About us

Our language institute in Malcesine was founded in 2003 as a subsidiary of the German company  amiacon. One of its founding members, Aurora Floridia, came from Malcesine. The idea was to create a nice and attractive learning island for the Italian language and culture at Lake Garda.

Thanks to the active support by the city of Malcesine our Italian courses took place at historically important buildings all over Malcesine like the Scalig Castle, the Palazzo dei Capitani and the Villa Pariani until april 2007.

Since may 2007 our courses take place at Villa Gelmi in Malcesine, which became the administrative office of our school in march 2008.

Since december 2007 the company’s name changed from amiacon to acontatto, which is completely independent ever since.

With our new training center we focus on the competent mediation of the Italian language and culture, as well as other languages, including the possibility to execute targeted activities, especially in the business area.

Innovative methods of learning and teaching are deployed, especially the PDL method, which gained in importance due to its high effectiveness. 



Cindy Wienand


Sabine Balser


Martina von Truchsess


Petra Schmidt

Aurora Floridia

aurora floridia

Short profile:

  • Born in Italy in 1967
  • Finished studies in German and English language at the university of Würzburg, with specialization in German science of language, in 1993
  • Works in foreign language teaching since 1990
  • 1997 – 2001 headmaster at Euro Privat- und Firmenservice GmbH Würzburg
  • 2001 – 2007 founder of the language school amiacon GmbH in Würzburg and Malcesine at Lake Garda (Italy)
  • Since 2003 PDL-teacher in Italian and German, trained by Bernard and Marie Dufeu in Mainz
  • October 2006 – June 2007 nine months of “train the trainer” education for the method of learning and teaching PDL with Dr. Bernard and Marie Dufeu in Mainz
  • Since May 2007 chairperson of the International PDL-association seated in Germany, Hohenahr
  • Since 1st January 2008 owner of the institute of Italian acontatto located in Malcesine, Lake Garda
  • 16th June – 21st June 2008, 8th June – 13th June 2009 and 6th September – 10th September 2009 constant supervisions by Dr. Bernard Dufeu, founder of the PDL method. Official appreciation as PDL trainer by Centre de Psychodramaturgie, Mainz
  • September 2008 – June 2010 two years of psychodrama-training resulting in psychodrama-practician for consulting and group leading at Szenen Institut, Bonn. At the moment in upper stage
  • April 2010 – November 2010 PDL-trainer for language teachers at the language centre of the University of Vienna
  • In Italy one of her articles was published by the magazine of linguistics, language didactics and cultural information for teachers of Italian as foreign language “Culturiana 02/2007”, distributed by Bonacci Editore