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Studying Italian

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Studying Italian

I am travelling to Italy with a friend from my Italan class in August 2012. We are deciding where to go to Italan school for a week or two and we are considering Genoa. Is a week or 2 too long there? Is it interesting enough, friendly, easy to get around? Does anyone have a language school they would recommend?

I have already been to one near Urbino and do prefer somewhere not too big.

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1. Re: Studying Italian

There is plenty to see and do in Genoa http://www.genova-turismo.it/spip.php?lang=en - and there is also fast, cheap and easy access on the train to nearby Italian Riviera towns such as Camogli, Santa Margherita and Varazze for beach swimming (Genoa's own swimming is from concrete or rocks or in salt water pools).

Genoa would be a good place to learn Italian, as it sees few English-speaking tourists so local people have not on the whole acquired the habit of talking English to foreigners.

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If you would like a smaller place by the sea, in a wonderful foodie town that gets very few tourists even though it has a pleasant beach, and breezy cafe-laden historic center, you can also consider the language school in Chiavari. They teach Italian as an immersion course, so you have to want that:

http://www.nel-blu.it/

Genova is bigger than Urbino, and only half as steep, with buses and funiculare to help you conquer the hills in August. All along the Italian Riviera you can expect to find big crowds if you pick the last two weeks of August for your stay, and it can be especially hard to nab a spot on the public beaches.

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I have attended language schools in Lucca (Lucca Italian Language school) and on the island of Elba (Koine) and would recommend either one of them.

You might like the island for August because of the beaches. There is seasonal bus service around the island but you might consider renting a car for convenience. Koine now has a school in Comogli which is near Genoa, on the coast, and has great transportation links.

http://www.luccaitalianschool.com/

http://www.koinecenter.com/

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