Language Immersion Program in Italy

14-Day Italian Language and Culture Tour

A trip for people with a desire to speak Italian and to explore rural Italy.  We will spend the first half of each weekday with our Italian instructor in prepared lessons. And then spend afternoons exploring local art, food, wine and culture that is still alive in small villages and preserved in local museums.  We will stay in a charming, renovated farmhouse on a working alpaca farm in Umbria, just a few miles from Tuscany.  You may choose to participate in the planned activities and tours or opt to relax at home, hike or better yet enjoy a glass of wine and read and watch the colors of our valley change by the hour.  Our group will be limited to no more than 10 people.

Day 1   Meet in Florence and travel together to the Alpaca Farm in Umbertide.  Settle into our new home and then enjoy a welcome reception and presentation of the alpaca farm.

Day 2   Language class in the morning Maridiana. Lunch at the farm.  Afternoon visit to the famous city of Gubbio, followed by dinner in the tiny village of Montone in restaurant carved in the walls of the ancient city.

Day 3    Morning class. Afternoon of local arts:  Visit honey and wax producers, glass and ceramic artists, a local winery plus wine tasting.

Day 4    Morning class.  Afternoon:  Visit Anghiari – Lunch at an ancient olive oil mill, founded in 1492 and learn how olive oil is made and then taste olive oils.  Visit the lovely city of Sansepolcro and the local museum.

Day 5     Visit a local weekly farmers market in Umbertide, followed by lunch at local restaurant.  Language Class in the afternoon.  Dinner and wine tasting at Fattoria Girasoli, our neighbors at Maridiana.

Day 6      Morning class.   Lunch at the farm.   Visit a local truffle distributor and enjoy a specially prepared truffle dinner. A Highlight of the trip!

Day 7      Tour the ancient and wonderful city of Perugia, Lunch in the medieval city center.  Visit the weaving studios of Giuditta Brozzeti, housed in an ancient Abbey adjacent to the University for Foreigners..  Spend a relaxing evening with dinner at home.

Day 8      Relaxing morning at home and an organic brunch at a local restaurant. Visit a local city of our choice, perhaps Assisi.

 Day 9      Morning class.   Lunch at the Girasoli, our neighbors.   Open afternoon for hiking, or just sitting and reading an Italian short story.

Day 10     Morning class.   Picnic lunch at Lago Trasomeno and then hop on the ferry to visit Isole Maggori, a lovely fishing village with a lace museum.

Day 11      Morning class. Lunch in Umbertide, and some shopping at the farmers market of dinner supplies.

Day 12      Morning class.   Lunch at the farm.   Visit the city of Deruta and the famous ceramic factory and shops.

Day 13      Morning class.   Lunch at the farm.   Visit the relaxing thermal spa in Umbria or choose a city to revisit and do some last minute shopping.

Day 14  On to Tuscany and Visit the wonderful Etruscan city of Cortona.  Tour the Etruscan museum & tombs; enjoy a special farewell lunch at a Tuscan restaurant.  Visit Le Celle, a monastery founded by St. Francis.  And then on to Florence!



Italian Language Class


Daily classes will consist of 15 -20 hours,  3-4 hours per day of instruction and conversation.  We will have a group class or if necessary two groups.  We will be instructed by a professional language teacher and will involve active participation using multiple methods of reading, games, dialogues and conversations.  This class will take place in our house.  This is designed to be fun and for us to all advance our language skills.  Hopefully we will also get to practice our vocabulary for each day’s activities so we can be prepared to speak Italian on our outings!



Maridiana Alpaca   Farm – Umbertide


Maridiana is the first farm in Italy to have bred a large number of alpaca and angora goats for fiber production. The Maridinian herds roam the green hills of our 100+ acres Umbrian farm, located in the Niccone Valley in the High Tiber Valley, near the border of Tuscany.

Maridiana has more than 10 years experience managing alpaca.  The pilot program of fiber production, has been co-financed by the European Economic Community, which 1997 designated Maridiana as demonstration breeding farm with the goal of extending the concept of rural areas that can benefit from raising alpaca.

Gianni Berna, Partner and Administrator, is an economist, and has successfully organized and managed innovative agricultural projects in Umbria and in numerous third-world countries.


Costs   – $3,500* Estimated cost at this time


Included:  Lodging, meals, beverages, tour guides, ground transportation, and workshop & supplies.


Not Included: Air Fare, travel insurance, gratuity for guides


*Estimate, may vary with number of participant and significant exchange rate fluctuation and discount for early registration available


For More details and to Reserve Space contact:


Linda Kirsch



Note:  Custom tours for textiles, food/cooking, wine, ecology, art/painting, history or local sites of spirituality history  are also available for groups of 6 or more.