About us

Academy Olmo is a cultural center whose main activities are divided between the Italian language courses for foreigners (L2), cooking and wine classes (in cooperation with the restaurant and hotel Al Vecchio Convento), storytelling courses (with the Italian Storytelling and book sharing Center.

The Center was founded in 1989, and all of our teachers have many years of experience.


The school

The language school (L2) is located in the Old Rectory in the historic centre of the village, just 100 meters from theVecchio Convento, while the Italian Storytelling Centre is in the Center of Stodid at just 200 meters from the hotel.


It is famous for hospitality and cuisine, art and culture.

Portico di Romagna is a small medieval town situated halfway between Ravenna and Florence in the green hills of the Apennines. This is the ideal place for those who like an active holiday, but at the same time want peace and relax.

Good food and wine of the Vecchio Convento are a must to complete the experience.

Extra activities

We offer extra activities after classes all year round.

The Cultural Centre offers courses throughout the year as well as a number afternoon activities and excursions for our students. These include:

  • Visits to local wine, olive oil, cheese and chocolate producers
  • Truffle hunting with a truffle hunter and dogs
  • Excursions to the nearby cities of art
  • Trekking in the National Park
  • Tasting of local produce
  • Cooking courses

Foreste Casentinesi National park

One of the largest national parks in Italy

The National Park "Foreste Casentinesi Monte Falterona e Campigna", starts in the municipality of "Portico and San Benedetto" and provides a well designed and signposted network of walking trails for those who like the outdoors.