The teachers, Italian native speakers, have a university education, they are specialized in language teaching and they have a long time experience in teaching the Italian language to foreigners. Their teaching is supported by  a constant work of research and updating.




Diego Ellero

Born in Venice November 17, 1976, Diego graduated in the Humanities and Arts in 2001 and since 2008 has a Ph.D. in Italian and Romance Philology. In addition to his activity in the academic field, particularly focused on issues of history of Italian Humanism and the nineteenth century, he has had many educational experiences, both in high schools and in the university, as a teacher of Italian literature. He has worked since 2004 with the Venetian Committee of the Società Dante Alighieri. He is a member of  the PLIDA team:  over the years he has held numerous language courses for students of all backgrounds and levels. From 2014 he is a member of the Board.


Claudio Negrato

Born in Venice on July 19, 1982, Claudio graduated in Philology and Italian literature in 2008. In 2012 he received his Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University Ca 'Foscari of Venice and at Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint Denis with a thesis on the political language of Gasparo Contarini (1483-1542), Venetian ambassador in Rome. He has been a member of the PLIDA team since 2007. Since 2008 he has been teaching humanities at different school situations. In the academic year 2008/09 he has held a course in written Italian at the University Ca 'Foscari.


Giorgia Gandolfo

Born in Venice in 1978, Giorgia Gandolfo graduated in Modern Contemporary Western Languages and Literatures at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, where she received the ITALS Master's Degree in Teaching and Promotion of Italian Language and Culture.

She lived three years in Valladolid (Spain), where she studied Spanish language and culture at the University. Meanwhile, she perfected her didactic skills teaching English.

She returned to Italy (2012) to obtain a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literature.

She teaches Italian at the Venice Committee of the Dante Alighieri Society.

Her interests focus on Spanish-Italian translation and contrastive analysis of these two languages, with particular attention to socio-cultural aspects.


The school

Attended by students coming from all over the world, the school is a perfect environment for language learning. Classes, which number a maximum of 15 students, encourage an active participation by the student and an immediate contact with the teacher. A rich library, audiovisual material and internet access are available to students, who can ask the staff for indications and suggestions about the Italian language and culture and about the city of Venice.