Homestay Language Vacation

The Homestay Language Course gives you an ideal opportunity to experience life as a ‘local’ as well as the chance to practice conversational Italian in a friendly environment. With my support, you will be able to interact socially in a relaxed and supported way. This kind of tutoring is the ideal solution for those who have the need to learn as much as possible in a short period of time and for those interested in immersing themselves within the Italian family life and culture. Once returned home, you may continue to practice the language by Skype lessons or simply emailing and text messaging via whatsapp with me.


Accommodation in Bergamo

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My home is situated between Città Alta (the ancient town dating back the medieval times) and Città Bassa (the modern town from the 17th century), within walking distance of the sights in Città Alta. The house has four storeys, including a large and cosy attic guest bedroom, and a garden too. Facilities include a private bathroom, TV, A/C and wi-fi. Meals can be provided on a full board basis. I can host a single student and a couple too. On your arrival day, I will pick you up at Bergamo Airport (Milano-Orio Al Serio) or  Bergamo rail station

Excursions and Visits

I will also take you on a half day local visit and on a full day excursion per week. The half day visits are generally both to Città Alta and Città Bassa (Bergamo) and the full day excursion consists of a day trip further afield.

The full day excursion can be chosen among Milano, Brescia, Monza, Mantova, Cremona, Lodi, Piacenza, Crema, Parma, Verona, Pavia, Vigevano, the Lake Area (Como, Garda, Maggiore, Iseo) and the Mountain Area (Brembana Valley, Seriana Valley, Valchiavenna, Dolomites)

Due to its flexibility, the homestay programme can vary according to the student’s choice: 3 or 4 lessons in a week can be used for an extra guided tour in town, or to visit a winery, or for a walk in the hills, or for an afternoon at the San Pellegrino Thermal SPA or for other options at your choice.

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Accommodation in Corenno Plinio

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I also offer a wonderful experience on the shore of Lake Como. My cosy home is situated lake front on a private lane and offers a marvellous view over the lake and the surrounding mountains. I can host a single student, a couple or a small group up to 4 people.

From the terrace you can enjoy the beautiful colours of dawn and sunset. You can swim and sunbath, enjoy lake site, have fun while studying Italian in a relaxing atmosphere.

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Excursions and Visit

During your stay, you can visit many wonderful places:

  • Bellagio and its Villa Melzi with gorgeous gardens
  • Varenna, a very nice and ancient small village with its Villa Monastero and the Vezio Castle with a stunning view
  • Piona and its Benedectine Monastery
  • Tremezzo and its magnificent Villa Carlotta with manicured gardens
  • Menaggio, a nice village with shops and good restaurants
  • Lenno and its beautiful Villa Balbianello where a number of well-known films have been shot (“Star Wars: Attack of the Clones”- “Casino Royale”)
  • Como 
  • St. Moritz and its beautiful mountain area.

Accomodation in Menaggio

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Menaggio is located in the scenic area of the “Golden Triangle”, famous for its beauty and rich history. From here, you can easily reach the nearby gourgeous villages (Varenna, Bellagio, Tremezzo, Lenno, Bellano) by pubblic boat or ferry in only 15/20 minutes. The town of Como is at 40 minutes distance by hydrofoil or car. For nature lovers, walkers and bikers, Menaggio is few km away from the “Greenway” and the mountain.

Students seeking for both an intensive immersion in the language and a dynamic experience of the Italian culture and lifestyle will therefore enjoy the homestay language vacation in Menaggio.

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The enchanting and elegant historical house, totally restored, is in the main square by the lake  with boutique shops, café and excellent restaurants at a walking distance.

I can host a single student, a couple (also when only one of them is going to follow the Italian course) or small groups up to 4 people.

You can enjoy breathtaking views over the lake, all the day long.

