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One of the joys of “living” in Italy is to have time to allow its many beauty’s both natural and man-made to inspire your creative muse.  There are no end of opportunities in every region to improve your cooking, write poetry, photograph small wonders you discover daily, learn or perfect a craft, or explore the lyrical beauty of “la bella lingua” (the beautiful language).  The following are a few suggestions to consider.

Cooking Schools

The Villa Table

Cook with Lorenza de Medici

Badia a Coltibuono

53013 Gaiole in Chianti (near Florence)

39 057 774 9498

Cooking in Tropea (Calabria)

Tania Pascuzzi

39 09 636 1952

Giuliano Bugialli

Giuliano Bugialli’s cooking in Florence

420 West 25th Street

New York, NY 10001

646 431 1906

Hotel Luna Convento Cooking School

Cook with Enrico Franzese

Via Pantaleone Comite 33

84011 Amalfi

39 08 987 1002

La Chiuso Tuscan Women Cook

Cook with local Tuscan nonna’s (grandmother’s) of Montelfollonica (small village in the Chiana valley).

Painting, Writing and Photography


Il Chiostro

23 West 73rd Street

New York NY 10023

800 880 3506

Workshops offered in photography, watercolor painting, poetry, fiction and memoir writing, painting and drawing, singing and sculpture.

Atelier Canova

Via Della Colonnette 26A

00187 Rome

39 340 826 5081

Extensive training in drawing and painting as well as weekend and two week workshops.

Traditional Crafts

Centre for Skills in Architectural Heritage Conservation

Isola di San Servolo

Casella Postale 676

30100 Venezia

39 04 152 685 46

Hands on skill courses offered in pietra dura, stone carving, woodwork, metal, stucco, platser, wall painting and mural conservation.


International School of Ceramic Art “Romano Ranierei”

Via Tiberina Sud 330


39 07 597 2383

Pottery making and ceramic painting classes

Language Schools


Accademia Italiana

Via XX Settembre

163100 Ascoli Piceno (Le Marche)

39 073 625 7735

Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana

Via delle Frasche 5

39 06 481 4080

00184 Rome

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Scula Leonarda da Vinci

Piazza dell’Orologio 7

00186 Rome

39 06 688 925 136

Centro Linguistico italiano Dante Alighieri

Piazza Bologna 1

00162 Rome

39 064 423 1490

Centro Fiorenza

Via Santa Spirito 14

50125 Florence

39 055 239 8274

Istituto Galileo Galilei

Via degli Alfani 68

50121 Florence

39 055 294 680

Need to improve your Italian quickly?  Galileo offers weekend crash courses.

Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana

Vico Santa  Maria dell’Aiuto 17

80134 Naples

39 081 552 4331

Istituto Venezia

Dorsoduro 3116/a

Campo Santa Margherita

30123 Venice

39 041 552 4331

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