Michela has been teaching Italian for more than 12 years, in an Italian language school and as homestay teacher. She has taught all ages and all levels.
For the students, she is the ideal host teacher. Michela makes you discover the wonderful world of Mesagne in Puglia and above all, makes you feel part of her lovely famiglia.
Michela, your favourite words in Italian
Convivio, Condivisione, Fruscio, Garbo, Mare, Zagara, Tramontana
What do you like to do in Mesagne
Go for a walk in the old town in the late afternoon, have an aperitivo sitting in piazza and chat with my good friends.
What do you miss from Italy, when you are abroad
The scents from the home made Apulian cuisine, which you can appreciate when you walk at midday in town. Roast sweet peppers, fresh tomato sauce, focaccia, polpette…
The must-see panorama in Puglia
After seeing trulli in Alberobello, the white city Ostuni and the queen of Baroque, Lecce go off the beaten path and head to the dunes along the Ionian coastal road on a sunny summer day and the pink lands with the flourished peach trees.
Top thing to do in Puglia
Dancing the folk dance Pizzica salentina in piazza in a small village on a typical festival of the Patron.
Sunday lunch with my family from 1 to 5 pm 🙂
Favourite days of the week
Thursday and Saturday, when I can visit my favourite open market in Brindisi and in Francavilla Fontana, buy shoes and get a great deal.
Negative aspects from the local community
The people skipping the queue 🙁
What to buy before leaving Puglia
Caciocavallo, tarallini, a portrait of an old olive grove, coffee, a bottle of Riserva Negroamaro.
What do Apulians like
Invite you at the last minute for lunch, dinner or coffee.
Three unforgettable testimonials from your students @ l´Acanto
„L’Acanto is not only about learning Italian, but also about learning about the culture of south Italy and the warmth of its citizens (Annette, UK)“
„The School is so friendly, you feel like a member of their Italian family! (Sandrino, Netherland)“
„With Michela each moment is lived intensively and the past is really ‘passato remoto’, (Nathalie, Belgium)„
Favourite place to take your students
The town of Brindisi, along the Via Appia, and getting astonished by the beauty of its port from the top of the stairs, from which the two Roman columns dominate the view.
First memories as a teacher
On my first day as a teacher at L’Acanto,12 years ago, I decided to follow my favourite’s teachers steps. I thought of how much fun I had as a student when I was learning English through the interaction with my colleagues, singing a foreign song, writing a letter to my Scottish pen-friend, reading books, travelling abroad and speaking with the locals.
Best tips for your students
Speak Italian without fear. Make mistakes and with self revision, a good discipline and a healthy memory, learn and have fun!
Sing a song in Italian for us
Meraviglioso, ma come non ti accorgi di quanto il mondo sia meraviglioso. Ti hanno inventato il mare… ti sembra niente il sole, la vita, l´amore. Meraviglioso! (by the Apulian singer Domenico Modugno)