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2018 Dates:

October 20 - November 17
Trapani, Sicily

Fall Trip, 2018

LIVING THERE AND LOVING IT!
Fall Italian Style!

October 20 to November 17
Trapani, Sicily

Yes, that’s right, we will be there for a month, you stay as long as you like!!!


The experience:

This is not just a trip, this is a sojourn in a beautiful city. You will be immersed for up to four weeks in the life of Trapani, a small ancient coastal town and you will live like the trapanesi do: enjoying the pace of the city, getting to know the people and the places, eating and drinking like they do!

There will be no stress and no running around: you will be Italian for a month! I will be there, so you know it will be an authentic Italian experience!


What is included?

Your Parla Presto package will include:

  • Accommodations in a one-bedroom apartment
  • 2 group dinners per week, at a local restaurant
  • 1 “Aperitivo evening” per week
  • 1 weekly surprise cultural activity

What can you add to your package?

  • Language classes twice a week or once a week.
  • Special excursions that will be planned on location.
  • Anything you can think of: I will be there to plan it for you!

What is NOT included?

  • Airfare
  • Any extras at the group dinners and tips
  • Any extra day trip and/or activity planned on location
  • 50 euro fee for extra cleaning the day you will leave
  • 2 euro a day per apartment as a city tax from October 20 to October 31

HOW MUCH DOES THIS ADVENTURE COST?

I am dreaming of a day when everybody will join the Parla Presto program in Italy for the whole month, but we are probably not there yet, so this is what I can offer you:

1 week stay: $955

  • One-bedroom apartment - double occupancy
  • Two dinners
  • One Aperitivo
  • One surprise

All the above + One-bedroom apartment - single occupancy $1,350

2 week stay: $1,910

  • One-bedroom apartment - double occupancy
  • Four dinners
  • Two Aperitivi
  • Two surprises

All the above + One-bedroom apartment - single occupancy $2,700

3 week stay - $2,800 – Good deal!

  • One-bedroom apartment - double occupancy
  • 6 dinners
  • 3 Aperitivi
  • 3 surprises

All the above + One-bedroom apartment – single occupancy $3,995 – Good deal!

4 week stay - $3,720 - Best deal!!!

  • One-bedroom apartment - double occupancy
  • 8 dinners
  • 4 Aperitivi
  • 4 surprises

All the above + one-bedroom apartment - single occupancy $5,200 – Best deal!!!


THE DEADLINE FOR RESERVATION is May 1st 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 and given the numerous choices, I need time to make everybody happy!

DEPOSIT:

One week: $400

Two weeks: $500

Three weeks: $600

Four weeks: $700

The deposit is due at the time of your reservation and is non-refundable.


THE APARTMENTS:

We are staying in the Centro Storico in Trapani. I have booked two locations

Ai Lumi Palace
Corso Vittorio Emanuele 75
www.ailumi.it

“Ai Lumi” is a residence located in an old palace on the main street of the Centro Storico. Riccardo and Francesca, the owners, have restored their family dwelling creating a B&B and a few independent mini apartments.

They are all beautiful and each apartment has great details and a wonderful old Sicilian atmosphere.

San Domenico Residence
Via Badia Grande, 9
www.sandomenicoresidence.it

The same goes for the San Domenico Residence; our host Ornella has restored her family property and has divided this huge palazzo into small and very efficient one-bedroom apartments.

Compared to those at “Ai Lumi” these apartments have a more modern décor, but the Sicilian atmosphere is still intact. Some of them are bigger than the apartments located at “Ai Lumi”.

This “palazzo” is also located in the Centro Storico, on a quiet street just a few steps away from “Ai Lumi”.

I have personally selected these apartments and I can assure you they are all beautiful. The check in will be at 3:00pm and the check out at 11:00am, always on a Saturday. They all include these features:

  • Wi-fi
  • Daily cleaning and a change of fresh towels and linens once a week.
  • There is NO elevator, but all the apartments are located either on the first or on the second floor
  • Free coffee in the common courtyard
  • AC
  • TV
  • Hair dryer, kitchen tools and china (you can cook and have your meals at home)
  • Roof terrace
  • Public parking nearby or at a garage at a special rate for the guests

I chose these places because I think they are the best in town. This is where I would live if I were a trapanese

For more pictures, feel free to visit their websites.


STUDYING IN TRAPANI:

Of course, there will be a language course! But I want to stress that my idea is to provide you with an authentic experience:

What would you do if you were a local from that area? What would your life be like?

I don’t want you too feel like a student, you are a traveler, not a tourist, definitely not a student. Our goal is to experience a different way of life: I want you to live for a month as if you were Sicilian!

But speaking Italian is what makes you different from other travelers So, there you go:

ITALIAN CLASSES:

1-week rates:
Once a week $40
Twice a week $75

2-week rates:
Once a week $80
Twice a week $150

3-week rates:
Once a week $110
Twice a week $215

4-week rates:
Once a week $150
Twice a week $295


SOME EXTRA COSTS TO EXPECT:

  • One glass of wine “vino della casa” per person and water will be served with the group dinners 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 each weekly dinner.
  • 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.
  • Car rental if you decide to have one to take day trips.
  • Any extra activity you choose to participate in at the price that will be arranged on location.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

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 non-refundable deposit.

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

Since 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 your reservation and deposit is MAY 1ST 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.

A non-refundable deposit based on the length of your stay will be due at the time of your reservation.

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