Wolfango Poggi, born in 1976, lived in Florence until 2004 and then moved to Milan where he manages the Leonardo da Vinci School and deals with marketing and administration. Degree in Economics and Management of Tourism Services, passionate about tourism, foreign languages, web marketing and sports. He has joined the Asils board in 2009, in 2011 he was appointed treasurer.
Vice president: Alessandro Adorno Director of Babilonia
Born in Catania in 1966 and graduated from the Scuola Superiore for Interpreters and Translators, he discovered the passion for teaching Italian as Second Language in Florence where he studied. In 1992 he founded the Center for Italian language and culture “Babilonia” in Taormina, Sicily, with the aim of promoting the study of the Italian language, offering the possibility to the foreign lovers of the Italian language and culture to discover “another Italy”. He was President of ASILS – Association of Italian Schools as Second Language for 2 mandates and Board Member for 3 mandates, Board Member of AATI – American Association of Teachers of Italian, Italian Representative to the European Association ELITE, Italian Representative at the Working Group for CEN – European Committee for Standardization – 329 on Language Study Tour Providers. He has lectured in presentations and conferences around the world and participated in various national and international conferences concerning the teaching of the Italian and its role within the various associations. He loves his school, music, literature, women, intelligent and ironic people, traveling, happily being together, food and wine and, above all, his wife and son!
Valerio Gruessner, born in Germany and raised in a bilingual family in Sicily, found himself immersed from childhood in the warm and international environment of the Italian school Solemar Sicily. The school was founded by his parents in Mongerbino in 1986. His study of International Relations gave him the opportunity to sample life in Bologna, Berlin and Sidney. Returning to Sicily in 2012 he became director of the Cefalù school, overseeing its transition into Solemar Academy. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis, reads Kafka and creates extremely complicated spreadsheets in Excel.
National Secretary: Fabrizio Fucile – email@example.com General Director at Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri of Rome
Born in Friuli in 1963, Fabrizio Fucile attended Ca’Foscari University in Venice, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Medieval and Humanistic Philology. He then taught religious studies in secondary schools and Italian language and literature in technical institutes and science high school. From 1990 to 1995, he trained as a teacher in a program of Latin and Humanistic Philology Studies at Bergamo University. In 1996 he received his PhD in Italian Studies from Messina University. During this time he moved to Rome and began teaching Italian as a Second Language at Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri where since 2000 he has been Director and Head of studies. In 2008 the International Rotary Foundation designated him a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation and with gratitude for his significant contribution to promoting better mutual understanding and relations among peoples around the world. Mr. Fucile has, in addition to his passion for language, a great passion for vocal music and has served as a choir director for more than 30 years.
Born in Turin in 1976, Chiara graduated in Theoretical Philosophy from the University of Turin. She has always been passionate about languages and speaks English, French, German and Spanish. Interested and curious about everything concerning human relations, during her university years she devoted herself to volunteering in the social-assistance sector. After gaining significant experience teaching Italian language and culture to foreigners at the Polytechnic and the European Institute of Design in Turin, she founded CiaoItaly in 2008 to turn her passion into a full-time job. Chiara loves reading, writing, cooking, travelling and above all being with people. Her motto is: “Why not?”
Lara Avvenente Director and founder of A Door To Italy, Genova
Born in Genoa, Lara became in young years passionate about Slavic languages and cultures. She graduated in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Genoa in 1996. After a brief experience as “teaching tutor”, at the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages of the University of Genoa, and thanks to his knowledge of the Russian language, she moved to a Monegasque import / export company as project manager. In Genoa, she returned in 2001. She worked for the Tour Operator ISCRA VIAGGI, specialized in the Incoming field from the Russian and Slavic markets. Here she gained experience in tourism and increased awareness and knowledge of the artistic, cultural and landscape richness of the Genoese and Liguria’s territory. The A Door to Italy school was founded in 2002 with the two partners and workmates Gaia Turco and Federica Milano, who was already a teacher of Italian to foreigners at universities and Italian cultural institutes abroad. Lara was already part of the ASILS Board from 2011 to 2013 and she is excited to walk alongside the intense work of the Asils CD again in 2019 and 2020.
Matteo Savini Director of Istituto Venezia – Venezia
Since 1995 is in charge, with the firms, of administration and marketing of the school in Venice, that opened also in Trieste since 2006. For about 16 years he participated actively to Asils’s life, being in charge of different roles. He speaks English and French, among his interests fine art and literature.
Luca Gatti Luca Gatti was born in Perugia in 1977, where he grew up. In 2003 he attended the Faculty of Political Sciences where he specialized in International Relations. In 2004 he created Umbriacity, one of the first information, culture and leisure portals in Umbria, and in 2005 he created eGmagazine, an online site that offers in-depth information on European and international politics, art and culture. After obtaining the Ditals certification from the University for Foreigners of Siena in 2010, he began teaching Italian at the Comitato Linguistico. In 2012-2013 he moved to Brussels where he collaborated with several Polish MEPs in the European Parliament. In 2015 he returned to Perugia and resumed his job as a teacher of Italian to foreigners at the School of Italian Language and Culture, Linguistic Committee (of which he is also Head of Public Relations). The same year he began a new collaboration with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, a residency program for international writers, composers, and visual artists. Luca is passionate about literature, history, sports and travel, and has recently published his first novel, Trentasei, published by Bertoni Editore (August 2020).
A.S.I.L.S. (Association of Italian Schools in Italy), is the most representative organization of private schools teaching Italian in Italy. To learn Italian in one of our schools, means to get the best certified quality possible. Our inspections are regular and independently run and cover the fields of: teaching, premises and services.