Vittorino Michelutti 

Mobility manager

Patrizia Pavatti

Principal du lycée

The Framming People 

Our teachers are mobilized around all these innovative and collaborative projects !

  • Daniela Fontana - Teacher of mathematics

  • Danielia Baldassi - Teacher of Latin and Italian 

  • Luisa Gallizia - Teacher of Latin and Italian 

  • Cristina Cisotto - English teacher

  • Elena Olivo - Teacher of technical Draw and history arts

  • Enrico Cantarutti - Teacher of mathematics and physic

  • Barbara Olivo - Teacher of mathematics and physic

  • Andrea Andretta - Teacher of mathematics

  • Jack Lewis - Expert eof Arduino Code

School presentation

The Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono and its international relationships

The National Boarding School “Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono” is a full board college located in Cividale del Friuli an historical town in the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy). The city is very close to the Slovenia and Austria borders. Actually is an old city (was founded by the Consul Julius Cesar one century b.C.) with a multicultural vocation because many different languages and cultures can meet there and live together.

The boarding school can host 110 students from 15 to 19 years old. The students have an accommodation in wide rooms with private bath, internet connection, full board service (laundry, cleaning, medical assistance) and an excellent meal service in a luxury canteen.

The boarding school have annexed a Primary and a Middle School and 4 Secondary Schools called “LICEO”:

  • The Liceo Scientifico specializing in science studies (maths, biology, Physics, Chemistry...)

  • The Liceo Classico specializing in classical studies (greek and latin as main subjects)

  • The Liceo delle Scienze Umane, a teacher-training secondary school with the specializations in social sciences, psychology and pedagogy

  • The Liceo Linguistico Internazionale con opzione lingua russa for language studies (English, German, Russian).The Convitto is linked with other schools in Cividale del FriuliMoreover, the Convitto runs several other international relationships and exchanges implemented on the basis of agreements and “memorandum of understanding” signed with schools, Italian consulates and Departments of Education all over the world.

The main Convitto relationships involve the following Countries: Australia (Queensland and South Australia), Argentina, Slovenia, Russia.
The Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono is a UNESCO SCHOOL MEMBER and is involved in many international projects to guarantee the widest cultural and educational experience to the students.

One of these projects is CFMUNESCO, a simulation of the United Nations work sessions (MUN – Model United Nations), organized by the high-school students of Convitto Nazionale 'Paolo Diacono' and managed completely by students aged 14 to 19 coming from all over the world. The name CFMUNESCO stands for Cividale del Friuli Model United Nations UNESCO, and represents the link between the local territory and the UNESCO spirit, as it is confirmed by the global theme of the conference, To Protect and Preserve, which inspires all the topics under discussion in the various committees.

Life in school

High School offers a lot of degrees, activities and infrastrutures, so that students can best live their schooling in high school. 



The CNPD is structured on 3 campus of study:

  • the main is the old-fashion building (with a long long history starting from XII century) where are hosted the boarding students an where we have primary school, Junior school and the first 2 years of Liceo Scientifico. All the administration and Direction offices are located in that place.

  • The campus in Foro Giulio Cesare (just in the center of the city) where are located the Liceo Classico and Liceo Scientifico.

  • The campus in San Pietro al Natisone (a town 5 km away from Cividale) where are located the Liceo Linguistico and Liceo delle Scienze Umane. The main building is provided of a wide area for sports (behind the building) and relaxing area in the main entrance.

  • All the places are provided by wi-fi service.

General Degree

According with the Italian laws when a student finish the liceo (secondary school) can have the “diploma”: it means that the student can attend all the universities.






















Students who attend the secondary schools of the C.N.P.D. (Liceo  Scientifico, Liceo Classico,  Liceo Socio-Psico-Pedagogico, and Liceo Linguistico) can enrol as HALF-BOARDING students. They can be assisted by state teachers and educational staff in the schools until 6.00 pm. Attendance is however compulsory until 4.00 pm.

Students daily attend the curricular lessons set by the law, and complete their education and sports activities later in the day until the end of the half-boarding timetable. In National Boarding schools, lessons and education activities are held in the mornings or afternoons according to the plan agreed by the schools’ boards. In any case, some services offered to the students include advice on study methods, canteen, internal transport and many extracurricular activities.


