Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy is the home of the Italian language. The Vatican city, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa - a culture and people that span back millenniums, Italy is well-known for its historic landmarks. Landmarks aside, Italy is also known for its cuisine. The classic dish of pizza, the mouthwatering spaghetti bolognese, the traditional lasagne - can you really say that you're surprised to find out that Italy often finds itself atop the bucket-list of many a traveler?
Throughout the Middle Ages, as with most of Europe, Latin was the predominant language in the area now known as Italy. It wasn't until the unification of Italy in 1861 that Italian became the official language. Born from Vulgar Latin (or "Common Latin"), Italian is a language which has seen drastic changes over the centuries - particularly through the Renaissance age where the printing press was being used to distribute news and current affairs to the mass population.
Australia, and particularly Melbourne, is home to a large population of people who identify with the Italian nationality. You might be looking to reconnect with your parents' heritage or dive head first into the rich and colourful streets of Rome on your next holiday - whatever the reason, we believe Italian is a language worth learning.