This itinerary is designed for travelers who are passionate about the Italian language and culture, who want to experience the “real” Italian life. The trip will comprise a small group of 10 to 15 people. We will have Italian lessons focused on the day topic; we will sometimes use public transport in order to encourage you to practice your Italian
The motto of the tour is
SPEAK, EAT, DRINK AND..... LAUGH!!!!
Day 1 Friday 22nd September 2017 - Arrival
Our meeting point is Padova. By private van we will travel to the Agriturismo where the doors of the ‘farmhouse’ will be opened by our hosts. The real Italian experience starts now!
You will have free time to settle. We will start the evening with an 'aperitivo di benvenuto' before enjoying our first home made cooked dinner. Our friendly chef is well known in the region and amongst MPLCS Language Holiday participants of previous years for her mouth-watering dishes and is looking forward to spoiling us. Buon Appetito!
Day 2 Saturday 23rd September 2017 - BASSANO DEL GRAPPA
After a delicious “Italian style” breakfast we will have our first Italian conversation. We will talk about interesting facts and learn some keywords about our destination Bassano del Grappa. 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. After visiting the Grappa museum we will have the choice to taste the fragrant, clear, grape-based brandy .
We will wander around this picturesque town at the foot of the Alps and walk through its unique “Ponte degli Alpini”, a lovely old wooden covered bridge, symbol of the little idyllic town. Beautiful ceramics, dishes of honey, asparagus, mushrooms and more are on offer in the numerous little shops around old squares, narrow streets and walkways.
Back at the Agriturismo, we will have time to rest before another delactable home cooked dinner
Day 3 Sunday 24th September 2017 - VERONA
After enjoying breakfast and our Italian conversation we will travel to Verona where a walking tour will take us to the Roman Arena, Romeo and Juliet's House, Lamberti Tower and Piazza delle Erbe.
You will have some free time to immerse yourself into the town, talking to the locals and practicing your Italian. Followed by an enjoyable dinner.
Day 4 Monday 25th September 2017 - ASOLO
Today after breakfast we will visit Asolo, one of the most beautiful medieval “borgo” in Italy.
Our tour guide will help us to discover the “town of hundred horizons”, its anecdotes and curiosities. We will enjoy some local produce at lunchtime while practicing our Italian language skills.
After some time at leisure we will visit the Palladian Unesco Villa Barbaro followed by an evening meal.
Day 5 Tuesday 26th September 2017 - PROSECCO HILLS
Today after delicious breakfast our day tour will take us to the Prosecco hills where we will learn all about DOCG Prosecco Superiore and taste a selection of wines and local produce for lunch.
Time at leisure before returning to the farmhouse where we will be welcomed back to enjoy a delightful dinner.
Day 6 Wednesday 27th September 2017 - FREE DAY
Today after breakfast you can choose your own itinerary.
You might decide to venture into one of the nearby towns or simply rest at the Agriturismo.
Day 7 Thursday 28th September 2017 - PADOVA
Today, after breakfast we will travel to Padova.
We will walk through the historic center and its Piazzas experiencing their busy markets. We will admire the most important monuments in the heart of Padua. After some free time for lunch we will continue our exciting visit.
Back at the agriturismo we will enjoy home cooking and Italian conversation 'a tavola'!
Day 8 Friday 29th September 2017 - VILLA CORNARO / COOKING CLASS
After another inviting breakfast we will venture into Piombino Dese and meet the locals. Here is the chance to show off your Italian! After which we will visit Villa Cornaro, designed by Andrea Palladio, the most influential figure in the history of western architecture.
In the afternoon we will have a cooking class! Home made pasta, a “secondo piatto” with seasonal vegetables and a cake that we are going to enjoy for dinner with a well deserved glass of wine!
Day 9 Saturday 30th September 2017 - ARQUA’ PETRARCA
After breakfast our destination today is Arqua' Petrarca.
The famous poet Fancesco Petrarca lived the latter part of his life in the town. The town of Arqua Petrarca is also famous for producing good quality extra virgin olive oil, olives, chestnuts and honey.
