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24221
Online Program

Adventures Online: Italian Language & Culture for Beginners

Learn to speak Italian from the comfort of your own home during this beginner’s-level, online course led by language professors and cultural experts, live from Florence, Italy.
Program No. 24221RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
749
Online Program

Adventures Online: Italian Language & Culture for Beginners

Learn to speak Italian from the comfort of your own home during this beginner’s-level, online course led by language professors and cultural experts, live from Florence, Italy.
Length
12 days
Starts at
749
Program No. 24221 RJ
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Online Program
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DATES & PRICES

Online Program
Details
Accommodation Details
Learn from the comfort of your own home.
12 days
2
Interactive Session, Italy Today
From the comfort of your own home.
4
Interactive Session, Florence & David
From the comfort of your own home.
5
Interactive Language Class, Italian Products
From the comfort of your own home.
6
Free Day
From the comfort of your own home.
7
Free Day
From the comfort of your own home.
9
Interactive Language Class, Aperitivo Culture
From the comfort of your own home.
10
Interactive Language Class, Italian Songs
From the comfort of your own home.
11
Interactive Session, Italian Cuisine
From the comfort of your own home.
12
Language Review Activities, Farewells
From the comfort of your own home.
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At a Glance

Buongiorno! If you’ve always wanted to learn to speak the Italian language, there’s no better place to start than with this beginner’s-level, online learning adventure live from Florence, Italy! Under the tutelage of a language professor in Florence, learn the basics of vocabulary and grammar, as well as the importance of body language in Italian communication. Get insight into local gastronomy, art and cultural traditions during presentations by local experts, and even enjoy a pasta-making demonstration by a local Florentine "nonna" (grandma) and a wine class led by a professional sommelier. During this 10-day learning adventure, you’ll learn language tips to help you get around Italy and enjoy the very best of Italian life, all while practicing your Italian with your fellow Road Scholars!

