Join us for a week of experiential learning in Italy. You will stay in an elegant hotel (Hotel Vannucci) 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 private Italian class every day. We dine together on four of the nights.
For Beginners, you will have private Italian class every day and you will be encouraged to use some Italian on our excursions. For Intermediate-level participants, 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 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 $900 fee for non-participating friends/spouses includes all lodging and breakfast. It also includes the four group dinners and the three 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 instructed to only serve you in Italian. Options for yoga class and walking group available. Our expert Italian teachers are there to chat if you want.
Private lessons and task-based ‘errands’ in town. We then review/improve the language you used to transact those errands. 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.
On three of the days, we take excursions together. They all take place in the surrounding Umbrian or Tuscan countryside. On days when we don’t have an excursion, you and your teacher decide if you’d like a proper lunch with the group, or a simple panino at a local cafe.
Optional private Italian lesson back in our hotel’s private study. The afternoon lesson also functions as a wrap-up for all questions from the day’s excursion and/or activities in town.
On the four nights we dine together, 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.