Under the auspices of Regione Abruzzo



Under the auspices of Comune di Lanciano


Under the auspices of Provincia di Chieti


Welcome to Scuola Athena!

ATHENA International Italian Language School is a friendly long-established school in the historic city of Lanciano. Italian language is taught by fully-qualified staff in a 15th Century building. Beginner, intermediate and advanced level courses are given to small classes throughout the year. The city itself is in the province of Abruzzo, only ten minutes from the beaches of the Adriatic coast, yet within half an hour of the snow-capped mountains of the Majella National Park.


Athena Italian Language School and Courses in Abruzzo - Italy


Italian Language Courses take place in Lanciano, an historic town situated on the Costa dei Trabocchi. Taught by qualified and experienced teachers, individual  and group courses are available throughout the year. Summer group courses are held from May to September.

Individual Courses

TextBullet Intensive courses: 10-20 hours per week
TextBullet The courses run daily Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:30 / 15:30 to 19:30
TextBullet Non intensive courses: 4-6 hours per week
TextBullet The courses run from Monday to Friday.
TextBullet The time and length of the lessons can be arranged with the teacher.
TextBullet Classes are held at all levels: beginners, elementary, intermediate, advanced.


Group Courses 2016

Group Courses are provided 3 hours a day, 15 hours per week.

TextBullet Students may enrol for 1, 2 or 3 weeks
from  April 4 to April 22
from  May 2 to May 20
from June 6 to June 24
from July 4 to July 22
from September 5 to September 23
from  October 3 to October 21

TextBullet Classes are held at all levels: beginners, elementary, intermediate, advanced
TextBullet Courses take place Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00
TextBullet Classes are provided for 4 to 8 students and up to 12 for organized groups.
TextBullet The minimum age for admission to language group courses is 18.
TextBullet Young students are admitted if accompanied by a responsible adult.
TextBullet One-to-one tuition can be added to the general group course.

Students enrolling for 1 or 2 weeks in a beginners’ class must still begin their course on the first day of one of the periods above.

Group courses of 15 hours per week can be arranged in different periods of the year if there is a specific request from a group of at least 4 students of the same level. A group course of 9 hours per week can be arranged for 3 students of the same level.

NB: in groups with fewer than four students the hours are reduced to 9hrs per week;
with one student per class they are reduced to 8hrs per week.



Concentrated Italian Language Courses

One-to-one over one week 20 hours of lessons
over one week 20 hours of  lessons
over two weeks 30 hours of lessons
over two weeks 30 hours of lessons
over two weeks 40 hours of lessons
over two weeks 40 hours of lessons



Group Courses for people who live in Abruzzo

Weekly language classes: 2 hours per week at school
(The larger the class, the larger the discount for each participant.)**

TextBullet Practical vocabulary
TextBullet Essential grammar
TextBullet Conversation

Weekly themed gatherings: 2 – 4 hours per week at school 
(2-4 hours per week at a very reasonable price / a specially discounted rate.)**

TextBullet Cultural events at school
TextBullet Conversation classes at school
TextBullet Talk and walk (short excursions around the city)
TextBullet Guided walking tours in the area
TextBullet Cooking classes (lunch included)
TextBullet Wine tastings
TextBullet Trips to local restaurants

Classes of the appropriate level – beginners, elementary, intermediate or advanced – are arranged for a minimum number of 4 participants. Very special rates for larger groups. 


Cultural Activities

Additional optional courses are available two afternoons per week in the following subjects:

TextBullet Regional cuisine
TextBullet Italian Literature and Art*
TextBullet Archaeological History of Abruzzo*

*Require some prior knowledge of Italian.

TextBullet The availability of all courses depends on a minimum number of 4 participants.


Courses available on request throughout the year

TextBullet Conversation classes
TextBullet Business Italian
TextBullet Italian for Tourism
TextBullet Italian for house buyers
TextBullet Courses for children
TextBullet Organized group courses
TextBullet Courses are available via Skype
TextBullet Courses for teachers of Italian
TextBullet Courses for Dante Alighieri Certification of proficiency in Italian NEW
TextBullet Music classes NEW click here


Italian Language Courses take place in Abruzzo, Italy, in the historic town of Lanciano, famous all over the world for the Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church.


Italian language classes are held in Abruzzo, Italy. Abruzzo is the greenest region in Europe with four national parks, the Apennine Mountains and 130 km of coastline.



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