Reviews about the Italian language school Il Sasso in Montepulciano. Former students' opinions, suggestions, advices about school, town and ... wine!
Il Sasso not only met my expectations, but exceeded my expectations. My two weeks there will live in my memory as a highlight of my life, I'm sure. Being immersed in Italian was a sometimes challenging experience, yet I felt as if the teachers had the exact right formula to teach and speak on my level while taking me just to the edge of new learning without pushing me off the cliff!! I came away with more knowledge and more confidence. I know I will most certainly return, hopefully for another two weeks. If you are looking for an Italian language school in a beautiful location with top-notch staff, this is it. Don't even hesitate!
Ja, ich gebe es zu, ich bin ein Wiederholungstäter: seit vielen Jahren fahre ich im Sommer ins wunderschöne Städtchen Montepulciano und besuche einen 2wöchigen Kursus bei Il Sasso. Die Schule stellt sich individuell auf mein Lernniveau ein, stellt eine kleine Gruppe von studenti aus aller Welt zusammen und los geht's mit Lernen. Konzentriert und doch mit viel Spass und Humor üben wir uns darin, die wohl schönste Sprache der Welt zu verstehen und anzuwenden. Interesse an italienischer Kultur, Alltagsgeschichten, Musik, Theater und möglicherweise auch an gutem Essen und köstlichem Wein? Die persönliche Atmosphäre der Schule, die ausgezeichneten Lehrpersonen und die internationale Zusammensetzung der studenti sorgen für ein entspanntes Lernklima. Kurz: Ideales Lernen und Geniessen!
Without reservation I highly recommend Il Sasso. The school is very well run and does not use an "invariable" recipe to learn Italian. The classes are small (mine had four students), and the placement according to the students' prior knowledge of the language is very accurate so that members of a class can function together successfully. The teachers are flexible and very well educated. They are also extremely kind and patient when you consider that they hear the same mistakes, over and over, year after year. Il Sasso is truly the best Italian school I have ever attended. I've been there three times. Special accolades go to Heike, the multi-lingual administrator, who seems to be able to find out and arrange anything and everything.
I've spent 2 weeks with il Sasso on intermediate level. The teachers were wonderful, patient, always with smile. Everything is much easier to understand. I liked the activities organized by the school, especially walk through Montepulciano (you must see the theatre - it's wonderful). I've lived with italian family, which gave me opportunity to exercise my italian intensively after the classes and I met I have to come back for sure :-)
I studied Italian for one week at Elementary level within Il Sasso and cannot recommend the school highly enough. It is extremely well-organised, all the staff are very friendly and helpful, the teachers are great (in particular giving very clear explanations of language points) and I learnt a huge amount in such a short space of time. The class size was very small (4 students in my case) which meant lots of individual attention and opportunity to practise speaking, which was exactly what I needed. I stayed with a host family which was situated very close to the school, and my room was great, with a spectacular panoramic view across the surrounding countryside. The afternoon social programme activities were also really great - a chance to explore Montepulciano and the really beautiful surrounding area. All in all, I had a great week and would recommend the experience to everyone.
I have spent 4 wonderful weeks studying Italian with 2 excellent teachers, Sara & Costanza, that make even the hardest work seem like fun, are patient, clear, helpful and encouraging, while demanding, and most important - are such nice people! The school offers multiple fun after school activities, and the entire staff is very caring and nice, always ready to help. Overall, it was a great experience, both in learning Italian and in getting to know this beautiful part of Italy a little better. I hope very much to repeat it soon.
This was my second visit to the school as an intermediate learner. The teachers are very patient (which is important for a slow learner) and professional and helpful, and the range of skills amongst pupils is managed well and in a flexible way to offer the best support and guidance.
８月から１２月までの４ヶ月、ホームステイをしながらこちらの学校でイタリア語を学びました。 語学面でのサポートはもちろん、生活面においても大満足の４ヶ月でした。 授業は、イタリア語の習得レベルに合わせたクラスに分けられ、少人数で行われます。そのため先生は生徒のことをひとりひとりしっかりと見てくれます。週に何度か行われる午後のプログラムでは、伝統工芸の工房を見学したり、トスカーナ料理を学んだり、ワインの試飲会を行ったりと、現地の文化を肌で感じる機会が沢山あります。 ほかの生徒さんは２週間や１ヶ月の滞在が多いようで、４ヶ月の間にも様々な国の方と知り合うことができました。年齢も職業も様々な中、話は尽きずいつも楽しい授業でした。 先生方も経験豊富で、安心して授業を受けることができました。勉強面に加えて生活面でも相談に乗ってくださるので、困ったことがあればすぐに助けてもらえる環境でした。 町の人はみなとても親切で、小さな町を２週間もうろついていると顔も覚えてくれて、お店の前を通るだけでも挨拶をしてくれたり世間話をしてくれたりと、とても居心地のいい場所でした。 ホームステイ先の家族はとても面倒見がよく、おいしいイタリアの家庭料理を一緒に作ったり食べたりするうちにやっぱりマンマの料理がいちばんなのだと実感させられました。 モンテプルチアーノは季節ごとに違った顔を持つ町ですが、いつ訪れてもきっと楽しい滞在になると思います。
I have just completed my second 2-week course of instruction at Il Sasso. The first was in May 2011. Learning a new language is never easy, but the instructors and staff at Il Sasso make it pleasant and almost fun. During my 2 visits I have had a total of 4 instructors. All were highly skilled at helping me learn in a relatively stress-free environment. And they were genuinely nice people. Through the school, I rented an apartment that was quite comfortable. The administrative staff at the school was thoroughly helpful in all matters. Il Sasso is centrally located in Montepulciano, my favorite hilltop town in Tuscany. I plan on returning next year for (at least) another 2 weeks.
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)28.09.2011
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!!!
Six weeks in a language school in a foreign country in the middle of winter is a serious commitment. Il Sasso had been recommended by several people in New York as a great school, and safely far enough away from the major cities where too much English is spoken. I arrived in early January to brutal weather and empty streets, but was warmly welcomed into the Il Sasso family. We decided to take all-morning classes, and have our afternoons free to roam the countryside. There were several evening activities available at the school, like lectures and cooking classes, but as we were not staying in the town itself, we only participated in a few of these. The time of year proved to be a blessing, as the streets belonged to just us and the locals, and though the weather was stark, it was beautiful, with most restaurants and shops open. The other students were lovely, though quite a few of them were more advanced and therefore in another section. Though I had had some prior Italian lessons, "beginner level" was where I started and there was grammar, vocabulary, homework, and eventually conversation every day. I made great leaps of progress as Cinzia and Roberta taught with patience, kindness and humor. They were seriously professional, knew what they were doing and had a knack for each student's capabilities ... which is a real gift. I could not have asked for better teachers. When I go back, which I surely will, it will probably be for a shorter time, but I would double-up the class schedule and take morning classes and afternoon privates. This may sound intense, but atmosphere is so congenial and the results were so good, that I wish I had done that for the six weeks I was there!