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Italiano camminando is a week-long course designed by Il Sasso, school of Italian in Montepulciano for those who prefer a walk in the open air to a classroom lesson.

Walking together in the Tuscan countryside (Valdichiana and the Val d’Orcia) while speaking in Italian will allow you to practice the language and understand the culture better, using the language and improving your pronunciation in an informal context, each according to their own level of competence but always with the guidance of a teacher who is attentive to the needs of everyone. The course is recommended for people with elementary to advanced levels of competence in the language, who like to walk in the country and have the capacity to accept others who speak at a level higher or lower than their own. It is not recommended for complete beginners.

How it works


Duration: 1 week (5 days, from Monday to Friday). Hillside paths between 6 and 12 km, recommended to those who have a good physical shape and can face ups and downs. In case of rain, the outdoor walking program will be replaced in part or in whole by the “Italiano & Arte” program (www.ilsasso.com/eng/italiano-arte-at-il-sasso-language-school-in-montepulciano.html). As an alternative option, participants may switch to the traditional language courses (with consequent reduction of costs).

Day 1: Walk to Montefollonico, a small Medieval village perched on the summit of a hill between the Valdichiana and the Val d’Orcia. Departure from the school at 8:45, return at about 13:30.
Day 2: Walk to Monticchiello, a medieval village nestled in the Val d’Orcia, famous for its walls and narrow twisting lanes, as well as for the summer presentations of “Teatro Povero” (Poor Theatre). Departure from school at 8:45, return about 13:30.
Day 3: Nature Reserve of Pietraporciana. Departure from school at 8:45 with a private van to La Foce, then on foot to the reserve of Pietraporciana with a walk in the beech forest. Lunch at the Visitors Centre restaurant. Back to La Foce on foot and return to Montepulciano in the van at 16:00.


Day 4: Free morning (weekly market). Departure from the school at 14:00, walk to the Dei Winery. Tour of the vineyards and cantina, wine tasting and light meal. Return to Montepulciano at 18:00.
Day 5: Bagno Vignoni. Departure from the school at 8:45 with a private van to Bagno Vignoni with its water-filled piazza, then on foot to the tiny hamlet of Vignoni Alto and back. Bath in the thermal pool of Val di Sole, lunch and a walk in the area of the mills. Return to Montepulciano with the van at 16:00.



Email: info@ilsasso.com

Phone: +39 0578 758311

Where to study Italian: Montepulciano


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I have studied in Rome for almost nine months now, and this is a beautiful place with quite a different culture.

One of my friends recently asked me what I think of Italy as an expat living in Italy and I couldn’t answer him right away. I decided to write it out considering that that is the best way to express what I am thinking. So I am sharing it here so that everyone can see.

So anyone who knows Italians knows that they have a very unique outlook on life. Living among them for almost nine months, I have to admit that when I first arrived here, this attitude surprised me, but now I almost seem to be adopting it. Their cultural attitude seems to be a juxtaposition between easy going and extremely passionate. They get passionate about the most random things, and you have to be careful not to step on those landmines.  Honestly the friends I have made in Rome are some of the sweetest and most caring people. And for some reason they are always trying to get me to eat something, or checking to see if I’ve eaten a meal recently. Its endearing.

Italian fashion



I am going to start off by saying that I am by noooo means into fashion, or even very good at putting together cute outfits. I grew up dressing in whatever t-shirt and jeans I grabbed first, and I lived in a place where fashion wasn’t the biggest thing that I had to worry about. So moving here and realizing that everyone takes what he or she wears extremely seriously here definitely made me feel like a fish out of water. I do have to thank them for making me a bit more aware of the clothes I wear, however, I don’t know if I will ever make it as high of a priority. Also, they ALWAYS wear pants, and I do not understand. It will be at least 90 degrees out and there is still a crap ton of people wearing pants.
Another thing is that they seem to try and copy American street fashion, and yet Americans try to copy Italian fashion? I will forever be confused by this exchange. I can’t really talk about fashion for a lengthy period because its just not something I pay attention too. However, I will tell you that I have met very few Italians here in Rome who will go outside without making sure they look absolutely perfect. Their hat has to match their shirt or shoes, yada yada yada.

