Our Teachers

The unique Team of Italia per Passione!

Chiara Nannicini

Chiara Nannicini was born in Milan.

After her studies in Italian Literature she obtained a PhD in comparative literatures at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University of Paris. She has lectured on the Italian language, literature and culture at the Universities of  Paris 3, Paris 12, Caen, Lille 3 and Namur. Currently, she is a professor of Italian literature at the University Saint-Louis in (Brussels) and at the University of Ghent. She speaks French, English, German and Dutch.  

She founded Italia Per Passione in 2008. She is now the director of the school, where she teaches language and culture at advanced level.  

Francesco Radicci

Francesco Radicci was born in Bari (Apulia).

In Italy he gained his degree in Foreign Languages and Literature and he worked as a journalist from 2006 to 2011. At the end of 2011 Francesco moved to Brussels, where he now works as an Italian teacher in several schools. He speaks French and English and he is passionate about music and the history of the 20th Century. 

He has been working at Italia Per Passione since 2012. He teaches language courses (all levels, from beginners to advanced students) and leads conversation tables. He also gives courses about Italian history and politics. 


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Maddalena Narducci

Maddalena was born in Cesena, in Emilia-Romagna.

After her high school graduation in foreign languages, she moved for Toulouse, where she stayed for a year as an au pair for a French family. In 2016 she moved to Brussels and enrolled in the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. During her studies she continued to cultivate her interest in photography, long walks and languages, giving private courses in Italian and French. The Erasmus in Alicante (Spain) represents to her once again a way to confront a new culture and question reality. Back in Brussels she enrolled in the Master of Linguistics at ULB and does voluntary work for the association La Voix des Sans-Papiers. Maddalena speaks Italian, French, Spanish and English. She is currently learning Modern Greek.

She collaborates with Italia per Passione in courses for youngsters.



Roberta Mangano 

Roberta comes from Luino, a little village in the North of Italy. 

Passionate about foreign cultures, she studied Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Milan and at the University College of Dublin. Then, she enrolled in a didactic Master for teaching Italian as a foreign language. At the same time, Roberta achieved her Bachelor Degree in guitar at the Conservatory G. Puccini of Gallarate and her Master Degree at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Brussels with honors. She is now enrolled at the Musicology Faculty of Cremona. 

Over the years Roberta has lived in Italy, Australia, Belgium and Spain where she has worked as a teacher of music and of Italian language and culture. She loves sharing her passion for literature and music with crossover courses, seminars and performances.  

She speaks French, English, Spanish and Catalan.

At Italia per Passione she is responsible for the history of music workshops, the music courses and the language courses for adults.



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Alessandra Maistro

Born in Florence and raised in Lombardy, she has always had two passions: the Italian language and dance. She carries on these two passions together doing classical studies and professional artistic studies. She graduated in Literature in Milan with a thesis on the language of Manzoni’s Betrothed. She decided then to undertake a specific course of study to become a teacher of Italian as a foreign language, obtaining a master's degree in Linguistics and didactics of Italian for foreigners at the University for Foreigners of Siena. She has experience as a teacher of Italian for foreign adults in Italy and for adults and children at the Dante Alighieri Society in Luxembourg. As a dance teacher, she has five years experience as a contemporary and modern dance teacher for all age groups, from children to adults.

At Italia per passione, she currently teaches Italian and dance.

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Giulia Colombo

Giulia was born in Torre del Greco, a town at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, in the centre of the Gulf of Naples. Her desire to learn about the world led her to study languages and comparative cultures at the University of Naples "L'Orientale", specialising in English and Chinese. She then won a scholarship to the Confucius Institute, which enabled her to spend a period of time in Beijing, China, during her Master's degree in History and Oriental Civilisations. Her passion for art inspired her master's thesis, which focused on the mutual influence between Chinese artists and European avant-garde artists. During her studies she dedicated herself to teaching, giving private lessons and doing internships first at a social cultural cooperative for the integration of Chinese children and then at Italia per Passione, through the Erasmus+ programme, where she still holds courses for children and teenagers.

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Vittoria Papa Malatesta

Vittoria Papa Malatesta is an art historian. Before her coming in Belgium, she has been teaching for few years Art History at the University of Napoli ‘L’Orientale’, the ‘Suor Orsola Benincas’, and at the University of Salerno. 

She studied History of Art in Naples at the ‘Federico II’ University, where she also obtained a PhD. 

Her work is focused on art from the Middle Ages to the Modern Ages in Europe, and on art criticism; her researches concern especially the historical-artistic relations between Italy, France and Flandres. 

When she doesn’t pay attention on a framework or on a fresco, she has eyes only for her children, who are a real….“masterpiece”!

At Italia per Passione she is the responsible for the workshop of Art History.

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Rosanna Gangemi

Rosanna Gangemi grew up in the province of Messina but was born in Turin, she studied in Rome and then in Lille, and later she undertook a double doctorate in literature and philosophy in both Paris and Brussels, where she currently lives and which she is no longer able to do without. She enlivens university conversation tables in Italian language and occasionally she chairs workshops for children on art and its reasons at the Université des Enfants.

Between 2004 and 2015 she co-directed the contemporary art magazine DROME magazine, touring the length and breadth of Europe and curating cultural and artistic events. Then she taught theory of images and visual arts at the Université Paris- Est Marne-la-Vallée, and subsequently she undertook a collaboration with Iselp, where she still regularly holds aesthetics conferences.

Rosanna has an unconditional love for Italian poetry of the last century and the current one, but also for cats.

At Italia per Passione she holds language courses, conversation courses, in-depth courses.

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Elena Burchianti

Elena was born in Siena. She has always been passionate about archaeology and classical culture, and pursued her dream by graduating from the University of Siena with a degree in classical literature with an archaeological focus. She has conducted excavation campaigns in Rome, Cerveteri and Vetulonia. And then travelling, the other great passion that she cultivated during her years of teaching at the Liceo Scientifico in Siena, with cultural exchanges in England, Sweden and above all Turkey, a fascinating treasure trove of archaeological treasures. 

His love of the classics also led to a performance of Antigone on the stage of the prisons of Siena and San Gimignano, where, together with the students of the Liceo, he brought the beauty and depth of a timeless work. An exciting experience.

Elena loves reading, art, walking in nature, cinema, theatre and has a weakness for Brussels brocantes where she likes to get lost in search of unusual objects.

She has been living in Brussels for a few years and teaches classical culture courses at Italia per Passione.



Cecilia Rubino

Cecilia Rubino was born in southern Italy and studied at the University of Salento. After a year's Erasmus experience at the University of Liège, she graduated in foreign languages and literature. She then moved to Milan where she worked as a flight attendant. This profession allowed her to travel around the world and get in touch with different cultures, thus shaping some of the distinctive features of her personality such as open mindedness and intellectual curiosity. This is also the reason behind her choice to move to a new chapter of her life by obtaining a master's degree as an intercultural trainer of the Italian language for foreigners at Uninsubria - University of Varese - and pursuing her ambition of teaching. She speaks English, French and Spanish.