Italian Inspirations

Italian Language, Culture & Cuisine for foodies and travelers

Student Resources

Here are a few language study materials, sites and resources that my students and I have found useful when seeking to hone the four skills necessary for fluency:  Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking. Let me know about your tried-and-true favorites as I continue to compile these lists to share with fellow Italian learners & speakers. Buono studio!


  • News in Slow Italian – Subscription-based content:  authentic audio input, grammar, exercises, voice record and play-back feature to track your pronunciation progress
  • Mediaset’s MelaVerde program – Watch full episodes or short clips of this series for information about regional ingredients and local traditions in Italy.
  • L’Italo-Americano – a weekly newspaper published in San Francisco (paper and e-format) featuring articles in English and Italian that cover a vast array of topics including events, culture, tradition, travel, people art, food and history with an emphasis on cross-cultural exchange between Italy and the US. This is a great subscription-based resource for students of all levels.
  • MasterChef Italia on YouTube – Experience the drama of Italy’s amateur cooks competition starting with Stagione 1, Puntata 1 (Season 1, Episode 1) and watch each season as it becomes available…

Movies (List being compiled & updated…)

  • Mediterraneo
  • Il Postino
  • La Tigre e La Neve


  • Il fioraio

Music (updating list for best enunciation for student comprehension…)

  • Irene Grandi
  • Elisa
  • Jovanotti
  • Vinicio Capossela
  • Vasco Rossi

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