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Il Sasso, Montepulciano, Italy

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Italy
  • School currently has special offers. Details
  • What we like about the school

    • Excellent rating of teaching quality
    • Excellent rating of homestay accommodation
    • Excellent rating of student apartments
    • Homestay accommodation very close to school
    • Rooftop terrace

    Montepulciano  

    Il Sasso

    The language school Il Sasso was founded in Montepulciano, Italy in 1983. The school is located in the heart of Tuscany, half way between Florence and Rome. It is in a historic building in the historic centre of the town of Montepulciano.

    The school address is: Via di Gracciano nel Corso, 2, 53045 - Montepulciano (Italy).

    Accreditations and Quality seals

    ISO 9000/9001EDUITALIAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalItalian Ministry of Education

    School Size:

    Facilities

    • Cafeteria

    • Fridge for student use

    • Drink vending machine

    • Library

    • Movie rental

    • Movie room

    • Rooftop terrace

    • Balcony / terrace

    • Student support desk

    • Copy machine

    • Printer for student use

    • Free water dispenser

    • Free WIFI

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Disabled toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

    • Adapted for blind students

    Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms:

    9

    Number of public PC workstations:

    1

    Prices include

    • Internet access and use of school computers
    • Welcome dinner
    • Wireless LAN zone at school
    • Free certificate of course attendance
    • Language level placement test at first day of classes
    • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students

    Course material:

    Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

    Average number of students

    • Adult courses in summer: 60
    • Adult courses throughout the year: 20

    Average age of students

    Average number of levels

    • Adult courses in summer: 7
    • Adult courses throughout the year: 7

    Minimum age of students

    • 16 years

    Italian teacher qualifications

    • 100 % hold a university degree
    • 80 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

    Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

    1
    20
    10
    1
    5
    2
    2
    5
    4
    5
    2
    25
    1
    1

    Airport transfer

    Best arrival airport is Florence.It takes 150 minutes by bus/train  to school.

    Language school closed

    In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017 - 13.Jan.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 25.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 02.Jun.2017, 15.Aug.2017, 01.Nov.2017, 08.Dec.2017, 16.Dec.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
    School policy regarding bank holidays:
    Full corresponding tuition fees are reimbursed

