Join us for a week of experiential learning in Italy. You will stay in an elegant hotel (Hotel Vannucci) with us 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 Italian class every day. We dine together, in italiano naturalmente, from 8:00-10:00 on four of the nights.
For Beginners, you will have Italian class every day and you will be encouraged to use some Italian on our excursions. For Intermediate-level participants (defined as the equivalent of at least one year of college Italian), we customize the language levels even more. We will 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.
The teacher-to-student ratio is higher than 1:2, and 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 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.
Every excursion is task-based. Our morning lesson will prepare you for some of the language you may require on your excursion. On days when we do not have an excursion, your (semi) private lesson in the morning will last at least two hours.
All excursions take place in the surrounding Umbrian or Tuscan countryside. On days when we don’t have an excursion, you and your (semi) private teacher decide if you’d like a proper lunch with the group, or a simple panino at a local cafe.
Italian lesson back in our hotel’s private study. Teachers will provide grammar and vocabulary lessons after every student reports his/her reflections from the day. The afternoon lesson also function as a wrap-up for all questions from the day’s excursion and/or activities in town.
Our expert Italian teachers are available for un gelato or to accompany you to fare shopping if you want to stroll and chat with them.
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.