student testimonials

I have completed a 2 week course in Italian language and culture at la Scuola l'Acanto in Mesagne, Puglia. It has been an unforgettable experience. Michela is able to adapt her method of teaching to suit the needs of the individual student.  The excursions to the Ionian coast, Lecce, the festival of St Anthony at Ceglie and the local fruit and vegetable market were unexpected and enjoyable experiences.

My apartment was very comfortable and lacked for nothing. The apartment is in the residential area of Mesagne, a ten minute walk to the historical part of town. It was free of tourists and allowed me to appreciate how the real Italians live.

Michela's care and attention were exceptional and I can thoroughly recommend a course of study at la Scuola l'Acanto.
Lynda, Australia.

Grazie di tutto

Lynda P., teacher, Melbourne, Australia,

Dear Michela
I'm writing to thank you for an excellent week at l'Acanto school last week. You welcomed me so warmly to Mesagne and made me feel like a special guest.
As a teacher myself I admired and appreciated your lively, varied and responsive teaching. You used the material I spoke about to teach from, and thus extended my knowledge and ability to speak in Italian. This also meant that the classes were relevant to my interests and my level. The excursions gave me some cultural understanding and experience of Puglia and connected well to the morning language classes. I'm very happy about my experience at your school and would love to return someday. I will be recommending you to others in New Zealand.
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Dorothea L., New Zeland,

My wife and I decided to visit a part of Italia to which we have never been before, Puglia.

We decided that we would combine a week long break with brushing up on our Italian at the same time and through a friend had been recommended L’Acanto language school in Mesagne in Puglia.

We contacted Michela the principle teacher and unfortunately were told that the school was closed in that period (August).

Michela said come anyway and stay with my parents in their house by the beach in Campomarino, we decided to give it a try and what a great decision it turned out be!

Michela´s family was excellent hosts, her mother is an excellent cook and we ate fabulous home cooked Pugliese food every night washed down with wonderful local wine supplied by the father.

The beach was literally only 500 meters away and the sea was warm and wonderfully clear.

Michela offered to guide us for a couple of days and proved to be a very knowledgeable guide and very good company. We visited Lecce (known as the Florence of the south) Gallipoli, Brindisi and Mesagne, all very interesting and worth a visit.

We asked to visit the school for the future and were very pleased to see that it was bright clean and airy, it seemed a very nice atmosphere in which to learn or revise one’s Italian.

It was, in short a fantastic holiday and a wonderful experience, I would have no hesitation in recommending both the school and the area.

Peter and Jackie, UK,

I had a wonderful week in Mesagne with Michela in September. From the moment I first emailed her, Michela was really helpful and made sure everything was in place before I arrived. I was lucky enough to be on my own for classes so Michela adapted the lessons and also the excursions. Michela and her family were so kind, accommodating and made me feel very welcome and included. I thoroughly recommend Michela and her school!


Nicola G., London, UK,