About.com's Italian Language Home Page
This site has a wealth of topics for students of Italian overseen by a guide who maintains the links and supplies informative articles. All site guides and chat moderators have the appropriate expertise in their subject matter — you can check out their bios online — and you can email them your questions or comments
Resource Center for Italian Language and Culture
Supported by the State of Connecticut Department of Education and the Education Office of the Consulate General of Italy, this center offers Italian language teachers in Connecticut collections of authentic Italian materials provided by the Italian American Committee on Education (IACE), an institution sponsored by the Consulate General for promoting Italian language and culture in the tri-state area. This site is in Italian or English and provides information about hours, holdings and announcements.
Created by Maura Garau, Director of the Italian Language Program for the UNSRC Circolo Culturale Italiano at the United Nations since 1992, and instructor of Italian language (advanced level) at the New School University-New York, this site presents 30 interactive lessons with pictures, cultural notes, activities, easy grammatical explanations, self-administered exercises and exams, 1000 audio files (wav and/or RealAudio), 3000 words used in the lessons and listed in the Glossary, more than 100 links. Although fee-based, you can try out some lessons and activities. Be sure to take a look at the following sections:
Alfabeto e Pronuncia
A nice pronunciation site using the figure of Pinocchio and the familiar alphabet book organizer (visual reinforcement) with audio clips. Sounds are grouped into categories such as letters of the alphabet, foreign letters and combined consonants. An interesting addition is a section providing audio examples of different stresses within words and sentences, vowel/diphthong combinations, double consonants, as well as examples of dialectics and regional accents. Your computer must be able to handle .wav and real audio files.
Porto della Generale del Sole: Metropolis:
Plenty of information regarding dining, entertainment, culture, sports, etc., in the following cities, predominately in Italian:
*Nice virtual tour of one room in the Uffizi which displays two of Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings.
*You can find a very nice virtual tour of the major sites of Napoli