Ahh…Italy. Who hasn’t dreamt about living in Italy for an extended period of time? Getting to eat Italian food, drink Italian wine, learn the beautiful Italian language and just soak up the art, history and culture of this country surely appeals to almost everybody. Fortunately, the Italians have decided to take what they are good at it and turn it into courses aimed at learning-holiday makers. As a result, a significant portion of the Italian tourist industry is geared towards those who want to come to Italy to learn cooking, painting, wine tasting, yoga, the Italian language and countless other subjects. Sure, it may not be as cheap as other learning holiday destinations but nobody ever regrets the experience of living and learning in Italy.

When to Go

There is almost never a bad time to visit Italy! Its climate is highly diverse and chances are there will be agreeable weather somewhere on the peninsula no matter when you go. Most guide books recommend visiting during the spring and fall shoulder seasons when the weather is decent and prices are reasonable. The summer may bring the best all around weather but it also brings an invasion of tourists and high prices. The winters do get a little damp and chilly. However, the further south you go the more mild they become. Plenty of discounts on classes and accommodation can be had at this time.

Cost of Living

Italy is not cheap. Living there is likely to be as expensive, if not more so, than living in your home country. Aside from the cost of any classes, plan to spend at least € 1,000  per month, or €300 per week for housing. This cost can be cut in half if you are willing to accept a room in a shared flat. You can eat well on €20 per day and significantly less if you do your own cooking. Figure to part with at least €35-50 for a meal in a nicer restaurant (and that’s something we all want to experience on our Italian holiday, isn’t it?). Remember to eat outside of the numerous tourist enclaves for the best value.


Italy is part of the Schengen Area. Citizens of most developed countries can stay in the Schengen Area visa-free for a maximum of 90 days. You can either spend the entire 90 days in Italy or you can divide it up (i.e. 60 days in Italy, 30 days in other Schengen countries). If you any have plans to stay longer than three months you’ll need to apply for the appropriate long-stay visa. Usually, this is a student visa and most schools are willing to provide documentation to assist you in such a process. For a list of countries whose citizens need a visa for any length of stay here.

What to Learn

Italian CookingMany come to Italy solely for the food, rightly famous and beloved all over the world. Its no wonder then that Italian cooking courses are easily the most popular holiday courses in the country. More>>

Wine TastingA perfect complement to a cooking course but also fine on its own. Italians lead the world in wine consumption. Its safe to say that they know a thing or two about fine wines. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to taste wine look no further than Italy. More>>

Italian Language – A beautiful-sounding language that is actually quite easy to pick up with a little instruction. The quality of a trip to Italy is increased ten-fold if you know just a few words of Italian. More>>

Art, Music and Photography - It figures that a country that produced the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Luciano Pavarotti would also be an excellent place to discover your inner artist. More>>

Fashion DesignItaly is always ahead of the game when it comes to fashion. It has also quickly become a premier destination for studying fashion design. More>>

Jewelry Design and GemologyItaly just does design well. As is the case with fashion, the country offers excellent opportunities for those who want to try out jewelry design. More>>

DesignHigh-quality English language programs in other fields of design, such as graphic, interior, furniture, product, garden and yacht, can also be found in Italy. More>>

Latin – Why not learn the language of the Romans in Rome? More>>

Gladiator Sports – Yes, you can even learn how to become a gladiator at one Rome gladiator school. More>>


Know of anything else that can be studied in Italy? Let us know and we will gladly consider adding it to this page.