The Italian Language Program is pleased to present a new way to enjoy a life experience in Italy:
Course + Trip
(you can also just attend the course, or a few classes, or just enjoy the trip!)
Discover Liguria, Piemonte and Veneto – Slow food and wine.
The course: In our Bethesda location, you will enjoy a taste of these regions’ history, nature, art, literature, music, food and wine. The course will be in Italian (with English translation when necessary). The material will be both in Italian and in English (upon request). No grammar will be covered.
An insider experience through the Italian Riviera to learn and enjoy the secret riches and the authentic traditions of historic Genoa, the pearls of nature that surround it and the adjacent Piedmont, region of slow food and wine. The virtual journey, also focused on the historic and geographic reasons that determine the variety of regional Italian food, brings you then to the north east region of Veneto and the other historical power of the sea: Venice.
Please call our office to learn about the syllabus.
The Instructor: Carlo Ellena, ICS teacher and Board Member is from Savona, Liguria. He teaches several cultural classes for the ILP, and he is now pleased to share with you the secrets of his region, his knowledge on Piedmont, Veneto, food and wine with his usual passion and wit.
Spring 2017, Session 2: On Tuesdays, 5 weeks, starting on May 16th through June 13th, at 7:15-9:15 pm
Cost: $200. Drop-in: $45. Material, food and wine provided by the Instructor.
The trip: “To the resolutely Eurocentric travelers of old, the Mediterranean was the cradle of Western civilization, a source of inspiration. Liguria’s twin Rivieras – Levante in the east, Ponente in the west – were its quintessence.” – David Downie, Enchanted Liguria.
An untouched corner of Italy, Liguria known as The Italian Riviera is the right place for experiencing the authentic Italian living. Liguria is a narrow land squeezed between the mountains and the sea with mild climate, breathtaking views, spectacular cliffs, small fishing villages with tall and slender houses in vivacious colors, secluded bays and hidden art treasures. This is the perfect place to live the Italian “dolce vita” and immerse yourself with its untouched traditions, discover the tastes and scent of an extraordinary cuisine, meet real locals. Experiencing Liguria is outside of the conventional schemes! As a native of this land we are proud to welcome you. Genoa, the city with Europe’s largest historical center protected by Unesco, is the perfect home base from which you can visit the beautiful Italian Riviera!
The Italian Riviera extends in one direction from France to Genoa along the “Riviera di Ponente” which is home to small untouched and precious villages that are part of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” list. Each town has a story and local people ready to tell it. Wine and olive oil is the quintessence of this part of Liguria. Undiscovered towns and sea resort with something magical that will touch your heart! Up to the Tuscany Border there’s the “Riviera di Levante”, home to the stunning and colored villages of Cinque Terre and Portofino, but also to places you have never known and that have an authentic appeal such as Camogli, Lerici, Tellaro, Sarzana, just to name a few! Liguria is just bringing back home a real part of Italy, charming and undiscovered by the mass tourism at the same time!
Our trips to Liguria and Piemonte are organized by Beautiful Liguria. Learn more about the accommodations. Also, visit: http://www.beautifuliguria.com/the-way-we-are/stay-with-style/
- Authentic Liguria Tour: 21-27 Maggio e 1-7 Ottobre http://beautifuliguria.com/small-groups/luxury-liguria/
- Italian Riviera Hike and taste: 24 settembre-1 ottobre http://beautifuliguria.com/small-groups/luxury-hiking-liguria/
- Slow Food tour from Piedmont to the Italian Riviera: 3-10 settembre http://beautifuliguria.com/small-groups/liguria-and-piedmont/
Do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
Our trips to Veneto e Lombardia are organized by Italy and Golf
Trip to Veneto detail: http://www.italianculturalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Veneto-program.pdf
Day 1 – Saturday
Arrival in Venice – transfer to your hotel
Check in at your 4 stars hotel
Orientation walking tour of 2 hours with private guide
Day 2 – Sunday
4 hours visit of Accademia Museum and Frari Church with private guide
Afternoon at your leisure
Special evening opera “Musica a Palazzo”
Day 3 – Monday
4 hours tour in Padua: the Scrovegni Chapel, University and the old ghetto
Cicchetti tasting and aperitivo
Day 4 – Tuesday
Day 5 – Wednesday
La Serenissima Vita: the villas
Prosecco wine tasting and typical lunch
Day 6 – Thursday
Transfer to Verona via Vicenza with visit to La Rotonda
Orientation walking in Verona
Day 7 – Friday
Day 8 – Saturday