“I can’t imagine a more thorough and entertaining experience in Italy.” -2018 & 2019 participant

Italian Immersion Experience

Umbria & Tuscany

June 4-11, 2022

$5900 per person

$900 for non-participating friends/spouses


$5900 per person

Includes all instruction, lodging and most meals.

$1000 discount for participants who share a room.

Ten (10) participants per week, maximum.

Private lessons available before the trip

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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 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.

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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 friend, MariaPia, who will take us through a hands-on production of artisanal chocolates.
  • Talk with Italian journalist. Before you leave for Italy, you will be assigned a passage to read from the writer’s work in La Repubblica. Once in Italy, the journalist comes to our hotel for a private talk about the article’s research, drafting, and reception by Italian readers.
  • 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 talk with the artist about the meaning behind the lyrics, the inspiration behind the art, and molto di più.
  • 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 (Fellini, Rossellini, etc.). 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 yoga class and walking group available. Our expert Italian teachers are there to chat if you want.

9:30am-11:30 am: Morning lesson/prep for excursion

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.

11:30 am-3:00pm: Excursion, or lunch in town

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.

4:00pm-6:00pm: Afternoon lesson

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.

7:00pm: Group aperitivo

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.

8:00pm-10:00pm: Dinner

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.


  • 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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