Venice | Istituto Venezia

Venice | Istituto Venezia


Venice has a setting that no other city in the world can rival due to its legacy of both a glorious history and significant works of architecture and art. Located in the north of Italy on the Adriatic, the city consists of 118 islands in its lagoon that are connected by 378 bridges. Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance and  served as an important center of art and commerce in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. The city has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music and is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi. In the 1980s the Carnival of Venice was revived, and the city has become a major center of international conferences and festivals, such as the prestigious Venice Biennale and the Venice Film Festival.

Istituto Venezia is specialized in teaching Italian language to foreigners from all over the world. It located in the historical center of Venice, in the square called Campo Santa Margherita, just 15 minutes from Piazza San Marco. Its building, dating back to the 16th century, has a wide terrace facing the Campo where students and residents go shopping or take a break to chat and drink in open-air cafes.

Program Options

Istituto Venezia offers courses of all levels of Italian year-round, using a communicative approach  in small classes that enhances students’ proficiency in Italian.  Lessons take place from Monday to Friday for all levels.  Students can choose the level of intensity of their study program.

  • Intensive Italian: 4-hour classes per morning (total of 20 per week/ 80 per  month), offered in 5 levels from one week to 12 weeks or more
  • Super-intensive Italian: 4-hour classes per morning followed by one or 2-hour afternoon sessions with an instructor (total of 25-30 hours per week/ 100-120 per month), offered in 5 levels from one week to 12 weeks or more
  • Low-budget intensive Italian: 4-hour classes per evening (total of 20 per week/80 per month), 4:30 to 8:30 PM from May through September, with classes in three levels
  • Private Lessons for one or more
  • Art History:  one to two weeks (15 hours per week) learning about masterpieces of great Venetian artists in painting, sculpture and architecture in their setting.  Offered monthly except for April, November, and December. Low intermediate level of Italian is required.
  • Culinary Courses: Thursday Cooking (5:30-8:30 PM) or Weekend Cooking and Venetian Culinary History (Saturday through Sunday)

For a semester program, see Venice-LdM program that is in collaboration with Istituto Venezia. From April through October, the Institute also offers Italian courses in Trieste so students can study in that location as well.

Italian Courses

The Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels are offered within the Common European Framework of Reference, covering Levels A1 to C1.  Teachers have a university background and many years of experience in teaching Italian to foreigners, and they make use of modern and tested multimedia materials.

The small size of the school makes it an ideal school for students who are at the beginning level and/or seek an intensive learning experience.

Art History Courses

Students  learn about the masterpieces of the greatest Venetian artists, from the medieval to contemporary periods by visits to these works and/or places for which they were designed. Such artists include Bellini, Carpaccio, Veronese, Tintoretto, Tiziano, Tiepolo, Sansovino, Palladio, Canova, Scarpa and many others. Classes last three hours/day, held in morning or afternoon, depending on opening-hours of site.   Two one-week consecutive sessions are offered monthly except for April, November, and December. Content varies throughout the year. Knowledge of Italian (low intermediate) is needed.

Culinary Courses

Thursday Class: Every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 PM are hands-on classes in Istituto Venezia’s kitchen where students prepare traditional local and regional food and, at the end, taste their dishes.

Weekend Culinary Session: This includes: shopping at the Rialto market (famous for seafood and vegetables) Saturday morning, cooking the meal in the afternoon, and dinner together in the evening. On Sunday participants have a morning class on the history of Venetian cuisine and then prepare lunch. Saturday overnight is included.


* May vary depending on Euro:US$ exchange rate.

Language of Classes

All Italian classes are taught in Italian. All year-round classes (Italian and supplementary cultural courses) are taught in Italian, including food and wine classes.

Examinations and Certificate

Excursions & Activities

Venice Institute offers activities for students in and around the City. Venice also has many cultural events. For those who wish to travel elsewhere, the Institute offers guidance for  students who take trips on their own.

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