Reasons To Learn Italian

In the hills of Alto Molise, in Agnone,Mercedes rises at 3.30 to prepare loaves for the wood fired oven, using logs from her woods, and grain from her fields. The pane casereccio of her childhood was nothing like modern bread, even from the best local bakers.

Using methods traditional in her family, alternating crops, using animal ‘sterco’ (manure, no chemicals) and keeping part of their 15 hectares fallow, she’s able to produce a high quality wheat, with only a small amount of gluten. I love rising early and driving out to the little forno to chat with Mercedes, although I have never been there before 6.30!

30 kilos of bread are made daily and once that’s done, Mercedes makes delicious trays of pizza and a traditional breakfast cake, ‘pagnottini’, sweetened with a little local honey. A small quantity of potato in the dough, keeps the bread softer for longer – a very old recipe from a time when bread needed to last weeks. And hers does, in fact, it’s better after a few days.

It’s a long morning, and around 10.30 Mercedes cleans up and shuts the bakery, tending next to the vegetable garden. The whole family helps with the grain fields – but then the house needs cleaning, and there are all the other chores. When the family’s 25 goats are giving milk, she also makes cheese, and once a year they slaughter a pig.

An immersion holiday experience in an Italian small town where no one speaks English.

Her son, Luca, who’s very capable and entrepreneurial, would like to carry on the work and expand the smallholding but he’s been forced to find a factory job. This kind of rural life is dying out because laws and heavy taxes make it pretty much impossible for the younger generation to earn a living.

Baking was traditionally a women’s job – and the men tended the land. But today, with regulations really working against small farmers, the women have to keep the land singlehandedly and bake, while the men get jobs in factories, or run their own enterprises. An example of this is our driver, Fernando – he’s a cattle farmer, but has a 9-seater vehicle and a thriving taxi service. Mina, his wife looks after and milks their 50 dairy cows.

Mercedes is an engaging and amusing woman, full of insights and observations. She’s cautious about the future but resourceful, and tough. It’s an incredible pleasure and privilege to spend time in the bakery as she works, tasting the crusty pizza with tomatoes and herbs, right from her garden. She tells me stories and from time to time I have to say, piano piano, per favore, piano, as she gets caught up in a memory, and her words start to tumble out far too fast. I can honestly say I’ve never eaten pizza like hers. Next summer I’m bringing our students out for breakfast before Italian lessons starts. I can’t wait, Jenifer

Jenifer is the founder and owner of Live and Learn Italian; an immersion holiday experience in a small town where no one speaks English.


Meet and engage with the locals, study with qualified teachers, and practise the language.

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Where to study Italian: Agnone, Molise


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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.

Funny memory

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.

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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)

The best way of learning Italian? Practice in the country where it is spoken! Michela @ L’Acanto, Puglia

Where to study Italian: Mesagne, Puglia












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We asked Helen to tell us why the programme Live & Learn in Agnone was crucial for her to learn Italian. 

First thing you do when you arrive back in Agnone?

Wander up to the Caffe Letterario in the centro storico to see friends – like sisters Ilenia and Luciana  who work there – and always have a welcoming hug and smile as they serve the first prosecco. Then I know I have arrived!

What advice would you give to a tourist?

Agnone is and has cobbled streets, passageways, fabulous views and dozens of small family-run shops. So wear comfortable shoes, have your camera in your pocket and just wander – it’s the kind of place that if you take a break on a town bench, someone will come and start chatting to you.  

If you had to be locked in a building overnight, which would it be?

Right at the end of the town there’s an old palazzo with breathtaking views over the valleys – worth waking up early to watch dawn break on the countryside.

Where else would you visit in the area?

Pietrabbondante is a pre-Roman archaeological site with small but spectacular ruins which you can explore in peace. And there are medieval walled towns such as Vastogirardi and Belmonte to discover. Personally, I’d make a beeline for one of the small family dairy farms to watch them produce caciocavallo and stracciata cheeses.

Earliest Agnone memory?

The immediate sense of welcome I felt from everyone I met has brought me back each summer – though this year I’m trying September for a change.

Best meal you’ve had in Agnone?

Too many to pick one in particular – the quality of the food is stunning. But maybe the most special was being taught to cook (stuffed zucchini and melanzane, vegetarian and regular) by Maria in her home and then eating every crumb with her family in the garden, by candlelight on a balmy summer’s evening.

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If you could buy any building in Agnone, which would it be?

It would definitely be somewhere romantic in the old town  But do you know what? I would rather just stay as a guest – the history of the place is amazing and I’d love to see it sustained and kept within local families.

