One of the best Italian language schools
in Italy, Il Sasso is recognized by the Ministry of Education and ISO 9001:2008 certified. Since 30 years it offers courses in Italian Language, Culture, Art, Wine, History, Literature and Italian for Business. The school is open all year round both for group and individual teaching. Il Sasso is in Montepulciano, in the heart of Tuscany, half way between Florence and Rome. It is located in a historic building in town, has 8 large, airy classrooms and a hall for conferences. There is a terrace with a lovely panoramic view as well as free Internet Point for students and free WiFi access. Il Sasso offers to its students a wide variety of afternoon activities, such as guided tours, wine, olive oil and cheese tasting, cooking lessons and walks in the countryside. Students are of every age group and come from all parts of the globe. Class sizes are from 4 to 9 students. The classes are divided into six levels. The principal objective of our courses is to get our students, even those in the beginner levels, to the point where they're able to communicate in Italian.
Typical DayStandard courses
: lessons from 8.45 am to 1.10 pm, afternoon activities such as tours of Montepulciano, visits to the hot springs of Bagno Vignoni, excursions to Montalcino and Sant'Antimo, wine, cheese and olive oil tastings, cooking evenings and walks in the countryside.Courses Standard +
: lessons from 8.45 am to 1.10 pm and from 2.30 pm to 3.25 pm, afternoon activities such as tours of Montepulciano, visits to the hot springs of Bagno Vignoni, excursions to Montalcino and Sant'Antimo, wine, cheese and olive oil tastings, cooking evenings and walks in the countryside.Intensive courses
: lessons from 8.45 am to 1.10 pm and from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm, afternoon activities such as tours of Montepulciano, wine, cheese and olive oil tastings, cooking evenings and walks in the countryside.Private lessons
(packages of individual tuition): lessons in the morning or in the afternoons + excursions in the afternoons.Cultural courses
(Wine course, Contemporary Italian Literature, Italy Today, The Renaissance, Art Walks, The Italian Fascism): lessons in the afternoons.Cooking courses
: Il Sasso, in collaboration with the restaurant "Le Logge del Vignola", offers creative Tuscan cooking classes. Le Logge del Vignola is situated in the historic center of Montepulciano, opposite the school. Here Massimo will prepare typical Tuscan dishes together with you, using fresh local produce. Courses are available throughout the year, every day except Tuesday, and are held in the morning, 9.30 am - 11.30 am. There's a minimum of 2 participants. You can choose whether to prepare a full meal or concentrate on a particular type of dish:
* Fresh pasta: How to prepare 3 different kinds of fresh traditional pasta (pici, ravioli, tagliatelle), Euro 65,00 per person.
* Traditional and modern sauces: How to prepare different, fresh, traditional and new sauces with fresh ingredients, Euro 65,00 per person.
* Full menu (from starter to dessert): How to prepare a full menu with typical dishes according to the season, Euro 90,00 per person.
In the afternoon you can take one of our culture courses, e.g. the wine course, or individual tuition on the history of Italian cuisine at the Sasso (packages of 6 hours of private lessons = Euro 230,00, packages of 10 hours = Euro 370,00).
Age range, type of group
Age range: 16 - 100 years (average age: 35/65).
Max. 9 students per group (average: 4-5)
Sleeping and meals
Attending our Italian language courses
, you'll be spending a week or more in Montepulciano, it's essential that you feel at home here. In Italy home is very important. More than just the place where you sleep, home is where you pass your time - cooking, reading the newspaper while stretched out on the couch or chatting with friends over a delicious meal of pasta. Therefore, we take it as our responsibility to make sure you feel at home by finding you the lodging that best meets your needs.
Each accommodation has something that makes it unique and special - a panoramic view, a rustic Tuscan style, the beautiful light of sunset or a romantic balcony. Unfortunately it's not possible for us to display photos of all the apartments at our disposal, but rest assured that we'll do everything possible to find you the lodgings you want. And remember, you'll have much more to choose from if you book well in advance.
You can choose from various options:
Basic apartment: we offer small apartments (bedroom, kitchen and bathroom) for one or two persons, with one double room or two single rooms, depending on your needs. Apartments are fully furnished and equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay (linen and towels included). All apartments are a (maximum) ten-minute walk from the school, and are close to shops, banks, the post office and the supermarket.
Luxury apartment: the basic apartments are comfortable and equipped with all the necessities. However, if you'd like something truly special that will make your stay unforgettable, we have a number of luxury apartments to offer you. You will have all the appliances, television, wifi, a panoramic view, a large garden and / or terrace - right in the historic centre of Montepulciano.
Single or double room in a shared flat with other students: if you would like to share your language school
experience and have the opportunity of making new friends, you can choose to stay in an apartment with other students. Kitchen and bathroom will be shared, but approached in a spirit of adaptability, this option will give you the chance to meet people of other nationalities and begin experimenting with your Italian.
Homestay: if you'd like to integrate your language studies with a wider social experience, taking a room in a family home is the solution for you. Our host families are few and are carefully selected. They're people who will quite happily exchange a few words with their guests (but don't expect them to be Italian teachers!). You can choose a room with either breakfast or half board. If you decide to eat with the family, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy some authentic, Tuscan cuisine.
