Italian Language Immersion

Educational Student Tour in Rome

While immersing yourself this week in learning your new Italian language skills, consider an impact project to give back to Italian children eager to learn your language. Spend an afternoon or evening teaching English to an Italian student.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, then head into the heart of the city to your lodgings via shuttle.  Your educational student tour will begin with enjoying your first taste of Roman cuisine at tonight’s welcome dinner at a typical trattoria. Wander the streets and take in some of the most beautiful sights and squares at night. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, have a tartufo in the Piazza Navona while studying Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and rest at Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain, which is shaped like an old boat, while admiring the grand sweep of the Spanish Steps. 

Your Italian language immersion with the Leonardo Da Vinci School begins with morning and afternoon lessons, part of an intensive five-day program structured to give you maximum exposure to Italian, all within the context of being able to apply it in real life in one of the most historic and beautiful cities in the world.  

Tonight take an evening guided tour of Ancient Rome and the Colosseum, with a tour of the Colosseum with its rich history of gladiators and animal contests, and a stop overlooking the Roman Forum lit up at night.  Have dinner near your hotel and practice your new language skills!

After your day’s language lessons, take advantage of the many museums in Rome that offer late hours.  Tonight, visit the Capitoline Museums with their outstanding collections of classical sculpture, located atop the Capitoline Steps designed by Michelangelo and with the bronze statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius standing nobly in the center of the Piazza del Campidoglio.

As your language skills improve, test them out with lunch with fellow students at a local ristorante.  Then after classes, head to the Vatican City, the world’s smallest state, to take in the grandeur of St. Peter’s Cathedral with its amazing works of art, including Michelangelo’s stirring Pietà and the baldacchino designed by Bernini.

Afterward, head along the Tiber river to the Castel Sant’Angelo, built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian. Visit the museum and admire the views overlooking the Vatican and St. Peters from the exterior walls. 

Your language skills continue to improve with day four of instructional lessons.  Reserve tickets online so that this late afternoon or early evening you can visit the Borghese Gallery in the lovely Villa Borghese gardens, one of Rome’s most celebrated art museums, boasting masterpiece collections of paintings and baroque sculpture.

Wrap up your last day of Italian instruction, then join your classmates for a walk around the atmospheric Trastevere area, located on the West Bank of the Tiber river, south of Vatican City. See the fabulous mosaics inside the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, then enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the typical Roman trattorias, sampling such typical dishes as suppli, rice seasoned with meat sauce and mozzarella, coated with bread crumbs and fried, spaghetti alla carbonara, Jewish artichokes and Saltimbocca alla Romana.

Have a final breakfast at your hotel using your new language skills once more this morning, then head out to Rome’s airport for your flight back home.

Rome, the Eternal City provides a wonderful base for a one-week intensive immersion in the Italian language and culture.  Enjoy exploring the cuisine of Italy at Rome’s restaurants and trattorias. Wander the streets of Rome each evening to marvel at the historic sights magically lit, such as the city’s gorgeous fountains like the Trevi, the vistas over the Forum, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, and great squares like the Piazza Navona.

Your educational student tour will provide a solid grounding in Italian while also allowing your late afternoons and evenings free to experience the city.  Many of Rome’s great museums stay open until 7 p.m. or later, allowing you to experience some of the city’s rich artistic treasures.


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