Collina Italiana

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

CI offers programs for children all ages where they can learn the language in a playful and professional environment.

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Italian workshops: 2019/2020 - Ages 3-7

Art&craft, music, songs, dance, games, and a lot of FUN the Italian way!

Schedule: Saturdays, 3:30 – 5:00pm
Fee: $50
Location: 1556 Third Avenue, Suite 603


NOTE: Registration will close 1 week prior to the event



AGES 3-9+

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) / 9+ (Girotondo Viola).

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.

Reading and writing for 5 year old kids and older.

Children are placed in groups (max. 7 children) according to age and level of knowledge.

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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, and hands-on creativity (art projects).

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

Private and semi-private classes


Collina Italiana offers Italian private and semiprivate classes both on- and off-site for children all ages. Inquire about schedule and rates. 

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Italian Summer in the City 2019 – 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 3-6 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.

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.
Piccolo Teatro: perform your favorite star. Act in Italiano.
Le Uscite: outings to museums to discover Italian art.
Il Tavolo in Italiano: Summer school but more fun!

NEW! 6-8 year old Kids: Reading & Writing in Italian!

Discover Italy through activities, games and projects, focusing on Italian Culture and Traditions!

Mini Camp 2019 at Collina Italiana (weekly basis)

Summer Mini Camp session #1: June 11 – July 18
Summer Mini Camp session #2: August 6 – August 22

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

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- Please be advised that our make-up policy has been updated. See details below. –

Cancellation Policy

GROUP CLASSES: All requests for full refunds (minus a non-refundable deposit of $40) must be submitted to Collina Italiana by email and received by CI prior to the first day of class. Prorated refunds are allowed after the first class but no refund is given after the second class. There is a $20 fee for mid-semester class changes.

Please take into consideration that CI does not prorate any fee for missed classes: you can schedule a 1-1hour private lesson for $45 as a make-up class.

PRIVATE CLASSES: The fee is charged in full if cancellation is made less than 24 hours in advance.

Italian Summer in the City on the Upper East Side is for kids 3-6 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 museums; Il Tavolo in Italiano–lunch time!

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.

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