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Summer in Siena 2014

Language & Culinary Immersion



Morning: Invitation to rise and shine with Yoga taught in italiano, or sleep in and then join us for breakfast in the family room. This will be followed by Italian conversational classes that will prepare you to go 'In Giro per Siena;' that is, to go on guided assignments that will put your Italian into action as you explore the traditional stores, backstreets, and hidden treasures of this magnificently preserved castle city/town!

Afternoon: Lunch can be enjoyed out and about or in the comfort of your own casa, followed by time for a bella siesta. There will then be the possibility of practicing Italian with a study group and new amici italiani, indulging in a culinary class, or just enjoying a nice cappuccino or bicchiere di vino in the Piazza. On certain days there will also be the option of visiting nearby villages or joining us for a regional wine and cheese tasting.

Evening: Join the whole town for a passeggiata around the Piazza or meet us for a little before dinner aperitivo. Then tutti a tavola (all to the table) for a traditional cena italiana in our family room. At times we may invite our amici from Siena to join us to all share stories. Then in the later evenings there will be many possibilities including the outdoor cinema in la Fortezza, concerts at la Chigiana, or a little live music preformed by us.


photo of JessicaJessica Bazzoli was born and raised in Reggio Emilia, near Bologna, in the heart of Emilia Romagna. She graduated with a degree in Interpreting & Translation at the UniversitĂ  di Bologna in 2006 and moved to San Francisco shortly after. In the Bay Area Jessica shares her love of Italy by teaching Italian and organizing events that bring Italians and Americans together. She is currently in the process of co-authoring a book of Italian dialogues with Juztino that weave together the dramatic and lively lives of a family of fictional characters from Siena. Jessica has a vast knowledge of Italian music, art, and cuisine that she integrates into her teaching, writing, and personal tour guiding.

photo of JuztinoJuztino Panella MA, MFTi created the Piazza d'Italia Travel and Language School in 1998. Combining a lifetime of teaching experience with his culinary and artistic background, he developed a methodology of instruction that includes cooking, art, and music to bring the language in vivo! His organization has now taught language and cooking classes to thousands of students in the Bay Area and guided numerous groups each summer through unique immersions in Italy. Juztino earned his undergrad at UC Berkeley and holds a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy from CIIS.


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