Language and Trekking - Cultura Italiana Arezzo
Italian Language Courses

Language and Trekking

BASIC COURSE: 1 or 2 weeks (t is also possible to do only one week)
LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE: da from beginner to advanced
MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 1
STARTING DATE: every Monday. The course takes place throughout the year

PROGRAM 2 WEEK-COURSE::
Intensive Language course from Monday to Friday
4 half day excursions
2 whole day excursions


PROGRAM 1° WEEK::

* MONDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON: Free

* TUESDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON:
Circular walk at the Castello di Montecchio (8.5 km, 250m):
It is the castle straight from medieval stories, the one that many people imagine when they think of a hilltop fortress with a very tall tower (30m!), dominating the surrounding area. Its name is associated with that of the famous English soldier and mercenary leader, John Hawkwood (known in Italian as Giovanni Acuto). The castle is the main focus of our excursion, straddling the small Val di Chio and the wide open space of the Val di Chiana.

* WEDNESDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON: Free

* THURSDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON:
Monte Lignano and the Pieve di Sant’Eugenia, Bagnoro (6km, 350m):
Monte Lignano (837m) is the highest mountain in Arezzo, and the most beautiful point from which to view the city and its Tuscan surroundings: the foothills of the Casentino, the Valdarno valley, the ridges of Chianti, Val di Chiana, right down to Lago Trasimeno and the Apennines, the Umbrian hills that encircle it to the east. Our excursion will take place mainly in the woods, full of the strawberry trees whose delicate, red fruits provide autumn colour. After the walk, we will return to Arezzo by car, stopping on the way to visit the fascinating and original Romanesque church of Sant’Eugenia at Bagnoro.

* FRIDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON: Free

*SATURDAY:
ONE DAY OUTING:
Circular walk Oliveto – Civitella in Val di Chiana (12.5km, 300m)
Woods, olive groves and vineyards alternate with views of the Val di Chiana along this route that links two villages, both very pretty in different ways: Oliveto with its elegant stone houses modestly situated within the city walls, and Civitella which proudly overlooks Val di Chiana, secure and strong beneath the walls of the picturesque, ancient castle.


PROGRAM 2° WEEK::

* MONDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON: Free

* TUESDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON:
Circular walk at Chitignano (8km, 400m):
An exhilarating and pleasant walk along the foothills of the Casentino forest towards distant, high ridges, and the places made famous by the presence of St Francis of Assisi, such as the Sanctuary of La Verna and the Hermitage of Casella. On the way back we will head downhill, passing a secret castle hidden in the trees. Originally the seat of the ancient Ubertini family, it was transformed into an elegant residence in the 16th century.

* WEDNESDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON: Free

* THURSDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON:
Circular walk Pieve di Gropina – Loro Ciuffenna (3.5km, 150m):
This superb Romanesque church, carved in stone and rich in art, is one of the gems to be found in this corner of Tuscany. This will be a more ‘urban’ excursion in feel, but none the less rich in historical and scenic interest. We will start at the village of Loro Ciuffenna and head up to the Pieve, then return to the village by another route. We will glimpse the deep gorge, and take in the Romanesque bridge and labyrinthine alleys of the lower Fondaccio district.

* FRIDAY:
MORNING: intensive course (Corsi intensivi) in classes with students of the same level
AFTERNOON: Free

*SATURDAY:
ONE DAY EXCURSION:
Circular walk at Badia a Ruoti (9.5 km, 280m)
A pleasant walk with shady stretches and panoramic views of the Val d’Ambra. We will start from ancient Badia a Ruoti, head gradually uphill and suddenly come across beautiful Sogna with its ruined fortress, postern and lovingly restored village. There will also be a little surprise once inside, with Rapale and the suggestive door on the walls.


PRICE OF THE COURSE - 1 WEEK:
1 person: € 630
2 people: € 552 p.p.
3 people: € 484 p.p.
4 people: € 452 p. p.
5 or more people: prices on request

PRICE OF THE COURSE - 2 WEEKS:
1 person: € 1175
2 people: € 1019 p.p.
3 people: € 882 p.p.
4 people: € 820 p. p.
5 or more people: prices on request


THE COST INCLUDES:
- intensive course of Italian language and culture (1 or 2 weeks)
- Services provided by local guides escorting the tours

THE OVERALL COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Motorway tolls, parking fees or entry fees to places of interest


Please note:

- Transfer by own car

- Although most walking routes are suitable for everyone, some do comprise uphill sections so students should ensure that they have the appropriate level of fitness needed for these treks.

- Activities programmes will be modified in case of bad weather.




REVIEWS OF SOME OF OUR STUDENTS:

- "Tre belle escursioni con paesaggi variati, per discoprire dall'interno la Toscana e alcuni dei suoi paesini sulle colline. Camminate abbastanza intese tanto dal punto di vista delle salite che della lunghezza del percorso e delle spiegazioni della guida molto coltivata e interesante. Una sperienza da ritenere! - Chantal"

- " La settimana di trekking fu una bellissima esperienza. Ogni passeggiata aveva un tema diverso ma anche paesaggi mozzafiato, momumenti interessanti, posti inattesi. La guida è colta, attenta e sa condividere le sue conoscenze con una bella lingua, precisa e ricca.
Da consigliare a tutti! - Irene"

                                       

I completed a 2 wk course at Cultura Italiana Arezzo and truely was a fantastic esperience! I learned more about italian history, customs and every day life.I am completely satisfy with my experience and look forward to returning. I higly recommend it to anyone. The price is reasonable and affordable and the support the school provived in helping with the accomodations was fobulos. Grazie mille!

Angela Aviles - 56 years old    (  California)