Learn Italian in Tuscany @ Il Sasso Language Institute

Location: Italy: Montepulciano

Dates: Year Round

Il Sasso - School of Italian in Tuscany


Via di Gracciano nel Corso, 2 Montepulciano, Siena 53045 Italy

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Phone: +39-0578-758311

Fax: +39-0578-757547


For over 30 years, the Italian language school Il Sasso has been running courses in Montepulciano, in the heart of Tuscany. The school is located in a historic building in the center of the town. It offers Italian Language courses, individual tuition, culture courses (in Italian and in English), Summer Programs, Faculty Led Programs, Semester Programs, Internships.

The school is recognised by the Italian Education Ministry and ISO certified. Il Sasso school of Italian works in collaboration with Kennesaw State University and other universities in the University System of Georgia, King College (Tennessee), Southern Connecticut State University and Australian National University (Canberra). It is also twinned with a worldwide group of Italian language schools. U.S. transferable credits.

The school offers Italian courses for speakers of other languages studying in small groups and individually. There are six different levels, corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Il Sasso also runs art history, wine, cookery, literature and current affairs courses, as well as courses to prepare students for the CELI and CILS Certification exams.


For a great many reasons, Montepulciano is an ideal place for an Italian language school. It is located on the top of a hill, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with one of those views which has made Tuscany famous the world over. The peace and quiet are ideal for a study holiday far from bustling town centres. The town's artistic wealth is also a major point of interest: the old town centre is full of churches and "palazzi" which testify to Italy's architectural history, in particular where the medieval and Renaissance periods are concerned. However, the area also boasts a great many Etruscan and Roman remains, Baroque churches and a miniature copy of La Scala theatre in Milan, called Poliziano.

Montepulciano, although a small historic town, is different from many others in that it is very active and lively, a place where the locals still stop to chat in bars or markets and have a great interest in foreign visitors. This makes it an ideal place for learning Italian "on the street", an essential part of any language-learning experience.

Montepulciano's cultural life is also very varied. The International Art Workshop, which takes place at the end of July and beginning of August attracts music-lovers from all over the world. The local town festival ends on the last Sunday of August with the "Bravio delle Botti", a traditional competition of strength and skill fought out between the town's various areas. On occasions such as these, the town comes to life and it is not uncommon to come across improvised concerts on street corners or to become involved in banquets organised by the town's various parishes in the town square which give you the opportunity of tasting local gastronomic specialties. There is also a series of concerts organised by the Accademia Renana - whose overseas headquarters is based in Montepulciano - an event further enriches Montepulciano's summer months. The thing that makes Montepulciano unique in Tuscany and indeed in the world, however, is its excellent Vino Nobile, a fine, quality wine whose producers have become real ambassadors of Tuscany throughout the world.

  • Italian

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • Italian

Cost in US$:


Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

4 hours group class 5 days a week, afternoon activities, orientation, 24/support, secretarial assistence, free WiFi, info pack, welcome drink every 2 weeks

Credit Available


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Other
  • Independent living
  • Home-stays
  • Guest House
  • Group living
  • Apartment/Flat

Participants Travel to Italy


Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
Year Founded