Photo Credit: Virginia Homestay in the Maremma

Oggi sono molto lieta di annunciare un Homestay Language Vacation nella Maremma in Toscana with Virginia!

Today I am very pleased to announce a new Homestay Language Vacation in the Maremma in Southern Tuscany, with my friend and Italian teacher – Virginia Villani!


La Maremma nel sud della Toscana è molto naturale e genuina, che si estende tra le province di Livorno e Grossetto. Maremma è unica per la varietà del suo territorio: mare blu, lunghe spiagge, roccia nera, colline coperte di boschi, paludi e pianure, colline verdi e terme naturali. Ci sono anche pittoreschi villaggi con l’architettura antica e tradizionale, con accattivante storie.

The Maremma in southern Tuscany, is very genuine slice of Italy, that stretches between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto. Maremma is unique because of the variety of its territory: blue sea, long beaches, black rock, hills covered with woods, marshes and flat lands, green hills, and natural thermal baths. It also features picturesque villages with ancient and traditional architecture, with captivating history to match.


Il Homestay di Virginia si trova nel cuore della Maremma, a soli 15 minuti (in auto) dalle spiagge dove si può godere più di un giorno sotto il sole della Toscana. Virginia sarà più che felice di portarvi lì! Il paese più vicino è Marsiliana. È un piccolo centro con un vero e abitato castello. Da villaggi di pescatori lungo il costiere, oasi balneari naturali e splendide spiagge e dolci colline e bei paesaggi, la Maremma vi conquisterà e si rilasserà completamente.

Virginia’s Homestay is located in the middle of the Maremma is just 15 minutes (by car) from the beaches where you can enjoy more than a day under the Tuscan sun. Virginia will be more than happy to drive you there! The nearest village is Marsiliana. it is a small center overlooked by a real and inhabited castle. From coastal fishing villages, natural seaside oases, and beautiful beaches to rolling hills and alluring landscapes, la Maremma will captivate you and you will relax completely.


Vivere nel paese meridionale della Toscana con Virginia con la sua famiglia, nella loro casa di campagna recentemente ricostruito e rinnovato, gli studenti potranno godere una fantastica vista dei campi ondeggiante. Potrete interagire con la famiglia di Virginia, cucinare e parlare, nonché godere della privacy del proprio appartamento con bagno privato, TV a schermo piatto e connessione WiFi gratuita. C’è anche un patio esterno della vostra camera con accesso privato dal giardino.

Living in the country in southern Tuscany with Virginia with her family in their newly rebuilt and renovated country house, students will enjoy a fantastic view of the rolling fields. You will interact with Virginia’s family, cook, and converse as well as enjoy the privacy of your own apartment with a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and free WiFi. There is also a patio outside of your room with private access from the garden.


Qualifications: Virginia Villani is a qualified teacher with more than 12+ years of experience in language instruction in Italy and abroad (Japan). University degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures (University of Venice). She taught Italian abroad and in Italy for more than 12 years in regular classes until 2013 when she moved to Tuscany and started teaching Italian in her house to students who want to learn Italian and experience Italian culture.

Background: Virginia is a teacher, a mother, and a countryside lover. She’s a quiet, patient, and helpful person. She adores Italy in general and Tuscany in particular, especially what’s related to traditions and culture. She traveled extensively in her 20’s and early 30’s in Europe, Asia, and North America, learning and engaging with many cultures around the world. She loves the discovery process that comes with traveling and meeting new people.

Photo Credit: Virginia Homestay in the Maremma

She has a passion for gardening and plant life and can be found expanding her garden with rosemaries, lavenders, olive trees, pepper trees, as well as keeping a small orchard and vegetable garden in her spare time. She also has a passion for cooking and Italian is her favorite. During your stay she can teach you how to make homemade pasta or pizza, using fresh ingredients in a traditional Italian setting.


Italian Language Course: Each Homestay program will be tailor-made on student’s needs, interests, age, and skills. Featured above, is your classroom! Just imagine learning Italian in an open-air classroom with a view of the Tuscan landscape! Virginia provides one-on-one tutoring (but she can accommodate up to 6 of your friends and family- three double independent rooms, ensuite and private access from the garden), which means you’ll receive the maximum amount of direct guidance with a flexibility that works around your schedule.

Available from Beginner to Advanced students! This is what the package includes:
• Daily language lessons, from Monday to Friday 15, 20 or 30 h/week;
• Afternoon activities: art and cultural tours, wine and food tours, guided tours;
• Meals shared with the family (Virginia, her husband, and her 2 daughters);
• Pick up and drop off: Orbetello railway station (free); Fiumicino or Ciampino airport (free if the student stays for at least 2 weeks)

Excursions: After a regularly scheduled class, Virginia will drive the student around, giving the chance to attempt latest lessons in a real setting. In addition to popular spots, she will drive you in food and wine tours. Whether it’s tasting wine in the middle of a vineyard, learning how virgin olive oil is produced, seeing how ham and salami are seasoned, or getting the chance of seeing how cheese is produced in a real cheese factory, Virginia will provide a memorable and ideal learning environment.


Attractions: Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana, Capalbio, Saturnia thermal spring, Tarot’s Garden, Daniel Spoerri’s Garden, Regional Parc of Maremma, Monte Argentario, Giglio Island, Massa Marittima, Magliano, Vulci, Tarquinia; Siena, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, and Orvieto are easily reachable in less than 2 hours;

Those who sign up through the Matta Blog will also receive a gift basket of Tuscan treats prepared by Virginia! 

To Book a Homestay with Virginia: Virginia offers a special price for readers of the Matta Blog. To find out more about Virginia’s Maremma, Tuscany Language Vacation, prices and to check availability fill out this form or contact

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