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:
Chiusi della Verna and Santuario:
It is not easy to adequately describe the beauty and wonder of La Verna (located at 1130m) where nature, art and religious devotion have combined to create this mystical place. It was here on the mountain that St Francis of Assisi received the stigmata in September 1224, a miracle that may have been foretold by the sudden appearance of strange, deep fractures in the surrounding rocks. We will explore some of these during our visit – on our own trip to the centre of the Earth! Afterwards, there is another suprise in store – Michelangelo’s Capella Sistina!
(2 hours, 5 km, 330m , Level E)
Transfer time/distance from Arezzo to Chiusi della Verna: 1 hour/50km

* 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:
Lago Trasimeno and Isola Maggiore:
Explore one of Lago Trasimeno’s hidden gems. After arriving by ferry from Passignano, a pretty village whose ancient fortress dominates the lake, you can take a stroll along Isola Maggiore’s picturesque streets which are surrounded by lush vegetation of green and blue. On the hill, the little church of San Michele Arcangelo awaits with more splendid treasures hidden within.
(1 hour 15 mins, 2 km, 80m, Level T)
Transfer time/distance from Arezzo to Passignano sul Trasimeno: 1 hour/50 km
Ferry transfer: 20 mins

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

*SATURDAY:
ONE DAY OUTING:
Val d’Orcia: from San Quirico to Bagno Vignoni
We start our journey from San Quirico on the fascinating and historic Via Francigena, wandering slowly uphill towards the ancient fortress of Vignoni Alto, soaking up the views. Through a gate high in the fortress walls, a breathtaking panorama is revealed – beautiful scenery interspersed with the turrets of medieval villages, and the mighty, mystical Monte Amiata. Around the last bend lies one of the most beautiful squares in Italy - and one of the most unusual because it is in fact a great pool of steaming water straight from the thermal springs! Anyone wishing to bathe and pamper sore muscles should bring swimming costumes – it could be a good idea because we then head back down towards San Quirico!
(4 hours, 12km, 400m, Level E)
Transfer from Arezzo to San Quirico d’Orcia: 1 hour 15 minutes, 70km
Note that there will be an extra charge for bathing in the pool at Bagno Vignoni



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:
Cortona and the Eremo Le Celle:
This itinerary showcases medieval art and religious faith. The peace and tranquility of the Eremo Le Celle, inextricably linked with St Francis of Assisi, and the beauty of the lively and picturesque town of Cortona are the highlights of this Tuscan excursion. Our starting point is at the impressive Etruscan walls surrounding the town. We take a winding path down towards the Franciscan hermitage, enjoying wonderful views and hidden points of interest along the way. After exploring this beautifully constructed stone and brick building, our next stop is back in Cortona to visit the Basilica di Santa Margherita towering protectively over the town. Later, we will lose ourselves in the tantalising streets and squares of Cortona.
(3 hours, 10 km, 400m, Level E).

* 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:
Montefollonico and Montepulciano:
IImagine emerging from the ancient gate of a medieval village to find yourself almost suspended over a breathtaking panorama of gently rolling hills and fields, dotted around with vines. On this trip, we visit the beautiful town of Montepulciano which lies on a mountain ridge, glowing red in the sun – like the ruby colour of the Nobile wine with which it is so famously associated.
(2 hours, 6 km, 300m, Level E)

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

*SATURDAY:
ONE DAY EXCURSION:
The battle of Montaperti: between the Guelfi of Siena and the Ghibellini of Florence
There is a place in Tuscany that is forever associated with the ancient and legendary struggle between the Guelfi of Siena and the Ghibellini of Florence. Isolated and secluded, set in the beautiful Sienese countryside but only a stone’s throw from Siena itself, it is the spot where two armies clashed violently on 4 September, 1260. We approach the medieval battlefield on foot to travel back in time, imagining the sights and sounds of banners, horses, infantrymen and knights from times gone by.
(h 3,00 – km 8 – m 150. Level: T)
Transfer time from Arezzo to the departure point for the battlefield: 1 hour, 60km


PRICE OF THE COURSE - 1 WEEK:
1 person: € 600
2 people: € 438 p.p.
3 people: € 378 p.p.
4 people: € 348 p. p.
5 or more people: prices on request

PRICE OF THE COURSE - 2 WEEKS:
1 person: € 1160
2 people: € 836 p.p.
3 people: € 716 p.p.
4 people: € 656 p. p.
5 o 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
- Transfer with cars


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


Please note:
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.

                                       

Frequentare il corso di lingua a Arezzo è una bella opportunità per tutte le persone che desiderano scoprire la vita all'italiana.
A scuola, interazione, discussione e umorismo sono le parole maestre delle lezioni con Laura! Roberto immerge con piacere e interesse nel passato di Arezzo e della Toscana!
Per me: un'esperienza molto ricca e davvero indimenticabile!

Aurélie - 33 anni    (  Francia)