INTENSIVE COURSES

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL IN SIENA

Live a first-hand exploration of the Sienese lifestyle while learning Italian language through unique experiences!

6 DAYS – 15 hours

With this proposal you could have a first immersion into Italian culture, attending 8 hours of Italian lessons based on the experiential learning method and led by the Italian teacher Chiara. A personal tour guide, Barbara, introduces you to the history and tradition of Siena to let you discover its famous monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Town Hall. During the workshop with the local painter Marco you learn all the secrets of the medieval painting with gold leaf.

To conclude your stay in Siena and “live as a local” you are introduced in the suggestive world of the Palio (the thrilling horse race that takes place twice a year in Piazza del Campo) visiting a Contrada Museum and meeting an artist who painted the “Drappellone”, an experience that you can live only here!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Welcome and farewell aperitif
8 Italian lessons: 4 classes at school + 4 experiential learning in the city
1 Tour “Discovering Siena”
1 Painting gold leaf demonstration
1 Tour “Discovering the Palio and meet a Palio artist”

12 DAYS – 35 hours

With this proposal you could have a full immersion into Italian culture, attending 16 hours of Italian lessons based on the experiential learning method and led by the Italian teacher Chiara. A personal tour guide, Barbara, introduces you to the history and tradition of Siena to let you discover its famous monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Town Hall. With her you also discover the best Sienese artisans visiting their original shops, the “botteghe”.

During the workshop with the local painter Marco you learn all the secrets of medieval painting with gold leaf. The professional photographer Leslie creates for you an original smartphone walking tour of the city to teach how you can take beautiful memories of your holiday in Tuscany.

You participate in a tour guide to explore the wonderful countryside around Siena, visiting Montalcino. You discover this magnificent medieval town and its famous products such as the Brunello di Montalcino (a prestigious red wine renewed all over the word) and the Saffron thanks to the visit of firms and special tasting.

To conclude your stay in Siena and “live as a local” you are introduced in the suggestive world of the Palio (the thrilling horse race that takes place twice a year in Piazza del Campo) visiting a Contrada Museum and meeting an artist who painted the “Drappellone”, an experience that you can live only here!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Welcome and farewell aperitif
16 Italian Lessons: 8 in class at school + 8 experiential learning in the city
1 Tour “Discovering Siena”
1 Tour “Discovering the Palio and meet an artist”
1 Tour “Art & Craft”
1 Tour “Smartphone photography workshop”
1 Painting gold leaf demonstration
1 Tour Montalcino with visit to a saffron firm (and tasting of the products) + visit to a Brunello firm with tasting of the wine

24 DAYS – 58 hours

This program provides the knowledge of Italian language while offering a total immersion into the Italian and Sienese lifestyle. You could discover the language attending 30 hours of Italian lessons based on the experiential learning method and led by the Italian teacher Chiara. A personal tour guide, Barbara, introduces you to the history and the tradition of Siena to let you discover its famous monuments, such as the Cathedral, the Town Hall, the Santa Maria della Scala.

With her you visit the best artisan workshops (“botteghe”) of Siena where techniques of the past are still used today to create paintings with gold backgrounds, stained glass windows, parchments, wrought iron objects or beautiful jewels. During the workshops with the local painter Marco you learn all the secrets of the medieval painting with gold leaf while the local ceramist Valentina introduces you to the world of handmade ceramics.

You develop your knowledge of Italian language and local culture by exploring wine culture with our Sommelier Alessandra, acquiring new words related to typical products and learning how to choose and taste some of the most traditional culinary delights of Siena. The professional photographer Leslie creates for you an original smartphone walking tour of the city to teach you how you can take beautiful memories of your holiday in Tuscany.

You participate in a tour guide to explore the wonderful countryside around Siena, visiting Montalcino. You discover this magnificent medieval town and its famous products such as the Brunello di Montalcino (a prestigious red wine renewed all over the word) and the Saffron thanks to the visit of firms and special tasting. You have the possibility to visit San Gimignano, the Manhattan of the middle age, discovering its towers and special white wine (Vernaccia) and one of the best gelato makers all over the world.

To conclude your stay in Siena and “live as a local” you are introduced in the suggestive world of the Palio (the thrilling horse race that takes place twice a year in Piazza del Campo) visiting a Contrada Museum and meeting an artist who painted the “Drappellone”, an experience that you can live only here!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Welcome and farewell aperitif
30 Italian Lessons: 15 in class at school + 15 experiential learning in the city
1 Tour “Discovering Siena”
1 Tour “Discovering the Palio and meet an artist”
1 Tour “Smartphone photography workshop”
1 Painting gold leaf demostration
1 Ceramics jewels workshop
1 Wine essentials workshop
1 Tour Montalcino+ visit to a saffron firm (and tasting of the products) + visit to a Brunello firm with tasting of the wine
1 tour San Gimignano + Vernaccia tasting + Gelato tasting

*Housing option on demand: possibility to be hosted by a Sienese family