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Italian Immersion Programs

Learn Italian while discovering Abruzzo

Imagine living a week in close contact with the nature of Abruzzo and local people, having conversation with artisans and farmers who keep traditions alive. Then, you will learn how to cook typical recipes and to appreciate a good wine from Abruzzo. With a professional guide, you will walk on mountain paths, encountering hermitages, lakes, castles and mediaeval villages on your way. All this through activities and lessons to improve your Italian with the guidance of Daniela, your Italian teacher, who will be with you most of the day.
You can live all this and much more, by joining the next Italian Immersion Program in Abruzzo!

How are the Immersion courses structured?

Italian lessons

During the morning lessons you will learn various aspects of the language through activities focused on a specific topic regarding Abruzzo. In this way you will be well prepared for the outdoor activities.

Outdoor activities

The suggested outdoor activities will depend on the season. Every season in Abruzzo offers a variety of experiences: e.g. saffron and grape harvest, hiking, truffle hunting, Christmas markets, cheese making, etc. During the outdoor activities you will have the chance to experience and practice first hand what you have learned during the morning lessons.

Local culture

Discovering the local culture is the focus of the Italian Immersion Program. You will become an “abruzzese” for a week!
What makes Abruzzo so special is that there are plenty of seasonal customs still passed down through generations, following ancient methodologies.

I am an absolute beginner, can I join the immersion program?

This course is perfect for those who already have a grounding of Italian and would like to improve it while discovering Abruzzo. Lessons and extra activities will be in Italian, so you need to have some knowledge of the language (minimum A2 level according to the CEFR) to take the best out of it and enjoy it at its fullest.

Italian immersion prograMS

Ottobre School 2023

October 15th - 21st 2023

The fall season is very special in Abruzzo. Mountains are colored with warm shades, the temperature is usually mild and there are plenty of activities related to the harvest and the farming world.

3 hours of Italian lessons per day (from Monday to Saturday – welcome aperitif on Sunday evening)

Some of the suggested extra activities

Learn Italian while…

• having a walking tour in L’Aquila
• walking from the village of Rocca Calascio up the mediaeval fortress
• picking the saffron (the so called “red gold of Abruzzo”) in the tiny village of Navelli
• hunting and tasting truffle
• cooking traditional recipes together
• tasting and learning to appreciate wines and oils from Abruzzo

Giugno School 2024

June 16th - 22nd 2024

Spring is the best season for those who like to see nature blooming and appreciate the diversity of flowery plants. This season is full of activities related to the awakening of nature and the animal kingdom.

3 hours of Italian lessons per day (from Monday to Saturday – welcome aperitif on Sunday evening)

Some of the suggested extra activities

Learn Italian while…

• hiking in the blossoming mountains from Calascio up to the mediaeval fortress

• visiting the frescoed Oratorio of San Pellegrino (the so called Sistine Chapel of Abruzzo)

• visiting Navelli, the village of the saffron

• wine tasting in a family-run farm.

Deadline for registration: March 31st 2023

Luglio School 2024

July 14th - 20th 2024

Abruzzo is the region to be during summertime to find relief from the humid heat and from the mass tourism. Lakes, mountain trails and mediaeval villages are waiting for you for a summer in contact with nature!

3 hours of Italian lessons per day (from Monday to Saturday – welcome aperitif on Sunday evening)

Some of the suggested extra activities

Learn Italian while…

visiting the ancient village of Scanno with its beautiful lake

• discovering the local goldsmith art

talking with one of the last shepherds in Abruzzo during a cheese workshop
• hiking in the suggestive mountains of Campo Imperatore and Gran Sasso

Settembre School 2024

September 8th - 14th 2024

The heat is usually gone in September but the weather is still lovely for activities outside. In Abruzzo that is the time of transumanza, the traditional migration of sheep to the lowlands that starts from L’Aquila itself.

3 hours of Italian lessons per day (from Monday to Saturday – welcome aperitif on Sunday evening)

Some of the suggested extra activities

Learn Italian while…

• walking in the woods and visiting a shrine set in stone
• visiting the frescoed Oratorio of San Pellegrino (the so called Sistine Chapel of Abruzzo)
• tasting and learning to appreciate wines from Abruzzo
• discovering the “transumanza” (the traditional migration of the sheep)
• wool weaving workshop in the mediaeval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio
• cooking traditional recipes together

Ottobre School 2024

October 13th - 19th 2024

The fall season is very special in Abruzzo. Mountains are colored with warm shades, the temperature is usually mild and there are plenty of activities related to the harvest and the farming world (saffron, truffle and grapes picking).

3 hours of Italian lessons per day (from Monday to Saturday – welcome aperitif on Sunday evening)

Some of the suggested extra activities

Learn Italian while…

• having a walking tour in L’Aquila
• walking from the village of Rocca Calascio up the mediaeval fortress
• picking the saffron (the so called “red gold of Abruzzo”) in the tiny village of Navelli
• hunting and tasting truffle
• cooking traditional recipes together
• tasting and learning to appreciate wines from Abruzzo

Deadline for registrations: November 5th 2022 

“Aquila was a fine town. It was cool in the summer at night and the spring in Abruzzi was the most beautiful in Italy. But what was lonely was the fall to go hunting through the chestnut woods. The birds were all good because they fed on grapes and you never took a lunch because the peasants were always honored if you would eat with them at their houses.”

E. Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, 1929.

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