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:
"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. 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.”
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 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.
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! (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.)