Daniela Cavallero had a dream of starting an Italian Language School and Cultural Center in Chicago — un salotto italiano — a place that would link the people of Chicago with Italy. She nurtured her dream and in 1997, she established Sentieri Italiani, which literally means “Italian paths.” A name that speaks to the converging paths of language and culture, and all that Italy has to offer.
Our belief is that to learn the Italian language, you need to embrace the Italian culture. And to understand the culture, you need to have a grasp of the language. The innovative and communicative teaching style of Sentieri brings the two together seamlessly.
Dr. Daniela Cavallero, founder and President, is originally from the Piemonte region of Italy. She graduated from the University of Pavia with an Italian Doctorate in English and German and is currently a professor at DePaul University.
Enrico Rader, Director, was born in Chicago with roots in Calabria and Sicily where he still has family. He graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Italian and Political Science. In his spare time, Enrico loves to cook, read and watch movies.
Energetic instructors with high academic standards pave the way for Italian language learning at Sentieri. All of the instructors are fluent Italian speakers and have degrees in subjects ranging from foreign languages, to pedagogy, to the humanities.
Sentieri Italiani offers individual and family memberships. As a member, you will be able to take advantage of all that Sentieri has to offer from discovering the best of Italian language and culture at a discount to borrowing privileges from our library and video collection to the generous discounts offered by our many business partners.
Become a member of Sentieri Italiani today and start taking advantage of your membership benefits!
High academic standards are the foundation of Sentieri Italiani language classes. Italian language classes are structured to provide the necessary insight and challenging topics needed for students to achieve fluency. Classes are accessible to all levels of students, whether you are just starting out or if you are already conversational.
We will work with you to help select the class level that best matches your level of language competency and meets your personal goals.
All courses offered at Sentieri Italiani are based on the Common European Framework of Reference. Learn more about our classes.