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Matta and Lucca Italian School 2023!
Do not miss the opportunity to live the dolce vita in Lucca!
Looking to immerse yourself in the Italian language and culture? Look no further than the Studentessa Matta Italian Language Immersion program in beautiful Lucca!
2023 Matta and Lucca Italian Language Program
Aug 24 – Sept 2, 2023
Join me the last week of August 2023
when I return to Lucca for the next
Matta & Lucca Italian School Program
Your Italian language skills will improve with Melissa as your guide and the expert teachers at Lucca Italian school teaching you during the mornings and the various immersive afternoon activities.
Notizia! A new accommodation option in a private apartment has been added
to the 2023 Lucca program.
Melissa has just added something NEW to the program. Now, you can stay in a private air-conditioned apartment in a quiet street, close to Lucca Italian School, with a view of the Guinigi Tower*. You will enjoy the convenience of having two bedrooms (one with a matrimonial-size bed and one with a single twin bed), a living area, a small kitchen, a refrigerator, a bathroom, AND a washing machine! The apartment accommodates up to three people. It is perfect for friends traveling together or a couple… so bring your partner or a friend.
(*If you select this option, it doesn’t change the price of the program. Limited option.)
What is there to do and see in Lucca?
In addition to learning the language, whether you’re interested in history, art or simply soaking up the atmosphere of a beautiful Italian town, Lucca has something to offer everyone. It is a charming and picturesque town located in Tuscany, Italy. It is famous for its well-preserved Renaissance-era walls surrounding the historic city center, filled with narrow streets, ancient buildings, and beautiful piazzas.
I can’t wait to show you around Lucca as we
walk around the city and chat in Italian!
You can enjoy strolling or biking along the ancient city walls! Lucca’s wall is unique and offers breathtaking views of the town and the surrounding countryside.
While in Lucca, visiting the Duomo di San Martino is a must. The cathedral dates back to the 11th century. Melissa will guide you through the church, show you the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto carved by Jacopo della Quercia, and tell you the legend of the wife of Paolo Guinigi.
Together we will explore the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and have lunch or a drink. This oval square was built on an ancient Roman amphitheater and is now full of shops, cafes, and restaurants.
After class one day we can climb the Guinigi Tower. This 14th-century tower has a rooftop garden with oak trees, offering panoramic city views. Melissa will also tell you the legend of the tower and why there is a tree at the top! In the distance, on a clear day, you will see the shape of the sleeping giant in the contour of the Garfagnana mountains.
A visit to the Palazzo Pfanner, the Baroque palace, now a museum, features beautiful gardens, frescoes, and antique furniture. It is worth a peek inside.
You should definitely take a walk along Via Fillungo, the lively street of Lucca is lined with shops and is the ideal place to shop for souvenirs, and local products is a must! Pop into one of the shops and have a conversation with the shopkeepers. What better way to practice Italian?
Lucca is the birthplace of Puccini, and together we will attend a concert of Puccini music. Later we can wander by the house of Puccini, now a museum, and visit the statue in the piazza dedicated to the composer of Madam Butterfly.
And don’t forget, during our 10 days and 9 nights in Lucca, Melissa’s group will enjoy a full range of activities, including a wine tasting, a cooking lesson, an excursion to the Villa Medicea in Cerreto Guidi and Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo, and Certosa di Calci, as well as visits to chat with local Lucchesi artisans, and a painting lesson with Suzanna. Group dinners will occur in well-known restaurants in Lucca, and Italian friends and teachers from the school will drop by to liven up the evening Italian conversations.
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