Learning new languages lets travelers fully experience foreign cultures, display respect for local customs, and assume flirtatious accented personas in the neighborhood pub. Discover the many perks of multilingualism with today's Groupon: for $95, you get six hours of Italian language and culture lessons at Sentieri Italiani (a $190 value). Lessons are taught during three two-hour classes, with sessions held throughout the summer and early fall. Sessions for November and December 2011 and sessions in 2012 aren't scheduled yet, but will be in November.
The instructors at Sentieri Italiani immerse students in courses that investigate Italian culture and instill basic language and vocabulary skills. Each of Sentieri Italiani's talented instructors is a fluent Italian speaker with the ability to roll his or her r's for a full kilometer. Ideal for Italian lovers or travelers, the class also pairs language and cultural education with an edible lesson in classic Italian food and drink. Taught over three two-hour classes, the course introduces touring taste buds to a new culinary treat each lesson with selections such as Italian apertifs, wine and cheese, dolce, and Beefaroni.
Though not included in today's deal, Sentieri Italiani furthers Italian understanding and appreciation with in-depth language courses, crosscultural training, and collectors' helmets autographed by the most famous gladiators.
In Italian, sentieri Italiani means "Italian paths"—something with which Daniela Cavallero is very familiar. A native of Italy's Piemonte region, Cavallero imagined a place where she could bestow the rich heritage and language of her homeland upon the citizens of her new home in Chicago. She spun her vision into a reality, summoning a squadron of fluent Italian speakers to lead Sentieri Italian's language and culture classes. During each lesson, these well-versed instructors strive to teach pupils of all experience levels more than just language skills—they also give them a thorough rundown of Italian culture and history.
The team also spreads its wealth of knowledge of all things Italian beyond the classroom. To prep travelers for annual excursions to Italy, staffers devise detailed cultural training to ensure travelers know basic phrases and can quickly catch leaning towers. They also arrange regular cultural and dining events and organize a trove of services, including translations, genealogical studies, and assistance in procuring Italian citizenship.