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toronto italian culture

Learn Italian By Doing

This program for adults invites you to learn or practice Italian in a relaxed and “simpatico” atmosphere outside of a traditional classroom. Join us to learn or polish your Italian!

Art & Aperitivo – Online series with Violante Binazzi

Art & Aperitivo is an opportunity to talk about art in a relaxed environment while enjoying our favourite drink together virtually. In this free online interactive workshop, we will discuss the most significant art news and events from around the world, using Italian magazines and newspapers. We invite you to practice your Italian while expressing your views.

  • Thursday, January 21 – March 11 at 7:00 – 8:00pm

Price: Free

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Club del Libro – Online series with Violante Binazzi

From the salons of the 18th century to the social reading of 2020, the literary circle is a time-honoured practice, which promotes culture and being together. Our new book club is an opportunity to explore and discuss contemporary Italian literature while learning Italian.

  • January 27  at 7:00 – 8:00pm “In altre Parole/In Other Words”
  • February 24 at 7:00 – 8:00pm “Le Assaggiatrici/At the Wolf’s Table”
  • March 24 at 7:00 – 8:00pm “La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa/ The Silent Duchess”

Price: Free

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NEWRacconti In Italiano – Short Stories in ItalianOnline series with Violante Binazzi

These monthly classes will offer students of Italian at all levels the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of contemporary literature in both Italian and English translations. The selection of short stories covers a rich variety of themes and styles and includes stories by established literary figures such as Italo Calvino and Primo Levi as well as the new generation of writers. Aspects of Sicilian and Italian life are explored by Leonardo Sciascia and Goffredo Parise.

The focus of the class will be on learning new vocabulary and Italian words. An electronic copy of the story will be provided in advance, upon registering.

  • January 27  at 12:00 – 1:00pm
  • February 24 at 12:00 – 1:00pm 
  • March 24 at 12:00 – 1:00pm

Price: Free

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Travel Through Italy – Online series with Angelita Papa

Take a virtual journey through the beautiful regions and cities of Italy! From North to South, get inspired by landscapes, recipes, small towns, poems, art, literature masterpieces and local tales. Whether you are sharing your Italian origins with your classmates or simply your love for this country, you will get to know lots of new Italian words, customs and friends!

Beginner: For adults with elementary or no knowledge of Italian.

Intermediate: For adults with an intermediate or greater knowledge of Italian. Topics will be mostly discussed in Italian with a focus on cultural aspects.

  • Monday, January 18 – March 8 at 6:30 – 7:30pm (Beginner – English Speaking) 

Price: Free

English Speaking Registration


Customized Italian Classes
(Group or one-on-one private setting) Classes available online.

Working closely with the instructors to develop tailored classes, this new adult program offers customized sessions designed to meet your interests, learning objectives and requirements. Whether as a team-building activity, professional development, or simply a fun and engaging way to learn Italian with family, friends or colleagues, we can customize a class for any level.

Availability & Pricing: Varies and specific to your level of customization. Inquire for more details.


For more information about programs, including registration, dates, times, and fees:

Cassandra Zannella
Arts & Culture Coordinator
Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 248
Email: cultural@villacharities.com