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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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Italian workshops: Winter 2018 - Ages 3-7


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




Schedule: Saturdays, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Fee: $45 - 1.5 hours
Location: 1556 Third Avenue, Suite 506A


Workshop della befana:                      January 6th, 2018
Workshop di Carnevale:                      February 10th, 2018
Workshop di pittura (painting):           March 3rd, 2018
Workshop di primavera (spring):        March 31st, 2018
Workshop degli animali:                     April 28th, 2018
Worshop delle canzoni (songs):         May 26th, 2018
Workshop dell'estate (summer):        June 9th, 2018


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.

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


Girotondo Giallo – AGES 2-3

Wednesday: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 11:00am

Girotondo Rosso – AGES 4-5

Monday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Friday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 11:00am

Girotondo Blu – AGES 6-8

Monday: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Friday: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Girotondo Viola – AGES 9+

Friday: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

NEW! Girotondo in Wall Street!

Tuesday: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm (AGES 3-5)

Saturday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am (AGES 6-8)

                  11:15 am – 12:15 pm (AGES 3-5)

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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, Thursday and Friday, 9-11am OR 9-12pm 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.

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.  

Italian Summer in the City 2018

AGES 3-6

Collina Italiana (CI) is pleased to announce its Italian Summer in the City 2018 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.
  •             Leggiamo insieme: practice vocabulary through Italian stories and books.
  •             Cinema Italiano: learn Italian through animated movies and cartoons.
  •             Arte Insieme: be creative –make art and speak Italian.
  •             Le Uscite: outings to museums to discover Italian art.


Summer Mini Camp session #1: June 12 – July 19
Summer Mini Camp session #2: August 7 – August 30 

Option 1: $450/w – Tues/Wed/Thurs               9.00 am - 3.00 pm
Option 2: $320/w - Tues/Thurs                         9.00 am - 3.00 pm
Option 3: $270/w – Tues/Wed/Thurs                9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Option 4: $190/w - Tues/Thurs                         9.00 am - 12.00 pm

10% Discount for siblings

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Set on the Upper East Side, our Italian classes allow children to benefit from a comprehensive approach to learning in an age-appropriate and inviting atmosphere. Classes for kids include: Giardino dei Bambini (drop-off on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9am-12pm); Girotondo Giallo, Rosso, Blu, and Viola (ages 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9 and older); Italian Art and Yoga Workshops; Private and semi-private tutoring. Children gather around to share learned words and expressions through playful, skill-building activities such as games, songs, dances, and stories. For all the bellissimi details on Collina Italiana, call the Italian instructors today!

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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