What are your favourite late-night hangouts?

Agnone isn’t really a late-night place, but we sit as late as we like in Caffé Letterario drinking in the atmosphere and maybe something stronger…

What is your favourite Agnone discovery?

I know gelato is an Italian invention and found everywhere, but as it is in rich dairy country, the ice cream and cheese in Agnone are both truly special. Just visit one of the gelaterie or cheese shops selling local homemade produce and you’ll see what I mean.

Best advice for students of Italian

On every language holiday you get classes plus trips around the area. But the special thing about Agnone is the opportunity to talk to local people, and practice your Italian. No-one is bursting to try out their English on you, but they are so friendly and love to chat – and everyone wants you to enjoy their magical town. So don’t be shy!

by Helen, student @ Live & Learn Italian in Agnone

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First thing you do when you arrive back in Maremma, Tuscany?

Enjoy catching up with my host family and relaxing in the beautiful Tuscan setting. The house is on the top of a hill with a stunning view of the Tuscan countryside.

What advice would you give to a tourist?

Take day trips, guided when possible,  to the many small towns and historic sites. Maremma is full of hilltowns, really worth a visit and with few tourists. Moreover many years before the Romans, Etruscan people settled here their villages and civilization. It’s like walking in the middle of history.

If you had to be locked in a building overnight, which would it be?

The Tarot Garden house which is a unique creation of art in a garden setting. Niki De Saint Phalle used to live in this house while working at this unique garden: even the bathroom is a masterpiece of art.

Best place for a romantic holiday in Maremma?

The seaside towns of Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole in Monte Argentario, with their beautiful beaches, history, seaside walks, specialty shops and great fish restaurants. In clear days you can enjoy the view on some of the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, including Giglio and Giannutri.

What would you do if you were the Mayor for the day?

Have a family festival with local music, with specialty foods and products, as we enjoyed in Magliano the very first day of our stay. There was an exhibition of the village band and the atmosphere was really great.

What is your favorite Maremma discovery?

The little hilltop town of Capalbio, where the views are beautiful from the parapet walls and the town has old world character.

What are your favorite late-night hangouts?

The fabulous home cooking and sitting outside under the Tuscan sky: from Virginia’s house you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye! It was unbelievable.

Best meal you’ve had in Maremma?

I can’t choose between the homemade pasta dishes, the local meats (wild boar as well) and cheeses (Pecorino Toscano), the pizza, or the fig and ricotta gelato!

If you could buy any building in Maremma, which would it be?

An old villa where I could grow vegetables, olives, fruit, and cork trees and surround myself with the serenity and culture of the countryside.

 Best advice for other students?

Do a homestay.  After 3 years of traditional language schools in Italy, I found the homestay to be the best way to immerse in the language and culture. Virginia always spoke with me in Italian and I really had the chance of improving my skills: it was a real full immersion language course.

by Patricia from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Usa, student @ Poggiobono Country House

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The first thing you did when you arrive back in Mesagne and when you got up in Mesagne?

A wonderful meal with my hosting family on my late arrival.  The next day I made it a point to visit the lovely people who own the fruttivendolo, the fruit and vegetable store.  Getting to know them was one of the highlights of my first trip to Mesagne and then I visited the Centro Storico, the historic center, to breathe in the centuries old atmosphere of the place.

What advice would you give to a tourist?

At first glance, Mesagne may seem like a sleepy town, but there is actually quite a bit of vitality here, and two examples of this vitality come immediately to mind.  First, on Sunday morning if you take a walk to the park in the center of town you will find it filled with people of all ages.  It is a delight to watch the young families with children playing on the playground equipment, or the older children playing basketball or soccer.  And don’t forget to sit on a park bench to engage one of the old men sitting there in conversation. I have learned much about the history of Mesagne by doing so. Second, Mesagne is transformed late at night on a Friday or Saturday.  If you walk in or around the Centro Storico at 11:00 PM, you will find the streets filled with strolling people, and all the restaurants and bars will be filled with people sipping caffèamaro or a delicious gelato.

If you had to be locked in a building overnight, which would it be?


I guess it would have to be il Castello.  What an amazing building with a rich history. The local tour guide arranged by Michela, the owner of l´Acanto School, to show my wife and me around the castle. She was a wonderfully enjoyable and knowledgeable young woman who helped the castle and all of the Centro Storico come alive for us.  A highlight of our tour was the photo that she took of us in the medieval style “phone booth.”

Best place for a romantic dinner in Mesagne?

