Staff Spotlight: Rinaldo Romagnoli

Founder & Director


Rinaldo is a Professor of Art and Graphics, Publicist, Scholar, and Writer, who has for the last thirty years dedicated himself to and supervised within the many museums, publications, cultural centers, language institutes in Florence. In 1988, he founded the Istituto Europeo (I.E.) with the principal objective to promote Italian language and culture to international students.

The IE has grown internationally as a leading force in the diffusion of Italy’s language, art, and music in its instruction of foreign students.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is my first visit to the Asiatic continent. Traveling there and getting to know the local culture has opened my borders; it has provided me a better understanding and appreciation of others and of myself.

It was also a huge chance to realize what a wonderful and vast world we are living in!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

By now, after more than 30 years of activity, I couldn’t possibly think of myself as separate from my institute.

Throughout time, I can say that I have changed as much as the Istituto Europeo itself has changed. We can certainly say that we have grown together, in a somewhat symbiotic relationship. And this is far from being the end of our growth! So many new enterprises await us in the future!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

In all of these years, as you may well realize, I’ve heard so many stories from return students that it would be very difficult picking just one! Let’s say, we are always happy whenever we hear that our courses and that our teachers' passion for Italian language and culture have so inspired our students that they eventually decide to settle down in our country!

I’m proud to say that this is a recurrent story - a quite common happy ending!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

My choice will necessarily have to fall on our internship programs in combination with Italian language courses.

Our institute’s philosophy is to make learning enjoyable, to study in-depth the language and the Italian culture in a friendly, multicultural environment so as to prepare our interns to get the best out of their training experience.

The teaching method of the Italian language course is based on the most innovative concepts of language instruction which gives students the opportunity to live the language on all levels and learn its spoken and written usage – just as they are required in the workplace. Attention is thus placed both on the correct use of grammar and syntax, as well as on the use of everyday language.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Istituto Europeo is not only an Italian language institute and an accredited Centre for Professional Training. What makes our IE unique is that it’s also an active cultural center that offers courses on Italian history, art and history of art, literature, and music (both instrumental and vocal).

Nearly every day there are extracurricular activities which include seminars on Italian Literature, art history, and music, to films, concerts, walking tours, parties, dinners, soccer and volleyball games, and of course the weekend excursions. Students enrolled in our Fine Art and Music courses will also have a chance to demonstrate, to their fellow students and the public, what they’ve learned through monthly recitals and art shows.

What makes me especially proud? Well, Istituto Europeo was my dream to help people smile and laugh in my own school because they are doing something they love—whether it be music, language, or art history. I’m proud whenever I see people happy to learn at our institute!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The biggest factor? From my 30-years’ experience as a Director of Istituto Europeo, I can tell you that the biggest factor in running a successful company is being caring and passionate about your job! Really, nothing else matters, if you are genuinely interested in providing for students’ educational needs.