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learn Italian in Italy

Learn and Speak

Italian 

in Italy

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the way you are taught

where you are taught and

most importantly who teaches you makes a huge difference

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ABOUT

IF YOU'VE EVER THOUGHT ABOUT LEARNING ITALIAN
READ THIS

We know all about learning Italian.  We've done it and we came out the other side.

 

Unless you are a gifted linguist, learning a language can be one of the toughest goals to set yourself. It's not easy and it takes focus.

But the way you are taught, where you are taught, and most importantly who teaches you, can make a huge difference.

   

We focus on beginners; people who have always wanted to learn Italian but never found the time or energy to do so.  Maybe they have an affinity with, or distant familial link to, Italy?  Maybe they just like the wine and food?

The thing they all have in common is an Italian itch that needs scratching.  

We are here to help you do that.

 

We tried many ways of learning Italian; group classes and private lessons in our own country, living for a month with an Italian family,

moving to Italy and taking classes there.  

 

These experiences proved to us that the most enjoyable and beneficial way of learning Italian is to be in Italy with a native Italian-speaking teacher.  Which brings us to the crucial, point.

 

We met many teachers during our efforts to learn Italian; additionally, one of us used to be a teacher.  So we know a good one when we find one,  and we can spot a mediocre or bad one straight away.

Of all the many Italian teachers we have met and learnt from, one stands out. Her name is  Daniela.

 

Daniela loves teaching and has an enormous natural gift for doing so.  We have never seen her give a bad lesson, she does not have an impatient bone in her body, and she really wants you to succeed.  She is, without doubt, the best Italian teacher out there.  Our linguistic life and

our capacity to learn Italian changed when we met her.

If you've ever thought about learning Italian, then Daniela is the teacher to learn from.  If you don't enjoy learning with her then you can stop in the knowledge that you tried.  You won't be left wondering if there's a better approach to learning or a better teacher out there.  Once you've been in a classroom with Daniela, Italian will be firmly on or off your list.

This might sound like the over-promising of some language-immersion websites.  Before you think that, please let us tell you that we don't speak Italian fluently, we still make mistakes and have areas of the language that frustrate us.  But we speak Italian to a level which allows us to live and, most importantly, function here in Italy and, without Daniela, we wouldn't have reached that level.

 

We've got a great teacher lined up for you.

We have a great hotel to match.

 

We are based within the ancient walls of a beautifully picturesque medieval village in southern Tuscany, between Montepulciano and Pienza. Yes, Tuscany;  the area of Italy where 'clean and clear' Italian was born and is still spoken.  What a bonus that is.

 

We offer truly comfortable and extensively elegant accommodation in a building in the centre of a village dating from the 1300s. 

The village has a welcoming local community and functions all year round, not just in the warmer months for tourists.  If you want to try out your Italian on a local, you will have plenty of opportunity.  In addition to friendly and chatty villagers, there are three brilliant restaurants within walking distance, a small grocery shop, a cafe/ bar, a chemist/pharmacy, a bank machine/ATM, a ceramic studio, and amazing views.  

 

click on the main menu bar to learn more about our rooms, setting, amenities and facilities
 

there are a total of 10 places available, which keeps the class small enough to be special but large enough for you to learn from, and with,

your fellow students

the cost of the week includes your accommodation, your breakfasts, your lunches, your dinners, your transport during the programme, all afternoon visits and activities and of course all of your lessons and time spent with Daniela

once you have paid, you only need to consider funds for your own private purchases

the cost does not include your travel to/from your point of departure/arrival and iCastagni. We can book private transfers from most points of entry in Italy to iCastagni and vice versa - please ask us for details and costs.

Tempted?  Please scroll down to see the outline programme 

OUTLINE PROGRAMME

TASTE, TALK, TUSCANY
OUTLINE PROGRAMME

 

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SUNDAY 

AFTERNOON:  ARRIVAL

 

EVENING:  GETTING TO 

KNOW ONE OTHER - IN ENGLISH  BUT WITH ITALIAN WINE AND FOOD

In-Home Consultation

MONDAY

MORNING:  STEPPING INTO ITALIAN WITH DANIELA

LUNCH IN THE VILLAGE

AFTERNOON:  WALK AROUND THE VILLAGE AND SAYING 'HELLO' IN ITALIAN TO THE LOCALS WE MEET

EVENING:  DINNER IN A VILLAGE RESTAURANT

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TUESDAY

 

