Top 10 Reasons to Learn to Speak Italian at Staten Island’s Historical Italian Landmark

Reason # 1: You are in love with the sound of the Italian language.
Reason # 2: You are in love with an Italian.
Reason # 3: Your relatives are Italian, and you think they may be talking about you.
Reason # 4: You want to know exactly what you’re ordering the next time you go to an Italian restaurant.
Reason # 5: You don’t want to look or sound like a tourist when you visit Italy.
Reason # 6: You want to know what those opera stars are singing about.
Reason # 7: You want to watch movies by famous Italian directors without having to read subtitles.
Reason # 8: You want to read classic literature in its original language.
Reason # 9: You want to research your family roots and interpret old documents.
Reason # 10: You want to learn Italian in the house that was home to an Italian genius, and refuge to an Italian hero.

Registration for the fall semester of Italian language classes at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is now open. The 12-week semester begins September 24, with weekly 90-minute classes offered weekdays, weekends and evenings to accommodate most schedules, for students of all levels of proficiency. Weekday classes will be taught by Rose Frisari on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, weekend classes will be taught by Professor Louis Leonini on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and evening classes will be taught by Maria Bonavita on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes are limited to a maximum of 20 students and minimum of 10. Tuition is $165 for non-members and $150 for museum members and must be paid in advance.

Reason # 11 To Learn To Speak Italian at Staten Island’s Historical Italian Landmark: With every student, from novice beginner to native speaker, the dedicated teachers at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum share their love of the Italian language and culture, helping you master “la bella lingua”… at a fraction of the cost of other Italian language programs.

For a full schedule or to register, visit or call  718-442-1608.

The historic Italian landmark on Staten Island, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned by the Sons of Italy Foundation and administered by the NYSOSIA GMM Board of Commissioners.

Regular museum hours are 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 per person, members and children under 10 are free. Call ahead for groups of 10 or more. The first floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible, but the restroom is on the second floor. At press time, program funding has been provided through the Order Sons of Italy in America; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Office of the Staten Island Borough President, Richmond County Savings Foundation; Northfield Bank Foundation, and by grants allocated by New York State Senator Diane Savino and New York City Council members Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo.     ###