Testimonials

Marly

Cara Elena,

è stata davvero una esperienza bellissima questa settimana in cui tu mi hai ricevuta a casa tua. Sei un’ottima professoressa, in grado di capire quali erano le lacune nel mio uso della lingua italiana, di correggermi la pronuncia, senza frenare la comunicazione, di stimolarmi ed incoraggiarmi ad usare la grammatica appena imparata. Anche sei una bellissima persona, in ogni modo possibile, perché non solo apri la tua casa ma anche condividi le esperienze personali. Sono molto contenta di aver conosciuto anche tua mamma e tuo figlio Giorgio: le conversazioni con loro sono state interessanti e divertenti, come lo sono stati anche gli incontri – e gli aperitivi! – con le tue amiche. E dopo tutti questi incontri anche mi hai fatto “assaggiare” la cultura, sia quella pittorica, sia quella musicale, senza dimenticare la gastronomia… Senz’altro tornerò in Italia per vedere e godere tutto ciò che offre e Bergamo per me è divenuto sinonimo di una esperienza da non perdere, grazie a te, cara Elena. Spero che ci rivedremo in un futuro non così lontano! Un abbraccio dalla gigante olandese  🙂

Gunilla e Anna Katarina

Carissima Elena,

vorremmo darti la nostra grande gratitudine per tutti quei momenti in cui ci hai guidato nella lingua italiana con passione ed allegria. Fuori le lezioni, ci hai portato in posti stupendi e meravigliosi. Sei una guida istruita e competente. Tutti i giorni ci hai preso per mano e ci hai toccato la mente e il cuore. Ci siamo trovate molto bene anche perchè tu sei una cuoca bravissima. Sei per sempre la nostra SUPER INSEGNANTE. Ci siamo divertite un sacco. Grazie d cuore. Gunilla e Anna Katarina  (Svezia)

Roger

Cara Elena,

grazie mille a te, Cinzia e a tutta la famiglia per la vostra ospitalità! E’ sempre un grande piacere tornare a casa vostra. Un amico per sempre. Roger (Usa)

Aoife

Elena e Giorgio

sono veramente triste di partire oggi. Ho passato solo una settimana in Italia, ma ho imparato tanto: i miei insegnanti di Italiano sono eccellenti! Ricorderò sempre questi bei giorni al lago: abbiamo parlato tanto e ho adorato ogni momento! Soprattutto ricordo la vostra gentilezza. Grazie mille per tutto. Aoife  (Irlanda)

Yossi

Dear Elena,

It has been two weeks of great experience to stay at your house in Bergamo and Como. I took a risk choosing your Italian course, without knowing you. Now I’m going to recommend to all my friends who are considering learning Italian, to take the same risk!! I can promise them, besides a great teacher, professional, modest and intelligent, a guide to Italian life, nature and history. Her students stay in a warm family atmosphere, going for a walk in the near and far surroundings and more. Thanks again! Yossi (Israel)

Chyanne

Cara Elena, Ho imparato molto queste due settimane: le parole, i verbi e un po’ di passato prossimo! Ma ho anche imparato di pazienza, ospitalità e grazia. Sei un’insegnante incredibile. Hai creato un posto perfetto e rilassato per studiare. Molte grazie!! Chyanne (Usa)

Mike

Cara Elena,

Sono venuto a Bergamo per un’esperienza che avrebbe rafforzato la mia capacità d’usare la lingua italiana e di capire meglio la vita quotidiana in Italia. Anche, desideravo vedere qualcosa di Bergamo. La settimana ha soddisfatto tutte le mie aspettative in un modo buonissimo. Grazie per la tua ospitalità, per la tua pazienza e per la tua abilità di insegnante. Grazie per tutto e arrivederci. Mike  (Australia)

Donna   

A truly wonderful experience in so many different ways while experiencing a full immersion language. 

Cara Elena,

da dove comincio? Penso che tu sappia quanto mi è piaciuta questa settimana. Grazie per tutte queste cose, le visite a Bergamo e al lago di Como,la tua pazienza con me, come ho imparato da te. Ho incontrato i tuoi amici, abbiamo cenato insieme e ci siamo divertiti molto. E’ stato un piacere conoscere te e la tua famiglia. Spero che un giorno potrò mostrarti il mio paese bene come tu mi hai mostrato il tuo. Ci vediamo l’anno prossimo.  Baci. Donna (Australia)

Jomay e Peter 

Cara Elena,

noi abbiano avuto la “volta” migliore assolutamente. Sei molto paziente con noi e ci siamo divertiti moltissimo. Grazie mille. Jomay  (Australia)

Thank you for the opportunity to share your home and family with Jomay and myself, whilst you patiently encouraged me along with my Italian lessons. I personally was delighted to meet your charming mother and to stay in her house in Corenno, at Lago di Como. This will  certainly be an experience which I will not forget for a while. With all my best regards. Beginner Peter  (Australia)

Joanne

Elena is the best!!

