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Piccola Università Italiana offers also the possibility to attend an Italian language and sailing course. It means that you can combine an Italian language course with sailing lessons at our school of Trieste!

The wind is one of the symbols of Trieste. Consequently, the most beloved sport of this city’s inhabitants is sailing.

Trieste is also the city of the “Barcolana”, one of the most regattas of the world attracting around 2,000 participants each year. In Italy, there is probably no better place to sail or to start learning this fascinating sport.

Why not take advantage of the free time during your vacation combining a language course with a sailing course? Doing so, you will be able to discover this fantastic world that will sweep you away and teach you the balance between natural sea force and sailing independently.

The “Italian + Sailing” programme is tailor-made for those who want to enjoy their holiday getting the most out of their trip. It is a perfect mixture of cultural education, Italian Dolce Vita, relax and learning or practicing such a fascinating sport. Enjoy and make the most out of your holidays!

Alternatively, our programme also offers to you the opportunity to attend only the sailing course. This option is ideal for families with children, couples or friends with different interests. While one learns Italian, the others dedicate themselves to their favorite water sport.

Discover more about our package Italian language and sailing course!

Beginner sailing course

Our “Beginner Sailing Course” consists of 4 lessons, each one lasting about 4 hours for a total of 16 hours, plus one night on board at the marina.

The lessons are held under the guidance and surveillance of an expert instructor and include various sailing outings on the sea. The theoretical and practical parts will be taught in a dynamic and easy-to-understand way and can be held either in Italian or English. It is a full course that encompasses learning about knots, safety, assisting others, radio functioning, basic nomenclature, correct boat equipment, speeds and their relation to the wind, and steering technique. This course will enable you to sail after 4 days. 

Days and times will be established with the instructor depending on weather conditions.

Your sailing instructor operates in Duino, which is about 30 minutes by bus or car from Trieste. There is a bus line that connects Duino to Trieste with a bus leaving every 30 minutes.

The price of the “Beginner Sailing Course” includes:

  • Return trip via public transport from Trieste to Duino (about 30 minutes)
  • Cost of the sailing course
  • Instructional material
  • The option to spend a night on board of the boat anchored at the marina (recommended, but not compulsory)
  • Certificate


Beginner course 1-to-1: 16 hrs. (4 hrs. x 4 days) Advanced course 1-to1: 24 hrs. (4hrs. x 6 days) Complete Course (Beginner + Advanced Course)
560€ 800€ 1300€

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