Italy

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

Italian Immersion Experience

Umbria & Tuscany

October 5-12, 2019

May 23-30, 2020

May 30-June 6, 2020

June 6-13, 2020

June 13-20, 2020

September 19-26, 2020

September 26-October 3, 2020

$5600 per person

Includes all instruction, lodging, and meals.

$1000 discount for pairs who register together and share a room.

Two levels: Novice or Intermediate/Advanced

Eight (8) participants per level, maximum.

Private lessons available at our NYC & NJ schools, and via webcam

732.807.3646

Click here to reserve your 2020 trip

Trip Details

Come live in Italian in Italy with us, 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 with locals.

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.

For Beginners, you will have Italian class every day and you will be encouraged to use some Italian on our delightful excursions. For Intermediate-level participants (defined as the equivalent of one year of college Italian), we customize the language levels even more. We will personalize your excursions and work toward your specific, personal goals. Our expert team will make using Italian fun and rewarding. For intermediate-level only, we challenge you to speak only Italian all week.

Two 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.

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Based upon your preferences, daily excursions 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.
  • Talk with Italian novelist. Before you leave for Italy, you will be assigned a passage to read from the writer’s work. Once in Italy, we will dedicate one morning to discussing the book in class. After that class, the writer will come to our hotel for a private talk about the book’s plot, characters, and inspiration.
  • 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. While in Siena, we will enjoy a meal with a breathtaking view of Piazza del Campo.
  • Talk with Italian singer/songwriter. After studying the musician’s lyrics and songs during the day, we will enjoy a private performance with him/her in our hotel’s study. After the performance, we will enjoy a talk with the artist about the meaning behind the lyrics, the inspiration behind the art, and molto di più.
  • Conversation in Cortona. Gorgeous, hilltop Cortona, che bella! After a private Italian-language tour of the city, we will have a fireside chat with a distinguished local family. We will then pose questions to the group, ask for opinions, and guide interaction on your areas of interest.
  • Italian cinema. Italian cinema viewings/discussions with a renowned film critic. In the comfort of his home, the film critic will describe and show some scenes from the finest work of Italian cinema. 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, 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.
  • Also Available per your interest: Painting lesson in italiano; Visit to local cantina, tour in italiano; Hiking around Tuscan hills, with guide in italiano.

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.

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

On most nights, we will have dinner together at a local trattoria. There will be one evening of fine dining.

Requirements

  • 21 years old minimum
  • For the Beginners group, we welcome true beginners along with “false” beginners, i.e., those who have studied Italian for one semester or less. 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.
  • Private Crash Courses at our schools in NJ, NYC and online.