‘Diego and Lucia are excellent teachers: knowledgeable, professional and friendly – both make you feel relaxed and make you want to learn and practice’

‘Diego and Lucia create a supportive and interesting learning environment. They are extremely careful in their matching of students with the correct course level and make sure that each student has a good experience. Thank you Diego, Lucia. I can’t wait to come back!’

‘I have recently returned (with 2 friends) from our 3rd visit to the Venice Italian School. We were greeted like old friends and once again we had a great week of interesting/entertaining lessons with Diego and Lucia’.

The Venice Italian School was founded by my sister Lucia and myself – Diego – in 2009.

The first school of its kind in Venice, we want to offer our students a unique learning environment: our focus is on individuals and mini-groups of adult students in a highly professional yet extremely friendly atmosphere.

Our goal is to improve our students’ confidence and fluency in speaking Italian. We take great care in tailoring our material and our classes to students’ abilities; we perfect our lessons based on their feedback, selecting the best exercises and activities to unlock or improve their Italian.

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For more info or booking, please contact us at

Phone: +39 340 75 10 863 (Diego)
Phone: +39 347 96 35 113 (Lucia)
Skype: veniceitalianschool

Diego Cattaneo

School Director

About Me
Buongiorno, sono Diego. I was born in Venice, where I grew up and studied classics at high school.
In 2000, I trained and qualified at the International House School of Languages, London. I have been teaching Italian as a foreign language to groups and individuals of all levels, ages and educational backgrounds ever since.
In 2009 I wanted to further develop my idea for personalized language courses and I founded the Venice Italian School.

Lucia Cattaneo

School Manager

About Me
Buongiorno a tutti, sono Lucia. I was born in Venice where I lived until I was 18. 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.
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.