Staying with her is the perfect combination of learning Italian and seeing Bergamo & Lake Como. Her son and mother are fantastic and really went out of their way to speak with me and help me with my italian! I felt completely at home both at Elena’s main house in Bergamo and their family’s vacation home in Lake Como! It is a truly amazing and beautiful home that’s been in the family for generations.

I also really enjoyed having dinner with Elena’s friends. All of them are very nice, and it is a  fun way to improve your italian.

I can’t say enough about my homestay with Elena!!

Elena, Thank you for everything! I will be back!!    Joanne  (Usa)

Margot

Cara Elena, grazie! Grazie per essere l’insegnante che sei. Le lezioni con te mi hanno dato molto più “insights”. Ammiro la tua dedicazione per aiutarmi, sei davvero una persona speciale. Sono stata sorpresa e incantata dalle tue case. La combinazione delle viste senza fine al lago e la ricchezza della storia e della natura a Bergamo, erano una delizia. Mi dispiace davvero dover tornare già, ma sono sicura che ci rivedremo… In Sardegna (ho googled Arbatax… è bellissima!) o in Sicilia…? Non importa dove, sarà un piacere continuare a imparare l’italiano con te! Grazie per avermi motivata a continuare a studiare l’italiano e per avermi fatto conoscere tua madre e Giorgio, entrambe sono persone bellissime, come te! Sapete che voi siete sempre i benvenuti in Lussemburgo. Baci e ci vediamo di sicuro!  Margot (Lussemburgo)

Linda

Cara Elena, caro Giorgio e cara Cinzia, grazie mille per la vostra ospitalità! I have enjoyed every moment of my stay with you. I’ve felt like part of the family and a friend much more than a student or client. The time at the lake was BLISS – no matter what the weather was and enjoying Easter in your ancient Italian churches, Gregorian chants and spectacular scenery a treat. Thank you for your patience and kindness. You are always welcome in my home in Sydney.     Linda (Australia)

Mary

My dear Elena, thank you once again for your warm welcome, patience and for all the lovely things we have done together. Non vedo l’ora di ritornare e di imparare di più sull’Italia e di risolvere tutti i mali del mondo con te… 🙂   A presto!!  Mary  (England)

Brenda

Carissima Elena, quando ho pensato di tornare in Italia sapevo bene che avrei avuto bisogno di studiare per ritrovare questa meravigliosa lingua che è l’italiano. Sono stata così fortunata ad averti trovata su internet. Le mie due settimane con te sono state perfette!! Mi è piaciuto tutto quello che abbiamo fatto insieme: le lezioni, le gite, le visite sia in città, sia al lago di Como! Anche conoscere la tua famiglia. Non sarebbe possibile ringraziarti abbastanza! Sei una persona in gamba e voglio ritornare qua per studiare e stare con te “tambien”…     Brenda  (Usa)

Hildine

My dearest Elena, thank you so much for your kindness in opening your home and to include me in your family. For me it was a very special and heartwarming esxperience to feel part of your family and I appreciated the time spent with you, your dear mother, Giorgio and Bianca. The days at the lake were very beautiful and relaxed and I will treasure all the memories and photos of our time together. Thank you for your encouragement to continue learning Italian and thank you also for your friendship. You are a wonderful teacher and person and I wish you happiness and fulfillment in your life!   Hildine (New Zeland)

Sharon

Cara Elena, you are so generous to open your home and your heart to this “studentessa della lingua”. I will recall your infinite patience and good humour as to continue my “avventura della lingua italiana”. Grazie per tutto e anche grazie a Giorgio.   Sharon  (Usa)

Arief

Every day I was nourished not only by good food, but also language lessons that are delivered with such  precision and care! Elena has been instrumental in significantly improving my Italian in just our short amount of time together. A full immersion with Elena is the only way to go!   Arief  (Usa)

Ilene 

I spent a week with Elena and it was fantastic. Her knowledge of the area’s history and art was immense. I also loved the time we spent at Lake Como going on daily excursions and enjoying the beauty of the area. The Italian lessons and conversations with Elena gave me a better understanding of my quest to learn Italian. It was a great experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

