Learn Italian with documentaries

Learning a language is also a matter of quantity of input and full immersion in the culture and usage of the target language. These documentaries in Italian with parallel English translation offer insights into the landscapes, traditions, history of Italy, to help you improve your understanding of the Italian language in a meaningful, interesting context.
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Roberto Burioni on Coronavirus
CoVID-19 vs. influenza
Dr Burioni on analogies and differences between CoVID-19 and the influenza virus [12 min].
A small town on the island of Capri surrounded by garden terraces [14 min].
Monsignor Stagliano, Mengoni, Noemi
Mons. Staglianò, Restate Umani
The bishop of Noto addresses his young audience with the lyrics of pop singers.
Stereotypes of Italians
Large families, great food, latin lovers, hand gestures [12 min].
The history of Vespa, an Italian icon
Vespa, an Italian icon
Patented in 1946 by Corradino D'Ascanio, the Vespa has become an icon of Italian life.
The Shroud of Turin
The history and latest discoveries on the most mysterious Christian relic held in Turin [48 min].
Selfies in art history
Used by artists of all ages, self-portraits have had a long history [11 min].
A guided tour of the town founded by legendary Diomedes 3,000 years ago [4 min].
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Italy Seen from the Sky

For a full immersion in the Italian landscape, history and language, try our parallel Italian / English texts accompanying the videos of the TV series "Italy seen from the sky", documentaries directed by Folco Quilici, sponsored by Esso Italia in the 1960's and 70's.