August 30 – September 6th you will find the Studentessa Matta in Chianti country, near Arezzo at Tenuta Lupinari – a beautiful agriturismo nestled in the Tuscan countryside! I would like to invite you to join me to spend SEVEN days in Tuscany studying with private instructors and immersing in the Italian culture of the Chianti region!


My friends at Tenuta Lupinari and I are planning the next Matta Language & Cultural Immersion trip in Italy and YOU ARE INVITED to join us! Antonella & Marianna Pellegrino, the daughters of Maria Letizia Castriota, owner of the family estate, and I are pleased to offer you a week of privately tutored language lessons, as well as a delightful program of activities and excursions set in the heart of the beautiful Chianti region. The Tenuta/estate dates back to the XVI century and has been carefully & lovingly restored. Today it welcomes guests who are looking for sublime landscapes & breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills. During our stay at the villa, we will study Italian in the mornings & in the afternoons we will explore the Chianti region and surrounding hill towns. Look what we have in store: cooking class in the villas kitchens where we will prepare a 4-course meal under the guidance of the estate’s chef, there will be guided tours of Siena, Arezzo and surrounding medieval villages, 2 separate wine tastings at Villa a Sesta and Badia di Pomai, an Italian movie night at the villa, Spa afternoon at Terme di Sangiovanni, Yoga under the olive trees, as well as plenty of free time to relax by the pool at the villa! The rooms at the Tenuta overlook the charming valley, the castle, the olive grove, and the small streets of the village. The main hall features a wonderful fireplace & is a lovely place to relax and chat. There is free Internet Wi-Fi in all the common spaces (hall, bar, restaurant, and terrace).

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The Matta Language & Cultural Immersion at Tenuta Lupinari will be a relaxing & enjoyable vacation, open to all levels of language learners. We welcome advanced as well as beginning students as well as any “significant others” who might not speak the language, but who want to experience Chianti’s amazing culture and cuisine.

To read a blog I wrote about Tenuta Lupinari and my experience staying at the Villa & meeting Maria Letzia Castriota and learning about her wonderful castle follow this link

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To make a reservation, Melissa requests a phone conversation with you prior to booking. We are going to be spending some amazing days at Tenuta Lupinari together and I want to get to know you better before we depart per il bel paese! During the call, we will discuss trip details, room reservation, language level & expectations, and the reason you are interested in immersing yourself in the Italian language and culture. I will be also happy to field any questions you might have regarding traveling to Italy. To set up an appointment, please contact Melissa at: melissa@studentessamatta.com .

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Access Trip Forms 1) Welcome/Registration, 2) Survey/Terms/Waiver, 3) Program Itinerary. Fill out the Registration & Survey Forms and submit with payment or deposit. Downloadable Matta/Tenuta Lupinari Flyer with 2014 trip highlights: Please share with your friends and Italian conversation groups. Fate passaparola! Spread the word! Grazie!

The Matta / Tenuta Lupinari Language & Cultural Immersion includes:
• 7 nights at Tenuta Lupinari staying in country chic renovated apartments, 3 rooms to an apartment with 3 baths TV, Internet
• 20 hours of privately tutored Italian instruction
• Welcome aperitivo
• 3 Lunches & 3 Dinners in the restaurant at Tenuta Lupinari
• 1 Dinner in a local pizzeria
• 1 Day trip to surrounding Tuscan medieval villages & lunch in San Gusme (private transport)
• 1 Day trip to Siena with lunch and private guided tour of city & Duomo (private transport)
• 1 Day trip to Arezzo with Lunch & private guided tour of the city (private transport)
• Treasure hunt / games in Arezzo: Italian lesson
• 1 Cooking lesson at the Villa with Antonella. We will prepare a 4-course meal and dine on what we make
• Wine tasting at Villa a Sesta / Dinner at the winery
• Italian Movie night at the villa: La Vita è Bella (which was filmed in Arezzo)
• Wine tasting & dinner at Badia di Pomai
• Spa afternoon at Terme di Sangiovanni
• Yoga Lesson under the olive trees
• Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the pool at Tenuta Lupinari
• Farewell dinner at Ristorante il Granaio di Rapolano

Photo Credit: Studentessa Matta

Accommodations: We will be staying at Tenuta Lupinari in the apartments. There are 3 rooms with 3 bathrooms in each apartment. Prices are based on double room occupancy. For a single room please inquire. Enjoy a dip in the swimming pool (20mt x 8mt) ideal for sunbathing and studying your Italian grammar! There is a restaurant on premise which serves breakfast and dinners. The lounge with its soft lights welcomes you and you will dine in the Tuscan Tradition on dishes that are all prepared with loving care by our Chef with the products that are cultivated in our vegetable garden. We will also enjoy a cooking lesson in the kitchens at the Tenuta Lupinari.

