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The best leisure courses: enhancing skills and meeting new friends

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When it comes to good suggestions for living better, we find, or should find, at the top of the list planning fun things to do in your free time and setting aside time for yourself.
Whether you find yourself in a new city, or simply want to broaden your horizons, finding out what leisure courses your local area has to offer is the ideal way to meet other people, make friends or simply indulge in what you enjoy most.
Here are just some of  the countless options available throughout Italy, so you can decide what suits you best.

7 leisure course ideas, from northern to southern Italy

1. Tasting wines in Trento

degustare vini a trento

We begin in Trentino Alto Adige, in the autonomous province of Trento, which ranks among the best cities in Italy when it comes to quality of life. Here, you can choose to take a wine-tasting course, to learn the theoretical and practical skills needed to fully understand the complexity of the so-called “nectar of the gods”.
The Impact Hub allows you to take part in a course of five meetings for a total of 10 hours, during which you will be guided through the tasting of three different types of wine while studying the different stages of production, from ageing to typicity and availability on the market. You can then buy the product at the best value for money and share your new knowledge and delicious wine with your friends!

2. Outdoor Pilates in Trieste

pilates all'aperto a trieste

Moving on to Friuli Venezia-Giulia, we stop in beautiful Trieste, where there are plenty of courses to do in your free time. We recommend Pilates, because it is practised outdoors in city parks.
You will not only be able to practise postural re-education exercises that help you strengthen your core muscles and realign your spine, but you will also find mental balance through a targeted course. The five-lesson course is offered by the Bioest association.
All you need is a mat and a bottle of water. Enjoy your workout!

3. Make-up in Bologna

make up bologna

If you’re looking to improve your make-up skills but aren’t satisfied with online tutorials, we recommend dropping by Bologna. The make-up course organised by Easy Academy Srl is the perfect way to make the most of your free time by learning how to use make-up brushes, sponges and colours to perfection.
Discover the secrets of enhancing your own features or those of your friends, through theoretical and practical lessons.

4. Digital photography in Florence

fotografia digitale a firenze

There are so many activities to do in Florence that it is difficult to choose just one. We recommend trying out a digital photography course.
The Frame School offers seven workshops, for a total of 14 hours, in step with the times and new trends: you will have access not only to classic analogue cameras, but also digital cameras, SLR cameras and perhaps even smartphone cameras! You will learn to capture the most beautiful angles of this extraordinary city and preserve the memory of your time in Tuscany forever.

5. Creative writing in Rome

Would you like to give body and soul to words while in the Italian capital? Introducing the creative writing course run by Fusolab

a unique workshop in Rome that will make pen and paper your best friends over eight lessons and 16 hours of training, for an astonishing result that will allow you to effectively and succinctly record the most beautiful moments of your trip to the Eternal City. 

6. Pizza-making lesson in Naples

Would you like to not only taste real Neapolitan pizza but also learn how to make it? You can do this by taking a special course in Naples. Naples by tour will introduce you in the world of one of Campania's products par excellence, pizza, studying the whole process from start to finish.
Under the guidance of a master pizza maker, you will bake your creation and then eat it, all in just two hours. At the end of the course, you will get a pizza-maker certificate!

7. Apulian cooking course

corso di cucina pugliese

We end our tour of leisure courses in Lecce. Here, you can experience true home cooking and learn how to prepare a variety of mouth-watering dishes in just a few hours! Over three and a half hours, Curioseety Lecce will teach you the secrets to some classic Apulian dishes, which you can eat, accompanied with excellent wine.

8. How to find leisure courses that suit you

corsi per il tempo libero

These are just a few of the endless options for how to spend your free time, whether you are on holiday or want to shake up your daily routine.
You can find plenty of other websites online with great suggestions, such as TripAdvisor for cooking lessons or iltemporitrovato.org, which makes it easier to search by region or city, or Corsidia, the website that suggests courses with good reviews. 

Time to get searching!