with Vilma Noga

Wednesdays, at 11 am EDT/8 am PDT 
May 19 -  July 7, 2021
Registration Status: OPEN
Class size limited to 8 students
Tour Cost: $150 for series of 8

 Language is an essential part of each country's personality and art. When we do travel again, knowing a bit of the language of the land would significantly enhance one's appreciation of the culture and people, help one be more independent, and put one more at ease in interactions with people. (Even in our poetry class, it would help to read Dante in Italian.)

We've been having so many laughs at our own mistakes under the tutelage of the forgiving Vilma, whom I  met at Pensione Bencista in Fiesole, outside of Florence, while on a painting trip with Eli Cedrone. During the first lesson, almost everything was spoken in English; during the sixth lesson - only 6 weeks, mind you, almost everything was spoken in Italian and most everyone understood and got the gist of what was said.  That's real progress.

So, therefore, we want to continue.  And, needless to say, during our second series, the predominant conversation was all in Italian, so we just need to continue. 

New students who aren't complete beginners are welcome.  We'd like to keep the maximum number of students at 8.


Vilma will teach  conversational Italian in an 8-week series, starting Wednesday, May 19 at 11:00 EDT. As we move on to more advanced conversation, Vilma will also interject some necessary grammar.  This is the third series in Vilma's Italian lezione. The only requirement to participate in these classes is that you are willing to converse in Italian, no matter how rudimentary and how many mistakes you make.

Each class will last approximately 1 hour. There will be a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 students in the class so that everyone has a chance to practice speaking and understanding. The cost for the 8-week series is $150. 

Andiamo! Join us starting May 19 and continuing through July 7 for the third series of Italian with Vilma. 



Vilma Noga

My name is Vilma, and I live near Florence, Italy. I have a bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages, Literature, and Intercultural Studies from the University of Florence. I speak fluent Italian, English, German, French, and Albanian, and I teach the Italian language.

I worked for many years as the Reception Manager in a hotel near Florence. While working with tourists from all over the world, I improved my own language skills. My day-to-day interactions with the hotel guests allowed me to better understand the difficulties that foreign speakers face while learning a new language. 

I personalize my lessons according to the student's needs. I stress the importance of the spoken language, and we interact with one another in a friendly conversation–laughter included! I encourage everyone to speak immediately, from beginners to those with an advanced level of Italian. I believe that speaking another language is an enriching experience for everyone. Two years ago, I created my Italian online classes, which have been very successful. After much positive feedback from my students, I have also expanded my practice to include Italian language and culture group workshops and cooking classes. I also lead small group tours around Florence to teach about our magnificent art and architecture.

I truly enjoy teaching, and look forward to working with you!

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

In 2008, the seed of Artful Journeys was planted in her brain, when Joan brought together all of her life's passions, her love of music, an affinity for the beautiful things in life, and an ability to organize events to give birth to Artful Journeys, a program of art education trips for the soul.

Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.


  • $150 for the series of 8 online classes

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.