Choose Between Two Options
- $125 for a six-hour, basic Italian-language and cultural-learning course with traditional food-and-beverage tastings ($250 value)
- $245 for six semiprivate, one-hour beginners’ Italian-language lessons ($490 value)
During the basic course, held on Wednesdays May 6, 13, and 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a minimum of 10 students learn essential vocabulary and grammar. Pupils fortify their knowledge with traditional Italian food and beverage samples, including a wine-and-cheese tasting on the first day, an apéritif on the second, and a liquor-and-dolce pairing during the final class.
Alternatively, semiprivate lessons—available by appointment—hone two to four students’ speaking skills via conversations with a language partner. For both options, all class materials (a $50 value) are included and will be sent to students electronically.
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.