The Italian Language Program is pleased to present a new way to enjoy a life experience in Italy:
Course + Trip
(you can also just attend the course, or a few classes, or just enjoy the trip!)
In our Bethesda location, we will have the opportunity to discover a region that provided the backdrop to the genius and creativity that was the Italian Renaissance. Some of its stories of art, war and life will be revealed. You will walk along the same streets through which Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, and many other of the most illustrious minds of all time, threaded their way.
Starting from brief historical overviews of the region, we will try to understand how historical facts have changed the region and its cities over time. We will find out which heritage our ancestors left us as for food, crafts, traditions and language. We will get to know the cities and the areas of our trip with special attention to people and to everyday life. We will focus on the socio-cultural aspects of the region and on Tuscan people; suspicious, superstitious, proud and sometimes grumpy, but also friendly, warm, playful, ingenious and creative. We will experience much of what others did five hundred years ago as well as the joys of present life.
The course will be in Italian (with English translation when necessary). The material will be both in Italian and in English (upon request). No grammar will be covered. You will enjoy and taste Tuscan specialties (food and wine). Food and wine will be offered.
Born in Florence, Francesca has a MA in Political Science and International Relations (University of Florence and Université La Sorbonne Paris). As a Communications and Development manager, she has several years of experience in the education, humanitarian and cultural sector. She has worked for the University of Florence, NGOs (COSPE, Refugees International) and for the World Heritage Centre/UNESCO in Paris. In 2010, she founded her own business as property manager, travel planner and relocation services provider. She is teaching Italian to kids and adults. She is now looking forward to sharing with you the passion and the beauty of her region.
Winter 2017- 3 Saturdays: February 17, 24; March 3, at 3:45-5:45pm
Winter 2017 – 3 Fridays: March 2, 9, 16, at 6:15-8:15pm
$135 (Members $120). Drop-in: $50. Material, food and wine provided by the Instructor.
First lesson: Course overview and introduction. The first refined civilizations of Tuscany: geography and brief history of Etruscans civilization. Etruscans characteristics, finds, most important settlements. Etruscans wine. Tuscany wine roads and brief introduction to blends and classifications. Chianti and its soul mate: la Bistecca alla Fiorentina. The influence of the Romans in Florence. Early Middle Ages: the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the dominations of Ostrogoths, Byzantines and Lombards. Castles and abbeys. The feudal era and the origin of communes. Firenze and its craftsmen. Romanesque Architecture. Pisa, Lucca e Siena. Projection of videos, virtual visits and interview during the class.
Food: Fettunta di pane toscano con Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva “Mignolato” delle colline fiorentine
Salame Toscano o Pecorino Toscano
Vino (Chianti Colline Senesi o Rosso di Montalcino o Morellino di Scansano)
At the centre of Italy, Tuscany is one of the most popular destinations, where people travel at least once in their life time. And then, decide to return year after year. What makes Tuscany so seductive? Of course, its endlessly beautiful landscapes, its world-class wine and its characteristic cuisine are all truly unforgettable. Beyond that, Tuscany is a place where everyday life is infused with beauty, magic and sensory pleasures.
See the ITINERARY and cost.