It would have to be in a Trattoria nel Centro Storico.  Their antipasto is unlike anything I had ever experienced.  It is a meal in itself, comprised of at least a dozen little dishes prepared to order and served one at a time as they become ready.  Each one is a morsel of a typical regional dish, served by one of three different and friendly waiters.

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

Two things come to mind.  I would order flyers to be sent out to every school, library and travel agency in the world alerting people to the beauty of this gem of a city hidden in the heart of Puglia, and I would be sure to include a link to the “Happy Mesagne” song video.  Second, I would declare a feastday to celebrate the people of Mesagne.

Earliest Mesagne memory?

The first day we spent in Mesagne. I decided to do a little exploring.  I went into town and sat in the park to observe the older men sitting on benches and having animated conversations among themselves.  It reminded me so much of the conversations older men have in the Italian American neighborhood in which I grew up.  I enjoyed watching the children playing and seeing the people strolling by.  It filled me with gratitude to be sitting there in the land of my ancestry.

If you could buy any building in Mesagne, which would it be?

I guess I would buy one of the houses in the Centro Storico.  It is the heart of Mesagne, so to live there would be to wrap myself in the richness of the centuries old history and tradition of the place and close to the enoteca, a lovely wine bar, Michela brought all the students there one evening and we had a very enjoyable time.

What is your favourite Apulian discovery?

All the quaint and wonderful towns in the region:  Alberobello and Locorotondo, Pollignano a Mare, Monopoli, Porto Cesareo and Gallipoli to name just a few.

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In addition, Lecce is a beautiful city with wonderful examples of Baroque art and architecture.  Moreover, the many miles of seacoast are spectacular, and the Adriatic coast is so different from the Ionian.  Finally, I have fallen in love with the ancient olive groves.  Each tree is unique and magnificent in it’s own way, standing like a sage with deep wisdom to impart if only one would sit with it in quiet and solitude.

Best advice for students of Italian?

There are many Italian language schools in Italy.  I attended two of them before finding l’Acanto.  Michela is an excellent instructor and the other schools also had excellent instructors. Nevertheless, I have attended classes at l’Acanto two years in a row and I intend to return because of the quality of the relationship that Michela and her family offered me and all the other students as well.  Having good relationships is important to me and I truly feel like I have a family in Mesagne.

 by Donato, student @ in Mesagne, Puglia

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First thing you do when you arrive back in Sorrento?

Go to Raki gelateria to get a Vanilla and Ginger gelato!

What advice would you give to a tourist?


Beyond the most popular activities (like daytripping to Capri, Pompei e Vesuvio and the amazing Amalfi Coast), I would suggest exploring some of the lesser-known treasures, like the Regina Giovanna baths.

If you had to be locked in a building overnight, which would it be?

I would choose the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, one of the hotels on the coast, which has a gorgeous view of the bay as well as a spa! It’s an inspiring place!

Best place for a romantic holiday in Sorrento?

The Minervetta! According to the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2016, it was voted the Top Hotel for Romance in Italy.

 What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

Have a parade, like in the American tradition, to share this type of fun with the community of Sorrento.

Earliest Sorrento memory?

Christmas shopping on Corso Italia and admiring the ginormous Christmas tree in Tasso Square.

 What are your favourite late-night hangouts?

In the summer, anywhere on Corso Italia is hopping with excitement. I tend to enjoy the Guaraccino Bar, which is down a little alley just off of Tasso Square, where there are always many locals.



Best meal you’ve had in Sorrento?

Is that a trick question? It’s all delicious, but my guilty pleasure is the Clooney burger and gourmet fries at Star Pub where I can chat with waiters and locals and practise my Italian.

If you could buy any building in Sorrento, which would it be?

Maybe Bar Syranuse, which is in the heart of Sorrento in Tasso Square and has a side looking over the passage down to Marina Piccola.

 What is your favourite Sorrento discovery?


The Regina Giovanna bathsit’s a Roman ruin with a natural pool, which connects to the bay, and everytime I go, I’m speechless.

Best advice for other students?

Take advantage of your time in Sorrento. Go out and explore, meet the locals (they’re great), learn Italian, speak Italian and live like locals and have new experiences to remember for a lifetime!

by Olga, student @ Sorrento Lingue


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First thing you do when you arrive back in Taormina?

The first thing that I would do when I return to Taormina is to visit my host family. They were my gateway into Taormina, and also Sicily, and Italy. The family provided me with help, open arms, AMAZING cooking, and a look into the culture of Sicily, that no other avenue could provide.

What advice would you give to a tourist?


