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Sons of Italy® Offers Italian Travel Packages

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

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2004 ­ Experience Italy with the 2004 Sons of Italy® Italian Travel Packages - three unique trips created specifically with seasoned travelers in mind. More than the average tour, the 2004 programs combine immersion Italian language training with cultural activities particular to each city.

This spring, in collaboration with Sorrento Lingue, immerse yourself in morning Italian language lessons for two weeks in the seaside town of Sorrento. Cultural activities include Mediterranean cooking classes, guided visits to nearby Pompeii and Naples and excursions to the Amalfi Coast. Dates: May 23 - June 5, 2004

This summer, learn the art of Venetian glass and mask making with Forum Per La Laguna in Venice. This one week itinerary includes mask and glass making workshops on the island of Murano, Venetian cooking classes, wine tastings and guided tours of Venetian landmarks. Dates: July 17 - 24, 2004

In the fall, spend two weeks with the Societ? Dante Alighieri of Siena in the heart of Tuscany. Daily language courses take place in the Societ?'s 16th century palazzo. Cultural activities include visits to Sienese landmarks and museums, Chianti vineyard tours and wine tastings and Tuscan cooking classes. Dates: October 31 - November 13, 2004

Prices range from $1,400 to $2,800 and include lodging, course materials, tours, cooking classes and some meals. Prices are based on double occupancy. No prior knowledge of Italian is required. A portion of the proceeds from the 2004 travel packages supports OSIA's Italian language and education programs.

For more details and reservations, contact Michael Greto, OSIA director of youth and Italian programs, at 202/547-2900 or mgreto@osia.org. Reservation forms may also be downloaded from www.OSIA.org, at Explore Italy.

OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. See www.osia.org.