A Food Fun Travel Guest Post
Having so much history to its name, Italy comes to the mind of many as a destination to explore. The ancient ruins, the beautiful landscapes, awesome weather, the taste of refined wine, the presence of rich art and architecture, and sumptuous cuisine are quintessential to an Italian experience.
Italy is a good country to explore and earn a living teaching English. There is a wide range of opportunities available as there is an increasing need for English teachers in Italy. TEFL certified teachers are needed in international language schools, public schools, private schools, private tutoring, and summer camps. Not TEFL certified? There are onsite or online courses to provide all necessary training and tools to be a TEFL certified teacher. The TEFL Org’s blog post about how to teach English in Italy gives a comprehensive guide for qualified teachers who want to teach English in Italy.
Where are the best places to teach English in Italy? Below are the top 5 places to consider.
The capital city of Italy otherwise known as the “Eternal City” is famous for its ancient historical landmarks, great architecture, delectable food, delightful gardens, and arts.
The beauty of the ancient city can be explored in different top sights – the iconic ancient Roman gladiatorial arena referred to as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Trevi fountain amongst others. Also, Rome has lots of beautiful art and structures to feed the eyes like Michelangelo’s Pieta statue, the Trajan’s column, the Fresco wall from the House of Livia, the Gallery of mirrors, the Alexander mosaic, and many more.
Without forgetting to add, Vatican City, a small country in the heart of Rome, is one of the essential places to visit while in Rome.
Rome has the best quality to treat the taste buds with delicious delicacies such as pasta, pastries, porchetta, Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper), and lots of other food to eat while in Rome. There are a lot of restaurants to try out these foods.
As the capital of Italy, English teaching jobs in Rome will be in high demand for businesses and students. The city has numerous language and education centres. This makes it an even more appealing destination in Italy for TEFL-qualified teachers, but competition for positions is to be expected.
Venice, a city built on water, is one of the world’s most gorgeous, romantic, and historic places. Venice is popular for its beauty, historical buildings, numerous bridges, and canals. Visitors frequently outnumber locals, but this does not affect the enchantment of the city as there are many options to navigate the city. The beautiful canals, historic Rialto Bridge, gondolas, the dazzling light of Pala d’Argento, and a long list of places to explore make staying in Venice memorable. Central Venice is small and can be explored on foot, notably, most of the movement in Venice is by foot.
Another important thing to note about Venice is the local food. Venice has very good cuisine and fantastic places to have a taste of it at reasonable prices. Since the city is on the water most of the traditional dishes are seafood-based.
Though Venice is small and cannot accommodate expansion, it is an important city with tourists visiting constantly. Teaching opportunities are available in international schools, public schools, and more predominantly private tutoring for families.
Florence and Tuscany
Florence (Firenze), the origin of the Renaissance, houses a countless number of Renaissance artworks. Rich in art and culture with sculptures by Michelangelo, Ammannati, and Giambologna; frescoes by Fra Angelino and Masaccio, paintings by Botticelli and Duccio, and so many other beautiful works, Florence is a place to enjoy world-class art. But the museums and magnificent monuments are not all explored in Florence. It prides itself on quality artistry and peculiar shops, providing an ecstatic environment that embraces all kinds of fashion, music, and contemporary art.
Aside from Florence, there are sights in Tuscany to explore- the leaning tower in Pisa, the resort town of Forte, and the Piazza del campo of Sienna, to name a few.
Tuscany, with its local food, flavours, and wine – Home to Chianti, has the quality to satisfy tourists. Different locations offer varieties of what to eat and every taste is full of surprises.
Tuscany provides English teachers with a good environment to live in, explore and teach English. Also, there are plenty of international schools, private schools, and English language schools to teach in.
Artistic and culinary methods are rooted in the fertile soil of every city in Emilia-Romagna. From Piacenza to Rimini, each majestic city and town adorns this ancient region with breathtaking landscapes, fresh air, the splendour of contemporary and renaissance art, beautiful architecture, and refined cuisine. Notable cities include, the testament of the region’s history found in UNESCO World Heritage sites Ferrara, Modena, and Ravenna, the gastronomic city of Parma, and Emilia’s historic capitol Bologna.
The great ruins from ancient Roman domination; ancient Etruscan finds; the impact of the Renaissance of the Lordship and Duchies; activities of Baroque and Mannerist periods, and many historic events have left their mark on this region, leaving behind unique sites with masterpieces in the areas of architecture, art, painting, and sculpture.
Also to experience is the bold and refined traditional cuisine of Emilia-Romagna, the famous combination of Parma ham (Prosciutto di Parma) and Parmigiano Reggiano in the creative city of Gastronomy of Parma, Bologna’s food combinations can inspire a long stay in Emilia-Romagna.
As one of the industrial centres of Italy, Emilia-Romagna has a lot of people eager to learn English as it can serve as an advantage in job/business opportunities. There are several English language schools specialising in business English. It is a good destination for teaching and to learn to cook like the Italians.
The charm of the Amalfi Coast’s natural beauty attracts millions of visitors every year. Characterised by the mountains and the sea, the coast’s beautiful scenery of the cliff’s vibrant vegetation and multi-coloured town living side by side enchants seamlessly even at first sight. All the 13 towns in Amalfi Coast, from Positano to Amalfi, are connected by the scenic SS163 road. This 16 km road is one of the most beautiful roads in Italy, because of the coast’s landscape, the road is concentrated by a lot of curves, weaving in and out and up and down the cliffs. Tourists usually flood this area, especially Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello, enjoying the sightseeing on Amalfi Coast. The uniqueness of the landscape and the serenity of the town makes it an interesting place to teach English in Italy especially for teachers who have experienced other cities in Italy and just want a more serene place to teach English.
Depending on the expectation every city in Italy offers a variety of options, therefore, when choosing a city, it is necessary to consider what fits perfectly. Also, the salary, cost of living, and available opportunities differ in different places.