Policies & Restrictions
Confirmations for course bookings will be given on payment of a deposit (Euro 200,00 or amount requested by our office). For cancellations received at least 15 days before the beginning of the course, half the deposit will be refunded. For cancellations received less than 15 days before the beginning of the course, no refund will be made. In case a student is not able to participate in the course she/he has booked, and she/he has given notice about this 7 days prior the beginning of the course, we will keep the deposit and give her/him the opportunity to change the course dates within one year.
Cancellation of individual lessons at least 15 days from the beginning of the course incurs no penalty. Cancellations made between 15 and 7 days from the beginning of the course incur a 50% cancellation fee. Lessons cancelled after the arrival of the student cannot be reimbursed, and the fees for individual lessons booked must be paid in full.
If there is no suitable group available to an applicant, the school will offer 2 hours of individual tuition per day at the same price of the booked course. If the group consists only of two students the school will offer 3 hours of lessons per day. This way we avoid placing students in a level that is either too low or too high for them, and we're able to guarantee that all students receive the same quality and attention year-round.
Any action in court will be dealt by the Court of Montepulciano.
RatesCourse prices 2014 Standard courses
1-week course: Euro 270
2-week course: Euro 450
3-week course: Euro 585
4-week course: Euro 710
6-week course: Euro 1060
8-week course (2 months): Euro 1410
12-week course (3 months): Euro 2075
Courses Standard +
1-week course + 1 hour of private lessons per day: Euro 450
2-week course + 1 hour of private lessons per day: Euro 755
3-week course + 1 hour of private lessons per day: Euro 990
4-week course + 1 hour of private lessons per day: Euro 1215
6-week course + 1 hour of private lessons per day: Euro 1685
8-week course + 1 hour of private lessons per day (2 months): Euro 2240
12-week course + 1 hour of private lessons per day (3 months): Euro 3290
1-week course + 2 hours of private lessons per day: Euro 560
2-week course + 2 hours of private lessons per day: Euro 1025
3-week course + 2 hours of private lessons per day: Euro 1450
4-week course + 2 hours of private lessons per day: Euro 1820
6-week course + 2 hours of private lessons per day: Euro 2730
8-week course + 2 hours of private lessons per day (2 months): Euro 3635
12-week course + 2 hours of private lessons per day (3 months): Euro 5400
1-hour lesson (55 minutes): Euro 40
Package of 6 hours of private lessons: Euro 230
Package of 10 hours of private lessons: Euro 370
Lessons for two, 1-hour lesson (55 minutes): Euro 65
Package of 10 hours of lessons for two: Euro 600
Business Italian / Preparation for Certificates in Italian
1-hour lesson (55 minutes): Euro 40
Wine course, Italian Literature, Italy Today, The Renaissance, Art Walks, The Italian Fascism
1 participant (private lessons):
1 week: Euro 400 - 2 weeks: Euro 650
1 week: Euro 250 - 2 weeks: Euro 480
more than 3 participants:
1 week: Euro 210 - 2 weeks: Euro 400
Courses are available throughout the year, every day except Tuesday, and are held in the morning, 9.30 am - 11.30 am. There's a minimum of 2 participants. You can choose whether to prepare a full meal or concentrate on a particular type of dish:
Fresh pasta: How to prepare 3 different kinds of fresh traditional pasta (pici, ravioli, tagliatelle), Euro 65 per person.
Traditional and modern sauces: How to prepare different, fresh, traditional and new sauces with fresh ingredients, Euro 65 per person.
Full menu (from starter to dessert): How to prepare a full menu with typical dishes according to the season, Euro 90 per person.
Accommodation costs 2014:
Apartment for one person: Euro 45 per night
Apartment for two people (with one bedroom): Euro 60 per night
Apartment for two people (with two single rooms): Euro 68 per night
Room with a family with breakfast: Euro 30 per night
Room with a family with half-board: Euro 40 per night
In accordance with City Council resolution number 91 of November 30, 2011 the Municipality of Montepulciano has introduced a Tourist Tax, to take effect from February 1, 2012. The tax is payable by non-residents for overnight accommodation in the Municipality of Montepulciano. The amount for your accommodation is € 1 per person per night.
Other InformationStarting dates 2014:
7th January, 20th January, 3rd February, 17th February, 3rd March, 17th March, 31st March, 14th April, 28th April, 12th May, 26th May, 9th June, 23rd June, 7th July, 21th July, 4th August, 18th August, 1st September, 15th September, 29th September, 13th October, 27th October, 10th November, 24th November, 9th December 2014.
There will be no lessons on the following Italian public holidays: 6th January, Easter Monday, 25th April, 1st May, 2nd June, 15th August, 1st November and 8th December. The price of these courses will be reduced.
Students who already speak some Italian may start classes every Monday, whereas newcomers to the language must start at the scheduled starting dates.
Discounts OfferedDiscounts for students and over 70
Il Sasso offers a 10% reduction on all course fees for students and for over 70 years old people. Special prices for long term stays (courses + accommodation).