When I first began researching Italian language schools some years back, I had no intention of attending a class in Tuscany. I imagined myself in some other part of the country, somewhere less traveled, less touristy, somewhere I would hear Italians speaking Italian and not English. Little did I know that I could have that very experience and still be in Tuscany. Where, you ask? Well, it’s Arezzo. Once a month Arezzo hosts the largest antique fair in Italy and this charming town is overrun by tourists from various places, including Italians. The rest of the month, Arezzo is exactly what I had been searching for-quiet, friendly and full of locals going about their business. I consider myself lucky to have spent a month there, working on my Italian at Cultura Italiana and strolling alongside the arretini (citizens of Arezzo) during the evening passeggiata.
My time spent in Arezzo is one that I will always remember fondly. Being immersed in everyday situations where I had to speak the language gave me just the boost that I needed. I came home feeling more confident and vowed to keep up my studies, which I did, for a while… This year I made a New Year’s resolution to practice/study Italian everyday. J. even gave me a workbook to help me along. In a few mere months I will be the spokesperson for my tour, being that I am not only the guide, but also the only person that speaks any Italian (oops, V. speaks some and I will be counting on her to help out!). I will have few days there before my group arrives to get in the speaking mode, but what if I were to go a little earlier and attend school again? Would that be just what I need? J. seems to think so. What do you think?