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Check with the tourist office for lists of all current classes in and around Perugia.

Comitato Linguistico (075 572 14 71; www.comitatolinguistico.com ; Largo Cacciatori delle Alpi 5, 3rd fl) 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 €130 per week. The school can arrange private or family accommodation.

Cordon Bleu Perugia (075 592 50 12 in Italian, 075 692 02 49 in English; www.cordonbleuperugia.com ; Via dei Lilla 3, Casaglia) Come for a three-hour beginners’ class or a week-long professional chef course on Italian cuisine. Day courses teach newbies how to make bread, pasta, Umbrian appetisers, and there is even a singles’ cooking course. Week-long courses cost €350 to €600.

Università per Stranieri (075 5 74 61; www.unistrapg.it ; Palazzo Gallenga, Piazza Fortebraccio 4) This is Italy’s foremost academic institution for foreigners, offering courses in language, literature, history, art, music, opera and architecture, to name a few. A series of degree courses is available, as well as one-, two- and three-month intensive language courses starting at €300 a month and semester-long accredited programmes for students.

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