Enjoy the BELLA VITA
while learning Italian
Would you like to live like a local while deepening your
knowledge of the language?
Melissa offers two equally rewarding opportunities to study in Italy
1. Small Group Immersion Programs
2. Personalized Homestay Language Vacations
Do you want to spend time in Italy learning the language and soaking up the culture? Do you want to visit new places in Italy and meet people you never would if you were traveling on your own? Would you like to spend an evening with Italian friends in the piazza sipping spritz and conversing with them using your Italian language skills that just keep better and better because you are living in Italy while learning the language?
Live and learn with Melissa and a small group of up to ten like-minded students in Italy. Or enjoy a personalized language vacation, by becoming a member of the family in the home of your Italian teacher.
The accommodation you will be staying in will be sanitized to the required standards. During every activity, both for Italian lessons and for other experiences, the rules of social distancing and all the anti-Covid rules provided by the Italian Government will always be respected. Melissa has received the Covid-19 vaccine. If you have special needs, please let us know, and Melissa will try to find the best solution for you. Please inform us of any food allergy or intolerance before your stay, so we can better organize for your needs.
Small Group Language Immersion Programs for up to 10 Students
Join Melissa in 2021 for two fantastic opportunities to learn in Italy. Melissa’s small group immersion programs, that are 12 – 14 days, accommodate up to ten individuals. The program focuses on improving conversation skills. Students study in the mornings at an Italian school with other international language learners at their level, then in the afternoons Melissa’s group reunites and goes on excursions and participates in activities — art projects, local festivals, wine tastings, and cooking classes — to continue practicing Italian skills with Melissa, local guides, teachers and Italian friends.
Homestay Italian Language Vacation for 1 or 2 Individuals
Looking for a unique vacation in Italy? How about a customized Italian Language Homestay Vacation. Nothing is more effective for learning a foreign language than to live in close contact with a tutor who is specialized in teaching their native language in the country where this language is spoken! Spending an entire day in a family context, combining a few hours of “traditional” teaching to the many stimuli that daily life offers (TV, dining, walking) are the most natural and less stressful way to make progress in learning a language. The Matta Blog offers several choices for Italian Homestay Language Vacations that are located all over Italy. Simply click on the Request A TEACHER link and fill out the request form, selecting three teachers up to 3 teachers. Melissa will check their availability and help coordinate your Homestay in Italy.
What They’re Saying
Sheree Isola — 3-time trip participant —
talks about her experience!
Bill Bahr — 2-time trip participant — talks about his experience in Italy with Melissa!
Having just returned from a learning adventure in the Maremma (Tuscany), I can only say “grazie mille” to you, Melissa, for arranging for homestays on your site and most especially for the one I’ve experienced with Virginia Villani. It was far more than I’d hoped for: I’ve started to dream in Italian, thanks to two weeks of language immersion; I’ve seen a part of Italy into which I would not usually venture; and I’ve had the chance to go beyond more usual tourist experience, to share in daily family life. My thanks to you both for making this possible. Natalia Krawetz, At Home in Italy participant
Following my return from Italy, my heart remains full of bliss. I am profoundly grateful to Melissa for suggesting that I spend my sabbatical time with Elena in Bergamo. My time in Italy surpassed my expectations and hopes in every way imaginable. As Melissa promised, Elena is extremely knowledgeable about the history and art of northern Italy. I felt so wonderfully blessed every single day…blessed with delicious food, lovely and comfortable accommodations, excellent instruction, outstanding art and architecture, extraordinary vistas, and generous friendship. I cannot wait to go back! Lisa Goodwyn, At Home in Italy participant