The Art of Learning Italian

From Literature to Cinema, Song,
Poetry and Everything in Between!

September 2020


Learning Italian In A Truly Italian Environment

Our language program is designed to provide an authentic, immersive experience, and benefits from our unique relationship with the remarkable town of Pennabilli. Interactive morning language lessons take place in the classroom, accommodating all levels of proficiency. In the afternoon, there are various activities aimed at adding to your knowledge of the language, and also discovering the treasures of this special corner of the Emilia Romagna region, including cuisine, history, art, nature and culture. Though less structured, there will also be opportunities to experience and participate in local small-town life (i.e., lunching with locals, "working" for local businesses, attending local concerts, etc.).

Some additional attractions include:

  • Cooking class – preparation of a complete menu at Villa Amarcord and dinner with teacher/chef 

  • Walk and conversation about the history of Pennabilli with Gigi Mattei, a local artist and storyteller

  • Explore the life and creativity of Italy’s most famous screenwriter, Tonino Guerra, whose museum and house are available for us to visit

Most of our activities are centered in the town of Pennabilli. While its quiet beauty, rich culture, and delicious culinary offerings are compelling on their own, our program also includes visits to nearby towns to further explore this intriguing part of Romagna. Highlights include:

  • The city of poets, Sant’Arcangelo di Romagna

  • The picture-perfect Republic of San Marino

  • The vibrant city of Rimini, birthplace of the Italian Riviera and Federico Fellini

All through your language immersion experience, you’ll be guided by extraordinarily talented teachers. With expertise ranging from theater to ancient languages, poetry to music and cinema, they use a variety of interactive techniques to help advance your Italian skills, while also enjoying yourself. Naturally, all classes and activities will be conducted in Italian.

By the way, our program ends on a high note (quite literally) with a history-and-nature walk in the impressive Sasso Simone e Simoncello park, and a mountain sunset farewell dinner at Agriturismo Sasso Simone e Simoncello.


Length: 12 days, 11 nights. 

Price: $2600 includes:

  • arrival & departure group airport shuttle (Bologna airport)

  • transportation during the tour

  • accommodation in 4-star hotel

  • Italian lessons in morning classes

  • numerous language-focused afternoon activities with locals and local guides

  • all breakfasts, welcome lunch, two communal dinners and farewell dinner

  • cooking class followed by dinner with the chef

  • trips to Rimini, San Marino and Sant ’Arcangelo di Romagna 

  • orientation, comprehensive assistance and information during tour

Accomodations: Il Duca di Montefeltro (Pennabilli)

Does not include: Transportation to/from Italy, personal side trips or meals

Special note: The program cost is per person based on double occupancy, transportation tariffs and currency valuations as of September 2019, and subject to confirmation. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed price and/or itinerary, it is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.  Single room supplements ($400) are on a request basis only. As for companions, the cost is $1400 and includes everything above except for the morning language classes. 

For further information please contact the director of the Language Immersion Program, Emanuela Corbetta, at Upon registration, you will receive a placement test which will help in determining your level of proficiency.

Reservations: Space is limited. Please reserve your place as soon as possible. 

General Information: Group courses and activities will be held from 9:30 to 13:00 or from 14:00 to 17:30 according to the needs of students. One lesson = 45 minutes. All prices include taxes and instructive materials.

The minimum number to form a class at the same level is five students, the maximum ten students. The school reserves the right to make changes in the curriculum, timetables and school activities when needed.

We look forward to seeing you in Pennabilli in 2020.