The guest student lives in the home as one of the family. Tuition is given daily and is individually-planned, tutor-to-student, only one student in the house.
Accommodation is in comfortable homes of excellent quality, in or near Florence and in the Chianti Wine area. All meals are taken in the family and guests have private room and private bath.
University students, opera singers, professionals and senior citizens have participated in our homestay programs, using our individually-planned, tutor-to-student method. Homestay guests are mainly university students, opera singers, professionals and senior citizens.
Since 1972, hundreds of students have enjoyed our warm hospitality and appreciated the quality of the homes and expert tuition. Their gratitude is shown by testimonials and long-lasting friendship with the host family.
Homestay tuition in the comfort of the host’s home is a unique opportunity to learn Italian, actively, naturally and thoroughly. In the traditional classroom, and after attending school, students inevitably meet other students from their own country and so speak in their own language. In a host family this cannot happen. You think and speak Italian in every day-by-day situation. This round-the-clock exercise is the very heart of constant and permanent learning.
A language which is assimilated and intensely lived and used in this practical manner makes "Living and Learning with Your Teacher" the most effective and natural way of securing a good knowledge of the Italian language and culture.
The host families live in quality homes and all the tutors are qualified Italian teachers and have long hosting and teaching experience.
Our homestay tuition programs offer a worthwhile and highly rewarding vacation to learn and speak our language, understand our way of life, visit Italy, and cover a large range of Italian heritage and culture.
- ITALIAN LANGUAGE and CULTURE TUITION
15 hours of tuition weekly
One-to-one personalised tuition for absolute beginners, intermediate or advanced students. Grammar with practical day-to-day conversation
- ITALIAN LANGUAGE and CULTURAL EXCURSIONS and WALKS
20 hours weekly of on-site Italian language tuition during excursions and
visits to local towns and historical attractions with the personal teacher as a guide.
Visits, according to family-based program, to Florence, the Chianti Wine Area, Fiesole, Siena or other Tuscan towns. Visits are conducted either entirely on foot, or both by car and on foot, or by bus and train and on foot, according to the program chosen. During the excursions and walks, ther teacher will adapt her level of language to conform to, and improve, the current knowledge of Italian of the student.
- ITALIAN LANGUAGE and COOKING ACTIVITIES
Total of 20 hours weekly shared between language tuition and cooking including
visits to local stores and markets to identify and select the appropriate ingredients recipes.
The host student will be taught the art of interpreting the language of Italian recipes, the technique used in preparing the ingredients for cooking, tasting and setting the table in the traditional Tuscan manner.
- ITALIAN based on LIBRETTI of OPERA
20 hours of tuition weekly. Comprehension of the texts and explanation
of the grammar and history of epoch and libretto context.
Tuition based on two of the following libretti. La Traviata - Cavalleria Rusticana - Rigoletto - La Bohème - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Tosca - Le Nozze di Figaro - Don Giovanni – Otello
- ITALIAN LANGUAGE and HISTORY OF ART
20 hours weekly including lessons and visits in Florence and Fiesole
from one of the following programs.
Program 1 The Etruscans and Romans in Florence and Fiesole.
Program 2 Medieval Period in Florence: Florence and its Tower Buildings
Program 3 The Rinascimento: Florence and its Palaces.
Accommodation offers private room and private bathroom and all meals with the family.