The most celebrated holiday in Italy (after Christmas, of course) is Pasqua, the Italian word for “Easter” whose etymological roots are found in the Greek Pascka and Hebrew Pasach, which mean “Passover.” And while Pasqua is celebrated throughout Italy, each region, commune and village has its own traditions – deep and rich – to commemorate the death and resurrection of the Christ In the Eternal City of Rome, just outside the Colosseum, many watch and participate as the Pope leads a procession through the 14 stages of the Passion on Good Friday, reading meditations along the way. READ MORE
This fantastic destination film takes us on one unique journey in Malta – from lounging on St.Peter’s pool beach to discovering the colorful village of Marsaxlokk, mingling with the fishermen and relaxing on the traditional Luzzu boats marked by “Eye of Osiris”, there is a whole island of stunning views to wake up to. Add to that the famed old capital of Mdina, the imposing Saint John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, and magnificent cliffs in Gozo and it’s easy to understand why most of the people start planning their return trip to Malta before they’ve even left the island the first time.
Possibly the most obvious thing that has endured in Oxford is the architecture. That’s partly down to Oxford being lucky to face very little damage during the Second World War, unlike so many other of Britain’s medieval cities. Where, for instance, the medieval centre of Coventry was almost completely destroyed, Oxford survived. READ MORE
Every summer, Verbalists’ language travel students explore the depths of secret London and wander around the top London museums and attractions while attending the popular My LONDON program. Well, we thought it would also be nice to prepare the list of the things to do in London for our students who will be taking English courses in London during the springtime.
April in London means that the city finally comes alive with warm weather, outdoor pursuits and a whole heap of energetic things to do, so we propose the following activities:
DISCOVER CENTRAL LONDON BY BIKE: Spring has sprung so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hop on a bike. Even better, do it while admiring London’s most famous landmarks — join this guided cycle tour around the city for an afternoon of fun and fitness. You’ll see Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace as well as the working City of London and playful West End. The bicycles are comfortable, tours are safe, and suitable for all abilities. £24/£22, 4 April & more dates, 10am, see more here
LEARN HOW TO SHOOT LIKE ROBIN HOOD (suitable for kids from age 14 to age 17 and adults): Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a Robin Hood? Join the hugely experienced 2020 Archery team for your first shooting experience. You’re guaranteed serious fun with bows and arrows & guidance from the best instructors who’ll take the time to get you up and running and see you hitting the target. These ‘get started in archery’ sessions are fun and easy-going. Most importantly you will be shooting safely throughout the experience and (relatively!) accurately by the end of the 1.5 hrs. Your instructor will also introduce you to some key archery expressions (ends, nocks etc). The experience will finish with you learning how to score and participating in a mini-competition. These sessions are held in one of two conveniently located venues in the London Bridge area. Learn a new skill and have fun doing it! See more here READ MORE
Last week, PRODIREKT and Verbalists representatives enjoyed the privilege of being one of the select few companies to be invited to an exclusive Manchester City Football Language School VIP event, organised by Experience English, the leading UK educator, owned by FTI Travel Group. We also used this opportunity to pay a visit to our other partner schools, making this 10-day visit a real island adventure. With a tight schedule, we toured 5 UK cities in 10 days, quite fascinating, to say the least. What made it so? Read on…
La mia ROMA Italian language travel
As legend has it, Rome, Italy, was founded by the twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, in 700 B.C. The former Caput Mundi, or Capital of the World, sits beneath Palatine Hill, where the ruins of its original incarnation are open for exploration.
No Rome tour is complete without stopping by the remains of the Temple of Saturn and Arch of Septimus, both located in the Roman Forum. Get in touch with your inner gladiator and stop by the Colosseum, a relic of Roman bloodsports and perhaps the most recognizable element of the city.
Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure you’ll return to Rome one day; don’t toss in two coins unless you’re ready to fall in love with a Roman. Continue your Rome sightseeing in St. Peter’s Square, home of St. Peter’s Basilica. The world’s largest church, designed by Michelangelo, is both a remarkable structure and a tribute to faith. You can look down from the famous dome to the Holy Square, which is usually filled with the faithful looking to obtain a blessing from the Pope. After this, it’s just a few steps to restaurants filled with Italian food. Forget coming back to Rome – you’ll never want to leave.
What’s your favorite memory of Rome?
This year, the Venice Carnival (the Carnevale) will take place from January 31 – February 17. The Carnival of Venice 2015 will open with a triumph of flavours, exquisite tastes and the pleasures of good food, wine and conviviality: “The most delicious festival in the world!” under the artistic direction of Davide Rampello. It will offer a host of fine dishes from Venetian cuisine to the audience along the Rio in Cannaregio, including “sarde in soar” (sardines in a sweet and sour sauce),“bigoi in salsa” (bigoli pasta with onions and anchovies) and the sweet and fluffy fritters known as “fritole”.
Students of the language network Verbalisti and savvy travelers can enjoy the Carnival while improving their Italian language skills in one of the best schools in Italy. Please click here or inquiry below how to enroll language courses in Venice.
The Verbalists language network brings you the 2014 Venice Carnival video, dedicated to Venice lovers!
Verbalisti (Verbalists), the largest language network in the South Eastern Europe, is about connecting people to the power of languages and joy of journeys that inspire, surprise and entertain. Verbalisti is a brand of Prodirekt, which is a certified representative and partner of prestigious schools and colleges in world renowned university centers. We are the only foreign language educator and consultancy in the Southeast Europe to earn the accreditation from the two European leading language education associations – English UK and German ICEF. For more details, please click here.