2014 Italy Travel Itinerary

Join The Language Learning Institute Trip to Italy in 2014 will bring you to the small town of San Gemini during its once a year Medieval Festival.

“What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be totally human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago.” –Erica Jong

If you love the experience of a small off the beaten path town where tourists don’t go, you will love the experiences this trip to Italy offers.

Below is the preliminary Itinerary for Italy 2012:

September 26th 2014 – Leave from your designated airport for Leonardo DaVinci Airport in Rome, Italy

September 27th 2014 – Arrive in San Gemini, Italy

September 28th 2014 – Free Day in San Gemini, Italy

●  We will partake in the historical Medieval Festival, the beautiful town park in town, waterfall, pubs, food, wine and the local culture.

●   Lesson in Italian – Order in Italian

October 1st 2012 – Deruta and Siena, Italy

●   Ceramics Factory of UBALDO GRAZIA

The artisis of Grazia have been committed to producing high quality majolica ceramics since the 1500. The style of majolica is distinguished by its superior glazing which enhances the color and by the high skill of its artists to replicate time honored designs. The importance of this tradition has also been celebrated by ‘The Economist’ that drew up a world classification of family run businesses which are still operating: the U.Grazia factory was placed 13th in the world.

  • Lunch in Deruta.

Siena, Italy Areal ViewSiena is the city of Gothic par excellence. It is the cradle of Renaissance. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful art cities in Europe, internationally renowned for its beauty and for the famous Palio of Siena. The city of Siena has strongly maintained its identity and culture over the centuries, despite visitors coming from all over the world.

  • Join our guide who will paint a day by day picture of life during the middle ages
  • Tour the Classical Siena and the hidden Siena
    • Included in the tour are visits to the Cathedral, the Crypt (discovered in the year 2000 and has been named one of the most important archeological discoveries  to date) and the Santa Maria della Scala, one of the oldest hospitals of the middle ages
  • Dinner in Siena – for you to explore. We suggest a restaurant in the main square. We will make a recommendation on site.

October 2nd 2012 – Florence, ItalyFlorence, Itlay

●   Florence – Located in the central Italian region of Tuscany, Florence is one of the most breathtaking cities in Europe. Celebrated as the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city is home to many of its most famous artistic treasures.

  • Go from the Medieval Ages to Renaissance Italy as we explore Florence
  • Museums (Galleria dell’Accademia)
  • Afternoon walk through Florence with our guide.
  • Free time to explore and enjoy this wonderful and romantic town, shop, or relax.
  • Dinner back at the palazzo in group

October 3rd 2012   OPTIONAL TOUR Wine, Cheese, Olive Oil Tastings

  • Relax in San Gemini, Italy

Or

  • Join us for a day of delectable gastronomy as only one could experience in Italy.

We will discover how some of the best Tuscan food and wines are made. We will start our day with a visit to a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine producer. This wine, called Nobile because it was drank by the Popes, is about 500 years old and it is now one of the three best red Tuscan wines with the DOCG appellation(Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed).

  • Afterwards, we will move into the area of the Val d’Asso valley to visit an Extra-Virgin Olive oil producer. We will see a mill, where the green oil of Tuscany is made and we will taste it on some bruschettas!
  • A few kilometers away, in The Val d’Orcia valley, a Unesco world heritage site, we will visit an organic farm where pecorino sheep and goat milk’s cheeses are produced. We will see the storage cellars and have a tasting that includes a selection of fresh, semi-matured, matured cheese along with home-made jams, honey and bread.
  • Our day will end with a walk into the town of Pienza built by Pope Pius II as an ideal Renaissance town and now very famous for its cheese production and with dinner in a restaurant in town that has the most spectacular views on the Tuscan hills.

Rome, ItalyOctober 4th 2012 OPTIONAL TOUR Rome, Italy

● Rome: the Eternal City, with its unique and fascinating history, its thousand churches, palaces and fountains; Rome, where behind every corner and building lies a secret to be discovered, a legend to be told, history to be revealed. Rome, the city that inspired poets and writers, philosophers and politicians, popes and kings, travelers and students, is ready to embrace you and to charm you with its warmth, its friendly smile, its great food and its magic.

  • The tour includes: The Sistine Chapel, Vatican, and then The Spanish Steps.
  • Lunch  for you to explore(one hour) then the rest of the walking tour:
  • Trevi Fountain, Colosseo and view of the Forum,(outside) 3 hours tour. Along the tour we will pass by several other places (from the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseo: Imperial Forum, Trajan’s column, Piazza Venezia,) end of the tour at the Colosseo.
  • Free time for you to explore the area

October 5th 2012 – San Gemini, Italy

●   Free Day

●   Cooking Lesson – Cook dinner together!

October 6th 2012 – Leonardo DaVinci Aeroport, Rome, Italy

●   Return Home from Rome, Italy to your home airport

Due to fluctuating currency, the Trip Price per person will depend on when you reserve your seat(s) and when you pay the total balance. We recommend paying in full by June 30th to receive best price savings.

Please Join us on the trip of a lifetime!

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Remember, this trip to Italy will be limited to 13 travelers, first come, first served.

 

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