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Culture courses

Do you want to discover Italian culture through its history, arts, literature, civilization, cinema or gastronomy?  Why don’t you apply for our language courses.

For the Winter session from January 15th to April 20th, 2024 we offer 4 culture courses :


Sicilia, crocevia di culture

Duration: 24 hours; January 15 → April 8th,
Frequency: Mondays, 2.30 – 4.30 pm; on zoom
by Maria Eugenia Giochi

Graduated in Modern Letters from the University of Urbino (1989) and specialized in didactics and teaching of Italian Language and Culture (Master Itals, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in 2000).

At the crossroads of the great Mediterranean Sea routes, Sicily has, over the centuries, welcomed diverse populations who have contributed to enriching the territory with urban settlements and monuments, but also with traditions and cultures that have created its intangible heritage. The course will explore the cultural heritage left by Norman, Arab, Byzantine and Greco-Roman domination of the Sicilian territory.

Modernità e dintorni ç Il cinema italiano d’autore

Duration: 24 hours; January 16 → April 2nd
Frequency: Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, on zoom
by Roberto Viviani

After graduating with a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Macerata, in 2022 he completed his studies in Philosophy at the University of Montreal. A Pasolini specialist, he is pursuing a PhD in Italian Studies at McGill University.

The 60s and 70s were the golden age of Italian auteur cinema, and alongside the masterpieces of directors such as Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini, there were lesser-known but equally brilliant directors who tackled the challenges of the Italy of the time, including Pietro Germi, Ermanno Olmi, Liliana Cavani, Cecilia Mangini, Ettore Scola and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

In addition to analyzing cinematic language, the course will also focus on the cultural context: migration from South to North, the role of the family, relations between social classes, the “sexual revolution” and the role of women. These themes will enable us to explore each film not only as a single work, but also as a genuine current in Italian cultural development.

Puccini e l’opera verista

Duration: 24 hours; January 17 → April 10th
Frequency: Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in person
by Federico Volpe

Graduate in piano from the “L. D’Annunzio” Conservatory of Music in Pescara and the “G. B. Martini” in Bologna, he will complete his Master’s degree in historical and oriental sciences at the University of Bologna in 2021. He is currently pursuing a PhD in music and opera research at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the rich history of Italian opera was marked by a new cultural and musical trend: verismo. This era produced such famous composers as Giacomo Puccini, of which we will celebrate the centenary of the death in 2024, Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo. In this course, these composers will be placed in the historical and artistic context of their time, and their masterpieces will be analyzed. La Bohème, Tosca, Turandot, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci are the main titles.

Genova e Liguria

Duration: 24 hours; January 18 → April 4th
Frequency: Thursdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., in person
by Claudia Polledri

A graduate in Letters and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan, Claudia Polledri obtained a Master’s degree in International Cultural Management from the University of Genoa. After completing her doctorate in Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal, she is currently a research officer with the CinéMédias Laboratory, Department of Art History and Film Studies at the Université de Montréal, and a lecturer in the Art History Departments of Concordia University and UQAM.

This course proposes a historical, artistic and cultural itinerary through the Liguria region, starting from the city of Genoa. It will be an opportunity to discover the specific features of this beautiful region and its many treasures. The trip will be accompanied by a reading of a novel by Ligurian writer Francesco Biamonti (1928-2001).



Duration: 24 hours; February 29th → May 16th
Frequency: Thursdays, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.; in person
by Antonella Marotta

Want to “muscle up” your Italian?
Try this yoga class taught in Italian to strengthen your muscles and your knowledge of the language! After 24 hours, your body will be more supple and toned. You’ll feel better about yourself and more confident with your body.

Bring your yoga mat and light sportswear and meet Antonella Marotta, Yoga Fit teacher, ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer, certified in Fitness Kickboxing and TRX.


$ 260/24 hour – once per week

$ 175/16 hour – once per week

$ 235/16 hour – once per week (CULTURA GASTRONOMICA) no discount.

The courses will be open with a minimum of 6 students.


Discounts apply :

  • 10% apply only if registration and payment are made before December 22nd 2023;

$ 260/24 hour —- $ 234 (with discount);

$ 175/16 hour —- $ 158 (with discount);

  • 40% young rate (under 25)

$ 260/24 hour —- $ 156 (with discount

$ 175/16hour —- $ 105 (with discount)

Discounts are not cumulative.

For further information consult our brochure.

To register.