Come live in Italian in Italy with us, we will speak/eat/travel in Italian all week. In Umbria, from June 8-15, 2019, you will live in an elegant hotel (Hotel Vannucci) with us in a sophisticated yet off-the-beaten-path small Italian city. You will be guided to communicate in Italian only all week. Our Piedmont itinerary for October 5-12 will be published by April, 2019; it will maintain the comfort and immersion of our Umbria program.
Immersion will allow you to quickly improve your Italian, we have orchestrated interactive experiences for the entire week with local Italians. You will have local excursions, guided activities in town, and Italian class every day. We eat (or make!) dinner together, in italiano naturalmente, from 8:00-10:00 every night.
Although we require an Intermediate level of Italian for all participants (defined as the equivalent of one year of college Italian), we customize the language levels even more. Groups of 2-4 students will be divided by level and will have a full-time professor assigned to them. All students in your group have similar levels, and we will work toward your specific, personal goals. All materials (video/audio/text) are prepared for you and included in the experience. Our expert team will make using Italian fun and rewarding.
Your entire experience in Italy with us is curated and ultra private. Three Italian teachers/guides are present every day, and every week has a maximum of eight students. You will accumulate over 50 (fifty) hours of high-quality interaction in Italian throughout the week; you will do this across all modalities: speaking, listening, reading, writing.
The accommodations and meals are carefully selected for our clientele. All lodging and meals are included in the experience, and wine is also included. Un po’ di vino will help enhance your knowledge of Italian culture.
For our June trip, based on your preferences, the daily excursion may be:
"After more than 30 trips to Italy, this was by far my best experience."
“The town is small, intimate, beautiful, and it has a fascinating street life.”
“The hotel was small enough that it felt like we were all living in a lovely house together.”
“Our trip leader seemed to be a close friend of every proprietor in town, his gregariousness made our interaction with locals even more comfortable.”
“The trip was an immense success, an authentic cultural and linguistic experience.”
"If I were to rate this course/trip on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 10+"
“They made us feel like family, I felt very safe at all times.”
Breakfast served in hotel; hotel staff instructed to only serve you in Italian. Options for private walking/biking tours available. Our expert Italian teachers are there to chat if you want.
Every excursion is task-based. Our morning lesson will prepare you for some of the language you may require on your excursion.
All excursions take place in the surrounding Umbrian or Tuscan countryside. As you are guided in Italian, you are also prompted to “complete” your homework, you will report on your excursion during the afternoon lesson.
Pranzo, tutto in Italiano. On most days, we will lunch by the site of our excursion.
Italian lesson back in our hotel’s private study. All students will report their task in Italian. Teachers will provide grammar and vocabulary lessons after every student presents. The afternoon lesson will also function as a wrap-up for all questions from the day’s excursions and on-site lunch.
Our expert Italian teachers are available for un gelato or to accompany you to fare shopping if you want to stroll and chat with them.
Dinner at a local trattoria, where arrangements have already been made with staff—NESSUN INGLESE!