The best advice I can give to a tourist at Taormina is to stay away from the beaten path. So much of the charm of Taormina is lost through the commercialized aspect of it (Corso Umberto). Some of the most wonderful places you can find in Taormina are off the main road, so just walk around, and see what you can find.

If you had to be locked in a building overnight, which would it be?

If I had to be locked in a building overnight, I would choose BAMBAR! Have you had una granita from there? If you have, you will understand why I chose this. Never before had I had one, but when I had my first (grazie Daniele!), I realized I could eat one every day.

Best place for a romantic holiday in Taormina?

The best place for a romantic holiday in Taormina, in my opinion, is at a hotel on Castelmola. While not quite, Taormina, it overlooks Taormina! In order to make the most of this, you have to pick a hotel with a room that overlooks the seaside from Castelmola. From there, you can see the ocean, Taormina, Etna, and on a clear day, even mainland Italy!

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

If I was Mayor for the day, I would force the sellers of the ‘knick-knacks’ off Courso Umberto. While this is something that happens in many cities, I believe it is something that detracts from the beauty of the town.

Earliest Taormina memory?

My earliest Taormina memory is the day after I arrived (after a 21 hour journey, everything was a blur before). After my first day at Babilonia school, I met a group of people from Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, and Spain who invited me on a trip to Catania! The spontaneity of this journey, the simplicity, and the uniqueness was something that I will never forget. That journey was also my first true look at the world outside of the United States.

What are your favourite late-night hangouts?

My favorite late-night hangout was the Q Bar. Being from Babilonia school we received a discount, and every night they remembered us and asked us how everything was going. While speaking in Italian, giving us a chance to practice.

Best meal you’ve had in Taormina?

The best meal I had in Taormina was at the Granducca Pizzeria. This was for a number of reasons. The night itself was beautiful, and I went with five of my friends that I made (all from different parts of the world), and we had a table that overlooked the cliffs of Taormina so you could see the ocean and the entire coast. To top it all off they gave us a glass of champagne, and the pizza itself was wonderful! I had the Great Bear pizza, which had a plethora of toppings, including tomatoes, ham, salami, prosciutto, and basil.

If you could buy any building in Taormina, which would it be?

If I could buy any building in Taormina, I would buy the Saracen castle at the crest of the mountain overlooking Taormina. The location is stunning, and the history of the building enchants me.

What is your favourite Taormina discovery?

My favorite Taormina discoveries were when I found the small markets sprinkled throughout the small strebets. These places, especially one on my way home, are special because they provide some of the best food, at the best price that you can find in Taormina. In addition, the workers tend not to speak English, so it gives you the real world practice that you are not able to get on Corso Umberto.

Best advice for students?

My best advice for students at Babilonia school is to branch out from Corso Umberto. Taormina can seem limited just by walking down Corso Umberto, but once you branch off onto the sides, you can find places that are relatively hidden. Also, take advantage of the opportunities provided to you! There are many economical travel options throughout Sicily, and each city has a unique history, style, and cuisine. Get out there and explore!

by Jordan, student @ Babilonia school, Taormina, Sicily

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Welcome to Rome Fiumicino where the local time is 11am. Through passport control, on to the Leonardo express train and I’m in Rome Termini. From there, I take the Treno regionale veloce to Chiusi Chianciano Terme for only 10 euros one way.  After less than 20 minutes, I’m already in the beautiful Italian countryside.

I don’t regret for one moment my decision to reach Montepulciano by train – the view is beyond words.The train is passing through wheat fields. The slow, sunny train journey to Tuscany is the perfect opportunity to read a newspaper and catch up on Italian news after a few months away from the country. I discovered with pleasure that Rome has just appointed Italy’s first female mayor. Well done Italians!

We are already in the Tuscan countryside and the scenery has become more lush and green. Less than two hours after leaving Rome, we stop in Chiusi- Chianciano Terme. The strong afternoon sun is baking the tiny station and the bus station is virtually deserted. The Italians are probably enjoying an after lunch pennichella (nap)!

A pleasant, smiling bus driver welcomes me and a sweet Italian grandmother on to the bus.  The Italian grandma is going to terme (thermal baths) and, in a strong Roman accent, proceeds to tell me and the driver her entire life story, making sure we know everything about her husband, sons and grandchildren……;)
After leaving this chatty elderly lady at Chianciano Terme, within 10 minutes we are at the first stop in town where Il Sasso Italian school dominates the valley below. As I enjoy the panorama from the school’s balcony, I’m joined by my colleague, Silvia, the director of the school, and Heike, the school’s receptionist. Silvia and Heike then take me for a tour of the school.

