How can one not love Italy? I believe everyone has two homelands; one is his own, the closest one; and the other one is Italy.

(Henryk Sienkiewicz, Nobel prize in Literature, 1905)

I believe everyone has two homelands; one is his own, the closest one; and the other one is Italy.

(Henryk Sienkiewicz, Nobel prize in Literature, 1905)

LICET (Lingua Italiana, Cultura e Turismo)

The Italian schools for foreigners in Italy are an important resource for the country, not only for the promotion of the language but also that of the culture, del tourism, del business and of the "Italian brand" around the world. These centres are, essentially, real ethical ambassadors: on the one hand, they promote the country to foreigners, and on the other, they offer Italians the immense privilege (a privilege which these Italian schools experience every day with their own students from all over the world) of being able to look at Italy through the eyes of “others”: and as such, becoming a lens through which to see how our country and its place in the world really look from the outside.

The LICET Schools (Lingua Italiana, Cultura e Turismo) Association came about through a need for individual schools to connect with each other and work together, large or small, to overcome the ‘institutional invisibility’ experienced over the last ten years by many centres whose focus is on teaching Italian and cultural tourism. Each school, while maintaining its independence and its own particular identity, is part of a vast political and cultural framework for the promotion and the spread of the Italian language and culture throughout the world.

LICET Schools sees its role therefore as that of a representative for these public institutions who have come to recognise the importance of the “cultural-traveller” and how they differ from the image of the “hit-and-run tourist”. A representative who is moved not only by the wish to ask the State for subsidies or union support other than those which are essential to survive; but above all by the desire to offer their own contribution to the cultural promotion of the country, bringing to the table their own collection of experience, relationships, talent and tenacity. A desire that can only be expressed by recognising the specific identity of Italian schools which are constantly working hard to defend and promote one of Italy’s most precious and best-loved parts of its cultural heritage: its language.


It is meant here in the sense of a place where one can satisfy the need for cultural enrichment, quench one’s thirst for knowledge and make connections which are not limited by the need for immediate economic or material returns.


It is meant in the anthropological sense, of shared values and behaviour historically associated with a population or social group, in reference to a particular “way of life”.


The term does not refer to “mass tourism”, but to the kind of Italian travel which was typical of the travellers of the last century and in fact, in a different way, of today; those of the grand tour, who came to our country more for the purpose of soaking up the rays of our cultural heritage and bathing in our ocean of musical and artistic traditions, than simply for a holiday.

The Italian language in the world

Throughout the world, “Italy” is synonymous with a unique and priceless (the highest percentage of the world’s valuable artefacts are found in our country) cultural heritage an incredibly varied and extraordinarily beautiful natural environment (ranked among the highest countries in the world for biodiversity), an impressive history dating back millenia, an incredibly evocative enogastronomic tradition that is the envy of the world, creative originality that pushes the limits of genius, and what has come to be commonly referred to as the height of the luxury sector (fashion, cars, interior and exterior architecture, artisanal production, to name but a few).

Support LICET

LICET Schools is a non profit association whose purpose is to safeguard and promote the activities of the Italian schools for foreignersa critical resource for the Italian cultural prestige, for tourism, for the dissemination of knowledge of the Italian language throughout the world.The Association relies uniquely on the volountary work of the associates and on donations: with a small contribution, you can help us grow stronger and support Italian language schools in Italy.

Our newsfeed

Io mi piace l’italiano

di Roberto Tartaglione   Se io volessi fare lo psicologo per gli operai di una fabbrica giapponese a Yokohama, credo proprio che studierei il giapponese. E se volessi fare il venditore porta a porta di enciclopedie a Trebisonda, molto probabilmente studierei il turco. Insomma la lingua la imparerei per necessità e non per teorico “obbligo”. Naturalmente se facessi lo psicologo o il venditore di enciclopedie per conto terzi il mio datore di lavoro mi farebbe pure un test di lingua

Read more

Chi ci difende dai difensori dell’italiano?

di Roberto Tartaglione Difficile parlare delle scuole di italiano per stranieri… Scrivi un post sui social, ti lamenti che lo Stato supporta decine di attività in crisi per via della pandemia, sottolinei che fra quelle più colpite ci sono proprio queste scuole che lavorano esclusivamente con stranieri e che per loro non è previsto nessun tipo di sovvenzione e sotto ti arriva il commento: “Bene bravi! Dovete difenderla la nostra lingua che è la più bella del mondo (o a

Read more

Scuole LICET on Study Travel Magazine

In this article on Study Travel Magazine, the most important study abroad magazine in the world, Carlo Lipparini, Licet vice president, explains the birth of the association; the social, touristic, cultural, educational, occupational, contributory and economic importance of Italian language schools for foreigners in Italy; the aims of the association; the crisis in the sector due to the pandemic emergency; the wishes and requests of LICET member schools.

Read more
Copyright © 2020 – Associazione Scuole LICET – All rights reserved

Scuole LICET – Lingua italiana, cultura e turismo

Viale Giuseppe Mazzini n. 41 – 00195 Roma – Tel. +39 0644362831
it_IT en_US