Join us for a week of experiential learning in Italy. You will stay in an elegant hotel (Hotel Vannucci) in a small Italian city, Città della Pieve. You will be guided to communicate in Italian and challenged to complete and document an ‘errand’ in town every day, with your private teacher.
The $1500 fee for friends and family who are not studying includes all lodging, meals and group excursions.
For those who are studying, immersion and guided interaction with locals will help you improve your Italian. You will enjoy our excursions, activities in town, and private Italian class every day. We dine together every night.
Our expert team will make using Italian fun and rewarding. For intermediate-level, we challenge you to speak only Italian all week.
Every week has a maximum of ten students. You will accumulate over fifty hours of high-quality interaction in Italian throughout the week by speaking, listening, reading, writing.
The accommodations and meals are carefully selected for our clientele. All lodging, instruction, and meals (7 breakfasts; 7 lunches; 5 dinners) are included in the experience, and wine is also included. Un po’ di vino will help enhance your knowledge of Italian culture.
"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 will only speak with you in Italian unless you request English.
Private lessons and task-based assignment in town. After you complete your task, you review/improve the language you used to transact it.
Friends/family members not studying Italian can depart for a day trip, or just relax in the splendor of Umbria.
For all lunches and dinners, you decide if you would like to sit at the Italian-only table or the “English allowed” table.
On the days we don’t take an excursion, we invite a special guest to our hotel for a presentation and discussion.
Private afternoon lesson: This also functions as a wrap-up for all questions from the day’s excursion and/or special guest.
FYI: In Italy this time of day is known as “gelato hour,” un gelato per te?
Every evening, we meet for un aperitivo before dinner at some of the lovely cafes in Città della Pieve. You have the option to chat in Italian or English.
Every night we will have dinner together at a local trattoria (one night we make dinner together at the townhouse we rent in town). There will be one table that is strictly Italian only, and one table where English is allowed.