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Guest post by Rebecca Bernard Aguiar

Traveling abroad for authentic cultural experiences can sometimes be a challenge. However, there are still fun ways to practice your Italian language skills right in your own backyard. When it comes to living “la vita bella,” Los Angeles is full of Italian adventures just waiting to be had. This diverse city has many great museums, restaurants and entertainment options, which makes having memorable multicultural experiences easy to come by.

Here are 3 easy ways to have an Italian experience in L.A:

  • Food: The good life always starts and ends with food and LA has no shortage of exceptional authentic Italian restaurants. Practice you Italian while ordering a fabulous dish at one of Zagat’s Top 5 Italian Restaurants in L.A.
  • Art: Some of the greatest art masters came from Italy. Their work has been immortalized in museums all over the world, including The Getty Villa in Los Angeles. The museum was originally designed to model the Villa dei Papyri in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum. Swing by for a peak at their collection of 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD.
  • Sightseeing: Venice Beach, California is a notorious beach town characterized by a network of canals that were modeled after its namesake in Italy. Practice your seaside resort vocabulary as you take a stroll down the beach boardwalk, work out at muscle beach, or take a dip in the ocean in this Italian inspired town.


For more, visit the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles for information on other fun local Italian events. The institute regularly holds film screenings, wine tastings and family friendly events at various venues around town.

Rebecca Bernard Aguiar is the Chief Cultivator of The Cultured Seed, a community of parents growing globally minded children through cultural enrichment. She speaks Italian, Spanish and French and is raising two bilingual kids in Los Angeles. More on Rebecca at www.theculturedseed.com.

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