The best way to learn Italian is to live it!
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 extended family members, old friends, or new ones - brought together by our joint wish to share the extraordinary culture and ambience of this town, called Agnone.
Our Italian language classes are taught by fully qualified native speakers and the course workshops and tours are led by locals to the town or its environs.
Founder of Live and Learn Italian“Welcome to our programme, inspired by my own visits here to study the language. An experience I felt compelled to share!”
We take learning out of the classroom - into shops, small farms, the ‘centro storico’, artisan studios – giving you the opportunity to mix with the community and practise throughout the day.
But study is important - 15 hours per week in the classroom focuses the mind and complements the practical.
Levels assessed on registration, further more detailed assessment at the start of your course.
Occasional ‘not quite beginner’ sessions can be scheduled – check dates on programme and prices page - and get in touch.
Talk & Listen
With a long a history of culture and learning, good Italian is spoken here by all. Agnone is a hidden gem, far from tourism, you will only hear Italian, and will have to speak it to be understood!
Life here is slow, so there’s plenty of time to get the words out, and find a way to express yourself.
Visit the ancient Samnite ruins of Pietrabbondante: the churches and palazzos of the centro storico: local festivals and events - in careful, measured Italian, at a level to suit you.
Explore the last working copper foundry - Agnone once supplied Italy with its best copper objects - another family business surviving and creating high quality work.
Taste one of Italy’s top 10 panettoni, and visit Dolciaria Carosella, since 1839, making confetti ricci, telgole, and mostaccioli to their own special recipe.
Caciocavallo, scamorza and stracciata are some of the locally produced cheeses - winning awards around the world. A region of exceptional olive oil, honey, salamis, truffles, wine, and so much more.
Inhibitions fall away when engaged in chopping or rolling pasta dough – a great way to get conversation flowing.
Experienced cooks say ‘quanto basta’ for the proportions, but we manage to get enough information to try it at home.
Food is simple, cucina povera, but experience is required, and the quality of ingredients is key.
A great way to learn vocabulary of the kitchen and of enjoying food!
Screenings of classic Italian films help to acclimatise the ear. Grab some down-time to explore family-run shops, the market, home made ice-cream and pastries, or sit on a sunny terrace with a drink. Activities such as hiking, horseback riding, or swimming can be organised as extras.
A local festival, town event, or even a game of bocce, is a great way to be immersed, and get to know the community.