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Italy
Living and Learning in Verona: Independent Stay & Language Study
Experience Verona, Italy, like a local as you take a private apartment, attend daily language classes and get to know the city on your own during this independent living adventure.
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Program No. 22722RJ
Length
45 days
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45 days
44 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Verona
D
Hotel Due Torri

Activity note: Hotel check-in is at 2:00 PM. On this Living and Learning program, you will walk daily over cobblestones. While buses are available, bus routes are often not convenient and it is usually faster and more direct to walk.

Afternoon: Independent arrivals. Meet in the hotel lobby at 4:30 PM. The program starts with the welcome orientation and group introductions. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions throughout the orientation weekend. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Go on a walk to get acquainted with the area around the hotel and the language school, in the very heart of the historical center of Verona.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Water is included in the program cost at all included meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Orientation to Verona
Verona
B,L,D
Hotel Due Torri

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant. On this program, included breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Take in a lecture which introduces you to the history of Verona. Continue the orientation to the program, language school and group activities, and receive your apartment assignments.

Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch your orientation continues. There will be a walking and public transportation city overview excursion.

Dinner: Plated meal at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Orientation to Verona
Verona
B,L
Hotel Due Torri

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Continue your orientation. You will receive your Italian cell phone and spend time learning how to use it. Then there will be a discussion about optional weekend activities and a walking excursion if time permits.

Lunch: Enjoy the Italian cultural tradition of a long and leisurely Sunday lunch.

Afternoon: Take the late afternoon and evening for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Orientation to Verona, Move into Individual Apartments
Verona
B,L
Individual Apartments in Verona

Activity note: You will be transferred via mini-van or taxi from the hotel to your individual apartment.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Your orientation continues with an introduction to living abroad, culture shock, local customs and culture, and dealing with everyday life. Review emergency procedures and how to use cell phones. Then, in a session called “Creating Your Connection," discuss with your Group Leader how you can become involved with the local community by finding a way to pursue a personal interest or hobby during your stay.

Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Move into individual apartments, check-in and receive an orientation to your apartment with the apartment agency staff.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class. Meet at your language school for your first session, which will include an assessment, placement and introduction to the course.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Italian Cooking Class
Verona
L,D
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class. After class, enjoy a presentation on Veneto cuisine and important local dishes. The Veneto territory is home to many IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) and DOP (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) products; these are certified local and traditionally made food products. The Veneto territory is home to many wines, Prosecco, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables like varying types of asparagus and radicchio. Visit nearby shops and learn how to find all you need to prepare your meals. Enjoy the beautiful selection of vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, olive oil, herbs, and more.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch together.

Afternoon: Attend a cooking class to learn the ins and outs of Italian cooking.

Dinner: Enjoy what you have prepared.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Italian Language Class, Group Cafe Get-together
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most. In the late afternoon, meet for group happy hour to share your experiences and ask questions of your Group Leader. Your Group Leader can offer suggestions and assistance for your individual weekend excursions.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Weekend at Leisure
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Weekend at Leisure / Sunday Market
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Enjoy a field trip by public bus to the Sunday market in Zevio, just outside of Verona.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Return to Verona by public bus. On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Cultural Learning Tuesday, History of Verona
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Meet at the language school for a group event focused on the "History of the Veneto Region and Verona." After centuries of Roman law, followed by the invasion of Germanic tribes, the Veneto region gained independence with the rise of the Italian city-states. Places such as Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Treviso, and Padua became powerful economic and trade centers. While the Venetian Doge Republic rose to a strong sea power, the Scala family took over in Verona. They led Verona into an unprecedented period of prosperity. With very skillful policies, they ruled the city and extended Verona's influence to the whole of Veneto - excluding Venice. At the beginning of the 15th century, during the Renaissance, Verona became part of the Venetian Republic. After Napoleon's short reign over Veneto, the Austrian Habsburgs annexed the region, and in 1866, it finally became part of the young Kingdom of Italy. The Veneto played an important role during World War I. There was a decisive battle in the Veneto plains and various war memorials are scattered throughout the territory.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Italian Language Class, Group Cafe Get-together
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most. In the late afternoon, meet for group happy hour to share your experiences and ask questions of your Group Leader. Your Group Leader can offer suggestions and assistance for your individual weekend excursions.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Weekend at Leisure, Vineyards and Prosecco
Verona
L
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: By private coach, travel to Valdobbiadene in the prosecco territory. The gentle hills between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are covered with vineyards and it is from here that Italy's premier prosecco originates. The glaciers that traveled down from the Dolomites carved out a route that later became the bed of the river Piave and shaped this landscape, creating a perfect terrain for growing prosecco grapes. A local expert introduces you to the production of prosecco on a guided visit of a wine cellar.

