Italy has one of the richest cultural and aesthetic histories, and has produced leading figures such as Dante, Michelangelo, Puccini and Leonardo da Vinci. 

The country’s reputation for celebrating ‘La Dolce Vita’ is expressed in fields as diverse as fashion, food and football. A knowledge of Italian is a useful tool to access this rich cultural vein. 


Italian is offered as a beginners’ course in the Sixth Form, for pupils who have already studied French, Spanish or Latin. Students usually make fast progress, taking the GCSE in their Upper Sixth. This qualification enables many of them to consider spending a year in Italy as part of their university degree after leaving Clifton College.

Why Study at Clifton?

Italian is a small department which has at its disposal all the resources of the Modern Languages department in its new home at Worcester Road, overlooking the Close and the central school buildings. Classes are select and lively, allowing students to learn at a fast pace.