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AMICI History

In 2010 A.M.I.C.I. celebrates its 21st anniversary! Italian classes were started in January 1989... by a group of volunteers, whose purpose was to teach the Italian language and to spread the Italian culture in the Cincinnati area. The courses of Italian started soon after at the Sacred Heart Church in Camp Washington where three small groups of students met weekly with Italian native teachers. One year later the school was named A.M.I.C.I. which stands for Alessandro Manzoni Istituto Culturale Italiano. In Italian this word means ‘friends’ and underlines the friendly atmosphere of this school (Alessandro Manzoni is one of the main writers in Italian literature). Since then, enrollments have increased and A.M.I.C.I. has offered more classes. We have also carried on some cultural activities. In November 1990 the Institute represented Italy at the International Folk Festival in Cincinnati and, among 35 participating countries, won the first prize for “The Best Booth", decorated in the Venetian Carnival style. In September 1991 the Institute received accreditation from the Italian government and began extensive programs in Italian, becoming more and more popular. In September 1992 A.M.I.C.I. moved to St. Ursula Academy in Walnut Hills, where it remained for over five years. From January 1998 to May 2005 AMICI was located at the Cincinnati Junior Academy in Clifton. Since September 2005 the school has been located on the 5th floor of the Rookwood Tower in Norwood, on 3805 Edwards Road. From January 2009 the classes are held at a new larger facility, The Academy of World Languages, in East Walnut Hills.

Today A.M.I.C.I. is a remarkable School of Language, the only one in Greater Cincinnati recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. The school, whose experienced teachers are all graduated and native Italians, offers four different courses: basic beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, advanced conversation.

The Institute also gives a cultural touch to the courses looking at various aspects of Italian lifestyles. A.M.I.C.I. also provides, upon request, information regarding schools of Italian language, culture and art in Italy for an educational and enjoyable vacation.

Courses and Masters at this school

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