"I'm in Florence - the wine is rich, the weather is good, the sculptures are beautiful, the churches are impressive and Italian people are pleasant. My holiday in Italy is as usual a success - it's nice to be foreigner in Italy! Everything is perfect .... or almost. Three years ago on Elba I already had started wondering: What did the waiter really say when I ordered my cappuccino after dinner, and what was he thinking? It had also been annoying when the pleasant Sicilian family on the train from Naples to Reggio Calabria offered me a panino: we couldn't communicate so we just smiled a few minutes before we gave up and said nothing more - for 5 long hours on the train.
If I could only understand a little more about this country, about what they say and think and some of their history, that has made them into what they are - imagine how much better holidays I could have here!"
From the left on the photo: John, Lorenzo, Elisa and Marco.
Italia.no helps you learn the Italian language and to get to know the Italian culture. When you speak Italian you experience a different, more exciting Italy.
We have taught Italian to thousands of Norwegians since starting up in Frogner in 1989. Our students spend their holidays in Italy and are interested in Italian culture - be it food and wine, history, art, architecture, football, politics and society, picturesque mountains, warm beaches or simply the Italian way of being, with the Italians' temperament and ability to live out their feelings. All this enthusiasm for Italy has enabled us to expand our offer over the years, first to Asker, Grünerløkka, Sandvika and Drammen, and when we in 2017 took over the language school Allora, we covered most of Norway. In the spring of 2020 we started teaching Italian in virtual classrooms over the net, so now we really offer Italian courses to everyone in Norway.
Our teachers organize language vacations to their home towns in Italy, and we have a network of partner schools all over Italy, where you can learn Italian and enjoy the country.
Italia.no is a team of Italians resident in Norway and Norwegians who have lived in Italy and speak Italian: Elisa is Norwegian and has lived in Florence. Lorenzo and Marco are both from Rome and teach courses in addition to their roles in the leadership of the school. John is Norwegian and has lived in Rome: Together with his wife Federica, who led the school for many years, they are the owners. We are a small company which has grown step by step in spite of being something as rare as an operator in the cultural area, with no public funding.