Un Viaggio in Toscana con Rosa

A trip to Italy is on everyone’s list of things to do. Each region has many delightful aspects and in Toscana the top draws are Renaissance art (works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Giambologna, Bernini, and so many more) and a history rich with powerful families (Medici, Pitti, Sforza, Orsini), intrigue, religion, and cut-throat (literally) politics.  Add to these aspects the enchanting countryside, the preserved architecture, and the fabulous food, and you would have a most memorable trip.

But wait – that’s not all!

Our guide will be the art scholar Rosa Di Grottole. She will introduce us to the works of the masters and also to her friends because Rosa lived and worked in several of the key cities in Tuscany. We will experience the history and culture of the Italian Renaissance first hand, like a native.  And each day we will have a class pertaining the Italian grammar and to the sites that we will visit.  This will be a “study abroad” program as never before offered.

The tours and instruction will be in Italian so expect to be immersed both in the Italian language and Italian culture.  You will return home with an experience that will last a lifetime and with a better command of Italian than you might have thought possible.

Our trip will include the instruction classes, your hotel, many meals, coach and train tickets, entrances to the museums, and more.  As for the cities, click on this link -> Video to see a few glimpses of where we will be going and what we will be doing.

In just 9 days you will have seen more of Tuscany and learned more about the language and art and culture in Renaissance Italy than if you had spent months studying back home.  This trip is a living experience.  It is more than just immersion, you will become a part of the Italian lifestyle.

The trip for Italian speakers with moderate to fluent capability departs Columbus on 4 June 2019.  A second trip for basic to moderate fluency would depart 13 June.  We could book your flights specific to this event or you could embed this fabulous opportunity within or on either end of an extended trip in Europe.  The land package charge includes charges for hotel, trains, entrance fees, most meals, and Rosa as a native language teacher and art expert.

Contact us for a detailed brochure.  Attendees are limited to just 10 people. Reserve your spot by 31 December to ensure inclusion in this trip and to lock in your price. Cost for the land package is just $3280.  For additional information click below on “Study Abroad 2019”.

Study Abroad 2019

Art History in Tuscan cities of Lucca, Siena, and Pisa

Noted art scholar Rosa De Grottole will follow-up her presentations on Florence, Rome, and Venice with an exciting new series.  Beginning this Sunday 11 March Rosa will take us on a stroll through the smaller but notable cities of Lucca, Siena, and Pisa.  Who were the artists, what were their notable creations, and whose wealth funded their work?

The 90 minute presentations will be in English with plenty of Italian terminology to give you that “almost being there” feeling. Have a glimpse of what is offered in this short video:  Lucca Siena Pisa video

To register click HERE.

Ci vediamo presto!

Where could you use your knowledge of Italian?

If you have lived in cities with an ethnic population that arrived from the mid-1800’s to early 1900’s then you have encountered the Italian language and culture.  Industries heavily populated by Italian immigrants include stone masonry (the Lincoln Memorial was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers), canal construction, agriculture, the arts, and naturally foods and restaurants.  Today although most of these industries use English as the common language the traditional Italian terms remain for music, for architectural features and for food preparations. Lear Italian and you will learn more about the country in which we live.

Italian is still spoken in some established Little Italy locales from San Francisco through Chicago, Cleveland, to New York City – just a way to keep up traditions and family memories.  A similar situation is found throughout the Americas from Canada south to Argentina where there is a large Italian-American (in the broader sense of American) population.  But where is a knowledge of the language crucial to everyday interactions?  Throughout the world there are over 60 million people who use Italian as their preferred language of choice: Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City, and areas along the Adriatic that were once ruled by Italians.

A bit more about these Italo-phonic geographies is given here:  Italian official language