The Samnite ruins of Pietrabbondante: the churches and palazzos of the centro storico: local festivals and events - just some of the visits in measured Italian, at a level to suit your group.
We work hard to provide opportunities for you to converse with the local community and our hosts to get you practicing throughout the day.
Witness the ancient art of bell making – at the oldest bell foundry in the world. The Marinelli family, my grandfather’s cousins, have passed their craft down the generations, still using the same methods of their forefathers.
Visit the last working copper foundry - Agnone once supplied Italy with its best copper objects. Another family business surviving and creating high quality work.
Alto Molise is well known for cheese production – we visit some of the family farms using local unpasteurised milk to make exceptional cheeses.
15 hours per week of classroom learning is complimented by visits and activities (all in Italian) giving you the opportunity to mix with the community and practice throughout the day.
Fully qualified native Italian teachers work with individual groups of up to 6, but generally 3-4. (See testimonials)
You level will be assessed on registration, with further more detailed assessment nearer the start of your course.
Levels correspond with European framework A2, B1 and B2. Occasional beginner session – check dates on programme and prices page.
Other levels can be organised privately or in a group of 3 minimum.
Additional private classes or 1-1 conversation available by arrangement.
You can get to the bakery early to see Tonino put in his loaves and later the trays of pizza.
Taste one of Italy’s top 10 panatoni – made with great love and patience in the laboratorio of Geri Labatte: his cousin specialises in ice creams
Dolciaria Carosella have been making confetti ricci to their own special recipe since 1839 and the tegole are a constant favourite.
Caciocavallo, scamorza and stracciata are some of the locally produced cheeses winning awards around the world.
Produce is fresh from the orto, so always seasonal and delicious, cooked simply in the tradition of la cucina povera
Enjoy the artisan beer from nearby Pescolanciano, home made digestivi after dinner, or Molise’s delicious wine.
We enjoy cooking in the homes of some of the locals, joining together around a large table to share meals with the family.
Inhibitions fall away when you are engaged in chopping or rolling pasta dough – it is a great way to get a conversation flowing.
It is hard to get a recipe out of these cooks – proportions are described as ‘quanto basta’ but we manage to get enough information to try it at home
The food is simple but it can take a lot of experience to get some of these dishes to work, and the quality of the ingredients is key.
A great way to learn all the vocabulary of the kitchen and of enjoying food!
talk & listen
This friendly community is intrigued to know why you have come and why you are learning Italian- so conversations can be struck up at any time and in any place.
Off the beaten track, far from tourism, you will only hear Italian and will have to speak it to be understood.
Life here is slow so there is plenty of time to get the words out and find a way to express yourself.
Film screenings, mostly in Italian with Italian subtitles round off some evenings.
Dinners are organised in a variety of different places and with different hosts.
Down time to explore the family run shops, the market, home made ice-cream and pastries, or sit on a sunny terrace with a coffee or drink.
Extra activities such as hiking, horseback riding, or swimming can be organised as extras.
A local festival or town event is a great way to mix in and get a conversation going.
Live And Learn Italian
Is a small independent business set up to offer Italian learning holidays, off the beaten track. We welcome anyone wishing to improve their Italian and explore a traditional community far from tourism and commercialism. Our local hosts and guides are either extended family members, old friends, or new ones - brought together by our joint wish to share the extraordinary culture and ambience of this town.
It is also our aim to help preserve the many ancient traditions, customs and crafts of the region, and to bring income to the community without in any way compromising its authenticity. With the support of local organisations we encourage our guests to explore, enjoy and learn while respecting, protecting and valuing the modest way of life of this region.
Italian is taught by fully qualified native speakers and the course workshops and tours are led by locals to the village or its environs.