedom of expression.

The 30s and the 40s: Between rationalism and autonomy - from Terragni to Ferragamo; changes in style of a nation living under a fascist regime.

The 50s: Italian design is born - awards and recognition.

The 60s: Plastic - the exuberance of forms and colours.

The 70s: Great recognition for aesthetics and technology.

The 80s: Post-modern - contemporary classical style; Abstraction and new colourings.

The 90s: Influence and clash of Italian design in daily life.

Location: Florence, Milan Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 2 weeks

Italian Fashion

The Italian Fashion course introduces you to the world of Armani, Ferré, Ferragamo, Versace and many more famous Italian fashion designers. It is given in 12 lessons over 2 weeks.

The program of the course "The History of Italian Fashion" is as follows:

• Palazzo Pitti and the birth of Italian fashion: Why the Italian fashion was born in Florence; The "Sala Bianca" - the first Italian fashion show; Recognition and success of "made in Italy".

• Graphic fashion and publicity: The influence of art on fashion; how publicity enters the world of fashion.

• Italian fashion and the cinema: From the sandals of Salvatore Ferragamo for Marylin Monroe to the dresses of Giorgio Armani for the new American stars; Fashion in theatres and the cinema.

• History of Italian style: The great masters of "made in Italy"; the new masters of "made in Italy".

• The masterminds of fashion: From Roberto Capucci to Gianfranco Ferré.

• Fashion for youngsters: From Fiorucci to Benetton.

Location: Florence, Milan Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 2 weeks

History of Italian Art

Italy's has many magnificent art works. Our course on the History of Italian Art will enable you to understand its history and social background. The 12 lessons over 2 weeks is designed to show, by means of slides and guided visits, the development of art in Italy in relation to the rest of Europe and offers you an introduction to the most important artistic styles (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque). You will become acquainted with the most important works of artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo while learning about the most significant historical and social events that accompanied them.

The program foresees the following subjects:

• Introduction: General and historical lists; and the Romanesque period.

• The XIII century: Architecture - passage of the French Gothic in Italy; the "Italian" Gothic; and the sculpture: from Nicola Pisano to Arnolfo di Cambio.

• The architectural and urban transformation between the XIII and the XIV century

• Florence and Siena in the XIV century: Cimabue and Duccio; Giotto; Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers; Florence in the second half of the century; and traces of international Gothic.

• Brunelleschi and the revolution of perspective: The three fathers of the Italian Renaissance: Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio

• The first Renaissance: Florence in the first half of the XV century

• Florence in the second half of the XV century: The cultural environment of Lorenzo il Magnifico and Botticelli

• Leonardo da Vinci

• Rome, artistic capital: Raphael and Michelangelo

Location: All Level: Elementary and above Duration: 2 weeks

Italian Cuisine

This 3 group instructed classes is held in one (1) evenings lessons of about 3 hours each per week. In this cooking course, you will prepare typical Italian meals and learn recipes from the various regions of Italy. The course is shaped for all potential participants: from the novice who is interested in learning about cooking as well as for the expert who is interested in refreshing and deepening her/his knowledge. Participants receive a recipe book including a vocabulary in several languages.

During each lesson the students prepare and cook a different complete menu which consists of typical dishes of Italian cuisine in the tradition of genuine simplicity. At the beginning of each lesson the teacher explains the menu of the day and distributes the work. During the preparation and the cooking of the food, the teacher demonstrates, explains and gives valuable hints and tips. The students prepare the table and dine together. Each student or pair of students presents and serves to the others the dish they have prepared.

Location: All Level: All Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

Italian Wines

This 3 group instructed classes is held in one (1) evening lessons of about 3 hours each per week. This course introduces students to the art of grape cultivation, processing and storing of the most well-known Italian wines. The practical part consists of wine tasting of 24 quality wines from the different regions of Italy. When possible a visit to a renowned wine-cellar will be organised. Maps will be shown and illustrated material handed out (statistics, charts, descriptions etc.).

Program topics: How to read the etiquette of an Italian wine bottle; Classification of the Italian wines (house wine or denomination of origin, D.O.C. and D.O.C.G.); The traditional techniques of cultivation, fermentation and aging used in Italy; Wine tasting and terminology; The wine production in Italy and its consumption; New, non-traditional wines; The products of Tuscany, the north-western region (Piedmont), the north-eastern region (Friuli, Sud-Tyrol) and the other regions, especially of the central and southern area of the peninsula. Plus, the combination of food and wine and the comparison with foreign products will also be covered.

