Treat yourself to a rocambolesco Italian language course at The Watermill – and save £GBP 75 by being a (just in time) Early Bird.

Putting theory into practice: This year's language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Putting theory into practice: This year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Yes, you have only a few days left to take advantage the Watermill’s Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our rocambolesco * 2016 Italian Language course. (*See below.)

There’ll be plenty of time for relaxation, as well as learning and absorbing Italian, on the week-long  course at the Watermill – and, of course, savouring la bella vita italiana.

There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.language shoppingWe’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives.

Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

This year’s first-ever Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests:

“A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. “The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

Francesca La Sala

Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

*** Don’t forget the Watermill’s great Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our inspiring 2016 Italian language course.  Too enquire about availability and/or book your place, please click here.

It will be a rocambolesco experience. : *If you speak French you may might already know the story behind  rocambolesco, which roughly translates to “fantastic” and “incredible” (as in fantastical adventures). In the 19th century, French writer Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail dreamed up the character Rocambole — a swashbuckling adventurer who inspired the French word rocambolesque and, by extension, the Italian rocambolesco.  Thanks to the Huffington Post for the explanation and thepicture below an details. Blog language words-ROCAMBOLESOC-570

 *** Why not bring your non-participating partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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