Planning your next trip to Italy? Would like to know more about the country, its culture and language? Follow this blog by Studiainitalia… be a Creative Tourist!
What’s the best way to learn Italian? To experience Italy like a local through Creative Tourism! You can join language courses that are combined with cultural experiences, learning Italian at school in the morning and visiting ancient villages, museums, wineries and oil mills in the afternoon.
Studiainitalia is an agency specialized in this kind of creative tourism. With its selected partner school in Todi, Umbria, it is promoting weekly cultural programs that combine language lessons and foodie experiences off the beaten track.
Here is the itinerary for the program called “Umbria’s Gold: Olive Oil”.
You arrive in Todi on a Sunday, and settle in your chosen type of accommodation between a house with a host family or a private or shared flat.
In the mornings from Monday to Friday, you learn Italian in the best local language school, for two to four hours depending on whether you sign up for individual or group lessons.
What is Todi like? On Monday afternoon, you visit the lovely town and enjoy an aperitivo with your teacher and fellow students, sipping some prosecco or local wine as an Italian would!
On Tuesday afternoon, it is time to taste a delicious selection of olive oils from Umbria, accompanied by bread and cheese, in an olive oil mill near Todi.
On the following day, you will discover the secrets of Umbria’s gold at the Museum of Olive Oil in Torgiano.
One of Umbria’s most prestigious olive oils come from Trevi, known as “the city of olive oil”. You will visit it on Thursday, along with the charming nature park of Fonti del Clitunno and the region’s oldest olive tree, Albero di Olivo di Sant’Emiliano.
Do you want to put your culinary skills to the test? It’s “foodie Friday” and you get to join a cooking lesson in Italian with a local family. The experience ends around the table, tasting the dishes that you cooked!
What about the weekend? Italians love to go to food festivals and open days at local farms and food businesses. In November and December, several olive oil mills across Umbria will open their doors in the weekends so that visitors can learn about the harvest of olives and the production of olio extra vergine di oliva.
Prices start from 790 euros per person, including language lessons, cultural activities, registration fee, and stay in a shared flat for 1 week. Rates vary if you choose to stay in a private apartment or with a family that also offers half board.
Another Creative Experience that combines learning Italian, exploring the territory and its flavors, is called “Todi’s Wine Roads”.
The program is like the one above, except for the afternoon activities.
On Tuesday, you enjoy wine tasting accompanied with bread and cheese at Cantina Roccafiore, a beautiful winery that blends tradition and modernity.
On Wednesday, you get to explore the world of wine at the Museo del Vino in Torgiano.
Thursday afternoon is dedicated to discovering Montefalco, the city of the prestigious Sagrantino wine, along with the medieval hamlet of Bevagna and a traditional winery.
It’s foodie Friday again and you get to learn the secrets of wine tasting with an expert sommelier, followed by a cooking lesson in Italian with a local family. Enjoy your culinary creations in a lively, Italian-style dinner!
Saturday’s program varies: you might visit a vineyard to learn about grape harvest; or enjoy tasting at an Open Winery; or join a local wine festival.
Prices start from 1.090 euros per person, including language lessons, cultural activities, registration fee, and stay in a shared flat for 1 week. Rates vary if you choose to stay in a private apartment or with a family that also offers half board.
If you are curious to know more about these cultural experiences with Studiainitalia, or would like to receive a custom quotation (for example if you travel with someone who is not taking language lessons), contact:
+ 44 (0) 75814 75 595 (UK)
+ 39 329 5616956 / +39 347 1405731/ (Italy)
+34 915336873 (Spain)
+54 1 568321341 (South America)