We will enjoy discovering the town walking along the streets, talking to the locals and tasting some of the local produce like the famous 'giuggiole'.
Day 10 Sunday 1st October 2017 - DOLOMITES
After enjoying our breakfast we will travel to admire the spectacular 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).
You will have some time at leisure before traveling back to the Agriturismo for dinner.
Day 11 Monday 2nd October 2017 - CA' MARCELLO and OPERETTA
After breakfast and our Italian conversation you will have the morning at your leisure.
In the afternoon we will have a guided tour in the historic park of Ca’ Marcello and inside the Villa.
We will then attend an “Operetta” in the Villa followed by a gourmet dinner.
Day 12 Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - FREE DAY
Today after breakfast you will have the day to rest or plan your own activities
You may wish to venture to the local town or should you decide to go further afield to Castelfranco Veneto to the Teatro Accademico, a really small theatre built in the age of Enlightenment. It was first used to host scientific and philosophical debates then transformed for theatre and music.
Day 13 Wednesday 4th October 2017 - VENEZIA
After breakfast we will travel to Venice by Train.
We will experience Venice as a Venetian and discover places and secrets belonging to centuries of Venetian history.
We will visit a typical ‘bacaro’ where we will taste the traditional ‘cicchetti’ served with an ‘ombra’.
Day 14 Thursday 5th October 2017 - LA STRADA DEI VINI DEL PIAVE
After breakfast we will travel through the plain crossed by the Piave river and learn everything about the different types of red wines.
We will enjoy
wine tasting and a delicious traditional lunch before heading back to the
farmhouse for dinner.
Day 15 Friday 6th October 2017 - DEPARTURE
After Breakfast we will check out and say "arrivederci' to our host friends before being transferred to Padova.
Ciao, Ciao a Tutti!!!
Changes to dates and itinerary may be made if necessary
PRICE PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - $4950
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - $990
(Only limited single rooms available. First in best dressed)
14 nights Accommodation / 14 Breakfasts / 3 lunches / 12 dinners as per itinerary / Briefing and Welcome aperitif / All accommodation taxes and gratuities / Tour leadership / Wine and typical produce tasting as listed in the itinerary / 1 Cooking Class as per itinerary / Italian conversation classes as listed in the itinerary / Interactive discussions with local experts / Guided tours as per itinerary / Self discovery visits as listed in the itinerary / All ground transportation as listed in the itinerary.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Your Airfare/Passport and visa fees/Travel insurance ( compulsory )/International airport taxes /Food and Beverages not specified in the itinerary/General expenses not specified in the itinerary/Entrance fees not specified in the itinerary/Items of a personal nature/Telephone expenses/Personal spending money/Additional Beverages/Luggage excess fees/Porterage.
Full payment at booking.
Prices are based on participation of a minimum of 10 people.
Prices are calculated at exchange rate 1AUD=0.68 EURO. We reserve the right to amend pricing due to currency fluctuations. Variations will not be charged after full payment has been received.
Changes to dates, accommodation and the day to day itinerary may be made if deemed necessary for numerous reasons.
The price is based on a minimum of 10 paying participants. If the minimum number of passengers in not reached the tour might be cancelled in which case full deposit refund is guaranteed.
In the event of a client cancelling a confirmed tour booking, the following cancellation charges apply:
- 71 days or more prior to commencement of tour = loss of $1000
45-70 days or more prior to commencement of tour = 70% of total price
- 01-45 days or more prior to commencement of tour = 100% of total price
Your passport must have at least 6 months validity beyond your return date which means it must be valid until at least April 2018. Australian Passport holders do not require visas for travel to Italy. If you will be travelling on another passport please let us know so we can confirm your requirements.
MPLCS is unable to take responsibility for matters that are outside its control.
Travel Insurance is not included in your tour cost and is compulsory. In case of cancellation due to sickness or any other causes and any other unforseen event that may occur you must be covered for cancellation expenses and any medical costs. We are unable to take responsibility for matters that are outside our control.
MPLCS will be happy to assist you with all travel arrangements should you require