Special Classes



Italian movies while enjoying some wine and snacks.

Italian cinema is mostly known for its Neo-Realism period (embodied in the masterpieces by Vittorio De Sica) and the brilliant films of Federico Fellini. Yet, Italian Cinema is so much more. Since the beginning of the history of film, Italian Cinema has continually introduced innovative directors and talented actors, screenwriters, composers, set designers, and costume designers to the world.

All films are in Italian and subtitled (English or Italian). The screenings include discussions on the director, characters, plot, and themes that the movie explores.




Decades ago in Italy, intellectuals started what was known as the Salotti Letterari, or literary salons, where artists, philosophers, and writers met to share opinions and exchange and celebrate ideas. Fast forward, the city of Paris gave birth to Café society and soon all over Europe, the Caffe’ Letterari became the meeting point for everyone who wanted to make his/her voice heard. Today in Italy, the Caffe’ Letterari have evolved into spaces where not only you can enjoy a latte or cappuccino while reading a novel but also are places where you can attend performances, engage in discussions on all subjects, listen to presentations, etc. – all in the name of “Culture.”

Collina Italiana is proud to present its own Caffe’ Letterario. In celebration of Italian culture, CI students’ will improve their Italian language skills and expand on their knowledge of Italy, through recently released books. The group meets once per week for 5 weeks. Participants are provided copies of all material. (Books are provided if request is received 20 days prior the first class).

Caffe’ Letterario is a window into seeing the real Italy, through the experiences of native Italians. The class, designed for intermediate and advanced students, as well as Italians is conducted in Italian. In keeping with the salon spirit, coffee and pastries are served at every session.



L’arminuta, Donatella Di Pietrantonio

SCHEDULE: TBD  – Please inquire.

La piccola “arminuta” torna al suo paese e vive una fiaba al contrario. Una tredicenne rimandata nella misera casa natia dai genitori adottivi che l’hanno cresciuta tra gli agi.

Alcune storie hanno la capacità di scivolare sospese in un tempo esclusivamente narrativo, pur appartenendo a un’epoca e a una collocazione geografica precise. Il tempo diventa assenza, espressione di una dimensione umana legata a emozioni semplici e comunque universali, in quel vuoto di regole che costituisce l’essenza stessa delle vite da romanzo. (S.Pent – La Stampa) Continua la lettura

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PARLA COME MANGI: Italian Language and Culture Supper Club

Parla Come Mangi: Italian Language and Culture Supper Club is a unique conversation class and a delectable Italian culinary experience.

At a monthly sit-down dinner at a select Italian restaurant, a CI language teacher facilitates discussion entirely in Italiano around core themes (tailored to participants’ levels), including: travel to Italy: where to go? what to see?; survival Italian: how to ask for information, how to reserve a hotel room, and how to order in a restaurant or bar; making small talk; la moda: dressing in Italy; Italian conception of romantic relationships; art, music, and literature of Italy; Italian contemporary film; Italian society: regionalism beyond North and South; the Italian family, the role of the church, and Italian educational system; Italian politics, the economy, and current affairs; etc.

In addition, the restaurant owners, chef, and staff address the group entirely in Italian for an evening of total language immersion.



What’s New?

  • ‘ADULTS’ Fall Session 2019

    Adults: FALL 2019 Italian Classes – Grammar and Conversation: 10-2-hour classes  $480 Note: Language classes may be started mid-session or at other times not listed on the schedule. Please inquire (212) 427-7770 or email for more …Read More »
  • ‘ADULTS’ Summer Session 2019

    Adults: SUMMER 2019 Grammar and Conversation: 10-2-hour classes  $480 8-2-hour classes    $390 6-2-hour classes    $290 Note: Language classes may be started mid-session or at other times not listed on …Read More »
  • ‘KIDS’ After-school program: SESSION 2019/2020

    GIROTONDO This year-round kids’ program offers comprehensive language learning and hands-on instruction in the arts to children from ages 2-3 / 4-5 / 6-8 / 9+. In Girotondo (“Circle”) an …Read More »
  • CELI – Italian Certification for Citizenship

    Session: November 18th *Deadline is one month prior to the exam. PREPARATION CLASSES: 5 hours private classes: $425 10 hours private classes: $800 15 hours private classes: $1,125 20 hours …Read More »
  • ITALIAN SUMMER Mini Camp 2019

    Summer Camp #1: June 11 – July 18 Summer Camp #2: August 6 – August 22 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE (Please find below the options we will be offering for …Read More »

Placement Exam

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Locations & Contact

Collina Italiana