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Collina Italiana

1556 Third Avenue , Suite 602-603 ( between 87th and 88th Street)

New York, NY

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About Collina Italiana


Collina Italiana is an Italian Language and Cultural Center on the Upper East Side.

For almost fifteen years, CI has been offering fun and engaging programs where children of all ages can learn the language in a playful and nurturing environment.

Programs include: Afterschool classes, morning drop-off sessions, workshops and Summer camp.


Girotondo AGES 3-12

We are online! Beat boredom and learn Italian! Collina Italiana is offering virtual group classes for kids ages 2-3 (Girotondo Giallo) / 4-5 (Girotondo Rosso) / 6-8 (Girotondo Blu) / 9-12 (Girotondo Viola). In Girontondo ("Circle") an experienced instructor provides opportunities for kids to learn Italian through play and activities: games, songs, dances, and storytelling. Reading and writing for age 5 and older.

Giardino dei bambini

Giardino dei bambini AGES 2-4

Giardino dei Bambini is a morning drop-off playgroup at CI for kids ages 2-4. Children may join in on the fun every Monday, Tuesday, and/or Thursday: 9-11am OR 9-12pm.
Experienced instructors work with kids to learn Italian through play, while learning important socialization skills.
The program offers language learning through games, songs, dance, cartoons and hands-on creativity (art projects).
Note: Space is limited. 24-hour advance reservation is required.

Private and semiprivate classes

Private and semiprivate classes All Ages

Learning Italian has never been easier! Collina Italiana offers Italian private and semiprivate classes online for children all ages. Programs are customized according to the age, needs, and goals of the student. The schedule is very flexible. Inquire about rates and packages.

Italian workshops: 2019/2020

Italian workshops: 2019/2020 Ages 3-10

Arts & crafts, music, songs, dance, games, and a lot of FUN the Italian way! Children gather together in a virtual classroom for an Italian full immersion experience! Workshops are fun, educational, and the best way to socialize with other kids in Italian. The theme is different every week, new activities are experienced during each event! Single classes or packages are available to book.

Italian Summer in the City '19

Italian Summer in the City '19 Kids 3-5 & 6-8 yo

Collina Italiana (CI) is pleased to announce its Italian Summer in the City on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
It is a weekly basis mini-camp, very flexible (minimum 2 days per session).
The program is designed for 3-8 year old 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.
Discover Italy through activities, games and projects, focusing on Italian Culture and Traditions!

The program includes:

Giochiamo in Italiano: learn Italian through play – music, theater, and games.
Arte Insieme: be creative – make art and speak Italian. Cinema Italiano: study Italian through animated movies and cartoons.
Le Uscite: outings to museums to discover Italian art.
Il Tavolo in Italiano: snack and lunch time in Italiano.

Flexible and fun! Inquire about our 2 or 3 days/week options: 3 or 6 hours/day!

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Italian Summer in the City is for kids 3-8 who want to absorb the culture of Italy. The program includes Giochiamo in Italiano-learn Italian through play; Cinema Italiano-study Italian through animated movies; Arte Insieme-make art, speak Italian; Le Uscite-outings to playgrounds and museums; Il Tavolo in Italiano-lunch time!

Meet the Director

Patrizia Saglio, director of Collina Italiana, was born in Switzerland and grew up speaking Italian, French, and German. She graduated in political science from Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, where she worked for several years as an assistant professor and private teacher. After moving to NY, she opened an Italian Cultural Center, offering classes in an authentic cultural setting and combining them with culinary arts, wine, and film. The goal of Collina Italiana is to introduce, through conversation, both children and adults to the beautiful life and language of Italy!