Italian Culture

italian culture


This is a bit different then actually attitude toward life in general, the things I’m going to talk about are just general differences I noticed from both cultures. One nice thing about Italian culture is that they don’t shut away their older population. I like seeing a meet up of a bunch of elderly people who are just chatting away, gossiping about someone’s grandchild or making witty remarks about another’s spouse. I don’t eavesdrop for very long because my mama taught me better, however its always nice to see a big group of them sitting in some piazza, drinking coffee and chuckling together. You don’t see that in America, or at least where I am from. In America there are retirement homes, and retirement communities, where the elderly live and rarely leave. Of course there are many who do not conform to this general stereotype of the American elderly, such as those who stay in the north for the summer and go to the south for winter. I believe they call them “snowbirds”. However, growing up, if you asked a peer “oh where do your grandparents live?” at least ninety percent of them would respond with “so and so retirement homes/communities.” In America, the elderly are more shut away and thought of as a thing to protect and care for.

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Another great thing that I love about the Italian culture is that there is always a place to buy fresh vegetables and fruits on every street, and they are soo cheap! The food you can make here tastes so much better because the ingredients are so fresh. They pick them in the morning and you get them a few hours later. On my way to Kappa Italian language school I can stop by this little shop that is so filled with vegetables and fruits that there is only a very narrow pathway down the middle and you have to flatten yourself against the wall of fragrant apples if anyone needs to get past you.

pizza italiana


Ok, I mentioned food a littler earlier, but here we are going to dedicate an entire section. Let me start off by saying “Oh LORDIE yes.Italian food is just a yes, all around.” They have perfected pasta and pizza and while I don’t exactly like the fish, I am told by may of people that they cant seem to make that bad either. Italians are some of the best cooks in the world, and through all of the downsides of moving to Rome, I have to say that the food makes all of those cons sting just a little less. Of course I occasionally miss Chipotle or Americanized-Chinese food, but you know I cant exactly complain. My favorite dish has definitely been pasta all’ arrabbiata.

Well folks, I hope all of you have a lovely day, ciao!

by Andrea Schorn, student @ Kappa language school in Rome, Via del Boschetto, 32, 00184 Roma, Italy

Cooking Italian: Thou shalt not put pineapple on your pizza!


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The popular satirical youtube channel The Jackal has published Ogni maledetto Natale, an hilarious video about the (sometimes infamous) tradition of Christmas movies in Italy, parodying famous movie directors such as Sergio Leone (Il buono, il brutto e il cattivo), Paolo Sorrentino (La grande Bellezza), Gabriele Muccino (L’ultimo bacio), Vittorio De Sica (Sciuscià, Ladri di biciclette), the Vanzina Brothers (sadly renown for their incessant production of cinepanettoni) and Stefano Sollima (Romanzo Criminale,Gomorra).

Apart from being very well made, showing an admirable mastery in mimicking the various topoi of each director (the surreal slow motion and shiny photography in Sorrentino’s movies; the gross humour counterpointed by unforgivable technical mistakes in Vanzina’s productions; the intense and tormenting static shots from De Sica), the video is a good example of how Italians experience Christmas: a social event that often ends to be a parody of itself, but which is still a must for each and every Italian family, whether it be left-winged, right-winged, catholic, atheist or pastafarian.

by Enrico, Italian teacher in Rome, Kappa Language school

Read more:

Croce e delizia, Rome and its public transportation

Zuppa Romana & Luca Toni

Cooking Italian, thou shalt not put pineapple on your pizza

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Match and translate: match the colour with the Italian translation


Fill the gaps

Fai pratica e accorda i colori (maschile/femminile- singolare/plurale)

nero/blu/rosso/giallo/arancione/verde/bianco/rosa/ grigio


  1. In Italia il cielo è sempre ………..
  2. Il semaforo ha 3 colori: ………, ………. e …………
  3. I colori della bandiera italiana sono ………….., …………………e ………… mentre quelli della bandiera americana sono ………….., …………… e ………….
  4. La banana è …………….., le fragole sono ………………
  5. L’elefante è …………….. il corvo è ……………….., il maiale è …………………
  6. Le carote sono ………………………e i peperoni sono ………….., ……………….. e anche ……………….


