Leading people who are crazy about Italy, giving them insights into language and culture, and helping them overcome learning doldrums, and frustrations.
I’m Melissa, but people know me as Studentessa Matta – The crazy student – because every day I dive head first into the Italian language and use it wherever I am, whether in Italy or at home.
I want to show you how to improve your Italian and help you become more conversant.
My goal is to inspire you to learn the language and introduce you to a slice of Italy you might not know about by either traveling with me, conversing with me, or reading posts and novels in which I write about Italy.
Follow along with me, and let yourself go a little “matta” and find out how quickly you can overcome your anxiety and frustration with traditional methods as I help you to build your own unforgettable language learning experience.
I’ve heard it so many times before, “I can read and understand Italian, but when I try to speak, I become tongue-tied!” Sound familiar? Is this your problem too? With Chat Italiano, you can regularly practice your Italian with me. It is a perfect way to keep up your Italian conversation skills at home, supplementing on-line or evening language classes. It is also a great way to get your language in shape just in time for your next trip to Italy!
Price: $25 / 30 minutes.
Andiamo in Italia
Twice a year, I take small groups to Italy with me to learn the language and practice conversation skills. During the mornings, we study at a partner school in classes perfect for your language level. In the afternoons we go on adventures and excursions. We sink our hands into pasta dough, raise our wine glasses, laugh, dance, and chat the evenings away in Italian with teachers and Italian friends. You will travel with likeminded individuals and make memories and friends to last a lifetime. Andiamo in Italia!
At Home in Italy
Ready to take your language skills to Italy and live and study in the home of your Italian teacher? At Home in Italy is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in language and culture for one or two individuals in a city that interests you and at a time that fits your travel schedule. Homestays combine formal study with everyday family activities. Make new friends and experience a different side of Italy few tourists see, and return home closer to being bilingual than when you left.
Price: $1000 to $1,500 / week
Travel to Italy in the Pages of One of Melissa’s Books
It’s a fun way to immerse in Italian culture and learn the language too! Available on Amazon in Print & Digital.
Dive into the Matta Blog and read articles in Italian & English
Satisfy your passion for Italian language and culture while practicing your Italian language skills.
Experience Italy the Matta Way!
Andiamo In Italia!
You are invited to come for 10 days of Italian study (beginners to advance students welcome) and discovering all that Lucca has to offer. We will also enjoy excursions to Villa Reale, Volterra, and Bolgheri.
Latest from the Blog – Dive into Italy and Italian
From the Multi-Award Winning Blog about Culture & Italian Language
Ciao a tutti! Ritornerò in Italia questo settembre e ti invito a unirti a me! Sarò a Lucca dal 18 al 27 settembre 2020. Spero che prenderai in considerazione l’idea di venire con me. È un’opportunità perfetta se sei nuovo nella lingua per immergerti. Oppure, se sei uno studente avanzato, è la possibilità di migliorare…
Ho appena finite di guardare la terza stagione di Medici — Masters of Florence che è ora disponibile su Netflix. I just finished up watching the third season of The Medici — Masters of Florence that is now available on Netflix. Avviso spoiler: Lorenzo de’ Medici – il magnifico muore all’età di quarantatré anni, e…
I am pleased to announce the 2021 Arezzo “Matta” Italian Language Program in collaboration with Cultura Italiana is now live! This year Paola, my colleague and director of the Italian School in Arezzo and I were very sorry to have to cancel the 2020 June program due to the Covid Virus, quarantining, and travel restrictions.…
Now you can purchase my originallyillustrated Arezzo scarves right hereon the Studentessa Matta website. The illustration was created for the book cover of my novel “Waking Isabella” I’m pleased to now offer the illustration in scarf form printed on Eco-Friendly, Ethically Made, High-Quality Product, Produced by the Knotty Tie Company, in the US. Each…
L’altro giorno mi sono imbattuta in un romanzo scritto da W.A.W. Parker su Luca Pacioli intitolato: “The Divine Proportions of Luca Pacioli.” The other day, I came across a novel written by W.A.W. Parker about Luca Pacioli called “The Divine Proportions of Luca Pacioli.” Hai mai sentito parlare di Luca Pacioli? Nemmeno io! Have you…
Siamo tutti uniti. Aiuta le aziende in Italia a sopravvivere al virus e prosperare! We are all in this together. Help businesses in Italy survive the virus and thrive! Quest’anno il turismo in Italia si è fermato. Molte piccolo imprese sono ferrite e molte temono che dovranno chiudere le porte per sempre. This year tourism…
In questi giorni è facile per noi di rimuginare le cose. Ma pensare a qualcosa in infiniti cerchi — è estenuante! These days it’s easy for us to overthink things! But thinking about something in endless circles — is exhausting! L’overthinking, cioè il rimuginìo, è una sorta di preoccupazione cronica caratterizzata da un sovraccarico mentale…
In questo periodo di Covid 19 e quarantena devi lavarti le mani! Davvero, devi lavartele! In this time of Covid 19 and quarantine you must wash your hands! Really, you must wash them! Did you understand how the second sentence: Davvero, devi lavartele! was put together? To create the sentence: You must wash them! Devi…
I tuoi programmi di viaggio in sospeso durante la Pandemia? Fai un viaggio in poltrona in Italia. Travel plans on hold during the Pandemic? Take an armchair trip to Italy. Non so tu, ma in questo periodo di quarantena, sto impazzendo. Cosa fare? Trovi un buon libro e sistemati per tutta la durata! I don’t…
What They’re Saying
Sheree Isola — 3-time trip participant — talks about her experience in Italy with Melissa!
Bill Bahr — 2-time trip participant — talks about his experience in Italy with Melissa!
This was the best trip of my life! From the moment I heard Melissa’s podcast, I felt I found my kindred spirit. An incredible woman with infinite love for Italy and the Italian language. This program was worth every cent I spent and even more. Everything was so thoughtful, not only we had interesting excursions but also trips to bio farm, cooking lessons and wine tasting. The excursions, views, and dinners were fabulous! – Karina Kagramanova, Andiamo in Italia participant
I had a fabulous time staying with Cristina in Trento in September. The opportunity to be fully immersed in Italian from morning to night took my language abilities to an entirely new level. Cristina was wonderful to be with— very friendly, with a wide range of interests (from art to film to sports), and always helpful and supportive with my clumsy attempts to speak Italian. A bonus was that Trento is a great place to stay. It is a lively city in a beautiful location surrounded by mountains, not overwhelmed by tourists, and close to many attractions from Venice and Verona to the Dolomite mountains and Lake Garda. The experience couldn’t have been better. – Daniel Bayer, At Home in Italy participant