My cousin and I have travelled to Italy 3 times to study italian. We found Il Sasso to be fantastic! The school itself is lovely and bright and open. The administration are friendly, helpful and caring people. Our two teachers, young and vibrant, Sara & Cinzia were amazing teachers and we grew close to them in just a week's time. The classes are small, so you learn and are able to have time to learn. The setting of Montepulciano is dream-like, truly a gem of a Tuscan town, with good food, lovely shops and the most breath-taking sunsets! We stayed at a nearby villa apartment that was fantastic, that the school put us in touch with. I will return to this school one day and highly recommend this experience for anyone wanting to learn to speak italian and also have a local Tuscan experience, with the wine, food, cheese-making, and music festivals. There is an international music school in the town, so there are many young people there, but when we went in September it was off-season and not crowded at all. We loved every minute of it, and wish we had stayed for a longer time.
Il Sasso embraces the concept of learning by immersion from day one. The environment itself is very laid-back. The place is run very hands-on and the course instructors are very dedicated and in-tune with the needs of the participants. It really is a fun way to learn, and the area is replete with plenty of other activities to keep you engaged or if you feel like kicking back, there is no better place than the tiny hilltop hamlet of Montepulciano to just relax and take it all in.The course is extremely high-quality and the teachers clearly know what they are doing. I would suggest no less than a two-week course for first-timers. I have been told that the one-on-one lectures are highly-recommended, but only after taking the classroom lessons first to have a base to start from. Montepulciano is a very quiet and intimate setting and the setting could not be more perfect for a vacation/language course. I will be back for a month the on my next visit!
I've spent two great weeks in Montepulciano and at Il Sasso and I tried very hard to find something I didn't like - the only thing that came to my mind was, that I would stay longer the next time because there is still so much, I would have liked to do! The classes are small and very sensible put together - I liked most of all that there are plenty of opportunities to conduct a conservation, even to debate in italian. That really helped me to practise the grammar I had learned in two courses in Austria, because I think there's a big difference between doing a written grammar exercise and talking fluently using the correct grammar. And the activities in the afternoons are interesting and also nonstandard, like a grape harvest or a visit at a cheese dairy in the countryside.
Bracha & Eli (Israele)
We stayed for two weeks in Montepulciano , the place is great. The school is excellent. We are looking forwards to going to Il Sasso again.
Ich habe fünf wunderbare Wochen in Montepulciano verbracht und dabei auch dank der Italienischsprachschule Il Sasso vieles über Sprache, Kultur und Geschichte der Toscana gelernt. Ich kann die Schule wärmstens empfehlen, Staff und Lehrer sind super und das kulturelle Angebot seitens der Schule ist abwechslungsreich und interessant. Ich freue mich schon darauf, nächstes Jahr auf ein Neues die Hügel der Toscana und Montepulciano zu besuchen...
Il Sasso is everything a language school should be, and more. It´s well managed, with staff who are incredibly accessible, helpful, committed and enthusiastic about teaching Italian to foreigners. Group size tends to be on the small side (max. 8) which is ideal for fast and effective language learning. Teachers rotate, meaning that students get used to different accents and different teaching methods. The school´s accommodation options are excellent, too. And most importantly - everyone always has a smile on their face which, in combination with the beautiful location of Montepulciano, makes for a fun and relaxing learning experience.
I spent one week with the school and will return. The teaching staff are very competent, helpful, creative and encouraging. It was an intensive course, with a small class, suited to both challenge and develop my skill level. The wide range of students from around the world was both stimulating and interesting. The school is located in the centre of the town, is very accessible and close to historic towns and wonderful countryside. To be recommended.
I did the beginner's Italian language course in May and was very impressed with the service provided and the standard of tuition. The school is very well organised and right from my first contact with them I was impressed by the informative responses they provided. Once I arrived I was delighted with the town and the lovely accommodation arranged by the school. The lessons were fun, even though a bit daunting with an immersion method, but it was excellent. I would recommend it to anyone.
This is my second trip to Il Sasso, & I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. The teaching has been the best I have ever had, the accommodation is wonderful, the surrounds are eternally interesting, & the school is extremely well run & organised. It is also excellent value. Each class has 2 alternating teachers, which is the perfect way to keep students on their toes. I've had 4 teachers during my time at Il Sasso, & while their teaching styles are different, every teacher has been kind, inclusive, lively and engaging. I can't wait to come back!
2 Wochen Sprachurlaub in Il Sasso, das Rundum-Wohlfühlpaket: einfach anmelden und eine schöne - dieses Mal sogar traumhafte - Unterkunft gesucht bekommen, Unterricht in sehr kleinen Klassen mit durchweg kompetenten, sympathischen und vor allem geduldigen (!)) Lehrern, darüber hinaus Hilfe bei Alltäglichem wie Verstehen von italienischen Busfahrplänen, Freizeittipps etc, auch neben der Schule werden Veranstaltungen angeboten wie z.B. Wanderungen und Kochkurse. Sehr angenehm für die absoluten Sprachanfänger bei generellen Fragen außerhalb des Unterrichts: diese können in deutsch geklärt werden. Il Sasso liegt mitten in der Altstadt von Montepulciano, so dass - klassisch italienisch - noch vor der Schule bzw in den Pausen der Kaffee in der Bar geschlürft werden kann. Restaurants und Läden, Bank und Apotheke - alles ums Eck. "Wi-Fi" bzw Computer zur privaten Nutzung vorhanden. Als sehr positiv empfand ich die generelle Freundlichkeit und Hilfsbereitschaft in der Region, und das trotz des hohen Touristenaufkommens. Kurz und knapp: Vielen lieben Dank für die schöne Zeit!!!