Italian Culture And Italian Language Go Hand In Hand

Integrating our beautiful culture with our language is what makes Collina Italiana a one-of-a-kind Italian learning experience 

Culture at Collina Italiana

When we first opened in 2007, we had a clear vision for Collina Italiana and how it would fit into the landscape of Italian schools around the U.S and the world. We wanted to deliver a unique learning experience by blending one of the most beautiful languages in the world with its heritage.

Building up a this unique kind of Italian school meant committing to our roots and culture to demonstrate for our students what Italy truly is, what it’s like to be Italian and everything our culture has to offer. Our goal is for our students to be in love with Italy, and the idea of Italy, as much as we are.

Our new webinar series will give you a taste of the rich culture of Italy: music, art, cuisine, and so much more.
In collaboration with native Italian experts, these events, in English and Italian, will showcase the traditional and popular aspects of Italian culture, as well as feature new perspectives with a modern twist.

Scopriamo la cultura italiana insieme!

The World of Elena Ferrante:
Storia del nuovo cognome

9, 2-hour lessons, biweekly on Fridays, 6-8pm EST
Hybrid course taught partially in-person with certain dates online.
Recommended for Levels: B2-C1
June 10 – September 30 (Online dates: August 19, September 2, September 16)

Elena Ferrante is the acclaimed author of the Neapolitan Novels, a 4-part series about the complex and captivating friendship between main characters Lila and Elena. This wonderful story is set in Naples over a period of Italy’s history from the ‘50s to the ‘90s.

In these four books, Elena Ferrante deals, intimately and controversially, with the questions of girlhood and womanhood through the vicissitudes of a strong friendship. She does this using a highly musical language, accessible to everyone. The material is thus perfectly suited for Italian language learners and those looking for a true taste of Italy. The characters, themes, and grammatical structures used, create the perfect intersection of literature, history and language at its best.

Stemming from the vision of each episode of the HBO adaptation, My Brilliant Friend, this specialty course will consist of the reading and comprehension of selected parts of the tetralogy’s second book, Storia del nuovo cognome, along with exercises of creative writing and listening.


FRAMED! with Eveline & Frida

Everybody Loves Lisa!

Sunday, May 15th, 5-6pm EST
In Italian – In-Person & Online (recording for attendees)

Join us for Episode of FRAMED! with Eveline and Frida: Everybody Loves Lisa! Both in-person and online, learn about the mysterious and most famous Lisa. Though so many studies have tried to determine the date of this portrait and its inner meaning, the identity of the sitter and patron, and the reason for the painter’s attachment to it, the true reasons behind each one of these questions are still elusive. While collecting and reviewing some of the latest evidence, this talk aims at elucidating what made this painting so fascinating to generations of artists, scholars, and viewers. Bigger questions about artistic creativity and sources of inspiration will be addressed in the attempt to offer a different reading of this unsurpassed masterpiece

The Other Renaissance: Venice 1400-1500

Thursdays, 6-7:30 EST
Online course taught in Italian.
Levels: B2-C1 
April 14 – May 19 (No class on April 21)

The Other Renaissance: Venice 1400-1500

Venetian Renaissance art has a unique character that sets it apart from that art produced in other Renaissance centers. A city with no ancient foundations, built entirely on water by Christian refugees, and located at the crossroad between the west and the east, Venice created a distinctive artistic language which was influenced by its multicultural experiences, unusual history, and fascination with colors. By examining the works of some of the greatest protagonists of the 1400 and 1500 – such as Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian – this course will explore how Venice absorbed the new Renaissance ideals introduced in Florence and adapted them to their particular context and needs, thus contributing to create another face of the Italian Renaissance.

Caravaggio & Carracci

Friday, November 19, 6-7pm EST
In Italian – Online & In-person

Annibale Carracci and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, two artists whose personality and artistic language could not be more different. However, their destinies often intertwined. They both came to Rome at the same time – toward the end of the sixteenth century – and once there they stirred an artistic revolution with their sensational works. They also died a few years apart in tragic circumstances. This talk will examine some of their most remarkable commissions, setting a comparison between their opposite yet somehow akin outcomes. Carracci’s and Caravaggio’s production is a reflection of the multifaceted and contradictory style which developed in the seventeenth century and was later labeled as Baroque.

A Pilgrimage to Venice:

The City with No Saints

Friday, October 29, 6-7pm EST
In Italian – Online & In-person

Today Venice is renowned for its charming palaces and views, the hundreds of gondolas gliding through the narrow canals, and the glassware and lacework shops popping up almost everywhere. What about its spirituality? It is difficult to imagine that the city was once considered one of the most spiritual places in the whole Christendom. Yet, there was a moment in the Renaissance when Venice – at the apogee of its history – became a pilgrimage site, comparable to Jerusalem in prestige and second only to Rome for its number of precious relics. The goal of this talk is to shed light on this semi-forgotten image of Venice by showing how the Venetians consciously built their religious identity and how the pilgrims contributed to nurture it through their travel diaries.