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Best cities to learn Italian

For those wondering which are the best cities to learn Italian, here is a post that addresses the matter. We will suggest a few options and give insights into the cities.

Italy may be the obvious choice for many. But to be fair, Italian is heavily spoken in some parts of Switzerland (the Ticino region) and somewhat in Malta.

However, all the cities we will suggest in this post are Italian cities. We believe they give you more opportunities to enrichen your understanding of the language.


We may start by addressing a negative comment you may have heard about Milan. People usually say it is cold and grey. And we admit it has fewer tourist attractions and more skyscrapers. And being a northern city means you should expect cold winters and less daylight.

It is an industrial city and one of the biggest metropolis in Italy. It is well-connected with all of Italy and abroad. Also, being a metropolitan area means prices are higher than in other parts of Italy. If you come from an urban area, Milan may make you feel more at home than you thought. 

A point when it comes to learning Italian, the accent is easy to understand. The accent in Millan is possibly the most neutral in all of Italy. And there are many academic options for learning the language.


The city of Bologna is an excellent choice for those that want to take their Italian skills to an advanced level. Bologna is the top city for Italians to go to University. Thus, this area is overwhelmed with young Italians.

If you decide to study in this town, blend with the locals. You will be fluent in no time! It is a good strategy.

Because there are so many good universities in this area, you will also find good language learning courses. Prices may be high in the area around the academic centers but become acceptable the farther you get.

Bologna is also in a privileged location in Italy, so it is easy to connect with the rest of the country.


Do you not like big cities? Then Pisa is the place for you. Apart from the tower of Pisa, it is a quiet place. You can imagine how many tourists go by that spot daily. But the activity is concentrated there, and it doesn’t affect the rest of the city.

Pisa is a beautiful city in Tuscany, very close to Florence. It has a lot of cultural influence from the Italian Renaissance. Thus, its streets recall the splendor of those old days.

A point concerning the accent is that the whole province of Tuscany has a very particular one. An aspiration that makes them recognizable and unique, but to start studying Italian there can make it a bit challenging.

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