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2018 Trip:

May 25 - June 4

Chiavari, Liguria - Riviera di Levante

Basic Package: $2,500 per person
Student Package: $2,650 per person

Reservation Deadline: February 2, 2018

$450 per person, non-refundable deposit is due at time of reservation.

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Spring Trip, 2018

Vacanze All'Italiana...
“Vacation Italian Style”

May 25 - June 4, 2018
Chiavari, Liguria- Riviera di Levante

The “Parla Presto” trip this year will be in Liguria, on the Riviera di Levante. We will be spending 10 days in Chiavari, a beautiful town near the Cinque Terre and from there we will explore the area of the Golfo di Tigullio. Off the most touristy path, we will be only few steps away from the many “jewels” in this area.

If you like adventures, history, excellent food and breathtaking natural scenes…Well, this is the trip for you!

For more information email or call Isabella at 617-230-1039.

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATION is February 2nd 2018.

Please note that the sooner you make your decision the easier will be to accommodate you since the spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

DEPOSIT - A non-refundable $450 deposit for each traveler is due at the time of your reservation.

PACKAGE #1 GENTE CHE VIAGGIA $2,500 The basic package.

This package includes a 10 night stay at the hotel “Monte Rosa” in the heart of Chiavari (double room accommodation); breakfast and dinner daily (wine with dinner and taxes are included) … and the joy of being together in another amazing Italian setting.

PACKAGE #2 - STUDENTI CHE VIAGGIANO $2,650 The Parla Presto student package.

This package includes the same arrangements in package #1 plus ONE HOUR of Italian class a day.


I will teach a conversational class based on your level of knowledge of the language. I will customize a course on the traditions and the culture of the place that we are visiting. You will not only speak Italian a lot but you will also learn about the regions we¬ are visiting. As usual I will provide the material for the lesson on location.

STAYING in Chiavari at the Hotel “MONTE ROSA”:

The Hotel Monte Rosa was established 1909 by the grandparents of the current owners. Following the family tradition, the Bacigalupo family has transformed the once small restaurant into a four-star hotel with a renowned restaurant and a beautiful swimming pool. The result is a charming and elegant boutique hotel with a cozy atmosphere where we will spend ten days.

The hotel is situated in the historical porticoed town center of Chiavari, immersed in the heart of this vibrant, small medieval city, only a few minutes from the local promenade.

We will check in to the hotel on Friday May 25h. Usually everybody arrives at a different time, but I will plan on seeing the group that evening, in time for dinner at 8:00PM.

You might not have heard of Chiavari, a Medieval Ligurian city perched between the promontory of Portofino and Mongelia, in the heart of the Gulf of Tigullio. This busy town is usually skipped from the big tour guide books and doesn’t fill up with crowds of typical tourists… but we are not typical and we are not tourists! There is something very charming and quintessentially Italian about this underrated town and I think it will provide the perfect experience for our vacation.

We will be less than 20 miles away from many natural and cultural destinations such as the Cinque Terre, Porto Venere, Camogli, Rapallo, Genova, Santa Margherita and more!

As usual I will plan at least 3 out of town excursions to offer you some special experiences in this extraordinary setting. If needed, I will arrange a minibus with a driver for those days and you should know that Chiavari has a train station and it is very well connected to the rest of the Riviera, so you will not necessarily need a car. However, I do recommend that you make your reservation from the US if you would like to have one.


This is just an example of what we are going to be surrounded by … We are going to see the best of this wonderful stretch of land!


Cinque Terre is a rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera and consists of the five beautiful hillside towns Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The Cinque Terre is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. The five towns are connected by footpaths, for example the famous sentiero azzurro which connects all five villages. There is also a train- and boat connection between the towns.


This is one of those places you really don’t want to miss. The timeless Ligurian town on the beautiful Golfo dei Poeti, with its historic churches, the fortress and the colorful streets will keep you smiling and will be one of the highlights of this trip.


The Abbey of San Fruttuoso of Capodimonte was built by Greek monks in the 10th century, it was rebuilt after one hundred years and renovated over and over until the 16th century. It is named after the martyr bishop Fruttuoso, killed in Tarragona, in Catalonia, in 259 AD, during the eighth persecution of the Christians, under emperor Valerian. The abbey and the homonymous village are part of Portofino’s Regional Nature Park, and can be reached only descending a steep track from the mountain above: a must see!!!


