Member of ASILS, the Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language designed to guarantee the quality of instruction and professional level of services offered to students.


Member and official exam centre of AIL, Accademia Italiana di Lingua® (AIL) which is the professional Association of schools, institutions and experts in the field of teaching Italian as a Foreign Language. The main aim of the association is to further and to guarantee the high standards set by the association and required from its members. The AIL initiated the first diploma of modern Italian which effectively tests the language abilities of the candidates. 

Member of EDUITALIA Association



Approved by the ITALIAN MINISTRY OF EDUCATION for the teaching of Italian as second language


Recognized by all the Italian Cultural Institutes in the world (IIC) and therefore approved by the PROVINCIA DI GENOVA

Recognized by the Swedish Board CSN, for study grants to students


Recognized by the BILDUNGURLAUB in Germany (Berlin, Hamburg, Hessen), for study grants to workers


 CELI Exam Center - Celi is the Italian language certification, officially recognized all over the world, issued by the  University for foreigners of Perugia


Benefits and Guarantees


The Italian Language School for Foreigners A DOOR TO ITALY was established in 2002, and is the first institution teaching Italian as a foreign language in Genoa. Each year hundreds of students from all over the world enjoy our top quality courses.


A Door to Italy is located in an elegant and fascinating building of the 19th century, one minute from all the main places in Genoa. Classes are held in spacious, bright rooms equipped with tape recorders, videos, white boards and TV. There is also a library, free internet point and free internet access WiFi. 


Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced. All are native speakers of Italian who are career language teachers, often with experience of teaching Italian in other countries. They are all university graduates with extensive teaching experience. They have also been specifically trained to teach Italian as a foreign language. The optimal quality of teaching offered is reinforced through teachers’ meetings, classroom observations and workshops. A Door to Italy also employs full-time administrative staff dedicated to their work – they arrange accommodation, cultural activities and bookings.


Italian Language and Culture, General Italian, Business Italian, Individual Tuition, Courses for Executives, Combined Courses (group+individual), Cooking classes, Italian and diving, Italian and sailing, Italian and Photography, Cultural courses.


Our programme is based on 6 different levels: from beginners to advanced levels corresponding to the Common European Framework of Languages (from A1 to C2). To asses the level each new student is required to take the entry test, both written and oral during the first day of lessons.


The classes are small, with average of 5-6 students per group. This helps to ensure that the students are given personal attention and the opportunity for self expression.


Our students come from all over the world, usually in a group there are no more than two students of the same nationality. Different languages and cultural backgrounds make the group and the lessons very interesting and the learning process particularly fast. 


A Door to Italy has been awarded several years from

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