Italian courses at
There are so many reasons to study Italian in Italy. Whether your interests lie in Italian music, food and wine, fashion or landscape, the chances are that Italy’s culture and lifestyle have cast their spell over you. You are now keen to experience the culture, live the lifestyle, and interact with Italians. There can be no more pleasurable way of doing so and gaining real insight into Italy’s pleasures than by taking an Italian language course on the shores of Lago Maggiore at Stresa Italian Language School, the school that specialises in programmes for adults and families. Italian lessons take place all year round, either on our premises in Stresa’s medieval core overlooking the picturesque main square, or in the famous historic Collegio Rosmini on the hillside just above Stresa.
Learning by doing
Stresa Italian Language School’s results-orientated approach to teaching Italian provides a unique blend of traditional classroom learning with innovative, fun activities. We realise there is little point in studying Italian in Italy if you are unable to speak to Italians in their language. For this reason afternoons at Stresa Italian Language School are usually devoted to a range of communicative activities to assist you in interacting with the locals. This way the whole town becomes your classroom and the time you spend speaking Italian increases dramatically.
A flexible approach
Our Italian language programmes can be taken at all levels, in small groups, in pairs or individually. Whatever your needs we will do our best to cater to them. If you don’t see what you are looking for in our list of courses, just ask and we will be happy to put together a tailor-made course.
Living the good life
Boasting Italy’s most prestigious hotel school and generations of local chefs and sommeliers working in Europe’s top hotels and restaurants, culinary expertise is deeply engrained in Stresa and you will be spoilt for choice in the local eateries. Just 30 minutes drive to the south lies one of Italy’s top wine areas: Le Colline Novaresi, perfect for a wine tour to practise your Italian and stock up on a case of top-notch Gattinara.
Lemon trees and ski-slopes
But there is so much more to Stresa and Lago Maggiore than the opportunity to live the good life. If Italy is in many ways Europe all rolled into one, Stresa is a microcosm of Italy. With an incredible variety of attractions and destinations, and an awe-inspiring diversity of landscapes, the municipal boundaries encompass a Mediterranean microclimate on sun-drenched lake islands with lemon and orange trees, whilst just 30 minutes away by cable car there is a top-class ski resort. From the town, Alpine mountains wearing a mantle of snow can be glimpsed all year round. Stresa itself is a very attractive, pedestrianised mediaeval town on the shores of Lago Maggiore, world-famous for its island villages and gardens.
Easy to reach, great public transport
Just 50 minutes by train from Milan, Italy’s business, fashion and shopping capital, 45 minutes from Malpensa airport, one of Italy’s main airport hubs, and less than an hour away from Switzerland, Stresa Italian Language School makes the ideal location for you to study Italian. For those driving, Stresa can easily be reached from much of northern Europe in one day. The good news is that, whilst you are here, if you prefer not to drive, most places of interest can be reached by boat, train, bus or cable-car.
Countless accommodation opportunities
Stresa has a time-honoured tradition of welcoming tourists and travellers and provides a huge range of accommodation – everything from five-star hotels to agriturismo lodging. We will be glad to advise and assist you in your choice of establishment. Please consult our complete list of accommodation in Stresa.
Enjoying the climate
Best of all, in summer the climate is rarely as torrid as in other areas of Italy and in the afternoon after your Italian lessons, if the heat on one of the many local beaches does get too much for you, to cool off, you can always choose between a swim and a quick trip up to the top of nearby Mottarone mountain by car or cable car to enjoy the bracing air.