    Italian Courses

    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in € 295 281 479 456 625 594 758 721 948 901 1100 1045 1270 1207 1450 1378 1810 1720 2125 2019 175 167
    Price in US$ 331 538 702 851 1064 1235 1425 1627 2031 2385 197
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    Absolute beginners start on: 16.Jan.2017, 30.Jan.2017, 13.Feb.2017, 27.Feb.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 27.Mar.2017, 10.Apr.2017, 24.Apr.2017, 08.May.2017, 22.May.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 19.Jun.2017, 03.Jul.2017, 17.Jul.2017, 31.Jul.2017, 14.Aug.2017, 28.Aug.2017, 11.Sep.2017, 25.Sep.2017, 09.Oct.2017, 23.Oct.2017, 06.Nov.2017, 20.Nov.2017, 04.Dec.2017
    General course schedule
    4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Morning: 8:45  - 13:10
    Required minimum language level
    Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
    Special Offers
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For over 70 years old people. .
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For all school and university students who provide proof of their membership of the school or university .
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in € 400 380 800 760 1200 1140 1600 1520 2000 1900 2400 2280 2800 2660 3200 3040 4000 3800 4800 4560 400 380
    Price in US$ 449 898 1347 1796 2244 2693 3142 3591 4488 5386 449
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    General course schedule
    2 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Morning: 8:45  - 10:35
    Afternoon: 14:15  - 16:05
    Required minimum language level
    Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
    Special Offers
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For over 70 years old people. .
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For all school and university students who provide proof of their membership of the school or university .
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in € 575 547 1040 988 1470 1397 1845 1753 2305 2190 2760 2622 3220 3059 3675 3492 4595 4366 5450 5178 450 428
    Price in US$ 646 1167 1650 2070 2587 3097 3613 4124 5156 6115 505
    Standard Italian group course + 2 individual lessons per day in the afternoon
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    Absolute beginners start on: 16.Jan.2017, 30.Jan.2017, 13.Feb.2017, 27.Feb.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 27.Mar.2017, 10.Apr.2017, 24.Apr.2017, 08.May.2017, 22.May.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 19.Jun.2017, 03.Jul.2017, 17.Jul.2017, 31.Jul.2017, 14.Aug.2017, 28.Aug.2017, 11.Sep.2017, 25.Sep.2017, 09.Oct.2017, 23.Oct.2017, 06.Nov.2017, 20.Nov.2017, 04.Dec.2017
    General course schedule
    6 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Morning: 8:45  - 13:10
    Afternoon: 14:15  - 16:05
    Required minimum language level
    Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
    Special Offers
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For over 70 years old people. .
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For all school and university students who provide proof of their membership of the school or university .
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in € 478 455 785 746 1030 979 1265 1202 1580 1501 1720 1634 2005 1905 2280 2166 2850 2708 3340 3173 275 262
    Price in US$ 537 881 1156 1420 1773 1930 2250 2559 3198 3748 309
    Standard Italian group course + 1 individual lesson per day in the afternoons
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    Absolute beginners start on: 16.Jan.2017, 30.Jan.2017, 13.Feb.2017, 27.Feb.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 27.Mar.2017, 10.Apr.2017, 24.Apr.2017, 08.May.2017, 22.May.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 19.Jun.2017, 03.Jul.2017, 17.Jul.2017, 31.Jul.2017, 14.Aug.2017, 28.Aug.2017, 11.Sep.2017, 25.Sep.2017, 09.Oct.2017, 23.Oct.2017, 06.Nov.2017, 20.Nov.2017, 04.Dec.2017
    General course schedule
    5 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Morning: 8:45  - 13:10
    Afternoon: 14:15  - 15:10
    Required minimum language level
    Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
    Special Offers
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For all school and university students who provide proof of their membership of the school or university .
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Price in € 350 333 590 561 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    Price in US$ 393 662 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    "Italiano cantando" is a new course dedicated to those who want to learn Italian by singing popular music, to students who love to sing and to those who need to improve their pronunciation. By singing together in Italian, students can practice and improve their pronunciation and intonation, getting to know better its language and culture. Students at all levels can participate. The students will take the "Italiano Cantando" class after 3 hours of standard language class.
    Starting dates
    2017: 24.Jul.2017.
    General course schedule
    4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Morning: 8:45  - 13:10
    Required minimum language level
    Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
    Price in € 400 380 800 760 1200 1140 1600 1520 2000 1900 2400 2280 2800 2660 3200 3040 4000 3800 4800 4560 400 380
    Price in US$ 449 898 1347 1796 2244 2693 3142 3591 4488 5386 449
    Technical terms, expressions that are specific to the business, technology or economic sectors, terms and expressions for everyday work in the office. The course is geared to the specific language of different sectors (business, economy, law, medicine, etc).
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    General course schedule
    2 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Morning: 8:45  - 10:35
    Afternoon: 14:15  - 16:05
    Required minimum language level
    Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
    Special Offers
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For all school and university students who provide proof of their membership of the school or university .
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Price in € 400 380 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    Price in US$ 449 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    The course combines theoretical lessons with visits to wine cellars and wine tastings.
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    General course schedule
    2 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Afternoon: 14:15  - 16:05
    Required minimum language level
    Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
    Special Offers
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For all school and university students who provide proof of their membership of the school or university .
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Price in € 400 380 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    Price in US$ 449 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    The course combines theoretical lessons and guided walks among Renaissance churches and buildings.
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    General course schedule
    2 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Afternoon: 14:15  - 16:05
    Required minimum language level
    Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
    Special Offers
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For all school and university students who provide proof of their membership of the school or university .
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Price in € 400 380 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    Price in US$ 449 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    We offer two courses on Italian literature. The first ("The contemporary novel") is dedicated to the fiction and poetry of the grand masters of the 20th century, the second ("A brief history of 20th century Italian literature") is aimed at the study of contemporary authors who have written successful works of literary worth over the last twenty years.
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    General course schedule
    2 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Afternoon: 14:15  - 16:05
    Required minimum language level
    Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
    Special Offers
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For all school and university students who provide proof of their membership of the school or university .
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    Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Price in € 400 380 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    Price in US$ 449 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
    We offer two courses for students interested in knowing more about the origins of contemporary Italy. The first ("Fascism - Origins, Consensus, Collapse") course traces the period from the Risorgimento to the aftermath of the Second World War. The second course ("Italy Today") concentrates on the recent past and current affairs.
    Starting dates
    Every Monday .
    General course schedule
    2 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
    Afternoon: 14:15  - 16:05
    Required minimum language level
    Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
    Special Offers
    10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only - For all school and university students who provide proof of their membership of the school or university .
    RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
    Note: All courses offered by Il Sasso, Montepulciano can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
    Lesson duration: 55 minutes
    Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 43 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.

