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with Vilma Noga

Fridays, at 11 am eastern 
 March 17 - May 5, 2023

Registration Status: OPEN
Class size limited to 8 students

Series Cost: $180 for series of 8

 Language is an essential part of each country's personality and art. Knowing a bit of the language of the land significantly enhances one's appreciation of the culture and people. It helps one be more independent, and puts one more at ease when interacting with locals. Art and culture is also often best appreciated in its original language (for example, Dante's work has the most impact 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.

Food seems to be our main topic of conversation!

So, bring your recipes and a good cup of espresso and join us as we  continue with our twelfth series of Italian classes! This series will build upon our progress thus far towards conversing entirely in Italian! New students who are able to converse in Italian (even on a basic level)  are welcome. The class will be capped at 8 students.

Haute cuisine, Gourmet food scallops with asparagus and lardo bacon.jpg

Vilma will teach conversational Italian in an 8-week series, starting Friday, March 17 at 11:00 EST.   The only requirement to participate in these classes is that you are willing to converse in Italian.

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 understand the spoken word.  Vilma has been known to give homework ... YIkes!  The cost for the 8-week series is $180. 

Andiamo! Join us starting March 17 and continuing through May 5 in this thirteenth series of conversational 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.


  • $180 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:

Please note that PayPal remittances must go through the form on this website.  Thank you.

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.
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