MORNING:  LEARNING HOW TO ORDER FOOD, WINE AND COFFEE

LUNCH AND THE AFTERNOON IN THE NEIGHBOURING TOWN OF MONTEPULCIANO 

DINNER IN A LOCAL FAMILY-RUN RESTAURANT

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WEDNESDAY

 

MORNING:  AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE WHO PREFER AFTERNOON LEARNING TO TAKE PRECEDENCE; THIS MORNING WE WILL VISIT THE RENAISSANCE JEWEL OF PIENZA

LUNCH IN PIENZA

AFTERNOON:  DANIELA WILL TEACH US  HOW TO SAY WHAT WE LIKE AND DISLIKE AND TALK MORE ABOUT OURSELVES

EVENING: DINNER AT THE THIRD OF OUR VILLAGE RESTAURANTS

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THURSDAY

MORNING:  DANIELA WILL EASE US INTO KNITTING TOGETHER THE LANGUAGE  WE HAVE LEARNT SO FAR

 

AFTERNOON: FREE TIME AND A VISIT TO A LOCAL ARTIST'S STUDIO TO SEE  HER AT WORK

 

EVENING: A LOCAL COOK WILL PREPARE DINNER FOR US THIS EVENING

REMEMBER

NO QUESTION IS EVER A SILLY QUESTION AND MISTAKES ARE GOOD - THEY HELP US LEARN.

FRIDAY

MORNING: THE LAST MORNING AS A GROUP IN YOUR CLASSROOM WITH A VIEW.  INDIVIDUAL PRIVATE SESSIONS OF 45 MINUTES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED.

AFTERNOON: FREE TIME (INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS WITH DANIELA WILL CONTINUE IF DEMAND REQUIRES)

EVENING: A TYPICAL TUSCAN FRIDAY EVENING AWAITS. LET'S ENJOY USING OUR ITALIAN BY ORDERING A GLASS OF WINE AT THE VILLAGE BAR, EXCHANGING A FEW SENTENCES WITH THE LOCALS, AND THEN HEADING OFF TO A LOCAL PIZZERIA.

SATURDAY

LEISURELY DEPARTURE

 

THOSE WHO WISH TO STAY ON AN ADDITIONAL NIGHT CAN DO SO.  PLEASE ASK FOR DETAILS.

The cost of this all inclusive week is Euros **** (or the equivalent in GBP or US Dollars if you prefer to pay in those currencies). We charge a small single supplement of Euros 220 for those travelling individually.  Only those attending the course can stay at the time the course is running. There will be no other guests on site for the duration of the course. 

SEE & DO

FAQs 

Daniela

 

 

 

 

 

 

We already said everything we can about the wonderful Daniela (click on the 'ABOUT' button to read again).  She will be your teacher for the week and your route to the Italian language.

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The Structure of Your Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

We start the morning the Italian way, with coffee.  We then move, in relaxed Italian fashion, to our language lesson with Daniela.  You are a beginner and we know how hard it is.  Your lesson will hit the right balance between being an opportunity to learn without straining to reach your absolute outer limit all the time. You are on holiday, after all. Afternoons are a mixture of free-time, and/or local visits. All lunches and dinners form part of the programme (and are included in the price of your holiday).  Please alert us if you have allergies or intolerances which are medically-related; likes and dislikes do not fall into this category and can be accommodated at the time. 

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Food and Wine
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a wonderful way of using your Italian.  We will delve into the world of Italian food and wine both physically and linguistically and then enjoy putting all our knowledge and skills together.  We have an in-house 'expert taster', which is an Italian qualification not a self-given title, to guide you through the world of Italian wine.

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Culture and Visits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuscany offers you a culture shock in a good way. It's packed full of  things to see and places to visit.  We are located between majestic Montepulciano (above) and

the Renaissance jewel of  Pienza. (both 10 minutes by car) and we will visit both during your stay.  Those wishing to extend their time with us and put their Italian language skills into practice, will find that Siena, with its world-famous piazza, is 45 minutes by car; as is amazing Arezzo.  The splendour of Florence and its world-class museums, such as the Uffizi, is 90 minutes by car. Rome is 120 minutes by car. We can arrange transport to any and all. Please ask.

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Our Concierge Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love doing that little bit extra to make your stay with us special and can arrange private transfers from the major airports and train stations in Italy. Please ask.

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