If you want to learn Italian, the best way is to immerse yourself in it. And there is perhaps no better place to do that than at the Centro Italiano language school nestled in the heart of Naples’ historic district. Surrounded by centuries of history, art and culture, you will live, breath, and eat the Italian language.

For over 25 years, Centro Italiano has been conducting Italian language courses for foreigners. Accredited by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, Centro Italiano’s instructors are knowledgeable, professional, and extremely friendly. The school is also a member of ASILS, Italy’s Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language and of ELITE, the European Federation of Associations for Teaching Mother Tongues to Foreign Students.

The teaching method is full immersion, so that from the moment you step into the school you are surrounded by the language. All courses are taught in Italian only, which encourages you to quickly begin using the language. But don’t fear, you will certainly meet other students who speak English that you can chat to on breaks and you will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world with whom you may make lasting friendships.

Whether you know a little, a lot, or no Italian at all, Centro Italiano has a class that will meet your needs. After taking a placement exam, the school will place you in one of their seven levels of courses that range from absolute beginner to absolute advanced. And, they offer a variety of courses designed to suit the needs of all students, from full immersion to private tutoring.

The school’s full immersion classes (intensive courses) run for four weeks, but one, two and three week enrollments are possible. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 09:00 – 13:00. In the afternoons you can go out and explore the city on your own, take part in one of Centro Italiano’s cultural programs that are offered a few times a week, or take private instruction to broaden your knowledge of the language. You can also visit nearby Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Sorrento, Capri, Ischia, or the Amalfi coast.

If you are here for a while and want a less intensive approach, their three month program spreads the lessons out into two hour lessons three times a week. The school also offers a Business Italian course that focuses on topics such as tourism, finance and business and writing professional letters. It is a two week long course with 3 hour lessons daily from Monday through Friday.

Looking for a more cultural experience, Centro Italiano offers a variety of courses such as Italian Cooking, Italian Wines, Ceramics, the Neapolitan Crib, 20th Century Literature, Creative Writing, and Archaeology. Check out the their website for more info, or drop an email to Anna at info@centroitaliano.it – I know she’ll be happy to help you out! And if you need help with accommodation, the secretariat can arrange a single or double room in an apartment, sharing with other students.