Check your answers Italian colours here

Pink Puglia

Lesson number 1: alfabeto, numeri e mi presento..

Oggetti in casa

Gli animali

Geografia: conosci l’Italia?

Study Italian in Italy

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Italian is spoken throughout the Italian península and the islands of Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily. Besides, it’s spoken in the countries surrounding Italy: Switzerland, Slovenia, France, Austria and Albania. When taking Italian courses London students tell us the reasons why they enjoy learning this language.

It’s Beautiful
Italian is not only a Romance language because it belongs to the language group known as “romance languages” along with French, but also because it is romantic! It may have to do with the overall atmosphere of Italy: its culture, the people, the food…but we cannot deny this language sounds melodic as well when spoken, and when sung. How many beautiful songs do you know in Italian? We’re thinking of some Pavarotti or Andrea Bocelli’s “Vivo per lei”(“I live for her”) where he sings to music referring to it as “her”.

Discover the Cradle of Civilization
Rome is the cradle of Western Civilization, mixing the old world charm with a modern nightlife. The beginning of its history can be traced back 2,800 years ago. Its civilization originated between the 8th and 9th century before Christ, when the Latini settled around the Tiber River, creating the city. Today, lots of treasures and places that remained throughout this period can be seen or visited. Among the many attractions of Rome you’ll find the Gardens of the Villa Borghese; the famous Colosseum where gory battles between gladiators, prisoners, wild animals and slaves once took place; the Capitoline Museums (which are the oldest public gallery in the world); the Vatican, where you can join the audience with the Pope; the trevi Fountain, where people traditionally throw a coin and make a wish; the Pantheon; the Opera, etc.

Women Love Italian
If you are a woman you will probably agree with us although it’s not easy to explain why this is so. It may have to do with the fact that Italy loves women back: as a culture, it has been adoring women since forever. The Romans adored the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Venus. Along with Madonna, Venus represents a female psyche which has always been honored in Italy.

It’s easy
With our tutors, courses are dictated by native Italian qualified teachers, who are not only able to convey their knowledge on the language but also on its culture in such way that learning results natural and easy to you.

Fontana di Trevi, Rome

Fontana di Trevi. Roma

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Learning a new language should be fun, which is why I like to use games and puzzles when teaching.  Even revision and home study can be fun.
I have searched the internet to find websites which offer interactive games to help you learn.
Learn the names of household objects using a picture dictionary,  test your knowledge of Italian geography with  a quiz on Italian cities or, see if you can match the Language with the Nation, or learn the Italian names of animals

More games here.

Click here to practice your vocabulary of animals with a song.

Buon divertimento,



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Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500

Date and time

6 July – 2 October 2011

Sainsbury Wing Exhibition

Admission free

As part of a programme of summer shows focusing on the National Gallery’s collection, ‘Devotion by Design’ explores the function, the original location, and the development of altarpieces in Italy during the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance.

Read More: The National Gallery

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Completate l’articolo con le preposizioni e gli articoli della lista

gli / uno / di / i / con

“Se sarai come me, ci ameremo per sempre”. Potrebbe essere questa la ricetta per l’amore eterno. Secondo (1.)……………….. studio inglese, se non si litiga sulla scelta della casa, sul film da vedere, su dove abitare o su come comportarsi (2.)……………. figli e parenti, la coppia è destinata a durare (3.)…………… più.
Insomma, (4.)…………. opposti non si attraggono, o meglio, non reggono a lungo. Anche le differenze più banali come russare o lasciare (5.)…………… vestiti sporchi per terra, possono diventare ostacoli insormontabili.

Now check here: Repubblica

More on the prepositions:…1… , …2… , ..3… , ..4.. , …5…

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