If you would like to make a reservation, click on form link above and indicate your first, second & third choices for an Italian Language Homestay along with dates and language level. Melissa will respond as soon as she receives the form. If for some reason you don’t hear back immediately, please send a follow up email to Homestay@studentessamatta.com1
Laura’s Homestay in Bolognaoffers you a more independent kind of homestay. You will learn Italian in Italy, staying in an apartment next door to your Laura while attending her school “Love Italian” during the morning hours. You will have as much one on one time with Laura, during the rest of the day, as well as make friends with other students.
A Little bit about Bologna: Bologna is the largest city of Emilia-Romagna, located in Northern Italy. It is both a young and vibrant city and a city with a long and proud history and Laura strives to integrate learning the beautiful Italian language with experiencing our city like a local, experiencing a rich and diverse culture.
“Bologna, the Città Rossa, is red-tiled roofs, red bricks, and red-washed stucco palazzos that line narrow streets radiating around a picturesque historic center. With its twelfth century towers, piazzas, and more than twenty-five miles of porticoes, a walk in Bologna is an opportunity to feel immersed in the past, while enjoying the charm of a modern city.
Bologna, the La Dotta is home of the Alma Mater Studiorum, the University of Bologna, the first university of the Western World, established in the year 1088 and an important thread in the city’s history since. The porticoes, the mercantile spirit, the international nature of the city find root in that important past.
Then there is Bologna La Grassa, the Fat City, for which she has always been famous. Just a list of the noted dishes explains it well: a mound of freshly made tagliatelle topped with meaty ragù Bolognese and plenty of grated Parmesan cheese; tortellini floating in their savory meat broth; thinly sliced, satiny smooth Mortadella Bolognese; and fresh and aged cheeses too numerous to name. Discover the treasures of a truly remarkable city—Bologna: La Rossa, La Dotta, La Grassa.” — Mary Tolaro Noyes writer
Laura prides herself on understanding the needs of her students: that is why she specializes in tailor-made courses covering a wide range of areas, levels, and topics, respecting individual needs, such as studying Italian for work, academic pursuit or leisure, we can put together a specific course for you focusing on topics ranging from business, tourism, cooking, art, music, history to something else you can suggest!
Language Lessons: During your homestay, you will stay in a private apartment in your Italian teacher’s home, but take classes at Laura’s school. There is complete flexibility in course length, intensity and content.1
- 10/20+ hours of lesson per week (or upon your request)
- Didactic material
- Mid-morning and mid-afternoon coffee break
- Student kit (pen, notebook, and file)
- Touristic and useful information
- Attendance certificate
- Transfer from/to Station or Airport to accommodation (optional)
- Listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar
- General language, tourism, cooking, art, music, cinema, business, socializing, etc.
Where you will stay: It is fundamental that you feel at home while in Bologna. You will be living next to your teacher but in your own apartment, with independent entrance. The living space has recently been renovated and is located on the second floor (with a lift) of a typical Bolognese building that features a traditional “portico”, in the historic city center. The accommodation is 45 square meters and suitable for one person and is composed of a kitchen/living room, a bathroom with double bed. It is light and airy thanks to the large windows that face an internal courtyard. For this reason, the apartment is very quiet and very bright at the same time.
Location of the apartment is in the city center, a few steps away from the main roads. It is in an ideal position to visit and discover the attractions the city has to offer. The area is easy to reach from the train station and the airport, and it is well-served by public transport. Nearby is a supermarket, pharmacies, tobacconists, churches, restaurants, bars, bakeries, San Francesco Church Piazza Maggiore, San Petronio Due Torri, Central Station.
House rules: Please, no smoking
Laura will provide language training for people who want to make a significant improvement in speaking and understanding Italian and who wish to dedicate their time to learn and experience the real taste of Italy, through a vast choice of activities and excursions. Laura will integrate into your learning schedule activities that will cover art, history, local habits and customs and lots of cultural events, concerts or opera, tours of the city’s architecture or museums, cooking classes, bike tours, sampling wine and the famous “aperitivo”.