Location: All Level: Intermediate and above Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

WORK & STUDY ITALIAN PROGRAM

HOSPITALITY WORK EXPERIENCE

This Work & Study program combines a Italian course (4 weeks minimum) in several NIK|LAS destination with a job placement after your course in the coastal region of Lecce, Italy.

We offer young student travellers the opportunity to experience the Italian culture firsthand. Learn or improve your Spanish language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in one of the most famous tourist resorts of Italy.

After your Italian course (Standard), you will have the opportunity to work in the Coast of Lecce, allowing you to practice your Italian while financing your stay in Italy.

Candidate's Profile

This program is opened to to nationals from: ANDORRA, ICELAND, ISRAEL, MONACO, NORWAY, SAN MARINO, SWITZERLAND, and citizens of THE EUROPEAN UNION (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania).

Age between 18-35 years.

Structure of the Program

The NIK|LAS Study & Work Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: Minimum 4 weeks of Standard Italian language (available in Rome, Florence, Lecce, Milan, Sienna).

2nd: The Work placement may last 2 months or more

I Part - Course

The program is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a Italian Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your work post. With a higher level of Italian, you’ll be more likely to land a more interesting and potentially tip-earning position, as a bartender or waiter, for example. Arrangements can be made to take extra courses before you start your work placement. In order to qualify for the work placement you must have an upper intermediate level of fluency.

Location: Rome, Florence, Lecce, Milan, Sienna

II Part: The Work Placement Period

You will work in Coast of Lecce area. It is one of Italy's popular tourist destinations. The area's mild climate is the root attraction that makes it possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities year round. You’ll likely work in the resort areas of Lecce. Work placements are in 3 to 5 star hotels.

Employers: Hotels, Fast Food restaurant, International Cuisine restaurant, Italian Supermarket, Restaurants/Coffee, Beach Bar Club, Cafeteria, and Golf Resorts.

Type of Positions: Bartender, Amusement park attendant, Waiter/Waitress, Kitchen assistant, Waiters’ Assistant (Runner), Hostess (in restaurants, cafes, bars, amusement parks...) or in general services like shops, boutiques....

Work Placement Fees: $850 USD

The work period will be: 2 months to 3 months.

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $140 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Start Dates: March - November

Location: Lecce, Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, Costa de Salento, Otranto, Pescara, Rome, Milan, Venice, Perugia, and others

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in Italian European Format. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1 page): Detailing specifically the kind of experience the student wants to have, what kind of work placement is preferred, and why.
  • Enrollment Form
  • Send the documents by e-mail to: info@nik-las.com
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment )
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

TEACHING ENGLISH IN ITALY

This program is opened to to nationals from: American, Australian, Canadian, Kiwi, and South African participants.

Teach English Abroad

Get Certified to Teach English with us! Any of our TESL/TEFL TESOL certificates will qualify you for teaching English in private language schools in Italy or elsewhere in the world. You can gain certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Florence, Italy.

Course includes:

  • Emphasis on basic vocabulary; Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills; and communicative grammar
  • Observation of Experienced English teacher
  • Teaching input session with experienced English Teacher based in Italy
  • Language Analysis
  • Comprehensive exam review
  • CV/job assistance session (option)
  • T.E.F.L. (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate
  • etc.

Start Dates

Start Dates: 16 Jan, 27 Feb, 26 Mar,7 May, 4 Jun, 2 Jul, 30 Jul, 3 Sept, Oct, 29 Oct, 26 Nov

Location: Florence

Teaching Practice

We also offer Teaching Practice in Florence for 1 or 2 weeks. Only TEFL or TESOL certificate holders or current enrollees can be considered for Teaching Practice (and observation).

It includes:

  • In class lesson planning;
  • Observation of ESL/EFL teaching videos;
  • Observations of live teaching practice with feedback;
  • Teaching practice preparation time;
  • Scheduled lesson planning help with professional teacher;
  • Live teaching practice with experienced teacher observer with feedback;
  • Access to job board; information CV/resume preparation session;
  • Recommendation letter based on teaching practice.

At least two hours of Teaching Practice can be guaranteed and are required per week; other volunteer opportunities for teaching practice are often made available.

Start Dates

Any Monday (except 16 Jan, 27 Feb, 26 Mar, 7 May, 4 Jun, 2 Jul, 3 Sept, 1 Oct, 29 Oct, 26 Nov,

Location: Florence

Teaching Programs

After completing a TESL/TEFL TESOL Certificate course, get some additional English teaching experience by applying to any of the following teaching programs. Apply directly to the program listed in each link for more information:

Click on the above links for more information about teaching programs in Italy and apply directly to the prospective companies:

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