Language Learning Institute 2012 Travel Destination: Italy

For Immediate Release Contact:

Nancy Scarselletta

(518) 346-7096

ALBANY, NY – March 16, 2012 – The Language Learning Institute is offering people a rare chance to have fun and immerse themselves in Italian culture with a trip to San Gemini, Italy during their annual Medieval Festival this fall.

“We have always been dedicated, not only to helping people learn the Italian language, but to  understand Italian culture and history,” said Nancy Scarselletta, the school’s founder. “This trip offers an opportunity for all three immersions. This is not something just for our students. It’s for anyone who wants a true Italian cultural experience.”

Since 2005, the Language Learning Institute has been helping children and adults interested in learning French. By 2006, Italian language classes became available as well. Since then the Institute has helped children learn French and Italian as second languages, while also helping adults who need language skills for personal enjoyment, travel or business purposes. The Institute also offers programs in Russian, Mandarin Chinese, ESL and Spanish as well as a program for heritage speakers of French.

The week long trip starts on Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 6, and has been designed to coincide with the annual San Gemini Medieval Festival.

“By tying the trip to the festival we will be able to see both how Italian culture works today, and what it was like hundreds of years ago,” Scarselletta said. “It is a rare opportunity to get off the beaten path and see the real Italy. San Gemini is a small town that will provide you with exposure to the real Italian lifestyle. If you are naturally curious about Italian culture and history, this is the trip for you.”

The trip will also give people the chance to visit Deruta, Siena, Florence and Rome.

“You don’t have to speak Italian to take the trip,” Scarselletta said. “But you may pick up along the way. You’ll have the chance to see how Majolica ceramics are made, attend wine, cheese and olive oil tastings, and explore the city of Siena. After several days of seeing how Italy was during the Middle Ages, you’ll get to explore Florence and see the birthplace of the Renaissance.”

The trip will conclude in Rome with tours of the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum and other places of historical interest.

“We only have room to take 13 people on this trip,” Scarselletta said. “We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to talk to our guides, ask any questions they may have, and truly benefit from this once in a lifetime experience.”

The full itinerary of the trip is available at the Language Learning Institute site: http://www.languagelearninginstitute.com/2012-italy-travel-itinerary/