Enjoy the advantage of a natural assimilation of the Italian language and culture. Italian is a melodious and charming language, enchanting to listen to, and a delight to speak.
Tastes differ widely, of course, but Italian is considered by many to be one of the world's most beautiful languages.
A few excellent reasons for studying Italian are that Italy is a world leader in manufacturing, import-export activities, in an extensive range of fashion articles, in interior and furniture design, automobiles and motor cycles, and other commercial activities.
Italian is indispensable for students of art, music, law, European history and archaeology.
The artistic and literary heritage of Italy is an exaltation of the Genius Loci. Tuscany in particular has its great poets - Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch, its mighty master, and Leonardo da Vinci, who created a new universe here on earth. It gave the world, among many others, the ageless, muscular art and brawny sculpture of Michelangelo to which we can add such great geniuses as Galileo, Macchiavelli, Giotto, Botticelli, Brunelleschi...
Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), Giovanni da Verrazzano, and Amerigo Vespucci - the man who gave his name to America.
Over 60 percent of the world's greatest art treasures are in Italy.
Since 1972 New Itineraries Cultural Association, a group of over twenty qualified teachers has offered Italian Language and Culture Homestays to foreign students wishing to gain a better academic and working knowledge of the language and culture.
The guest student lives in the home as one of the family. Tuition is given daily and is individually-planned, tutor-to-student. 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.
Our homestay tuition programs offer a worthwhile and highly rewarding vacation to learn and speak our language, understand our way of life, our culture – and to visit Italy.