with Vilma Noga

Wednesdays, at 11 am, EST/8 am PST 
January 27–March 17, 2021
Registration Status: OPEN
Class size limited to 6 students
Tour Cost: $120 for series of 8

I've been thinking for a long time that it would make ultimate sense to have language lessons as part of Armchair Journeys. 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.) 

So, as I was mulling this over last week, I received an email from Vilma Noga. I had met Vilma at Pensione Bencista in Fiesole, outside of Florence, while on a painting trip with Eli Cedrone. She wanted to know if I knew anyone who would like to have online Italian lessons with her. "Oh, yes, do I know someone! Me–Armchair Journeys!" I did a couple of flips, and we were zooming within the hour.

Vilma will teach basic conversational Italian in an 8-week series, starting Wednesday, January 27 at 11:00 EST. She will first cover the language you will need to maneuver as a tourist and then move on to more advanced conversation, depending upon progress made. The first set of classes will most likely be followed by future series as people progress. The only requirement to participate in these classes is that you are willing to converse in Italian, no matter how rudimentary. 

Each class will last approximately 1 hour. There will be a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 students in the class so that everyone has a chance to practice speaking and understanding. The cost for the 8-week series is $120. 

Andiamo! Join us starting January 27 and continuing through March 17 for the first 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

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


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.


  • $120 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.

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