I am writing this to anyone interested in learning the Italian language. For two consecutive years, April to June 2005, and May to June 2006, I have had the pleasure of enrolling in the Villa Dante Language School in the beautiful sea village of Tropea. Every aspect of my experience and trip has been amazing, starting with the Director, Francesco Compagnino, who has put together a learning environment very comfortable for students at any level,
from beginner to advanced. In 2005, I was in the beginner class, and my second year, in the intermediate level. Both years, I have had excellent instructors, and have gotten to know all the teachers working at Villa Dante, all who are dedicated to making this an unforgettable experience. I have experienced both group and private lessons, both of which I recommend. I am now signed up for my third trip to Tropea and Villa Dante Language School, from August to September 2006. Outside of class, each week, we have a dinner with all the students enrolled, and this gives us a chance to meet and interact with everyone, students from all over the world, and a chance to practice our Italian. You can also join in organized excursions to different places, such as the beautiful Eolie islands, or any of the unique and beautiful parts of Calabria and Sicily. I have made life lasting friendships with a number of students, and plan to return each year to advance my language skills, while enjoying white sand beaches, a crystal blue-green sea, and amazing restaurants and culture, all in a warm and friendly community. I will be returning for the third time this Fall, and look forward to each new experience. I highly recommend Villa Dante Language School, without any hesitation. If you have any questions, feel free to reach me via e-mail or by phone.
Steven Baughn (32), San Diego,