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About the Venice Italian School

Foto scuola esternoThe Venice Italian School was founded by my sister Lucia and I – Diego – in 2009.

The first school of its kind in Venice, we want to offer our students the same environment we like when studying a foreign language abroad. That is why our focus is on small groups of adult students in a highly professional yet extremely friendly learning environment.

Our goal is to improve our students’ confidence in speaking Italian. We take great care in tailoring classes to students’ abilities and spend a lot of time analyzing and perfecting our lessons based on their feedback. We are constantly coming up with the best possible techniques, exercises and activities to improve students’ accuracy and fluency.

We are confident you – like hundreds so far – will greatly enjoy studying and practising with us!


The Venice Italian School is based in San Polo, in the heart of Venice. Classes take place on the ground floor (no stairs!) of a lovely 15th Century home, with two classrooms and a garden for those days which are too beautiful to stay inside! The School sits in Campo San Stin, a picturesque square with local shops, caffes, businesses and restaurants frequented by locals.

Campo San Stin is still a residential part of the city and the beautiful Basilica dei Frari charmingly overlooks this part of town and will be your landmark when you will visit us.

Diego Cattaneo – School Director

Diego Buongiorno, sono Diego. I was born in Venice, where I grew up and studied classics at high school. I graduated in Law at the University of Bologna in 2000 and straight after that I moved to London, where I lived for nearly a decade.
In 2000, I trained and qualified at the International House School of Languages, London. I immediately started teaching Italian as a foreign language to groups and individuals of all levels, ages and educational backgrounds.
In 2009 I wanted to further develop my idea for personalized language courses and I founded the Venice Italian School.

You can find a copy of my CV here.

 Lucia Cattaneo – School Manager

LuciaBuongiorno a tutti, sono Lucia. I was born in Venice where I lived until I was 18; then I moved first to Milan and later to Verona where in 2005 I graduated in Foreign Languages and Literatures – English and German.
In 2006 I moved to London where I started my career as a teacher at International House School of Languages. I taught Italian in London for three years to groups and individuals of all ages, levels and educational backgrounds.
In 2009 I moved back to Venice where – in order to develop the idea of personalized language teaching – together with my brother I founded the Venice Italian School.

You can find a copy of my CV here. .