Special Classes



Italian movies while enjoying some wine and snacks.

Italian cinema is mostly known for its Neo-Realism period (embodied in the masterpieces by Vittorio De Sica) and the brilliant films of Federico Fellini. Yet, Italian Cinema is so much more. Since the beginning of the history of film, Italian Cinema has continually introduced innovative directors and talented actors, screenwriters, composers, set designers, and costume designers to the world.

All films are in Italian and subtitled. The screenings include discussions on the director, characters, plot, and themes that the movie explores.




Decades ago in Italy, intellectuals started what was known as the Salotti Letterari, or literary salons, where artists, philosophers, and writers met to share opinions and exchange and celebrate ideas. Fast forward, the city of Paris gave birth to Café society and soon all over Europe, the Caffe’ Letterari became the meeting point for everyone who wanted to make his/her voice heard. Today in Italy, the Caffe’ Letterari have evolved into spaces where not only you can enjoy a latte or cappuccino while reading a novel but also are places where you can attend performances, engage in discussions on all subjects, listen to presentations, etc. – all in the name of “Culture.”

Collina Italiana is proud to present its own Caffe’ Letterario. In celebration of Italian culture, CI students’ will improve their Italian language skills and expand on their knowledge of Italy, through recently released books. The group meets once per week for 5 weeks. Participants are provided copies of all material. (Books are provided if request is received 20 days prior the first class).

Caffe’ Letterario is a window into seeing the real Italy, through the experiences of native Italians. The class, designed for intermediate and advanced students, as well as Italians is conducted in Italian. In keeping with the salon spirit, coffee and pastries are served at every session.



L’arminuta, Donatella Di Pietrantonio

SCHEDULE: TBD  – Please inquire.

La piccola “arminuta” torna al suo paese e vive una fiaba al contrario. Una tredicenne rimandata nella misera casa natia dai genitori adottivi che l’hanno cresciuta tra gli agi.

Alcune storie hanno la capacità di scivolare sospese in un tempo esclusivamente narrativo, pur appartenendo a un’epoca e a una collocazione geografica precise. Il tempo diventa assenza, espressione di una dimensione umana legata a emozioni semplici e comunque universali, in quel vuoto di regole che costituisce l’essenza stessa delle vite da romanzo. (S.Pent – La Stampa) Continua la lettura

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FEE: Please click here to book 1 class for $15 OR 5 classes for $60.



At CI wine tastings, Italian wine cognoscenti Paolo Del Gatto from the famed Trattoria dell’Arte in New York City serves the group dry white and medium to full-bodied red Italian wines from the many regions of Italy.

Participants experience approximately 6 wines (3 red and 3 white), ranging from “Falesco” from Umbria, “Tiefenbrunner” from the Tyrol, “Kris” from the Italian/Austrian border, “Primitivo” from Puglia, “Argiolas” from Sardinia.

Allow CI’s very own sommelier surprise you! First, Paolo has you examine each glass of wine: for example, did you know that orange/amber is an optimal color for a red wine? Paolo reminds the group that aroma and taste are equally important when assessing the quality of a wine. At the end of the tasting participants understand how whimsical wine can truly be and that winemaking is all about culture: “Wine makers in Italy,” explains Paolo, “have their own ideas about what constitutes great wine, often informed by the region the grapes are grown, and their unique methods of vinification.”
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PARLA COME MANGI: Italian Language and Culture Supper Club

Parla Come Mangi: Italian Language and Culture Supper Club is a unique conversation class and a delectable Italian culinary experience.

At a monthly sit-down dinner at a select Italian restaurant, a CI language teacher facilitates discussion entirely in Italiano around core themes (tailored to participants’ levels), including: travel to Italy: where to go? what to see?; survival Italian: how to ask for information, how to reserve a hotel room, and how to order in a restaurant or bar; making small talk; la moda: dressing in Italy; Italian conception of romantic relationships; art, music, and literature of Italy; Italian contemporary film; Italian society: regionalism beyond North and South; the Italian family, the role of the church, and Italian educational system; Italian politics, the economy, and current affairs; etc.

In addition, the restaurant owners, chef, and staff address the group entirely in Italian for an evening of total language immersion.

The Parla Come Mangi: Italian Language and Culture Supper Club (conversation class and prix-fixe dinner) is $85 per session (including a complimentary glass of wine, tax, and tip). Join one session or the series for an authentic Italian cultural and culinary experience. …Benvenuti e Buon Appetito!

The Parla Come Mangi: Italian Language and Culture Supper Club
Private groups of 8 people or more are welcomed.


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