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This is Italy's foremost academic institution for foreigners, offering courses in language, literature, history, art, music, opera and architecture. One-, three- and six-month language courses start at €400 a month; intensive courses in summer cost €600 a month.
Catering to a more serious crowd, the lessons here are slightly more rigorous than Stranieri. Two- and four-week courses start throughout the year, priced from €150 per week. The school can arrange private or family accommodation.
Accademia della Lingua Italiana Corsi di Lingua e Cultura Italiana runs a variety of courses, including Italian language, culture, singing, painting and cooking. It also offers free preparation for the CILS (Italian teacher abroad) course. There’s a maximum of 12 students per class and costs start at about €300 for two weeks of instruction.