Italy

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

Full-Immersion Italian Language Vacation

Citta della Pieve, Umbria, Italy.
$5600 per person, includes private airport transfers.
Eight (8) participants, maximum.

2019 Trips: June 8-15 (Umbria); Oct 5-12 (Piedmont).

Intermediate-Advanced only

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Come live in Italian in Italy with us, we will speak/eat/travel in Italian only all week. You will live in an elegant hotel (Hotel Vannucci) with us in a sophisticated yet off-the-beaten-path small Italian city. The entire week is full immersion in Italian.

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 from 9:00-5:00. We eat (or make!) dinner together, in italiano naturalmente, from 8:00-10:00 every night.

There is only one level:  Intermediate (+). All students in your group have similar levels, and we will work toward your specific goals. All materials (video/audio/text) are prepared for you and included in the experience. You will be gently pushed to interact with Italians all week; 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 group has a maximum of 8 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, we will go to the best restaurants in Umbria (provided that no English is spoken at the establishment). 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/Umbrian culture.

**New in 2019** 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, a touchstone of the Renaissance’s urbanism, is an unforgettable hilltop gem. 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: Italian economy, politics, and financial challenges will be discussed with an acclaimed Italian economist. Your professors and the engaging economist will outline the major financial/political issues of the day. We will then pose questions to the group, ask for opinions, and encourage interaction on the topic.
  • Italian cinema viewings/discussions with renowned film critic. 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 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. You will be given your task before we leave, e.g., “Record at least five new words you learned on our private tour of the Etruscan caves-turned-winery.”

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 in hotel conference room. 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! (On at least one night, we will cook dinner together with a local mamma italiana; the excursion on that day will be mercato food shopping for la ricetta della mamma.)

Requirements

  • 21 years old minimum
  • We define Intermediate (+) level as the equivalent of one full year of college Italian. Please call to discuss, we will have a casual chat in English and then in Italian.