Italian secondary school is quite different from American high school. Upon leaving middle school, the young student in Italy will enroll in a liceo (more academically oriented), which may have an orientation that is classical (lots of Greek and Latin), linguistic (modern languages), scientific (science and technology), or even artistic. Those who intend to go to a university will usually opt for a liceo. The istituto tecnico is a sort of vocational school that aims at making students readily employable. An interesting option for the many who are interested in a career in the hospitality industry is the scuola alberghiera, where teenagers are taught to cook or work in a hotel.
(In the photo, a liceo classico in Milan)