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.

NEWS RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. — Want to protect against the effects of Alzheimer’s? Learn another language.  That’s the takeaway from recent brain research, which shows that bilingual people’s brains function better and for longer after developing the disease.  Psychologist Ellen Bialystok and her colleagues at York University in Toronto recently tested about 450 patients who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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!


Un Viaggio in Toscana con Rosa

A trip to Italy is on everyone’s list of things to do. Each region has many delightful aspects and in Toscana the top draws are Renaissance art (works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Giambologna, Bernini, and so many more) and a history rich with powerful families (Medici, Pitti, Sforza, Orsini), intrigue, religion, and cut-throat (literally) politics.  Add to these aspects the enchanting countryside, the preserved architecture, and the fabulous food, and you would have a most memorable trip.

But wait – that’s not all!

Our guide will be the art scholar Rosa Di Grottole. She will introduce us to the works of the masters and also to her friends because Rosa lived and worked in several of the key cities in Tuscany. We will experience the history and culture of the Italian Renaissance first hand, like a native.  And each day we will have a class pertaining the Italian grammar and to the sites that we will visit.  This will be a “study abroad” program as never before offered.

The tours and instruction will be in Italian so expect to be immersed both in the Italian language and Italian culture.  You will return home with an experience that will last a lifetime and with a better command of Italian than you might have thought possible.

Our trip will include the instruction classes, your hotel, many meals, coach and train tickets, entrances to the museums, and more.  As for the cities, click on this link -> Video to see a few glimpses of where we will be going and what we will be doing.

In just 9 days you will have seen more of Tuscany and learned more about the language and art and culture in Renaissance Italy than if you had spent months studying back home.  This trip is a living experience.  It is more than just immersion, you will become a part of the Italian lifestyle.

The trip for Italian speakers with moderate to fluent capability departs Columbus on 4 June 2019.  A second trip for basic to moderate fluency would depart 13 June.  We could book your flights specific to this event or you could embed this fabulous opportunity within or on either end of an extended trip in Europe.  The land package charge includes charges for hotel, trains, entrance fees, most meals, and Rosa as a native language teacher and art expert.

Contact us for a detailed brochure.  Attendees are limited to just 10 people. Reserve your spot by 31 December to ensure inclusion in this trip and to lock in your price. Cost for the land package is just $3280.  For additional information click below on “Study Abroad 2019”.

Study Abroad 2019

Parliamo e Meetup da Cafè Napolitana

Lunedì, 14 maggio, alle 7 di sera.
The annual gathering of Italophiles will take place again at Cafè Napolitana, Monday 14 May at 7PM, hosted by owners Palmo and Dee Aracri.  Attendees will include Italia in Ohio, the Columbus Italian Language Meetup, OSU, Columbus State, and more. We will take the entire back room for an evening of eating (cibi fatto a casa), drinking (large selection of craft beers), and conversing (wide variation in fluency).
The Cafè is 40 No. High; enter from High or Pearl Alley. Park in lots at Gay&High, Leveque Tower, or the statehouse.  Early arrivals might even score a street meter. Or arrive by CBus.
Peek at their menu: Cafè Napolitana  So that Palmo could be prepared please indicate your coming: e-mail to or link to the Meetup Website
Clink on the map below to enlarge.
A presto!