A Door to Italy – Genova

Via Caffaro 4/7
16124 Genova
Tel. +39 010 2465870
Fax +39 010 2542240


The School

A Door to Italy – Scuola di Italiano per Stranieri, founded in 2002, is the oldest established Italian language school in Genoa, close to Portofino and Cinque Terre. It specialises in the successful organisation of every aspect of a language course, taught by experienced teachers including additional social activities: guided tours of the city, visits to museums and different opportunities to enjoy the local culture and the local cuisine and products of Genoa.

All the language courses are offered all year round in our premises in the heart of the town.

The school is located in an elegant and fascinating 19th century building and offers to students large and sunny classrooms, a balcony, a lounge area with coffee corner and snacks, daily newspapers, free internet points with also WiFi connection, a furnished library and an information point regarding cultural and leisure activities.

Italian courses

Standard group courses

Duration: min. 1 week up to 1 year course

Lessons per week: 20 (55 min. each)

Prices: 1 wk: 220 euro; 2 wks: 360 euro; 3 wks: 485 euro; 4 wks: 590 euro; extra week: 130,00 euro; 3 months: 1500 euro; 6 months: 2700 euro; year course: 4800 euro

Description: lessons are held in small groups.
20 lessons from Monday through Friday.
The Standard course is the best way for students of all six ability levels, from the beginner A1 to the advanced C2, to join grammar and conversation. Groups are heterogeneous, multilingual and small and this helps to ensure that the students are given personal attention and the opportunity for self-expression.

Individual courses

Duration: student’s choice

Lessons per week: 1 lesson: 60 minutes

Prices: 1 h. 35,00 euro; 10 h. 340,00 euro; 20 h. 640,00 euro

Description: the program is completely customized, following students’ knowledge and needs. Considering the extreme flexibility of the schedule and attendance, it is particularly suitable for busy people. The individual course is also suitable for those people who attend a standard course, but having little time to stay in Italy, they desire to use the individual hours to dive as deep into the language as possible. Individual classes can also focus on cultural programs or on business Italian.

Culture Courses

Duration: min. 1 week

Lessons per week: 4 lessons/week, 1 lesson: 60 minutes

Prices: 1 wk: 60,00 euro; 2 wks: 120,00 euro; 3 wks: 180,00 euro; 4 wks: 240,00 euro

Description: at A DOOR TO ITALY we propose cultural and specialised courses about Italian Cinema (LA DOLCE VITA Course: an excursus from Neo-realism to the young generation represented by great Italian director such as Muccino, Ozpetek or Soldini), about Italian Songs (SONO SOLO CANZONETTE Course: students train pronunciation and learn new words through the songs of famous Italian singers Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Fabrizio De André, Roberto Vecchioni) and about the local Traditions of Genoa (GENOVA PER NOI Course: an interesting program based around music, theatre, literature and curiosity to travel deep into the Genoese spirit).

Special Courses

  • Specialist course for interpreters
  • Course “50 plus”
  • Online course
  • Italian and cooking
  • Italian for Opera singers
Featured courses
  • Italian and diving
  • Culture course “Viaggio in Italia”
  • Italiano and photography


A Door to Italy offers a wide range of housing options, from basic accommodation up to the high level solution, to guarantee our students a pleasant stay.
All of our accommodation arrangements are carefully selected and continuously monitored by the staff of the school. Accommodation are conveniently located close to the school and in the city centre.

Extracurricular activities

The school organises a rich and full program of social activities for students in order to practise the language also outside the classrooms and to let students socialize in a friendly atmosphere.

Other info


Member of ASILS

Official exam centre of Università per Stranieri di Perugia for CELI diploma

Official exam centre  for AIL diploma
Approved by Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione

Recognized by all the Italian Cultural Institutes in the world (IIC)

Recognized by the Swedish Board CSN, for study grants to students

Recognized by the BILDUNGURLAUB in Germany (Berlin, Hamburg, Hessen)