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!

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La musica della lingua italiana: Learn Italian through Music

Con Rossana Copler
Wednesday, 2-3:30pm EST
6,90-minute lessos, online, in Italian & English
Levels: B1-B2
September 28 – November 2

Music is one of the greatest tools for learning Italian and this course aims to show you how! Discover how sound and lyrics can work in unison to open the world of such a musical language. While enjoying the music on its own, it will also act as a fun and helpful instrument taking you on a journey to places real and emotional.

Hearing and translating the repetitive refrains will assist in learning and retaining new words and expressions. This class will offer 6 lessons tailored specifically to the needs of intermediate/advanced students and music lovers. Let’s learn together as we allow Italian melodies to lift our hearts and minds through lyrical travels!


L’arte delle corti rinascimentali

Con Eveline Baseggio

Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm EST
5, 1-hour lessons, online, in Italian
Levels: B2-C2
October 3 – October 31

During the Renaissance, a number of cities were known for the sophisticated culture of their courts. Powerful and illuminated lords ruled these small kingdoms, forging relationships but also competing with one another to seize more power and prestige through political alliances and art patronage. This class explores the art produced within this context by focusing on five of these city-states: Mantova, Ferrara, Urbino, Milan, and Rome.


Italian Book Club

Con Diletta Torlasco

Mondays, 9:30-11am EST
8, 90-minute lessons, online, in Italian
Levels: B2-C2
September 26 – November 14

This course will explore Italian short stories from the 20th and 21st centuries, framing these works in their historical and cultural contexts while also devoting attention to the authors’ biographies. These short stories will also function as tools to identify and clarify advanced aspects of grammar and vocabulary.


Elena Ferrante: L’amica Geniale

Con Argia Coppola

Fridays, 11-1pm EST
9, 2-hour lessons, online course, in Italian
Levels: B2-C2
Starting on September 30 

Stemming from the vision of each episode of the HBO adaptation, My Brilliant Friend, the course will consist of the reading and comprehension of selected parts of the first book, along with exercises of creative writing and listening.Learning through the creative writing approach.An important part of the course is understanding the language through creative writing processes: how the characters and the story are built, the musicality of the language, and much more. The goal is to improve the knowledge of Italian through writing.


The World of Elena Ferrante: Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta

Con Argia Coppola
Bi-weekly on Fridays, 6-8pm EST
9, 2-hour lessons
Hybrid course, in-person and online.
Taught in Italian
Levels: B2-C2
October 21 – February 24 (No class on December 30.)
This course is the continuation of our previous World of Ferrante courses. This is the third-iteration. This course will focus on Ferrante’s third book of the Neapolitan Novels, Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta.
*Please note: This course is for students have read the first two books.
Learning through the creative writing approach. An important part of the course is understanding the language through creative writing processes: how the characters and the story are built, the musicality of the language, and much more. The goal is to improve the knowledge of Italian through writing.


CineVerso Italia: Conversazioni sull’universo cinematografico italiano

Con Vincenzo De Sio e Stefania Puxeddu

Fridays, 6:30-8:30pm EST
In-person, in Italian & English
Levels: B1-C2
October 14, November 18, December 16 

The universe of Italian cinema has delivered many motion pictures which will go down in history as some of the best masterpieces of all time. Since the end of the Second World War, Italian authors have told many stories about war, hunger, love, dreams and the great Italian enthusiasm for a new life.

Director Vincenzo and teacher Stefania will take students on a special “cinematic” journey, not only discussing movies, authors and actors, but also the social history which shaped those years. Totò, Sophia Loren, Alberto Sordi and Federico Fellini are only but a few topics of this first series.


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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.