Structured around a comic-style noir, this highly-motivating course makes learning Italian simple, enjoyable and effective. The story, which is set in various Italian cities, unfolds through alternate episodes of a video series and short chapters of a graphic novel. Offering complete versatility, the video series can also be listened to in the style of a radio drama on the accompanying CD, while the DVD provides animated versions of the comic strips. The video series and graphic novel are fully integrated into the course, along with original cultural videos, all of which present practical and idiomatic language in an authentic contemporary context. The systematic course structure promotes gradual progression in grammar, vocabulary and communicative functions. The variety of multimedia, games and interactive activities maintains interest and encourages students to communicate effectively as they watch the story unfold. The course is complemented by a range of online resources, including an interactive version of the exercise sections, a digital version of the student's books, progress tests, games, MP3 versions of the audio tracks (which can be played either at natural speaking pace or at a slower pace to aid comprehension and intonation), videos and multilingual glossaries. Designed for high-beginner students (A2) who may or may not have already completed Level 1 (A1). Text is in Italian.