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 consist of three two-hour-classes per week and will be in English. No grammar will be covered. At the end of each class, you will enjoy and taste Tuscan specialties (food and wine).
Born in Florence, Francesca has lived and worked between Italy, France and US. She has several years of experience in the education, humanitarian and cultural sector, having worked for UNESCO, NGOs and Universities. In 2010, she founded her own business as property manager, travel planner and relocation services provider. At ICS, she teaches Italian to kids and adults. She looks forward to sharing with you her passion for her beautiful region.
Winter 2018 – 3 Saturdays: February 17, 24; March 3, at 3:45-5:45pm
Winter 2018 – 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)
An optional trip follows the course (two dates available: Tuscany June 23-30, 2018 with the teacher; Tuscany and Le Marche Oct. 20-27, 2018). Francesca invites you to spend one week in her region to explore with her the province of Siena, probably one of the most beautiful areas in Tuscany. You will meet her friends, who will welcome you into their homes and businesses and share their stories. You will also experience the simple but delicious Tuscan cuisine.
See the ITINERARY and cost for Tuscany trip.
See the ITINERARY and cost for Tuscany and Le Marche trip.