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“Beautiful, delicious and stimulating.” -2023 participant

Italian Immersion Experience

Umbria & Tuscany

May 26th-June 1st, 2025

September 6th-12th, 2025

Sept 29th-October 5th, 2025

$6900 per participant per week

Only $1900 for partners who are not studying

Includes all instruction, lodging, meals, shuttle to/from Rome airport

Ten (10) participants per week, maximum.

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Trip Details

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 $1900 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.

Testimonials

Examples of our excursions & afternoon activities:

  • Private tour of family winery: Our friends Monica and Fabio invite us to tour their ‘cantina’ built on top of Etruscan caves. We then enjoy a wine tasting and delicious antipasti.
  • Watercolor paintings in front of masterpiece from 16th century. With some guidance from a painting instructor, and the inspiration of a fresco by Raphael’s teacher in front of us, we make our best watercolors.
  • 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 iconic Italian movies. We will discuss your reactions to the clip before moving on the the next classic.
  • Cooking at the chef’s villa. 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.
  • Talk with chef and sommelier. Our friend, Christian Palazzi, takes us through his centuries-old wine cellar for a wine tasting before a meal at his charming bistro.

Typical Day

07:30am-9:30am: Breakfast

Breakfast served in hotel; hotel staff will only speak with you in Italian unless you request English.

10:00-12:00: Morning lesson

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.

1:00-3:00pm: Lunch in town

For all lunches and dinners, you decide if you would like to sit at the Italian-only table or the “English allowed” table.

4:00-6:00pm: Excursion or Special Guest; Afternoon Lesson

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?

7:00pm: Group aperitivo

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.

8:00pm-10:00pm: Dinner

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.

Requirements

  • 21 years old minimum, unless taking the program with an adult
  • If you are interested in the language program, we welcome all levels from complete beginner to advanced.
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