Daniele Gori


After obtaining a master's degree from Ca' Foscari University, he went on to complete a series of specialized master's programs and courses focusing on teaching Italian as a foreign language.

Currently, he is completing a Specialization School in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language with a focus on language testing.

Throughout his educational journey, Dr. Mariottini has acquired significant international certifications, including the CPE, HSK 6, and TELC, demonstrating advanced proficiency in multiple languages. Additionally, he  participated in numerous didactic and linguistic training courses, continuously updating his skills.

His professional career has primarily centred around teaching Italian abroad. He previosly worked with institutes and universities in China (Liaoning University, North Polytechnic University of Beijing, Dalian School of Foreign Languages), in the United States (University of New York), and in Italy (University for Foreigners of Siena, University of Genoa), holding roles as a teacher and lecturer of Italian language and culture.

He has experience teaching students at various proficiency levels, from beginners to advanced, and have developed specialized skills in teaching specific subjects related to didactics for Chinese students partaking  the Marco Polo Turandot program, and designing resources for literature , design, and Italian art courses specific to foreigners students.  Additionally, he serve as an official examiner for Italian language certifications such as CILS, CELI, and PLIDA.

Beyond teaching, he  is involved in designing training projects with both public and private companies.



Dott.ssa Chiapedi


Nicoletta Chiapedi graduated in Modern Languages from the University of Pavia in 2002 with a thesis in Sociolinguistics. From 2002 to May 2004 she attended the Master’s in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, obtaining the diploma (30/30 cum laude) in 2004. In February 2008 she obtained a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Perugia with a thesis on the acquisition of Italian articles by native speakers of Chinese. She has a long experience teaching Italian as a second language: she has taught  at the University of Pavia, at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, at the University of Bologna and at the University of Genoa. At the University of Pavia she has been teaching Italian to the students of the Marco Polo Programme since march 2011 and to Foundation Year since 2018. 

Francesca Riva


Due to my passion for Asian cultures, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Communication at the University of Milano-Bicocca (2017) with a focus on Asian languages and cultures. Immediately after, I started working as a volunteer teacher of Italian as a second language in charity associations. I found my passion in teaching, and because of that I decided to further specialise in this field by getting first the DITALS II (2018) certificate and then a master’s degree in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language at the University for Foreigners of Siena (2021).

During my many years of experience as a teacher of Italian to foreigners, I have had the opportunity to teach in different environments such as private schools, associations and companies, which allowed me to get in touch with different realities and types of students – both online and offline. Currently, I am teaching Italian as a second language at the University of Pavia, in their courses to students of the Foundation Year and Marco Polo/Turandot programmes.



Hi, my name is Matteo and I am a teacher of Italian as a second language. I am really into travelling and learning new languages. As a matter of fact, I can speak Spanish, English, Portuguese and French.



She graduated in Philosophy from the University of Milan and later began a specialization in teaching Italian as a Second Language at the University for Foreigners of Bergamo. She obtained the CEDILS Certification for teaching Italian as a second language at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Since 2003 she has taught Italian as a second language at the European Institute of Design (IED), the University of Milan Bicocca, and the Humanitas University International Medical School. She has also collaborated for many years with the Foundation of Civic Schools of Milan, consulates and international companies. Since 2018 she has been involved in intercultural education and multilingualism in secondary schools and is responsible for didactic projects for linguistic literacy at a Welcome and Integration Structure. She is currently a teacher in the Foundation Year program at the University of Pavia.

Dott.ssa Sacco


Graduated at the University of Siena in Art History she continues her studies diving into the dramaturgy and theatral critic at the University of Pisa, where she collaborates with some magazines.She starts teaching Italian for foreigners in Poland,where she works for seven years in a private university and five in a high school. Her studies includes the certification CEDILS  and DITALS II  as well as the School of Specialization in Teaching Italian as a foreign language, University of Siena in 2020.She’s a CILS test giver and also works in different environment: the University of Philology of Valencia, the University Federico II of Naples ,Dante Alighieri Society of Siena, in a project about teaching Italian through the language of wine.



Luisa Gregori graduated in Italian literature from the University of Pisa in 2006. She earned a Masters in Teaching and Promoting Italian language and culture to foreigners from the “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice in 2015 and a Masters in Italian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S.A.) in 2017. In 2022 she obtained a Certification in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language from the University of Perugia. She has a long experience teaching Italian as a second language to university students, both abroad and in Italy: she has taught, among others, at the University of Chicago, Smith College, the Catholic University of America, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University-Bloomington, Università per stranieri di siena, and Università di Trieste. Currently, she holds a position as Italian language instructor at the University of Pavia, teaching for the Foundation Year program, the Language Centre and the Electrical engineering department.