Italy

“I can’t imagine a more thorough and entertaining experience in Italy.” -2018 participant

Italian Language Immersion Experience

Umbria, Italy, June 8-15, 2019

Piedmont, Italy, October 5-12, 2019

(itinerary forthcoming)
$5600 per person, includes private airport transfers.
Eight (8) participants, maximum.

Intermediate level of Italian required

Need to refresh your Italian? Private lessons available at our NYC & NJ schools, and via webcam

732.807.3646

Click here to reserve your 2019 trip

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:

  • Day in Perugia. The petite capital of Umbria, Perugia, is a network of stunning piazzas connected by tiny alleys. After a level-appropriate scavenger hunt, we will visit our local friend, Giancarlo, who will take us through a reproduction of the world-famous Baci.
  • Pienza’s pecorino. Pienza is an unforgettable hilltop gem in Tuscany. We will explore this jewel with a local guide, in italiano, and we will enjoy a private tasting of some of the many flavors of pecorino that Pienza is known for. Our friend, Matteo, will guide our taste buds to recognize the many flavors in his cheese shop.
  • Siena’s unknown contrada. Our local guide, Stefania, will introduce us to a relatively unknown neighborhood (una contrada) in Siena. We have organized casual chats with locals from this contrada. Unlike the rest of Siena, you won’t hear any English on these vicoli. While in Siena, we will enjoy a meal at Piazza del Campo. While we take in this breathtaking view, our private dining room will only allow la bella lingua.
  • Conversation in Cortona. Gorgeous, hilltop Cortona, che bella! After a private Italian-language tour of the city, we will have a fireside chat with an acclaimed Italian economist. Our conversation will focus on the major financial/political issues of the day. We will then pose questions to the group, ask for opinions, and guide interaction on the topic.
  • Italian cinema. Italian cinema viewings/discussions with a renowned film critic. In the comfort of his home, the film critic will describe some scenes from the finest work of Fellini, DeSica, Benigni, Rossellini, etc., before we watch a 10-minute clip of the film. We will discuss your reactions to the clip before moving on the the next classic.
  • Food-market shopping and cooking. A day with our personal chef. Our friend, Sabrina, who regularly caters for notable villas in Tuscany, invites us to her family’s country house to prep our lunch together. We will then savor our creations together on her family’s terrazza, overlooking the hills of Umbria and Tuscany.

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Typical Day

07:00am-9:00am: Breakfast

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.

9:00am-10:30 am: Morning lesson/prep for excursion

Every excursion is task-based. Our morning lesson will prepare you for some of the language you may require on your excursion.

10:30 am-1:00pm: 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.

1:30pm-3:00pm: On-site lunch

Pranzo, tutto in Italiano. On most days, we will lunch by the site of our excursion.

3:30pm-5:00pm: Afternoon lesson

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.

5:00pm-8:00pm: Free time

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.

8:00pm-10:00pm: Dinner

Dinner at a local trattoria, where arrangements have already been made with staff—NESSUN INGLESE!

Requirements

  • 21 years old minimum
  • If you are concerned about your level, we provide Private Crash Courses at our schools in NJ, NYC and online. We define Intermediate level as the equivalent of one full year of college Italian. Please call to discuss your level; if appropriate, we will have a casual chat in English and then in Italian.