You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” So wrote Italian composer Verdi, and he may be onto something. From its food, the envy of the world, to Michelangelo's masterpieces, not to mention the grandeur of Rome, or Renaissance splendour of Florence. The country almost groans under the weight of its own beauty, incredible history and cultural cachet. So, how many more reasons do you need to learn the local lingo and give yourself a taste of that sun-kissed slow life the Italians are famed for?

For more information on the language levels - Chick, Fledgling and High-Flyer - click here.