(Bologna | Italy )


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Via Altabella, 11 , Bologna (view map)

About Madrelingua

Madrelingua Italian School was founded in 2005 by Stefi and Daniel, an Italian/English couple of language teachers, and quickly gained a reputation as one of the best places to learn to actually speak Italian! Situated in a historic building in a typical porticoed street right in the centre of Bologna, it is 200 metres from Via Indipendenza, and less than five minutes walk from Piazza Maggiore. That’s us on the first floor – you can see our logo in the window! We have 10 classrooms. Each room has space for up to 10 students, and is equipped with audio, TV, DVD, and dictionaries in Italian so you can check unknown words.

In the library is where you will find the “afternoon tutor”, who will talk to you in Italian or help you with your homework or study problems. It’s a spacious, light room where you can study when you are not in class. There is a selection of grammar books and bi-lingual dictionaries (i.e. Russian-Italian, English-Italian, Japanese-Italian) for you to use, and plenty of room to sit and study or read a magazine. Sometimes we use the room for social events, such as the wine-tasting, or occasionally as a classroom. If the library is occupied, you can do your self-study in the multimedia classroom instead!
The library is also equipped with computers offering free internet access. There’s also free WiFi throughout the building, so you can use your smart phone or i-pad to stay in touch wherever you are in the school. Just ask at reception for the password.

Bologna, nicknamed the “red” (for its roofs), the “learned” (home to Europe’s oldest university) and the “fat” (the world-famous cuisine), is the perfect place for Italian courses in Italy! As the regional capital of Emilia-Romagna, home to one of Italy’s major universities and a thriving engineering industry, Bologna is a wealthy, well-educated city and so boasts many fine restaurants, museums and theatres. There are, of course, many students and young people, so the night-life and general “buzz” is excellent. In short, Bologna has everything Italy can offer (history, cityscapes, countryside, fine dining and wines), all within easy walking distance, and all without the crowds or the queues of the more obvious Italian destinations!


  • On campus events
  • Architecture
  • Historical sightseeing
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Cooking
  • Oenology / Enotourism

Additional Services

  • Visa support


  • Host family accommodation
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Shared Apartment
  • Own apartment


General Italian

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students

The 20-hour-a-week Italian language course at our school in Bologna, Italy is our most popular course. Fast progress in developing your spoken Italian and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, but still time to see Bologna and other Italian cities, or do your homework!

Intensive study ensures you gain a more complete knowledge of the Italian language. The 30-hour-a-week Intensive Italian language course at our language school in Bologna is the best choice for those who want to learn to speak and understand Italian as quickly as possible!

An Italian Evening Course allows you to make regular progress with your Italian, without sacrificing your job or studies! The modular Evening Course at Madrelingua Italian School is designed to meet the needs of students and workers in Bologna who are only free in the evening: 2 lessons per week, normally from 18:00 to 21:00

Italian Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate, Basic

Madrelingua Italian Language School is an official center for CILS exams. The Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera (CILS) exams are one of the two types of Italian language exam available in Italy and internationally:

- CILS exams are organised by the University of Siena for Foreigners and are recognised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- CILS exams are offered at six different levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2), each consisting of tests of listening, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar/vocabulary.
- If you pass each section of the exam you’ll be awarded the certificate.

Italian online

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Basic, Advanced, Intermediate

Class Sizes: One-to-One

Wherever you are in the world, you can now have Italian language lessons on Skype with your own, professional, experienced Italian-language teacher, as often as you like and at a time which suits you.

All our Italian teachers are qualified, experienced, native-speakers, trained by us to deliver top quality lessons face-to-face and over the Internet. Our Italian language school in Bologna, Italy is used by politicians and diplomats, as well as university professors and other professionals who are serious about learning Italian.

Choose Madrelingua and you can be sure you’ll be getting effective teaching which is tailored to your needs.Take Skype Italian lessons from your home or office, at a time which suits you. It’s the ideal way to continue learning Italian no matter where you are in the world! Talk as much as you like: your teacher will write down your mistakes and give you a written record to study. We can even record the lesson for you, so you can listen to it again, as many times as you like!

Tailor made Italian courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Class Sizes: Small, 2-5 students, One-to-One

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate, Basic

Individual or Semi-individual (study with your partner or friend of the same level) Italian language lessons mean the Italian tuition is completely personalised to your needs. This type of Italian course can be very effective if you have specific needs, or if you are unable to attend an Italian class as part of a group.



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