When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Gabriella Di Folco
  • Course Code W23HMSJ02B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This 11-week course is specifically designed for proficient students who are interested in exploring the rich history, diverse architectural styles, and cultural significance of Italian architecture. Through an immersive and interactive learning experience, you will deepen your understanding of the diverse architectural styles, historical significance, and cultural impact of Italian architecture. The course will include a study of ancient Roman architectural achievements in Italy, including the Baths of Caracalla; analysis of medieval Italian architecture, with a focus on cathedrals, castles, and city walls; in-depth exploration of Renaissance architectural masterpieces, such as Florence Cathedral and Palladio's villas; examination of the Baroque and Rococo architectural styles in Italy, featuring works like the Royal Palace of Caserta; study of Neoclassical and Rationalist architectural movements in Italy, including examples like the Casa del Fascio in Como; analysis of modern and contemporary architectural developments in Italy, featuring architects like Renzo Piano and Massimiliano Fuksas. The course will involve engaging discussions, presentations, virtual site visits, and research projects to foster a comprehensive appreciation of Italian architectural heritage and expand your Italian language proficiency. You will have the knowledge and vocabulary to engage in meaningful discussions about Italian architecture and its historical and cultural significance. Join us on this unique and enriching learning experience and let Italy's architectural wonders inspire your Italian language journey!

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Enhance your conversational skills for discussing travel experiences and for engaging in conversations about Italian architecture.
  • Master grammar structures for describing builidng, expressing past experiences, anecdotes and opinions.
  • Expand your vocabulary related to architecture and history.
  • Gain a deeper appreciation for Italian architectural heritage.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    These are remote lessons via video conference (with Microsoft Teams). You will get clear guidance and ongoing, regular and informal feedback from your tutor, in a friendly and supportive environment. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals.

    Entry requirements

    No formal qualifications are necessary. A proficient knowledge of the Italian language is required to be able to follow the course in Italian only.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You will do independent reading, research and language activities before every lesson. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required.

    What you need

    You will need a device to access online video sessions and materials (handouts and links to various websites) in Microsoft Teams. No textbook is required for this course.

    What you can do next

    You will be able to progress to the next course 'Italian Proficiency Camminando gli antichi sentieri in Italia Unit 3' (Course Code: W23HMSJ02C). You can also attend the one day Saturday course 'L'appuntamento con la storia', taking place at the British Museum on the 17th of February and 29th of June (Course Code: W23HMSJ07B/C) to engage in a visual analysis of Etruscan, Greek and Romans artifacts.