Roger 

I had two unforgettable weeks of homestay and full immersion Italian with Elena at her homes in Bergamo and Lago di Como. This included 3 hours of private lessons per day and numerous cultural and recreational excursions. I found Elena to be an excellent teacher. She was well prepared, outgoing and encouraging and tailored the lessons to my level perfectly. I spent a lot of my free time with her family and many friends and spoke Italian every waking hour. The experience far exceeded my expectations and I recommend Elena highly.  Roger (Usa)

Noreen

Dear Elena, non voglio che i miei pensieri siano “lost in translation” e quindi scrivo in inglese. Thank you for including me as part of your family. You made me feel so welcome, as if I were a friend  you hadn’t seen for years. It was a pleasure to meet your family and friends. It has been an experience I will treasure forever. Spero di tornare di nuovo e nel frattempo, studierò di più.  Noreen  (Ireland)

Mary

Dear Elena,

it is such a pleasure to spend a few days with you. You have introduced me to so many wonderful aspects of Italian culture and inspired me to improve my knowledge of Italian Art and of course the beautiful Italian Language.

Grazie mille!  Non vedo l’ora di tornare!    

Victoria

Cara Elena, ho avuto un’esperienza davvero fantastica qui con te. Sei una insegnante straordinaria  e una persona molto speciale. Il mio unico rimpianto è che non posso restare più a lungo con te. Tu e Giorgio avete reso perfetto il mio tempo qui e spero di tornare presto.  Victoria  (Usa)

Lisa

My time in Italy surpassed my expectations and hopes in every way imaginable. Elena is the loveliest of hosts and an exceptional teacher: patient, enthusiastic, and encouraging.  She is extremely knowledgeable about the history and art of northern Italy. I felt so wonderfully blessed every single day… blessed with delicious food, lovely and comfortable accommodations, excellent instruction, outstanding art and architecture, extraordinary vistas, and generous friendship.  When people ask me about my experience, I find myself almost speechless, unable to articulate in a way that fully captures the beautiful days I spent exploring Bergamo, Brescia, Monza, Lake Como, and Milan with Elena.  Every day she surprised me with something wonderful!!

I cannot wait to go back!  

Naomi 

Elena is an extremely professional teacher of Italian to foreigners. Her attention to detail and sensitivity to individual learning styles is exceptional. She exercises infinite patience and a quiet determination to reach agreed goals with her students.

Learning with her is a joyful experience.

Laura

A previous client Naomi has described Elena’s teaching well. I agree on every point. If you happen to be a teacher yourself, then being the recipient of skillful guidance is not only an occasion to learn but also an opportunity to appreciate effective pedagogy. For me, the thing that sets Elena’s project apart from others is her farsightedness about what language can ultimately offer. This richness of perspective reminds me of the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who described himself in relation to students not as a teacher but as “a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.” Yes, you will learn grammar and syntax and you will learn it well. But if you also want a generous model of how that might extend into the world, then Elena is a good choice of guides.  

Jan-Erik 

Elena has been my teacher of Italian language for two weeks in April/May 2015 and her ability to teach, listen to the students’ wishes, also cultural interests is magnificent. She is organizing a straight and personal one-to- one teaching, and also bringing her students to the most interesting cultural places she can recommend. Even for me she arranged meetings with the direction of Accademia Carrara and the Orto Botanico in Bergamo. She took me to a site in the pre-alps to see Cattedrale Verde by Giuliano Mauri, an artist from the same area. Elena is a unique and interesting person to meet as a person and as a teacher. She has my best recommendations. Jan-Erik Sørenstuen  (Norway)

Pat

In 2015 I arranged for a two week Homestay with Elena and I had an extremely positive and memorable experience.  The planning and the trip were problem free.
I spent two weeks in Italy with Elena, with time split between Bergamo and Lake Como. Elena is a very talented and detailed teacher, who helped me focus in on areas in which I would repeat mistakes. I found the lessons exrtemely helpful and they prepared me to raise my Italian to the next level. I enjoyed living with her family and going on outings to Brescia, Bergamo Alta, Varenna and Bellagio.
I definitely highly recommend an Italian Homestay with Elena.   Pat  (Usa)

Mary

I have just returned from a fabulous short stay in Bergamo with Elena. She was so patient and kind and gave me lots of encouragement to speak Italian. I feel I am becoming more confident and really making progress.
We had a wonderful time visiting the town and learning about its Medieval history. I loved the beautiful views, beautiful countryside and especially speaking Italian with Elena. I can’t wait to go back!
Thank you Elena!    Mary  (England)