Taking the CELTA in Italy
Do you want to take your CELTA in Italy?
Known for its ancient history, delicious food, beautiful landscapes and sunny vistas, Italy is an enticing destination for TEFL teachers. There are plenty of TEFL job opportunities in Italy for CELTA-qualified English langauge teachers, so it is a great opportunity for you to train and start working in Italy.
From Roman ruins to Renaissance art and architecture all around, Italy is serious about its history and culture – and its food. Pasta, pizza, arancini (or arancino, if you’re in Sicily), gelato, tiramisu... you’ve probably tried all of these before, but maybe not in Italy. Everywhere in Italy has its own take on some of the classic dishes, as well as their own local specials, so there’s no better way to experience Italy than through your belly.
When it comes to everything else, Italy is a good-natured, easy going place, with friendly and welcoming residents. Even if you don’t speak Italian, one word you should know before visiting the country is “Boh”, usually said with a slight exclamation and shrug of the shoulders. It translates as “I don’t know” and can be used in a variety of situations that are confusing, perplexing or simply ridiculous. In Italy, there is no need to feel troubled – everything has a way of working itself out in the end.
International House has several teacher training centres where you can take your CELTA in Italy. Where you decide to go depends on what you want to get out of your experience, but you can be sure that no matter where you choose to take your CELTA, there will be history, art, music and a great opportunity to taste some traditional Italian food.
CELTA in Rome
Embrace the eternal city and live like a Roman. Taste the traditional pasta Carbonara and immerse yourself in the cradle of the Roman Empire. Rome is the capital of Italy and has an incredible artistic heritage. You will be able to visit the famous Colosseum, Pantheon, the Imperial Forums and the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel and works of art by Raffaello, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. See with your own eyes the famous spots of the iconic movie La Bella Vita by Federico Fellini, such as the Trevi Fountain. The CELTA teacher training centre in Rome has been operating for more than 50 years and it is right in the heart of Rome, close to the Colosseum and easily reached from Metro and Stazione Termini trains.
CELTA in Milan
Milan is considered the fashion capital in Italy with fashion shows and catwalks all year round, but this dynamic city has a lot more to offer. Among its architectural beauties, Milan boasts the stunning Duomo, Teatro La Scala and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. For nature lovers, you are just a short train ride from the Italian Lakes, including Lake Como, Garda and Maggiore. Art lovers can visit the world famous painting, The Last Supper, a 15th-century mural painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which is kept in Milan.
At night, the Navigli district of Milan is one of the most famous areas to visit, where resturants and bars crowd the pretty canals. Food lovers will enjoy the city’s tasty aperitivo with Spritz and should try the regional speciality of Risotto alla Milanese with saffron. Panettone, Italy’s traditional Christmas cake which dates back as far as 1400, was originally created in Milan.
CELTA in Florence
Florence is a wonderful city of art and culture and considered by some to be the birth place of the Italian language. It is where the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri lived and is home to the one of the most important museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. Here you can see paintings by Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. A walk round the city will inspire you during a break from your CELTA training course.
The CELTA teacher training centre in Florence is in the heart of the historic city centre in a beautiful seventeenth century palace. From the centre’s windows you will see Florence and the famous Ponte Vecchio. Definitely a room with view!
CELTA in Palermo, Sicily
At the centre of the Mediterranean, Sicily has had many different rulers: Arabs, Normans, Greeks, Spanish. The result of these changing cultures and languages is a city bursting with incredible sights and culture. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Arab-Norman monuments. The list of traditional food you should sample whilst staying in Palermo is long, but top of the list is street-food such as panelle made with chick pea flower or granita or gelato. Palermo is surrounded by the sea and there are some beautiful sandy beaches where you can enjoy a swim in the Mediterranean.
The CELTA teacher training centre in Palermo is located in the heart of the city centre within easy reach of all main attractions and only 15 minutes drive to the beach.
CELTA in Pescara
Pescara is a coastal city with 16 km of sandy beaches. Definitely a paradise for sea lovers, Pescara is very popular with Italian tourists as a summer destination to enjoy the lovely seafront and outdoor activities. So when you are not studying for your CELTA in Pescara, you can visit the beach.
Pescara is a small city so you can easily walk or ride a bicycle everywhere, but there still is a lot to see. Paintings by Miró and Picasso are on view at the Vittoria Colonna Museum of Modern Art. This city is also the birthplace of one of the greatest Italian writers, Gabriele D’Annunzio. Whilst in Pescara you should visit Citta’ Sant’Angelo where the famous wine Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is produced.
CELTA in La Spezia
Surrounded by the sea and with a strong martime tradition, La Spezia is a great location to stay and explore the region of Liguria. The streets and the old town of La Spezia are incredibly atmospheric. During a break from your CELTA, you can visit archeological and marine museums and trace the wonderful trips of sailors such a Christoper Columbus who discovered America. Just along the coast is the famous Cinque Terre, a string of five fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera. This area has been recognized by the Unesco Mankind's World Heritage, and has become a National Park and Protected Marine Area, with the aim of protecting this great cultural heritage and natural environment.
Ligurian food is renowned and you will be able to try traditional specialities such as the world-famous pesto alla genovese.
The CELTA teacher training centre in La Spezia is located right in the city centre very close to the port and within easy reach of the famous Cinque Terre natural reserve.
CELTA in Reggio Calabria
Would you like to sit on a beach gazing at Mount Etna or go on a boat trip to the Aeolian Islands? There is no better place than Reggio Calabria - located in the toe of Italy on the Strait of Messina.
We are a small town, so you won't be surrounded by tourists, but there is so much to explore from mountains, beaches, Greek ruins, museums - and of course our traditional culinary experiences.