Travelling to Italy this summer? If not, don’t worry, we have some summery suggestions on ways to enjoy Italian language and culture at home!


Giant Pizzas!

Looking for somewhere to eat out this weekend? Try Al Forno in Wimbledon! If you love pizza, this is the place for you – they are huge! Don’t be fooled by the menu… a small pizza is regular sized, and a medium is huge! Make sure you’re hungry before you go. Oh, and the pasta dishes are awesome too!

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Leonardo’s in Town!

The Queen’s Gallery is currently exhibiting Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing. In London until the 13th of October, this is a brilliant opportunity to see some of the Renaissance legend’s greatest drawings. With more than 200 pieces of work, this is an exhibition not to be missed. Tickets are £13.50 and can be purchased online.

Summery Italian Cinema

We may well be facing the hottest day on record here in London, but there’s nothing quite like an Italian summer! We’ve picked out some great summery Italian movies filmed in some of the country’s most beautiful destinations. They’re sure to get you into that dolce vita mood!

Il Postino – filed on the stunning island of Procida in the bay of Naples. This is a heart-warming film about a postman who delivers mail to a famous poet and ultimately needs his help to woo a special lady.


Pane, Amore, E... – this hilarious 1950s comedy is set in Sorrento with the lead character played by Sofia Loren. With love triangles, mambo Italiano dancing, and spectacular scenery, what’s not to love!


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Vacanze a Ischia – as the name suggests, this film it set on the island of Ischia. In this comedy we see the lives of those who have come on holiday to the island intertwine as their stories unfold. 


Racconti Romani – another 1950s classic, this comedy is set in Rome and tells the hilarious tale of a robbery gone wrong. It’s set against the incredible backdrop of the Italian capital in summer – bellissimo!


Check Out Our Library!

Did you know that we have a special foreign languages section for students in our library? From easy-readers and novels to grammar manuals and vocabulary activities, the books are free for our students to use. Why not visit the library and study or take an Italian book home today? 

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