Mar 11, 2024

La Lingua La Vita: a thriving local school in Todi

A 35-years' experience in
promoting the Italian language

Embarking on a linguistic and cultural journey, over two million individuals worldwide choose to study Italian. Drawn not only by the allure of Italy’s artistic heritage but also by the globally appreciated excellence of Made in Italy, enthusiasts seek a connection to the collective imagination encapsulated in the concept of “Italian living.” 

In pursuit of a holistic approach to learning Italian, Istituto Italiano Scuola (IIS) has proudly partnered with “La Lingua La Vita” in Todi, a picturesque medieval town nestled in the heart of Umbria. Much like IIS, La Lingua La Vita is dedicated to promoting the Italian language through immersive classes and cultural experiences. 

In this exclusive interview, Stefania Belli, the Director of La Lingua La Vita, shares the evolution and vision behind her school. Join us as we delve into her insights, exploring the cultural treasures of Todi, and discovering how La Lingua La Vita endeavors to create a transformative journey for language enthusiasts. 

  • What makes your language school unique? 

La Lingua La Vita has been organizing Italian language and culture courses aimed at students from all over the world and of all ages for over 35 years. Our classes are small, ensuring individual attention, and we offer a variety of extracurricular activities to enhance the learning experience, such as excursions to the most beautiful art cities in Umbria, cooking classes, afternoon seminars on art, opera, cinema, and theatre.  We also offer accommodation with selected families and comfortable apartments in the city center. 

  • What makes your special programs so important for your students? 

Our success is grounded in student centrality, with a focus on each participant’s needs, interests, and objectives. Through art, history, cuisine, day trips and personalized lessons, our students will have the opportunity to learn about the Italian culture and language in their favorite setting and enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience.  Additionally, our students can experience unique opportunities for cultural exchange and networking, enriching the overall learning experience. 

  • What was the main reason for the opening of the language school? 

We wanted to fill a gap in the local educational landscape. We noticed a demand for high-quality language instruction that prioritized immersion and cultural understanding. We wanted to create a space where students could not only learn a new language but also connect with the culture and community in a meaningful way. 

  • Could you tell us something peculiar and unknown about Todi? 

Founded by the Etruscans and developed by the Romans and halfway between Florene and Rome, Todi is a very charming medieval town in Umbria and the Region is called “The Green Heart of Umbria”. Thanks to its quiet Renaissance squares and the beautiful panoramic surroundings, Todi provides a perfect backdrop in which to learn Italian and meet people. The rhythm of life and the welcoming atmosphere facilitate a relaxing and enjoyable cultural and linguistic experience. 

  • Could you tell us something about the relationship between American people and Umbria? 

The relationship between American people and Umbria is one characterized by a deep appreciation for the region’s natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Many Americans are drawn to Umbria for its picturesque landscapes, charming hilltop towns, and delicious cuisine. 

“Italian culture is so deeply soaked in an appreciation of the good things in life".
Mariska Hargitay (American actress)