Dream of Learning Italian in Italy

Many dream of becoming immersed in the Italian language, learning Italian while visiting Italy opens up the country in a whole new way. Here is a first-hand report of two language schools in Rome and Umbria.

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An Insider’s Guide to Assisi, Italy

Since the pope took the name of St. Francis of Assisi, there has been a surge of interest in the central Italy town of Assisi. We have an in-depth guide from an American expat who has lived in and explored the town for 20 years.

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All the Details on Assisi: Where to Stay, Eat and Shop

When your travels take you to Assisi in Umbria, we have all of the details on where to spend your time in this Franciscan treasure, from hotels and B&Bs to trattorias and unique shops. Plus other sites worth visiting in addition to the Basilica of St. Francis.

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Great Local Tour Guides in Umbria, Le Marche and Abruzzo

Ah central Italy...filled with so many lovely hilltowns. How to see it all? With a great local guide. This list shares our favorites in Le Marche, Umbria and Abruzzo.

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Own a Piece of the Dream: Fractional Ownership in Italy

As many stand-alone second homeowners discover, in Italy and elsewhere, the realities of long-distance management and upkeep prove challenging, as does the fact that the place can sit empty for much of the year. Enter fractional ownership...we detail three fractional ownerships in Tuscany, Umbri and Le Marche

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Three Historic Italian Libraries Worth Visiting

Italy is home to a number of impressive historic libraries including the the unusual looking Biblioteca Sandro Penna in Umbria, the National Central Library of Florence and of course, the Vatican Library.

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Nun: True Luxury Hotel in Assisi

There are many things that Assisi gets right. Charm, for example. Magnificent views. Stunning art. Historic architecture. Also strong in the spirituality and religion department, of course.  One thing Assisi never seemed to get right --at least not until just recently -- was luxury.

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The Dream Interview: Tuscany and Umbria Insider Barrie Kerper

Kerper is such a thorough researcher she would put any librarian at the Library of Congress to shame. She finds out absolutely everything about a place -- much of it through the eyes of other great travel writers -- and the presents the essential and the fascinating in a compelling way.

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Get Schooled in Gelato on Your Next Trip to Italy

Have you ever visited a gelateria in Italy and been so enthralled that you fantasized about opening your own gelato shop back home? Well, your dreams can become reality with the training at one of Italy's "gelato universities." One of them even holds classes in the U.S....

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In and Around Collelungo, Umbria

The author of the new book Marcus of Umbria, Justine van der Leun introduces us to her former home village of Collelungo in Umbria and what there is to see and do around Todi.

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