The excitable Silvia deluges me with new ideas, projects, courses and stories about our students. Happily, we decide to finish our discussion at the terrazzo bar, a few minutes away from the school. Over an aperitif spritz, we admire the sunset over the Tuscan countryside.

And now at 7pm, after just a few hours, the traffic, the smog, and the overcrowded city life seems far away….

by Antonio & Silvia, director @ il




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Home is…

where my amatriciana is.

First thing you do when you arrive back in Rome?

Get a real coffee.

What advice would you give to a tourist?

Just leave the touristic side of the city for when you’ll be older. Discover the real Rome, explore suburban neighbourhoods, get lost in the streets of Pigneto or San Lorenzo. Live it.

If you had to be locked in a building overnight, which would it be?

Definitely Palazzo Pamphilj, current head quarters of the Brasilian Embassy, with his magnificent frescoes from Pietro da Cortona… I’ve always dreamt to visit the place in solitude.

 Best place for a romantic holiday in Rome?

I would suggest a B&B in the Monteverde neighbourhood. The place is simply delicious and it’s location is priviledged, since it is very close the most romantic spots of the city (Gianicolo, Aventino ecc.)

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

Though questions in times like these! A politically correct answer: party hard and no work for a day with free concerts all around the city parks: Villa Borghese, Villa Ada, Villa Pamphili, Parco degli Acquedotti. All of them filled with music!

Earliest Rome memory?

Me and my grandpa making a looooooong walk (at least for me back then!), from Piazza Navona to Piazza Risorgimento. That was the first time in my life I’ve crossed a bridge.

 Best meal you’ve had in Rome?

Well, this might be “veg-unfriendly” but… the famous “Maialino arrosto” at the Osteria “Pippo lo Sgobbone” is something beyond extraordinary… and very traditional too.

If you could buy any building in Rome, which would it be?

My grandparent’s building, which is a very old house in a narrow side street of Via della Scrofa. Buildings like that, erected in the XIX century from the ruins of old medieval houses, are so soaked of history and past lives that living there is a moving experience.

 What are your favourite late-night hangouts?

Underground music clubs, such as 360° in San Lorenzo, and Squats such as Strike and exSnia. Places with awesome music and good and affordable food\drinks.

 What is your favourite Rome discovery?

The fresh wind coming from the Tirrenian Sea in summer evening. We call it “ponentino” and it kisses gently the western neighbourhoods of the city giving some relief to roman citizens at the end of our hot summer days. That, together with the “pasolinian” poetry of some western roman suburbs such as Trullo or Magliana: really refreshing.

Best advice for your students

Rome is a great place to practice Italian while having a lot of fun, especially for young people. Go out, attend events, meet the locals: you’ll have time to sleep when you go back home!

by Enrico, teacher at Kappa Language School in Rome

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First thing you do when you arrive back in Montepulciano, Tuscany?

Go to the beginning of Via di Collazzi and take in the panoramic view of San Biagio and the surrounding countryside – spectacular especially at sunset.

What advice would you give to a tourist?

Stay at least one night in Montepulciano. It is such an atmospheric town especially at night time when the day trippers have left. Enjoy a great meal, walk around and soak in the atmosphere of the ancient streets and buildings.

If you had to be locked in a building overnight, which would it be?

One of the grand Palazzo’s on Piazza Grande, hopefully luxuriously furnished so I could experience life as the de Medici’s and nobles in the 15th century.

Best place for a romantic holiday/ dinner/date in Montepulciano?

Book a hotel/villa with a terrace overlooking the centro storico or the fabulous countryside and enjoy with a glass of vino nobile!

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What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

I would suggest organising a festival but there are already many during the year especially in summer.

Earliest Tuscany memory?

Driving through the pouring rain and jumping out of the car and having my photo taken under the Florence signpost as the sun came out – my first time in Italy and we had arrived in Florence, a long held dream realised.

Best meal you’ve had in Tuscany?

Any of the food at Rosso Rubino Trattoria in Montepulciano, they have the best homemade pasta and dolci, the service is very friendly and a brilliant selection of wines from the local producers.

If you could buy any building in Montepulciano, which would it be?

One with a terrace overlooking the valley.

What are your favourite late-night hangouts?

Il bar “ Lucevan le stelle”.

What is your favourite Tuscany discovery?

Formaggio pecorino with pear and ginger jam!


Best advice for other students of Italian in Montepulciano at

Go into the shops, cafes, restaurants and cantina’s and practice speaking Italian. The townspeople are very happy to let you speak ( no matter how slowly) and will encourage and help you.



by  Martina Farrell, student at Il Sasso, Italian Language School in Montepulciano

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