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“If you want to see the masks, come to Venice and enjoy yourself, but if you want to enter into the real atmosphere of the Carnival and its unique enchantment of the timeless feeling, get a costume and take part in it”.

This itinerary is designed for travellers who are passionate about the Italian language and want to experience “real” Italian life. It will be only a small group of 10 to 15 people. We will have Italian lessons focused on the day topic; we will sometimes be using public transport for a short period of time in order to encourage you to practise your Italian.


Greetings and check in at the farmhouse in Piombino Dese. 

Dinner and Buona Notte!

Day 2    VENICE

Today, after breakfast and our Italian lesson, we will travel by train to Venice. 

We will have a full day in the magnificent “Citta’ dei Canali”. In the afternoon we will have a practical course in mask making. We will learn all about the meaning of different masks from the Carnival of Venice. We will decorate our own mask and take it home as “ricordo di Venezia”.

We will then catch the train to Piombino Dese and have dinner at the Agriturismo.

Day 3    VERONA

After breakfast and our Italian lesson we will travel by minibus to Verona. 

In our walking tour we will visit the Roman Arena,  Romeo and Juliet's House, Lamberti Tower, Piazza delle Erbe and enjoy the narrow streets in the ancient city-centre.   

In the afternoon we will taste a few local wines and some stuzzichini before going back to the Agriturismo for our dinner.


After breakfast and our Italian lesson you will have the rest of the morning at your leisure. 

You might decide to venture into Piombino or the nearby Castelfranco Veneto. Or you might just decide to rest at the Agriturismo.

In the afternoon we will have a cooking class, followed by dinner. Buon appetito!


After breakfast and our Italian lesson we will have some free time. 

In the afternoon we will visit the Villa Cornaro, which is located in the village of Piombino Dese, and is a typical example of Villa Palladiana.

After breakfast we will travel by minibus to admire the Dolomites. 

A Unesco world natural heritage site, Marmolada is the biggest glacier in the Dolomites area and because of its height (3.342m) and uniqueness it has the name "Regina delle Dolomiti" (Queen of the Dolomites). By cable cab we will reach Punta Rocca. 

You will have some time at leisure before traveling back to the Agriturismo for dinner.
Day 7     PADOVA

Today, after breakfast and our Italian lesson, our train destination will be Padova. 

We will walk through the historical centre, with its squares: Piazza delle Erbe, dei Frutti, dei Signori and their busy markets where we will be able to admire the most important monuments in the heart of Padua: Justice Palace, the city hall, the "Bo'" Palace the ancient university seat where Galileo Galileo used to teach, and one of the most important European coffee-houses, the historical Caffè  Pedrocchi. We will have some free time before visiting the Scrovegni Chapel and its Giotto frescoes. 

We will then catch the bus back to Piombino Dese and have dinner at the Agriturismo.


After breakfast and our italian lesson, our minibus will take us to Arqua’ Petrarca. 

The famous poet Fancesco Petrarca lived the latter part of his life in the town. The town of Arqua Petrarca is famous for producing good quality extra virgin olive oil, olives, chestnuts and honey. 

We will have time to wander about the streets in a relaxed fashion. 


After breakfast and our usual italian lesson, we will head to Bassano del Grappa by train.

If you are a grappa lover, or have never experienced the taste of it, visiting Bassano is your chance to find out all about grappa. We will visit a museum and tasting shop. We will also walk through the “Ponte degli Alpini”, a lovely old wooden covered bridge, which is a symbol of this picturesque town. 

Free time before going back to Piombino Dese for dinner.

Day 10     FREE DAY

Today, after breakfast and our Italian lesson, you are invited to explore on your own and challenge yourself practising your language skills. 

You could go to the local market, to the pasticceria and order something to eat and drink, or catch the train and explore one of the beautiful areas in the Veneto Region by yourself. 

You might decide to stay at the Farmhouse and have a chat (in Italian of course!) or have a rest.  The choice is yours!

Dinner at the Agriturismo. 

Day 11    VENEZIA

After breakfast we will travel by minibus to Venice to celebrate the CARNEVALE di VENEZIA 2018

We will check in at the  Hotel. We will have some rest in our rooms before going to meet the staff of a very famous and elegant Atelier of costumes for balls and Gala Dinners in Venice . Here we will choose our costumes from the XVI to XIX Century hand made productions of precious and unique pieces, all made in natural fine textiles – silk, damask, velvet - hand embroidered with Venetian pearls. 

Tonight we will take part in the Dinner Dansante  in one of the most famous palaces in Venice.

Day 12     VENEZIA Free day

After breakfast you will have the whole day at your disposal to wander around, do some more shopping or just relax.


Today is “martedi’ grasso” the last day of the Carnevale. 

This morning after Breakfast we will have an excursion to the island of Murano, known as the glass making island. There will be an opportunity to enjoy some shopping. 

We will visit a Glass blowing school which still follows the traditions of one of the most historic institutions of glass in Murano.

We will enjoy the night in St. Mark's Basin to conclude the carnival and our pleasant language holiday.

Day 14     DEPARTURE

After Breakfast we will check out and travel to Venice Airport.