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Italian Language School Il Sasso - Day Class
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Owner description: The Italian language school Il Sasso is located in Montepulciano, a beautiful, renaissance town that stands on a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in southern Tuscany. The school was founded in 1983 by people who are still running it today and it is recognized by the Ministry of Public Education. Foreign students are of every age group and come from all parts of the globe.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 15 August 2018

In English, because most people wanting to go to Il Sasso probably don't yet have a great comprehension of Italian language?
My partner and I decided to go to Il Sasso because (a) we had studied with another (Dante) organisation for some years and wanted to try something different, (b) wanted to go somewhere small (Montepulciano was our 'ideal' size to feel a part of a small community and (c) the school appeared to attract a slightly older clientele which suited our age bracket (>50).
We stayed in 'Monte' for a little over two weeks and attended the school for those two weeks.
The staff were great from Heike at 'Admin central' to all of the wonderful insegnante e direttore, we immediately felt welcome (but knew we were there to learn!).
The extra curricular activities were diverse and generally well organised. Some were moderately expensive for what you received but that said we went on most and enjoyed them all - especially the historic walking tour of 'our town' Montepulciano and the visit to the nearby La Foce gardens.
In addition to the fantastic food and wine of this region, we stayed in a wonderful AirBnB apartment overlooking prime Tuscan fields and olive groves and marked the hours of the day to the church bells which we still miss.
Most of all we made some fantastic (hopefully lifelong) friends which enriched our stay and put the icing on the cake.
We are already planning a return trip :)
Can't recommend Montepulciano as a destination, and Il Sasso as la scuola of choice, highly enough.

Mark & Shaunagh - Gold Coast Australia

Thank Marco1962GC
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

In only a week, my Italian improved immeasurably. It was fun too, as the teachers were delightful and ensured that we talked about all sorts of subjects, however halting our Italian.

Thank Alison K
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

I took a three-week course at Il Sasso (group lessons in the morning and a private one hour lesson in the afternoon). The staff were great and the class sizes were small. The teaching was excellent!
Montepulciano is a beautiful Tuscan hill town, adding significantly to my overall experience.
I will most definitely return to Montepulciano to go to Il Sasso again.

Thank joed451184
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

This school is definitely the gem of Montepulciano and Tuscany. I was completely in awe of the level of classes here. They are well balanced with grammar, speaking and listening. As well as lots of interesting activities to make learning experience fun and efficient, like games, "field trip" to the local market to explore local produce and learn new words. Teachers are attentive, knowledgable, intelligent and fun! At this school you feel how much they care about what they do! It was completely enjoyable and unforgettable experience!
Grazie mille - Silvia Celli, Cinzia Casagni, Sara Chierchini, Heike Wilms, Eleonora Vieri!

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

To first begin with a little bit about myself, I have previously studied four other languages: Latin, Ancient Greek, French, and German. In three weeks at Il Sasso, I learned as much as I did in one semester of German at an ivy league university. The teachers are amazing, enthusiastic, and you will absolutely be amazed at how much Italian you are able to pick up in one or more weeks. I definitely hope to come back and would encourage anyone to do it.

A few words about the town, Montepulciano is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful place to spend a couple of weeks.

There were people while I was there as young as 16, and as old as 70, the program really is appropriate for all ages!

Thank Amelia E
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