Boarding students who attend internal schools are assisted throughout their stay in the institute by educators. The Boarding school is closed from mid-July until the end of August, on public holidays and when school lessons are suspended.

Half-boarding is not provided on Saturdays, before long holidays and when lessons are suspended.


The CNPD has activated over the years a huge number of agreements with educational institutions, departments of education, universities and organizations operating abroad. Among the various partnerships is possible to highlight the close relationships existing with Departments of Education, Universities and schools in Australia (Queensland, South Australia, Victoria), in Russia (particularly in the area of ​ the city of Moscow), in Argentina (with reference to the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Cordoba).

The MIUR, on the basis of the experience and skills matured by the CNPD in the international field, has been entrusting tasks for the management and organization of events linked to international trade for several years; in recent years the Convitto di Cividale has been a national reference for events related to trade with countries such as Australia, China, Argentina, Russia, Brazil, Canada.

This strong exposure to foreign schools and institutions implies a great commitment not only in sending students and teachers abroad but also in the complex program of welcome and hospitality.

Currently the CNPD manages relations with schools in the following foreign countries:

  • Slovenia (agreements with 4 schools and the University of the Litorale)

  • Austria (agreements with 4 schools and the University of Klagenfurt)

  • Germany (agreements with the Plochingen Gymnasium)

  • Russia (agreements with 3 schools and 2 Universities in Moscow)

  • Netherlands (agreement with 1 school in Leiden)

  • Great Britain (agreement with 1 Yorkshire school)

  • Serbia (agreement with 1 school in Belgrade)

  • Bosnia Herzegovina (agreement with 1 school in Banja Luka)

  • Australia (agreement with the Department of Education of Queensland, agreement with 8 schools in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, agreements with Griffith University and James Cook University)

  • Argentina (agreements with the Ministry of Education of Cordoba and with many schools in the Province of Santa Fe and in the province of Cordoba)

  • India (agreement with the Rishikul Vidyapeeth School, New Delhi)


In recent years numerous delegations have been welcomed (India, Australia, Russia, Argentina, Albania, Slovenia, ...) made up of school leaders, members of education departments, responsible for international exchanges; different groups of students who have stayed in boarding schools or families for a period of time from 10 to 45 days; individual students who attended the schools and were CNPD guests for 90 days time periods. Next to these presences are foreign students of the "Studiare in Friuli" project which hold the status of boarder for the entire period of the school year (including holidays and weekends). The impact of these exchanges on the organization is very high and involves operational flexibility for the different operators involved so that the presences within the structure can derive the maximum benefit in terms of general assistance, physical wellbeing, cultural and educational initiatives. .


Target actions to develop the international dimension

In this specific sector there are important initiatives involving students, families, the Institute and the stakeholders.



It is a UN diplomatic simulation aimed at high school students from all over the world. In the role of delegates from various countries, students debate in English on topics of global importance including:


Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

Historical Committee on Great War

Security Council

United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime

United Nations World Tourism Organization


The event is entirely organized and managed by high school students of the Paolo Diacono National Boarding School. The participating students come from over 30 schools from Italy and abroad (among the States present: Slovenia, Croatia, Holland, Russia, Argentina, Australia) for a total of about 350 people for each edition.



Erasmus + KA1 project that involves the entire CNPD to provide all operators with both linguistic and international training through the attendance of special courses organized abroad at specialized facilities. It involves 24 teachers, 8 educators and 4 ATAs from the CNPD. Duration 2 years.



Erasmus + KA2 project in partnership with a French school and a Spanish school. It involves high school students and involves the construction of a prototype robot in mixed groups by nationality. It involves 10 teachers, 2 educators and 40 CNPD students. Duration 2 years.



Erasmus + KA2 project involving organizations and schools in Croatia, the Galicia Region (Spain) and Italy (CNPD, ARLEF and the Municipality of Cividale). The aim of the project is the construction of a set of reference models for multilingual teaching in European schools and for the protection of European minority languages.

At the end of the concerted work in three countries, this project envisages the construction of a database of the experiences gained which will be progressively expanded thanks to the forms of dissemination of the project results. It involves n. 10 teachers and different classes of CNPD students. Duration 3 years.


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