Most places you visit in Italy transport you back in time to Ancient Rome or the Renaissance. In Portofino, you will feel like you have gone back to the 1950’s and 60’s. That is when Portofino became popular with jet setting celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra, Brigitte Bardot and on and on. The rich and famous would arrive by yacht and spend their time lounging around luxury hotels and private villas. It was a place to see and be seen…


Last but not least: Genova! It is the capital of Liguria and Italy's leading port, with a long history of maritime power that began when it defeated rival Pisa in the 10th century. The wealth that flowed into the city in the16th and 17th centuries still show in the marble palaces that earned it the nickname of La Superba. Along the waterfront, in the tangle of steep streets and lanes of the old sailors' quarter, you’ll get a good sense of what the city must have felt like at the height of its sea power…

Others interesting destinations close to Chiavari: Viareggio, Lucca, Carrara and Pisa in Tuscany and Parma in Emilia-Romagna.

Food & Wine excursions:

Wine tasting and visit to a winery specialized in the production of Vermentino, Golfo del Tigullio and other great wines from this area.

Lunch on special locations to taste the specialties of the simple and tasty “cucina del luogo”.

As usual I will put together at least 3 or 4 special activities for the group; everybody may participate into as many or as few as they wish: there is no obligation!

Like we did last year, these excursions will include a mini bus ride for the day if needed. I will provide more details, including the price and the destinations for these special outings in March.

I will also be happy to facilitate any other adventure that you may want to embark on: my job is to make your trip unforgettable!

The closest airports to Chiavari are:

Genova: 30 miles

Pisa: 80 miles

Torino: 117 miles

Milano: 110

There are trains and local buses that connect Chiavari to the main cities and on request I can arrange a taxi from the airport to the hotel and from train station to the hotel.


  • Approximately two glasses of wine “vino della casa” per person and water will be served with dinner and is included in your package. The wine consumed after that will be additional and will have to be paid for at the end of our staying.
  • Coffee, cappuccino, liquors and wine different from the “vino della casa” will be additional and they will have to be paid for when you order them.
  • 35 Euro per person for tipping the breakfast and dinner wait staff for your entire stay and 10 Euro to tip the maid the day you leave.
  • Single supplement $400.
  • Car rental.
  • Any extra activity you choose to participate in at the price that will be arranged either from here or on location.



For cancellation from 30 days to 15 days prior to the departure a fee of $400 per person will be charged in addition to the not refundable deposit.

No refunds will be given on cancellations received less than 14 days prior to departure.

Since we had the experience that unexpected events may occur, I strongly encourage all of you to purchase a travel insurance policy with companies such as Travelex Insurance Services for your own protection.

Again: the deadline for reservation is February 2nd 2018. Please note that the sooner you make your decision the easier it will be to accommodate you since the spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

I will ask for a $450 non-refundable deposit at the time of your reservation.

"The Parla Presto annual trips to Italy are one of the highlights of my year. Director Isabella Perricone researches and meticulously plans these 10 day excursions, negotiates for the best prices and side trips, and succeeds every year in assembling a fascinating social and cultural adventure. This year's trip to Basilicata and to Polignano a Mare, was a tour de force. Matera, where we stayed in a renovated convent, learned of  thousands of years of the often devastating history of Basilicata, experimented with baking bread typical of the area, ate wonderful food, drank some great wines, explored a vineyard and exclaimed over bronze age ruins (and yes, we shopped) was breathtaking! The cast of characters, including old time travelers and some wonderful new additions, was a lively, diverse, and uniformly interesting and interested one. Our 4 days on  Polignano were a delightful "day at the beach"  with extraordinary vistas of two seas and old "Trulli" . "
– R.B. in Winthrop

"Another fabulous Parla Presto trip created by Isabella: Matera, a lovely antique city with a fascinating history, followed by Polignano, a picturesque seaside town with dramatic cliffs and emerald waters. And traveling with my fellow Parla Presto students and Isabella made it an even more memorable experience."
– J.W. in Cambridge

"Parla Presto’s annual trip is one of the highlights of our year. Each one is an incredible combination of touring, learning, and FUN! Isabella invariably chooses the most interesting places to visit and helps us to have the most interesting experiences there, ones that you will not find from even the best of Italian tour companies. Non vedo l’ora per il viaggio l’anno prossimo!"
– J.R. & N.R. in Boston

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