student testimonials

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,

L´Acanto Scuola di Lingua and Cultura Italiana in Puglia offers a unique and exceptional immersion into the Italian language. This experience occurs because of the professionalism of Michela, the owner and instructor of the courses.

As a retired educator I can recognize the qualities of an excellent teacher. Michela can tailor the language classes to an individual´s strengths.

My quest to learn Italian is two-fold. The first is to improve my language skills and secondly to stay in areas of Italy off the beaten path of tourists. I chose a study holiday by the beach with l´Acanto. I had Italian lessons in the morning, then spent part of the day swimming in the gorgeous Ionian Sea. In addition to the language classes, in the afternoon Michela offered excursions to the city, cultural centers and local markets. Throughout the days there were many opportunities to speak my improved Italian. This area is an „Italian secret“.

Each evening we had dinner outdoors al fresco style and lots of Italian chats with the family. The meals were favorite recipes of Michela´s mother. Each meal was a culinary treat. All the ingredients were from the surrounding areas and their freshness of the food added more delicious flavors.

Finding l´Acanto School was a discovery that led to a wonderful week´s stay with an exceptionally talented Italian teacher. I traveled there from the United States. Prior to coming to l´Acanto, I corresponded with Michela via emails. My emails were answered promptly and with concern for my questions.

I truly experienced the La Bella Vita, life Italy offers to its visitors. I hope to return in the future to l´Acanto.

Stephanie S., retired educator, NY City,

I recently spent two mornings taking Italian class with Michela at the L’Acanto school in the city of  Mesagne, Italy.  I have been studying Italian for two years with various teachers and Michela is one of the best, very experienced and professional.

My wife and I also rented their apartment for two nights, the morning started with breakfast prepared by Michela’s mother who speaks very little English and that was exactly what I wanted.  Next off to Italian class with Michela while my wife took cooking lessons with, at noon Michela’s father gave me a ride back to the apartment in his 1966 Fiat 500, what a treat.

Back at our apartment we ate the meal from the cooking lesson, we were only two but there was enough food for 4 people.

If you are thinking of spending time in Puglia, learning Italian or cooking you could not find nicer people to spend time with and the apartment stay, food and lessons were very good value.  I wish we had booked a week instead of just two nights.

Best Regards,


Ray M., NY, USA,

My wife and I have attended many Italian Language Schools in our desire to enjoy the real Italy but none compare to “Estate Puglia l’Acanto”. Michela opens her family’s summer house near Campomarino to a week of private tuition during summer. It is close to the outstanding sandy Ionian coast which is very popular with Italians but almost unknown to package tour operators.
We enjoyed our own private accommodation and, best of all, meals home cooked by Mama. Although the lessons each morning were perfectly tailored to our linguistic needs, they really only played a small part in helping us improve our Italian. Spending a whole week sharing the summer holidays and constantly speaking Italian is absolutely the best way to learn a foreign language. Every day Michela would drive us somewhere different to explore unspoilt parts of Puglia and enjoy the local ambiance, all in Italian of course. The highlight was attending a local festa to see the authentic la Pizzica performed by a live group in the town piazza.
This would have been just a great summer vacation on its own but with the addition of 1:1 language lessons this was amazing value for money.


Tim B., UK,