    Accommodation

    weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
    Price in € 270 585 900 1000 250
    Price in US$ 319 691 1063 1181 296
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per person
    Heating (about € 8,00 per day per person) is not included.
    Price extra night:
    45 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
    Room Occupancy:
    Single room.
    Distance from school:
    5 minutes walking (average reported by our former students)
    Includes:
    TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
    Age of students
    Minimum age of students: 16
    weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
    Price in € 240 520 800 890 225
    Price in US$ 284 615 945 1052 266
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per person
    Price extra night:
    40 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
    Room Occupancy:
    Single room.
    Distance from school:
    10 minutes walking
    Includes:
    TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
    Age of students
    Minimum age of students: 16
    weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
    Price in € 180 390 600 700 175
    Price in US$ 213 461 709 827 207
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per person
    Price extra night:
    30 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
    Room Occupancy:
    Single room.
    Distance from school:
    10 minutes walking
    Includes:
    TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
    Age of students
    Minimum age of students: 16
    weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
    Price in € 360 780 1200 1340 335
    Price in US$ 426 922 1418 1583 396
    Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
    Price per room
    Heating (about € 8,00 per day per person) is not included.
    Price extra night:
    60 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
    Room Occupancy:
    Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
    Distance from school:
    10 minutes walking
    Includes:
    TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
    Age of students
    Minimum age of students: 16
    weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
    Price in € 810 1620 2430 3240 810
    Price in US$ 957 1914 2870 3827 957
    Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
    Price per room
    With a panoramic view or a garden and parking - right in the historic centre of Montepulciano. Price subject to change. No extra nights bookable.
    Room Occupancy:
    Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
    Distance from school:
    10 minutes walking
    Includes:
    TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, No meals, Private bathroom.
    Age of students
    Minimum age of students: 16
    • Accommodation fees must be paid in cash in Montepulciano. Heating costs (about 8 Euros per day and person) are charged separately (on consumption).
      Tourist tax of 1 Euro per person per night is to be paid extra (not valid for children under 12).
    • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible?yes
    • Single room: always
    • Optional airport transfer
      Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport:for 290 €(one way);for 580 €(return trip)
      Pisa / S. Giusto:for 290 €(one way);for 580 €(return trip)
      Florence Peretola Airport:for 240 €(one way);for 480 €(return trip)

    Leisure activities

    activity possibledistance from school
    Cooking 
    Dancing5 km
    Football (soccer) 
    Golf25 km
    Horse riding25 km
    Mountainbiking15 km
    Music 
    Swimming10 km
    Tennis 
    Volleyball5 km
    Yoga 

    Reviews

    City
    4.5/5.0 
    Organisation
    4.7/5.0 
    Facilities
    4.1/5.0 
    Social activities
    3.9/5.0 
    Course quality / Progress in language
    4.7/5.0 
    Value for money
    4.6/5.0 
    Accommodation
    Homestay
    4.5/5.0 
    Shared Flat (apartment)
    4.3/5.0 
    Other
    4.5/5.0 
    Students liked about Il Sasso, Montepulciano
    Excellent support by School organization .Very well trained teachers with good sensitivity to the needs of class.I was living in a spacious, clean and very well equipped apartment at a reasonable price in the middle of the city.
    Overall rating
    5.0/5.0
    Value for money
    5.0/5.0
    Detailed review
    City/place
    4.0/5.0
    Facilities (library, classrooms)
    5.0/5.0
    Quality of teaching / language progress
    5.0/5.0
    School organization
    5.0/5.0
    Social activities
    4.0/5.0
    Accommodation
    Other
    5.0/5.0
    it was perfect, nice people, good teachers
    Overall rating
    5.0/5.0
    Value for money
    5.0/5.0
    Detailed review
    City/place
    5.0/5.0
    Facilities (library, classrooms)
    4.0/5.0
    Quality of teaching / language progress
    5.0/5.0
    School organization
    5.0/5.0
    Social activities
    3.0/5.0
    Accommodation
    Other
    5.0/5.0
    my teacher Roberta for private lessons, also everything was extremey well organized, especially considering the director had no real idea before the first day's testing regarding the level of the students
    Overall rating
    5.0/5.0
    Value for money
    5.0/5.0
    Detailed review
    City/place
    4.0/5.0
    Facilities (library, classrooms)
    4.0/5.0
    Quality of teaching / language progress
    5.0/5.0
    School organization
    5.0/5.0
    Social activities
    4.0/5.0
    Accommodation
    Other
    5.0/5.0
    Additional information
    Insider tips about what future students should not miss: I started with the intensive, 6 hours a day, which I eventually found too much, despite how inviting it sounds, it's hard to absorb that much at one time.
    Other comments: I really loved the school & would only suggest more excursions to some of the small villages around that area or even a trip to the termi at Rapolano or Bagno Vignoni. I was there in Oct. & perhaps the enrollment at that time was too low for such trips.
    Small classes. Cinzia excellent grammar teacher.
    Overall rating
    5.0/5.0
    Value for money
    5.0/5.0
    Detailed review
    City/place
    5.0/5.0
    Facilities (library, classrooms)
    5.0/5.0
    Quality of teaching / language progress
    5.0/5.0
    School organization
    5.0/5.0
    Social activities
    4.0/5.0
    Accommodation
    Additional information
    Very professional teaching staff. Skillful at identifying strengths/weaknesses and developing appropriate teaching strategies.
    Overall rating
    5.0/5.0
    Value for money
    5.0/5.0
    Detailed review
    City/place
    4.0/5.0
    Facilities (library, classrooms)
    5.0/5.0
    School organization
    5.0/5.0
    Quality of teaching / language progress
    5.0/5.0
    Accommodation
    Homestay
    5.0/5.0
    Other
    5.0/5.0
    Shared Flat (apartment)
    5.0/5.0
    Additional information
    Other comments: Particularly in off-season, students should be advised up-front not to arrive on a Sunday, as connections to the nearest train station (Chiusi) become problematic.

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