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Italian Graffiti was established in 2010 as a centre for the diffusion of the Italian language and culture.

Born in Lucca to a Tuscan family, Barbara Bertini, it's founder, grows up in the beautiful seaside city of Genoa, in the Ligurian Riviera.


Her family raises her in an environment where the arts and sciences are equally presented.

By the end of 2001 Barbara relocates to Sydney and In 2003 accepts an offer to teach Italian Language and Culture in the worldwide and prestigious Italian not- for-profit organization, ‘Dante Alighieri’ in Sydney and simultaneously offers additional courses at the Mosman Evening College.

 in 2010 she decides to open her own language centre. She still conducts some Italian language courses at the centre to this day.


In Italian the word “graffiti’ means “scratching” or “scribblings”. The word first came into the English language in the mid-19th century to describe scratched messages or slogans found on the walls of Pompeii and the Roman catacombs.


These messages represented one of the most ancient forms of communication, and they gave people the opportunity to express themselves informally about politics, love, current and social events and even to lend support to their favourite sportsmen of the day, the championship of the gladiators games.

The messages were written in colloquial language and they have given us enormous insight into the daily lives of ancient Romans

In much the same way Italian Graffiti leads students attending the Italian classes step by step in the world of Italy, giving them a real understanding of the written spoken language, and also the confidence to voice their ideas and opinions in the Italian language of today when travelling.

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