Italy is a wonderful place to go on vacations. There is so much history, beautiful scenarios and exciting cultural elements to get acquainted with. It has been the world’s cross road for more than 2,000 years. We highly encourage you to pack up your suitcases and go. But if your main goal is to learn Italian, then traveling to Italy may not be your only option. Please read this post first.

You may have many motives to go to Italy. And usually it’s a combination of things that encourage you to travel. But if one of your main goals is to learn Italian, you can advance a lot, even before you buy your plane tickets. Internet has so many resources to learn a language that you’ll have no excuse to not learn Italian.


We must be honest with you: nothing beats going directly to Italy to learn its language. We don’t want to discourage you from getting on the plane (or train if you’re already in Europe). There are so many benefits from traveling, that we could build a list that surpasses even learning the language. But there are a couple of things you must know before you hit the road:

Things you must know before taking your trip

a.) Just by being in the country where the language is spoken will not make you automatically learn the language. You must be highly motivated and work hard to learn it.

b.) The more Italian you learn before your trip, the more enriching will your experience be.

Here at we have grouped in one place a set of courses and resources that will help you greatly learning the language. And we have paid special attention in showing you many that are completely free.

Our main purpose is to make you have a great time while learning this romance language.

Why should you start learning Italian before you travel?

Here are some great reasons to learn Italian before your trip to Italy

So this is our personal point of view. Think of it this way:

1. There are aspects of the language that you can learn on your laptop. And there are other aspects you can only learn by traveling. Don’t leave those things you can learn at home to be learnt on the road.

2. It will build expectation towards your trip. To start learning Italian before you arrive at the boot will prepare you in many ways. And one of them is that it will make you pay attention to details you would let go otherwise. Being sensitive to small details will make your trip much more memorable and at the same time reward you with a higher understanding of the culture and language.

Things you must check out before you travel

So here are some of the things that will help you get your grip on Italian before you travel. You can click on any of the links below:

a.) Free Italian courses.

b.) Motivational posts to encourage you to learn Italian.

c.) All Italian courses.

I hope you find lots of interesting material. And I also wish you a happy trip to Italy! And if you can’t travel right now, don’t let that stop you from learning Italian.



Sharlee · July 5, 2018 at 2:14 AM

Hi Henry

You are right. Learning even the very basics (how to greet, count, ask directions and a few basics like eat, restaurant, etc.) before a trip is indeed very helpful.

It is also much fun to try to speak the language with the locals and to practice our pronunciation that way. We have found that the locals are immediately intrigued and open to make conversation, even if the rest of the conversation is conducted in English. But those first few sentences in their language, makes a huge difference to our traveling experience.

Thank you for an enjoyable read, Henry!

Cheers to us flying to go learn our language of choice! 😉

    Henry · July 26, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Hello, Sharlee!

    Yes, I totally agree with you! In fact, as I read your comment I can mentally travel to those moments in which connection with locals is made. And that first minute of interaction is so important. And as you say, locals are immediately intrigued and open to make conversation. It’s so rewarding.

    But to achieve this, we must first learn the basics of that language before we travel.

    Thank you so much for your comment! It has made me recall those special moments in which the eyes of locals sparkle with excitement hearing a foreigner talking to them in their own language! 🙂

ajibola40 · March 17, 2019 at 6:44 PM

I want to learn Italian. But going to Italy is to expensive for me. So I have been wondering if there were some cool alternatives such as courses and programs to learn the language.

I’m excited I have found your site because you promise to guide us through all these options we have to learn Italian online. I’ll start checking the suggestions you have mentioned here. Thank you very much!

    Henry · March 18, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Yes, there are plenty of options to learn Italian online.You can start checking the list of free options we have. I’m glad you liked my site.

Ola · March 17, 2019 at 6:44 PM

Italy is an ancient city and it has always been on my mind for a summer holiday. I had wanted to learn the language long time ago and I think it’s high time I do the needful.

Actually I intend visiting Africa during my next vacation in the summer. I’ll have some additional days in my journey and have been making up my mind whether to visit Greece or Italy. Because of my long desire to go to Italy, that will be the one I choose. Based of that first experience I’ll further on plan a complete vacation trip to the country.

Do you have a good site for booking flights to Italy? Thanks.

    Henry · April 5, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Hi! I wish you a good time in your trip to Africa. And also a good journey those final days to Italy. I know you’ll definitely want to go back.

    At the moment I don’t have a specific site for booking flights to recommend. I’m sorry.

Adamuts · March 17, 2019 at 6:51 PM

Hello Henry!

I believe we can learn the basics, such as greetings and some simple words before traveling to Italy.

And after we’re there, interacting with locals, can take us to a much higher level.

But there are quite a few points I hadn’t thought of concerning learning some Italian before going to Italy. So now, after reading your post, I really think we can learn more from our trip experience and assimilate more of the flavors in its culture if we spend time online learning the basics. It will not only help us move around freely but it will also benefit us by enhancing our learning.

    Henry · March 18, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Hi Adamuts! Thank you very much for your comment. And you have explained it beautifully. There are so many benefits learning a bit of Italian before we travel to Italy. It really doesn’t take much and we gain a lot! Keep well!

phranell86 · March 17, 2019 at 6:55 PM

Italy has a great history spanning thousands of years back. It is certainly one of my top 10 places to visit before I turn 40. I like the Italian seria A, and I’m planning a vacation to watch one of these matches live, pretty soon.

I would love to learn the basics of the language to make my trip more enjoyable. Personally, I’m familiar with Italian, and don’t have problem understanding it. My greatest challenge is speaking the language. 

I remember once when I was speaking French, I mispronounced a word and it turned out to be a very obscene word. Ever since then, I became excessively cautious when trying to speak a foreign language. Now, I’ll try to motivate myself again to try out Italian. 

Thanks for sharing those free resources. I will surely make out time to study with them. Even if it’s just learning the basics, I’ll be glad to interact with others when I’m finally able to make my trip.

    Henry · March 19, 2019 at 9:09 PM

    Hi Pharanell! I’m happy to hear that you can easily learn the basics of foreign languages. It’s a pity you mispronounced that word, but it’s good you have been very careful from that point forward.

    I’d be glad to have you here in my site taking advantage of all the resources available online.

Ricardo · March 17, 2019 at 7:43 PM

I have always thought of going to Italy. It has so many interesting things. But I must be honest, I had never thought of learning Italian.

After reading your post, my perspective has slightly changed. I do see how this would further enhance my experience when I visit the country. So I’ll look further into this.

    Henry · March 31, 2019 at 8:20 AM

    Hi Ricardo! Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you have considered the points I have mentioned here. And I wish you a good journey learning the language and a marvelous trip to Italy.

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