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Sons of Italy® Offers "Siena Magnifica" Study Trip

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900 kcafiero@osia.org

NEWS-For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2003 - A two-week "total immersion" Italian study trip in the medieval Tuscan city of Siena, including language instruction, cooking classes and cultural activities, is available at a special discount through the Orders Sons of Italy® in America (OSIA).

"Siena Magnifica: A Study Trip for the Experienced Traveler" is scheduled for two weeks in October 2003 through a collaboration between OSIA and the Societ? Dante Alighieri of Siena. The unique program has been created for mature travelers interested in enhancing their knowledge of Italian language and culture. The trip includes daily Italian language lessons in the Societ?'s 16th century palazzo in Siena.

Taking advantage of Siena‚s location in the heart of Tuscany, cultural activities include visits to Sienese landmarks and museums, Chianti vineyard tours and wine tastings and Tuscan cooking classes. No knowledge of Italian is required.

OSIA has negotiated a discounted tuition of $658.00 for the course. A third week of study may be added for an additional fee.

Participants pay for their own airfare, most meals and hotel accommodations, which range from $55 to $100 per night.

Reduced round-trip airfare to Italy from New York or Philadelphia is available. (Details are included on the program application form.) For information on the school, visit the Siena Committee of the Societ? Dante Alighieri online at www.dantealighieri.com.

For an application, contact Michael Greto, OSIA director of youth and Italian programs, at 202/547-2900 or mgreto@osia.org. Applications may also be downloaded at http://www.osia.org/public/marketplace/marketplace.asp.

The Order Sons of Italy in America® is the largest and longest-established national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. Founded in 1905, today it has 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast-to-coast.