Lunch: Enjoy a special meal in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: There will be some free time for a stroll. In the late afternoon, return by private coach back to Verona.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
18
Weekend at Leisure
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
19
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
20
Cultural Learning Tuesday, Contemporary Italy
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Meet at your language school for a group event on Contemporary Italy. Learn about Italy's institutions, society, demographics, and social services. Italy is a country rich in ancient culture, though it has a short life as an independent, united nation. Italian regions used to be independent states and even nowadays the ancient, local traditions create a strong sense of belonging. The foods, dialects, and ways of life all create unique cultures in each region. Italy has been a Democratic Republic since 1946 and was one of the founding member states of the EU. In the last few years, Italy has been undergoing deep social changes: facing a fierce economic crisis and experiencing an increase in immigration. A country where modernity and tradition mingle, today's Italy is by many aspects unexpected and surprising.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
21
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
22
Italian Language Class, Group Cafe Get-together
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most. In the late afternoon, meet for group happy hour to share your experiences and ask questions of your Group Leader. Your Group Leader can offer suggestions and assistance for your individual weekend excursions.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
23
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
24
Weekend at Leisure
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
25
Weekend at Leisure
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
26
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
27
Cultural Learning Tuesday, Veneto's Master Painters
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Meet at your language school for an afternoon dedicated to Veneto's master painters. For Venetian painting, the 16th century was the most successful era. Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto dominated the art scene winning most of the public and religious commissions. They created a new style of painting with striking luminous colors. The vital and bright works of this Venetian triumvirate had a tremendous impact on European art. Take in a lecture which will introduce you to the landscapes and portraits in which Titian presents himself as the real master of colors, to Veronese's paintings - a grandiose and magnificent vision of the spectacle of 16th century Venetian life, and to Tintoretto who contributed to creating the face of Venice with its paintings distinguished by the drama of light and space. Then walk with a local expert through the old town to admire the works of Veronese first hand.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
28
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
29
Italian Language Class, Group Cafe Get-together
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most. In the late afternoon, meet for group happy hour to share your experiences and ask questions of your Group Leader. Your Group Leader can offer suggestions and assistance for the upcoming weekend in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
30
Italian Language Class, Depart for the Dolomites
Cortina d’Ampezzo
Hotel Ancora

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Meet at 2:00 PM to depart for the weekend excursion to the Dolomites. The group will travel by private coach to Cortina d'Ampezzo, a beautiful town nestled into the Italian Alps. Settle in at the hotel.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to enjoy the beautiful surroundings on a walk.

DAY
31
Weekend in the Dolomites
Cortina d’Ampezzo
L
Hotel Ancora

Activity note: Today's excursion reaches elevation of approx. 6500 feet.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Excursion into the mountains (approximately 6500 feet).

Lunch: In a mountain hut.

Afternoon: Transfer back to Cortina d'Ampezzo. Enjoy some time to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
32
Weekend in the Dolomites / Bolzano's Iceman
Verona
B,L
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart back to Verona. Travel by private coach through the Dolomite valleys, past the Sella Massive (a geological feature of the mountains), and into Gardena Valley.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to Bolzano and visit the Archaeological Museum with a local expert. Here you will see the Iceman, the 5,000 year old mummified body found by accident in 1991 on the mountain border between Italy and Austria. In the late afternoon, continue back to Verona.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
33
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
34
Cultural Learning Tuesday, Architecture of Andrea Palladio
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Meet at the train station for the group excursion focusing on The Architecture of Andrea Palladio. The Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio shaped the world that surrounds us today. Some of his most influential villas and churches survive in the Veneto region, from Venice to Treviso. Palladio's designs are based on three principles: dramatic exterior motifs, economical materials, and internal harmony and balance. His villas on the Brenta river are famous, but he is most known for his work in his adopted hometown of Vicenza, which gives the city its unique appearance. Discover the secret of his architecture during a lecture and excursion in Vicenza.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
35
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
36
Italian Language Class, Group Cafe Get-together
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most. Meet for a happy hour to share your experiences and ask questions of your local Group Leader. Your Group Leader will be able to give suggestions and assistance in planning your free time and individual weekend excursions.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
37
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
38
Weekend at Leisure
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
39
Weekend at Leisure
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
40
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
41
Cultural Learning Tuesday, Musical Life of Verona
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Meet for a group event focusing on the Musical Life of Verona. For many Italians, seeing "Aida" in the Verona amphitheater is a must. During a private performance, we bring the operas of the Arena to you. Enjoy the most famous arias performed by an ensemble of the Orchestra dell' Arena di Verona.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
42
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
43
Italian Language Class
Verona
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: On your own to begin preparing for your departure home.

Dinner: Independent meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
44
Italian Language Class
Verona
D
Individual Apartments in Verona

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Language class.

Lunch: Independent meal.

Afternoon: Meet at 3:00 PM at the language school. Celebrate and share your experiences of living and learning in Verona for six weeks.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. This concludes our program.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
45
Departures
In Flight

Breakfast: Independent meal.

Morning: Individual departures to the airport. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.






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