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get 10 hours of hands-on language instruction during interactive classes with a language professor, live from Florence, Italy!
  • Join local Florentine “Nonna Maria” for a virtual pasta-making class, and learn about wines from a professional sommelier.
  • Learn about life and culture in Italy today during presentations that offer a look at Italian artworks, the importance of Italian body language and the traditions of afternoon aperitivo.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Serena Paci
Serena grew up and studied in Florence, where she became a translator and interpreter. She devoted herself to teaching French to children in public schools. In 2010 she moved to Valencia in Spain, where she worked as an Italian teacher, and later taught in Madrid. There, she earned her Master’s degree in psychology and became a therapist. After returning to Florence in 2015, she started working at the ABC School, which gave her the opportunity to do what she love most – meeting students from all over the world and teaching not just the Italian language, but everything to do with the culture of her country.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Francesca Donati was born “under the Tuscan sun” in Volterra, a typical Italian village on a hill in the countryside. While attending the University of Oriental Languages and Literature in Venice, she also studied to achieve the qualification of a travel professional for Tuscany. During university, she chose to improve her language skills living in Tokyo for five months, followed by living and working in Norway. Now Francesca is happy to live in Tuscany and work as a leader in the marvelous cities of Tuscany.
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Serena Paci View biography
Serena grew up and studied in Florence, where she became a translator and interpreter. She devoted herself to teaching French to children in public schools. In 2010 she moved to Valencia in Spain, where she worked as an Italian teacher, and later taught in Madrid. There, she earned her Master’s degree in psychology and became a therapist. After returning to Florence in 2015, she started working at the ABC School, which gave her the opportunity to do what she love most – meeting students from all over the world and teaching not just the Italian language, but everything to do with the culture of her country.
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Emanuela Gavilli View biography
Emanuela Gavilli, born in Florence in 1970, was raised in the countryside surrounded by the beautiful hills of the Chianti area. Her passion became a job, after having studied Art History at the University of Florence and becoming a professional guide in 1998. She currently works with many different cultural institutions including the University of Florence, Tulane University, Holy Cross College, Middlebury College, New York University, and Michigan State University. Emanuela believes education and beauty will save the world.
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Chiara Ancillotti View biography
Chiara Ancillotti was born in the small Tuscan town of Empoli amid the beautiful countryside surrounding Florence. She attended the Foreign Languages and Literature University in Florence and during that time lived in London and Madrid with internships to improve her knowledge of languages. Because of her passion for traveling, she has led groups of mixed nationalities all over Europe. And because of her passion for Art History, she became a certified guide, happy and proud to show the beauty of Florence and its environs.
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Giulia Barca View biography
Giulia Barca teaches Italian as a foreign language. She lives in Florence, where she was born. She attended the Liceo Classico and later the University of Florence Faculty of Literature and Philosophy. She took a professional training course organized by l’Università per Stranieri di Siena, becoming a professor of Italian. Giulia loves meeting and teaching people from all over the world. other great passion is theatre. She studied at the Accademia Teatrale in Florence and has performed in some of the most important Florentine theatres.
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Barbara Bandinelli View biography
Barbara Bandinelli was born and raised in Florence. She walks every day in the streets where Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti walked, where Lorenzo “il Magnifico” de`Medici talked with Renaissance philosophers. She worked for nearly 15 years in the hotel business, then decided to follow her passions — art, history, and Florence — and became a certified guide. She loves everything connected with the folklore, food, and wine of her country. Barbara loves to cook, especially recipes handed down from her 90 year old grandmother.
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Alessandro Bargagna View biography
Alessandro Bargagna was born in Pisa, “class” of 1979. He attended the Florence Film Academy and trained as a theatrical actor at the school of the Teatro dell'Aleph in Milan, specializing in expression theater and street theater. After graduating in European Languages and History of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Pisa, he specialized in Medieval Art and obtained certification as a professional guide for Pisa and the surrounding territory. He has led groups focused on drama since 2009.
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Agnese Belcari View biography
Agnese Belcari was born in Florence with a blend of Tuscan bloods. After graduating in Foreign Language and Literature at the University of Florence, she was chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union of Italian Rectors for an internship at the Italian Embassy in Lisbon. She then followed her vocation: traveling and communicating the beauty of her homeland. She began leading groups in 2003 and in 2007 became a certified guide. Agnese became a sommelier and belongs to the Italian Sommeliers Association.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
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Bicycle Thieves
by Vittorio De Sica
When Antonio Ricci is unable to find work and his bicycle is stolen, the man becomes desperate to support himself and his son. Set in Rome. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
The House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall
by Christopher Hibbert
A well-written, entertaining history of the Medicis in Renaissance Florence. Great to read before going to Florence, where the influence of the Medicis and the artists they supported is still very much in evidence.
Saving Italy, The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis
by Robert M. Edsel
In this intense history, Edsel brings readers into WWII-era Milan, the Vatican and beyond, discussing the near destruction of The Last Supper and other timeless works at the hands of the fascists.
Architecture of the Renaissance, From Brunelleschi to Palladio
by Bertrand Jestaz
Originating in Florence, the flowering of architecture in 15th-century Italy revolutionized the look of European cities and the mindsets of their citizens. This lavishly illustrated pocket book presents the people, the time and its monuments in hundreds of color photographs and engravings.
The Renaissance, A Short History
by Paul Johnson
The history, background, literature, sculpture, paintings and architecture of the Renaissance in just over 200 lively, thought-provoking pages.
La Dolce Vita
by Marcello Mastroianni
As his distraught girlfriend commits suicide and he becomes enamored with a film star (played by the beautiful Anita Ekberg), columnist-playboy Marcello searches for meaning. An enduring classic, set in Rome. Originally released in 1960.
The Art of Travel
by Alain de Botton
digressive riff on desire, happiness and how best to experience travel by the Proust scholar and philosopher Alain de Botton who asks: "What is the point of traveling?"
The City of Florence, Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings
by R.W.B. Lewis
A vivid tour of the city and its riches by the fine biographer of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Lewis has written what he calls "a partial biography of Florence," beautifully interweaving the personal and the historical.
La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
by Beppe Severgnini
Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
Brunelleschi's Dome
by Ross King
The story of the design and construction of the dome in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a tale rife with politics, cut-throat competition and mighty inspiration.
The Art of the Renaissance
by Peter Murray
A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.
The Birth of Venus, A Novel
by Sarah Dunant
A rich novel of art, passion and patronage, memorably set in late 15th-century Florence and prominently featuring the famously pious reformer Savonarola.
The Great Beauty
by Toni Servillo
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafes) and looking for a different side of Rome. Originally released in 2013.
The Agony and the Ecstasy, A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
by Irving Stone
An overheated, page-turning fictionalized account of the life of master painter and sculptor Michelangelo -- and a good introduction to Renaissance Florence and Rome.
Compact Oxford Italian Dictionary
by Loredana Riu (Editor), Francesca Logi (Editor), Pat Bulhosen (Editor)
This hefty companion covers more than 90,000 words and phrases with helpful sections on grammar and culture to better prepare the traveler for a visit to Italy.
8 1/2
by Federico Fellini (Director)
Widely believed to be his finest work, Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical look at a director who's lost his inspiration is a gorgeous and surrealistic masterpiece that dreamily blurs the line between reality and fantasy. Blu-ray edition.
The Italians
by John Hooper
Italy correspondent for The Economist Hooper explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in this illuminating portrait.
In Other Words
by Jhumpa Lahiri
In this complex memoir, award-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri moves to Rome and immerses herself in Italian. Her dual-language book chronicles her courtship with the language, the Italian culture and the difficulties of linguistic exile.
D.H. Lawrence and Italy
by D.H. Lawrence
This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places, his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia.
Toscanelli's Ray
by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
Wilde-Menozzi’s critically acclaimed novel explores traditional themes of expatriation, immigration and evil within the microcosm of late-20th century Florence and within the span of 15 hours.
Tea With Mussolini
by Franco Zeffirelli (Director)
Zeffirelli's enchanting autobiographical film about a boy in Florence in the years before World War II, with a cast of great English and American actresses.
La Bella Lingua
by Dianne Hales
Inebriated with the sounds of Italian, lovesick for its phrases and enamored of its earthy idioms, Hales, "a sensible woman of sturdy Polish stock," dives into the Italian of the piazza, literature, movies and streets in this charming memoir.





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