In cooperation with British School Pisa, Learn Italian with Italianissimi, the Italian Language Department of British School Pisa set in a fantastic central location on the River Arno.


Whether you already know a little of the Italian language, are currently attending Italian courses at home or have decided to dip your toe for the very first time into this beautiful and captivating language, we hope you will join us this summer our language courses n the very heart of Tuscany.

The school, opened in 1986 on the banks of the River Arno in the centre of the old city, is run by people who are passionate about  teaching and fascinating by how we can learn a second language quickly and yet enjoyably.

Small groups ( 4-8 people) working together, constantly using the language in a communicative way, create the secret to our success. This, combined with the lovely setting of the school, makes Italianissimi the ideal place for you to learn Italian.


CILS Certification

CILS certification is an official title which states the degree of communicative competence in Italian as a Foreign Language. The CILS certificate is issued by University for Foreigners of Siena following an exam which consists of a test of communicative ability. Ability in Italian as a foreign language is described, measured and guaranteed using proven methods for objective results. CILS verifies the student’s capacity to use Italian in real situations, with regard to both its cultural and spoken usage. The aim of CILS is toward standard Italian in its current usage, alive and shared, as it is both written and spoken. The certification system of CILS follows the guidelines laid out in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment , the European initiative in evaluating linguistic competence. As such there are six recognised levels of competence, each of which is autonomous and complete in itself and each adapted to the various social, professional and intellectual needs of the student.

Learn Italian Courses:

General Course

This course is designed for those who need to communicate effectively in every day situations. From absolute beginners to advanced level, students will learn through various activities and strategies to understand and communicate in Italian, speaking as well as written. There is a maximum of eight students in each class.

Intensive Course

The Intensive Course consists of the General Course and two extra group lessons per day. In the afternoon session students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and practice in speaking and conversing.


For those who want a course that suits a particular professional or personal need, we then recommend our tailormade course. Continual language practice with your personal teacher will guarantee you swift progress and success in the shortest possible time. We are able to plan private tutorials according to individual needs regarding dates and areas of interest.

Italian + Italian Cuisine

This course introduces you to the typical foods and gastronomical history of Tuscany, in particular to the tastes of Pisa and to the Slow Food programme in the region. The 2 week programme includes a live demonstration by a professional chef, the students will have hands on practice of Italian cooking techniques from pasta to desserts.

There are four hours of Italian language practice each day, conducted in the mornings. Italian cuisine lessons will be held in the afternoon.”

shutterstock_225226648-pizza-cookingItalian + History Of Art

Our History of Art course offers a fascinating insight into the history of Tuscany and it’s social background. The course is designed to offer you an introduction to the most important artistic styles such as the Medieval and Renaissance periods, while learning about the most significant historical and social events that accompanied them. The programme includes four hours of Italian language each day.

Italian + Cinema

Our Italian cinema course offers film lovers a deep and thorough knowledge of this art form, capturing the changes that occurred in Italy in the past decades including neo-realism to new Italian film makers. The programme includes four hours of Italian language each day.

Italian + Wine And Olive Oil Tasting

Have you ever had a glass of Chianti or a Sassicaia? Join us on this wine tasting experience in the Tuscan hills where you will be visiting wine cellars and olive mills. Learning and sampling some of the best wines in the region whilst improving your Italian.

The programme includes two hours of Italian language each day.