Collina Italiana

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Collina Italiana is an Italian Language and Cultural Center that offers different programs through which children learn the language in a playful environment.


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AGES 3-8

This year-round kids' program offers comprehensive language learning and hands-on instruction in the arts to children ages 2-3 (Girotondo Giallo) / 4-5 (Girotondo Rosso) / 6-8 (Girotondo Blu).

In Girontondo ("Circle") an experienced instructor provides opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play and activities: games, songs, dances, storytelling, and film (Disney movies in Italian). Participation in multiple arts and crafts projects also reinforces the children's Italian language skills.

Children are placed in groups (max. 7 children) according to age. 

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Giardino dei bambini
AGES 2-5

Giardino dei Bambini is a morning drop-off playgroup at CI for kids ages 2-5. Children may join in on the fun every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12 on an as needed basis. Experienced instructors provide multiple opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play, while learning important socialization skills. The program offers language learning through games, activities, songs, dance, theater, and hands-on creativity (art projects).

Note: Space is limited. 24-hour advance reservation is required.

Paint with Italian
AGES 3-10

Children love crafts; painting is a great outlet for that. Combine painting and Italian together in one class, and that's an unbeatable combination! Paint with Italian, led by renowned artist Ylenia Mino, uses the artistic medium of painting while augmenting Italian language skills. In an artistic/linguistic environment, children tend to be more focused, learn quicker and gain excellent developmental benefits, including increased self-confidence, enhanced creativity and awareness of their abilities. Children thrive greatly in a relaxed environment allows them to explore their creativity while learning Italian.

Homework help in Italiano
Tutoring / Group and Private Classes


Collina Italiana is continuing its work with American children and teens, enrolled at Italian school or in Italian programs, who desire homework help in Italiano in all subjects. CI addresses the needs of many Italian students in New York who seek reading, grammar, writing, and pronunciation support in English. CI's goal is to successfully reinforce a student's bi-lingual education. Private and semi-private tutoring in both Italian and English are forming. Please inquire.

Italian Summer in the City 2016

Collina Italiana (CI) is pleased to announce its Italian Summer in the City 2016 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The program is designed for kids (and parents) who want to absorb the warm and lively culture of Italy. Have fun Italian style: learn and practice Italian, meet new friends, and enjoy a unique summer in the city!

The program includes:

  • Giochiamo in Italiano: learn Italian through play–music, theater, and games.
  • Cinema Italiano: study Italian through animated movies and cartoons.
  • Arte Insieme: be creative –make art and speak Italian.
  • Paint With Italian: Combine painting and Italian together in one class
  • Le Uscite: outings to museums to discover Italian art

2016 Summer Camp #1: June 6 - July 15
2016 Summer Camp #2: August 8 – September 2

Option 1: Mon-Thurs 9.00 am - 3.00 pm Fri 9 am – 12.00 pm
Option 2: Tues-Thurs 9.00 am - 3.00 pm 
Option 3: Tues/Thurs 9.00 am - 3.00 pm 
Option 4: Tues/Wed/Thurs 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Option 5: Tues/Thurs 9.00 am - 12.00 pm 

Tuition per week:
$600 (Option 1)
$450 (Option 2)
$320 (Option 3)
$270 (Option 4)
$190 (Option 5)

10% Discount for siblings 

Early Drop off (8.30 am): $10 per day / Late Pick up (4.30 pm): $20 per day 

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This summer, immerse your family in the wonders of the Italian culture and language without leaving the city. Located on the UES and running June 6-July 15 and Aug. 8-Sept. 2, Summer in the City 2016 is designed for kids who want to absorb the warm and lively culture of Italy, learn and practice Italian, and meet new friends. The program includes Giochiamo in Italiano, where campers learn Italian through play, music, theater, and games; Cinema Italiano, where animated movies and cartoons teach Italian; Arte Insieme, which encourages campers to be creative, make art, and speak Italian; Le Uscite, taking campers to museums to discover Italian art!

Meet the Camp Director

ALESSANDRA GRECO, Children's Program Director for 3 years at CI, was born and raised in Rome. She earned a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the Universita' degli Studi Roma Tre. Her studies included: linguistics, philology of Germanic languages, Italian literature, and English literature. In addition to mastering English, Alessandra has learned Spanish and French.
An Instructor of Italian for more than ten years both in Italy and abroad (England-Ireland-USA), Alessandra is an experienced instructor, especially adept with children, and working forever with programming. She teaches adult classes at CI too.