Travelers Italian

Planning a trip to Italy this year? Perhaps just daydreaming of walking the reconstruction of Pompeii, boating along the Amalfi coast, or strolling the historic, picturesque, and somewhat chaotic streets of Rome?

Sunset on historic St Peter’s Basilica.

How will you spend your time to experience the most Italian culture? Will you be able to communicate with shopkeepers, read the bus and train schedules, get the most from the many museums? Will you be ready to appreciate the beauty that is Italy?

Take Italia in Ohio’s Travelers Italian and you will be well on your way! Fluent? No, but well ahead of the masses that descend on the Italian peninsula every year. In three interactive 90 minute classes you will start with the basics, from the alphabet and numbers to simple greetings to building-block sentences into which you fit one verb or noun to cover hundreds of occasions. There will be handouts that cover vocabularies for food, sightseeing, and shopping, including a clothing size conversion table.

Serene Venice: La Serenissima

You will learn your options to get from the airports to the city centers, and by train from one city to another. When you arrive in each city you will have the knowledge to prioritize your time, making the most of your visit without being rushed. You trip to Italy will be much more than seeing the sights – it will be about meeting the people, and you will be prepared for both. Oh yes, and you will be primed for the fabulous foods that Italy offers.


Travelers Italian will be held Sundays March 31, April 7, and April 14 at the Italia in Ohio offices, 4663 Executive Drive (43220) in the first floor conference room. Your 90 minute learning experience begins at 1:30 but will last a lifetime. For details write or phone 614.538.8000. And this link will take you to registration: REGISTER

Beginer’s Italian Classes Start 14 January!

Let’s face it; winters in central Ohio are usually cold and damp and grey.  You really need to break the monotony and exercise your hibernating grey matter.  “Use it or lose it” as the saying goes.  Not just a catch phrase, there is ample research into the health benefits of learning a second language.

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Beyond the physical health benefits their are the enhancements to your mood.  Italian language classes at Italia in Ohio are interactive with an emphasis on social interaction.  You with be in class learning and practicing your newly-found language skills with other adults.  In-classroom work is augmented with periodic “Parliamo”, get-togethers at a local Italian restaurant or gelateria to practice what you have learned and pick up some additional phrases.

You will learn a lot more than grammar and vocabulary lists.  You will immerse yourself in Italian culture including the rich history, the art and music, and naturally – the food!  There is so much to learn and you will have the perfect teacher for the class, Samanta Buffa.  She taught in Siena Italy, in the US at Bucknell and at OSU, and for the past three year here at Italia in Ohio.

So join our welcoming crew of Italophiles starting this January 14th. Italian for Beginners Year 1 Session one will meet at 6:00 PM for 10 weeks in our conference room 9.  After that most students continue onto sessions 2 and 3 to complete our school year. Samanta is expecting you!

To enroll in the class and experience that will last a lifetime click: HERE

Phone us if you would like additional details: 614.538.8000.

Gift certificates are available.  No worry about the size; one class fits all!

Ci vediamo presto!


Experience Italy through her Art, History, and Food

What better way to spend a grey winter’s afternoon that a virtual tour of Italy?

Starting in January our art scholar Rosa Di Grottole will present classes featuring new Italian cities to discover. Each day a different city and a different aspect of Italian culture. The presentations will be on the art, food and culture of Milano, Bologna, Napoli, Matera and Palermo.

It will be Italy from north to south concentrating on some of the of the cities less traveled. This time we are bypassing Roma, Venezia, and Firenze so you will experience different histories and viewpoints.

Each presentation (in English) is just $30; come for just one or two, or experience the entire series.

Enroll and pay on our website: REGISTER  And for a holiday gift certificate contact