Photo Credit: Studentessa Matta

The Matta Language & Cultural Immersion at Tenuta Lupinari Daily Itinerario

Saturday, August 30th: Benvenuti tutti a Tenuta Lupinari / Arrive & settle into rooms / Afternoon relax by pool
4:00 pm Welcome Aperitivo / Featuring Wines made at Tenuta Lupinari and the local Chianti region
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Italian Lesson : Introductions, Presentations, Meeting Italian Teachers in the common room at Tenuta Lupinari
8:00 pm Dinner at Tenuta Lupinari with Melissa & Antonella & Italian Teachers

Sunday, August 30th: 8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Morning tour of surrounding area. We will depart via private bus to visit Monastero D’Ombrone, Calstenuovo Berardegna in Chianti Classico & San Gusme a picturesque medieval Tuscan villages
Lunch at Siro e Remina in San Gusme:
Free Afternoon – Relax by the pool at Tenuta Lupinari
5-8:00 pm Italian Lesson in the common room at Tenuta Lupinari
8:00 pm Dinner at Tenuta Lupinari

Photo Credit: Studentessa Matta

Monday, September 1: 8:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 pm Italian Lesson : (Theme: Visiting Siena / History Lesson in Italian)
11:30 am Day trip to Siena. We will depart via private bus.
1:00 pm Lunch in Siena
3:00 -6:00 pm Guided tour of the city, Duomo, Baptistry, Crypt & Fortress
8:00 pm Dinner at a local Pizzeria

Tuesday, September 2: 8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 1:00pm Italian Lesson (1/2 coffee break)
1:00pm Lunch at Tenuta Lupinari
2:00-4:00 pm Relax/Swim
4:00 -7:00 Cooking Lesson in the kitchens of Tenuta Lupinari. The cooking lessons will consist of preparing a complete meal, inspired by seasonal ingredients: antipasto, homemade pasta, piatto secondo, contorno (veggie dish) and a dessert. With wine of course! Students will help prepare the meal under the direction of ??????
8:00pm We will dine on what we have prepared

Wednesday, September 3: 8:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 1:00pm Italian Lesson (1/2 coffee break)
1:00pm Lunch at Tenuta Lupinari
2:00pm Tour of Wine Estate / Wine Tasting at Villa a Sesta
Dinner at Polo Club at the winery Villa a Sesta
8:00pm Italian Movie at Tenuta Lupinari : La vita è Bella

Photo Credit: Studentessa Matta

Thursday, September 4: 8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Visit Arezzo We will depart via private bus.
Italian Open Air Lesson in Arezzo
12:00 pm Lunch in Arezzo
2:00 pm Guided Tour of Arezzo / view works of art by Piero della Francesca
5:00 pm Wine tasting and dinner in Badia di Pomai 

Friday, September 5: 8:00 am Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Yoga Under the Olive Trees or Relax by Pool
11:00-1:00 pm Italian Lesson
1:00 pm Lunch at Tenuta Lupinari
3:00 pm Terme di Sangiovanni – Spa Afternoon
8:00 pm Farewell Dinner at Ristorante il Granaio di Rapolano

Saturday, September 6: 8:00 am Breakfast
Guest depart : Baci e abbracci

Transport to Tenuta: Air fare is not included in the trip pricePlease contact us if you have questions regarding additional transport services to and from Tenuta Lupinari. We can help you with private transport options.

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From Florence: motorway Autostrada del Sole A1 direction Roma, exit Valdarno. Out of the tollgate, turn right following Montevarchi sign and at the first fork take the road for Bucine. You have to go beyond Levane village and reach Bucine, then go beyond it and go straight on for about 2 km and turn right following Cennina-Fornello sign. Finally you have to go again straight on for about 1,5 km following Tenuta Lupinari signs.

From Rome: motorway Autostrada del Sole A1 direction Firenze, exit Valdichiana. Take the main road in the direction to Siena. Exit Colonna fel Grillo. At the crossroad follow the directions for Bucine-Ambra. Cross the little towns of Ambra and Capannole. When you have crossed Capannole, after about 3 km, turn left towards Cennina-Fornello. After 1,5 km the country road begins you will find the indication for Tenuta Lupinari.

By TrainBucine Railway station (about 4 km far from Lupinari), Montevarchi Railway Station (about 10 km far from Lupinari) from which you can reach the other main railway stations very quickly (Arezzo, Florence SMN, Roma Termini).

By PlanePeretola Airport of Florence (about 60 km far from Lupinari), Galileo Galilei Airport of Pisa (about 140 km far from Lupinari), Leonardo Da Vinci Airport of Roma Fiumicino (about 240 km far from Lupinari

For more information and to make a reservation contact melissa@studentessamatta.com 

Ci vediamo alla tenuta Lupinari!

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