Bologna is a city full of surprises. A majestic square framed by historical buildings, some dating back to the 1400s; a monumental statue of Neptune, set in a fountain surrounded by four voluptuous sea nymphs; two stately towers, one of which you can climb for a breath-taking view of the city’s russet-coloured rooftops; almost 40 kilometres of porticos, offering shade from the summer heat and shelter from the winter rain; a window where you can look onto a magical, hidden canal; and a vast array of restaurants, bars and cafés where you can enjoy a meal, a snack or just a glass of wine ‘al fresco’ at any time of day. A city you won’t easily forget and the perfect place to study Italian!
I loved my week at Arca! My teachers are excellent, they were patient, kind and made learning even the most basic concepts fun. The staff at Arca is welcoming and kind. My husband and I went on a tour set up by Arca. It was very educational. I have been so impressed with the level of intellectualism and friendliness of Bologna, thanks to Arca. I will definitely be back!
This was a marvelous program. everything is as advertized and the staff and the teachers could not be more helpful, knowledgeable and kind. My course placement seems to have been adequate, even though this must be one of the most difficult challenges for the ARCA staff. The tours and museum visits too seem perfectly suited for both the students and the staff. Also, Lucia is a fantastic personal tutor! Best of luck.
I had an amazing time in Bologna. The city is beautiful and everything is in walking distance. Yet, there is still everything one needs, with many shops and restaurants. The school was amazing, everyone was so kind and I loved that I actually had to (try to) speak only in Italian in class. The teachers are very helpful and I think I learned a lot during the short week that I stayed here. I will definitely come back! ?
I had a very good experience at arca. The materials used in class are appropriate and the teaching methods good. The teachers are very knowlegeable about Italian grammar. The other students were also a pleasure to be with. They were all serious about learning. There was also a nice mix of age group from early twenty to retirement age. The staff were very helpful and organised.
Compliments for the school! Your staff, and the teachers were very kind, I felt very welcome since the first day. I liked the way of teaching; very focused on communication. I advanced very weel. Grazie mille!
We came for just one week during which we have been welcomed “benissimo”. Lucia and Massimo have been very helpful and flexible in looking after us and taught me much. However, as a complete beginner, a week is not long enough to enable me to converse effectively or make my way in an Italian world. But it has given me a very good bases and framework for me to go off and learn much more for myself. Perhaps by Internet. Then maybe we return next year for 2 or 3 weeks at higher level.
Arca was one of the first schools of Italian as a foreign language in Bologna. Set up in 1998 with the aim of encouraging the meeting of different cultures and to spread the knowledge of Italian language and culture…
Our method , which is regularly updated, is based on “doing” and “saying”, or “communicative acts”. Important international research has in fact shown that much more is learnt by doing than by simply studying…