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N.1 posted on 07/11/2017:10.26
Name: Marlene Schuberg
Origin: Camarillo, CA (USA)
Having just returned from five weeks in Lucca, I can highly recommend Lucca Italian School. This is the second time I have attended this school, and I am not surprised to see how much it has grown in the last four years. The school is within the walls in a beautiful historic building. The class size is kept small and students are grouped by ability, so there is plenty of opportunity for conversation. The teachers are wonderful and manage to teach new concepts while keeping the lessons fresh and relevant to the students. Beyond the morning classes, the school offers a variety of activities from which to choose. There are afternoon courses which include cooking, art, music or just walking and discovering the surrounding areas. All are fun, and while other schools in Italy just send you on excursions with private companies, these afternoon programs are done with your fellow students and led by LIS teachers. A great chance to make new friends from all over the world. An especially wonderful treat for those of us who like to travel alone. The school can help you arrange housing, but Lucca also has an abundance of apartment rentals of all sizes to accommodate any size group. I was just there with five cousins, and we were able to find wonderful apartments that fit our needs. I think the greatest testament to the school is the fact that so many of the students were people who had been to the school before, and all of us talked about how we would be returning in the future. There cannot be higher praise. As for Lucca, it is not a small village, but the center part of the town with its five hundred year old wall gives one the feeling that this is a small town. Lucca is the perfect place to spend an extended amount of time because it is large enough to offer a variety of things to do and places to go, without the chaos of a large city like Florence of Rome. It is very safe even for a woman traveling on her own. There are large events that take place there like the Rolling Stones concert this last September and the annual Comics and Games Festival in October, and there are also smaller events throughout the year. The train station is a two minute walk from the walls, and it is very easy to travel to all parts of Italy from Lucca. There are also dozens of small day trips (or half-day trips) that can easily be made via bus or train. Or you can find the real local side of Italy on a two minute walk outside the walls. I have recommended LIS to more than a dozen friends, and everyone of them has enjoyed the school and the location.

N.2 posted on 07/11/2017:10.21
Name: Joanne Bartram
Origin: Albuquerque, NM
I've traveled to Lucca 1 - 2 times every year for the last 6 years, each time spending between 2 and 5 weeks at LIS. The staff members at LIS are exceptional - they are fantastic teachers and very supportive of students learning. It is an immersion program so all teaching is done in Italian. Students come from all over the world and often Italian is the only common language for all students which encourages everyone to stick to Italian rather than lapse into their own language in class. Lucca as a town is very friendly - I find that in shops and restaurants if I say I'm there to learn Italian they are more than willing to speak only Italian with me. Yes, there are tourists. But it is not completely overrun like some larger towns. In addition, Lucca has great train connections, is safe (even for solo female travelers), is less expensive than the larger cities, and has good apartment options. The other students in the classes add to learning and provide lots of social contacts. LIS also offers afternoon cultural events which greatly enhance the joy of learning Italian in Italy.

N.3 posted on 02/11/2017:22.22
Name: Elke Bieri
Origin: Svizzera
Wir möchten uns ganz herzlich für die tollen Italienischstunden an Ihrer Schule bedanken. Es hat uns sehr, sehr gut gefallen und wir waren von allen Lehrern und der Organisation an Ihrer Schule begeistert. Wir möchten auf jeden Fall im nächsten Jahr wieder kommen. Herzliche Grüsse an alle und nochmals vielen Dank. Elke, Jeanine und Jacqueline Bieri

N.4 posted on 05/10/2017:8.55
Name: Lynda Aguilar
Origin: Uk
Buonasera Daniela, Keith ed io abbiamo tanti ricordi amabili della nostra visita a Lucca, soprattutto grazie ai due pomeriggi trascorsi in compagnia delle vostre insegnanti, Susanna ed Antonella, che erano pazientissime con noi, esperte, e molto simpatiche. Abbiamo imparato tante cose su Puccini e la storia del duomo così come praticare il nostro italiano. Lucca Italian School è veramente un'istituzione eccezionale di aver mostrato cosi flessibilità nella creazione di corsi esattamente su misura alle nostre esigenze e speriamo tornare per fare un corso più lungo. Nel frattempo, raccomanderemo la scuola ad altri amici che studiano l'italiano. Cordiali saluti e grazie mille. Lynda Aguilar e Keith Tottem

N.5 posted on 26/06/2017:21.57
Name: Michael Winnick
Origin: Plano, Texas, USA
My wife and I attended LIS for a week from May 22 to May 26 this year. My instructor was Lorenza. I thoroughly enjoyed the class. Lorenza was an effective teacher and her interactions with the students were excellent. I liked the way she always wrote on the board what a student may have said or asked about a specific phrase or sentence. It made it easy to understand what was said as well as the rules behind the sentence and word structure. The subjects covered and the method used, the handouts and reading material, were just what I was looking for. I would recommend LIS without doubt for anyone looking to learn to speak Italian. My wife’s instructor was Eva. She took the beginner course that same week. She enjoyed it very much. In fact, even though she could not yet speak Italian she was able to feel comfortable in restaurants ordering her own meals and found that when I was talking to people on our trip that she was able to understand a lot of what was being said. She also felt that the lesson material was easy to understand and helpful in her learning. We would both plan to return for another week the next time we end up in Lucca. Michael Winnick