Who we are
Live and Learn Italian is a small independent business set up to offer immersive Italian holidays in an authentic town, off the beaten track.
- This is not a language school, it’s an experience!
Workshops, visits and discussions are led by local people, passionate about their region, and keen to share stories of their traditions and history; keeping alive the culture and ambience of a very special town.
Morning Italian classes are taught by fully qualified native speakers, some live locally, most do not. Those from outside the region were first enticed by an invitation to ‘discover Molise’ and fortunately, they all loved it. It has not been a problem to get them back again!
Founder of Live and Learn Italian
My family (Marinelli) hail from Agnone, and I first visited here as a child of 8, quickly coming under its spell.
My grandfather’s cousins own Agnone’s most important business, Campane Marinelli, the world’s oldest bell foundry. He himself went on to an important career in nuclear physics in the United States, and thus became an illustrious son of Agnone in his own right.
I feel very much at home here, and when I came in the summer of 2012 to learn Italian with Alessandro, I knew that I wanted to share the experience and bring a lucky few back with me the next time. Every summer the project grows and deepens as I get to know more of the community, find hidden gems, and discover personal stories that weave into our programme.
I think it’s unique for students of Italian to be in a place where there are no tourists, and where the local community engages so easily with
After graduating in Foreign Languages, Alessandro moved to Austria working as an Italian teacher in public and private schools.
Back in Italy, inspired by his experience of teaching Italian to Foreigners, he studied at DILIT International House in Rome. He continues to teach German, English, and Italian for
Alessandro is very involved in social issues and is currently working with asylum seekers - not only assisting them in facing difficult issues connected to their
After a long period in London teaching Italian, Marina returned a few years ago to her native Sicily, now teaching Italian to foreigners and English to Italians.
She loves to discover the hidden treasures of Italy and her own city, Palermo; visits she shares leading cultural trips with students of Italian.
Marina is super active, loving to hike, cycle and also to run. Reading is another passion, especially combined with a good cup of Earl Grey! She is very much enjoying life back in Palermo, where she is able to spend time with her aged parents.
Erminia has been with us since the very beginning. She holds a master’s degree in Modern Italian literature from Università Degli Studi di Napoli, and a postgraduate specialization in Standards for Museum Education from Roma Tre.
During the scholastic year Erminia teaches Italian Language, Literature, History, Latin and History of Art in Molise high schools. In 2014 an internship at the Tate Modern took her to London, and in 2016/17 she was invited to be Assistant curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She has recently become a mother to Leon.
After graduating from Genoa University with a degree in Philosophy, Simona left her hometown and moved to France to study French language and literature.
In the following years she lived in various European cities while raising her two sons and teaching in French and International schools.
Passionate about teaching languages, Simona later qualified to teach Italian to foreigners. She now divides her time between a home in Nice and a house in Sicily where she teaches Italian and hosts students for short stays.
Lucrezia is from Rome, a certified teacher of Italian as a second language (DITALS – U of Siena). She has a BA in Applied Interlinguistic Communication (Translation) from the University of Trieste and MA in Modern Languages for International Communication from University RomaTre. While in Trieste she worked as an English-to-Italian translator.
A tutor and content creator for online platforms dedicated to Italian language, culture and lifestyle, her enormously popular YouTube channel “Learn Italian with Lucrezia” is a fantastic source for learners of Italian.
One of her most formative experiences was a high school year in Norway living with a host family, adapting to a very different culture. This gave her a powerful insight into her own culture, which has over the years brought her to start her online career.
Francesca is from Campobasso (near Agnone) and lives in Los Angeles. Currently, a PhD student in Language Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Francesca received her MA with honours in Italian Studies at California State.
Francesca’s first MA is from the University of Venice, where she specialized in teaching Italian as a Foreign Language. Prior to that, she obtained a BA in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, in English and French at Bologna University.
Francesca has worked with various Italian Cultural Associations and as a Teaching Associate at California State University, Long Beach.
A native of Rome, Luca holds a bachelor’s degree in Humanities and a master’s degree in Italian literature. He is currently a PhD candidate in Italian literature at the University of Pisa.
In the past years Luca has taught Italian as a second language at Princeton University and at New York University.
Passionate about Italian language and culture, in 2019 he co-organized a summer intensive program of Italian in Tuscany and started his collaboration with Live and Learn Italian.
Since 2011 Walter has been working with il Presidio Turistico di Agnone, giving tours of the centro storico and of the various exhibitions presented in Agnone’s historical palaces.
He is a registered guide of the ancient Sannite Monument at Pietrabbondante and of the recently established exhibition La Tavola Degli Deiin Agnone’s Palazzo Bonanni.
With a degree in Roman archaeology, Alessandra is also a food writer and Molise enthusiast. One of the top experts on the traditional food and culture of the early Samnite’s, she is involved in many culinary projects in Molise while continuing to take part in archaeological excavations.
An official olive oil tester and trainee sommelier, she has contributed to many prestigious food blogs and travel guides, speaking at food and wine festivals all over Italy. Passionate about sustainable tourism, Alessandra loves to share her knowledge of southern Italian culture with those interested in experiencing a very different Italy – like this rare and hidden Molise.
Team support and host
Recently graduated from Pescara University in Languages, Elisabetta began her teaching career last year.
She runs some of our town visits, provides administrative backup and is an all-round help to our guests and staff. Her passion for, and knowledge of, the Italian language are legendary.
DANIELE DI STEFANO
Team support and host
A Management Engineering student at the Automotive Pole and Lanciano University, Daniele also works in the family Bookshop in Agnone. A keen swimmer in his spare time, he loves his hometown and is very active in the cultural initiatives of a group of young Agnonesi.
Daniele provides logistical support, takes guests around town and helps with the daily running of the programme