Join us for a week of experiential learning in Italy. You will stay in an elegant hotel (Hotel Vannucci) in an off-the-beaten-path small Italian city. You will be guided to communicate in Italian with locals and challenged to complete an ‘errand’ in town every day, with your private teacher.
Immersion will allow you to quickly improve your Italian, we have orchestrated interactive experiences for the entire week with locals. You will enjoy our excursions, guided activities in town, and private Italian class every day. We dine together on four of the nights.
Beginners will be encouraged to use some Italian on our excursions. For Intermediate-level participants, we personalize your instruction and work toward your specific goals. Our expert team will make using Italian fun and rewarding. For intermediate-level only, 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; you will do this across all modalities: speaking, listening, reading, writing.
The accommodations and meals are carefully selected for our clientele. All lodging, instruction, breakfast and lunch are included in the experience, and wine is also included. Un po’ di vino will help enhance your knowledge of Italian culture.
The $995 fee for non-participating friends/partners includes all lodging and breakfast. It also includes the four group dinners and the group excursions. Options for private tours are available every day.
"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/spouses not studying Italian will have the option to engage a private tour guide, or just relax in the splendor of Umbria in June.
You and your private teacher decide if you’d like a proper lunch with the group, or a simple panino at a local cafe. All lunches are included.
On the days we don’t take an excursion, we invite a special guest to our hotel for a presentation and discussion.
We also offer you an (optional) private Italian lesson. The afternoon lesson also functions as a wrap-up for all questions from the day’s excursion and/or special guest.
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.
On four of the seven nights, we will have dinner together at a local trattoria. There will be one table that is strictly Italian only, and one table where English is allowed.