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Creative Fall Break in Italy: Italian in Venice & Naples (10% off)

Fall has arrived in Italy with all its glory: intense blue skies and crisp fresh air, picturesque foliage and landscapes, and delicious seasonal food. If you want to book a last-minute vacation in Italy, make the most out of autumn by combining sightseeing, local events and an Italian course to become a Creative Tourist.

Our top picks in Italy for fall learning holidays in October, November and December are Venice and Naples. Not only do you enjoy 10% off the Italian course with Studiainitalia if you study in one of these months, these cities also offer a variety of things to see and to do during autumn.

Venice Fall Events

To celebrate his 500th birth anniversary, the Palazzo Ducale di Venezia hosts a wonderful art exhibition about Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto (1519-1594) from 9 September 2018 to 6 January 2019.

If you love drama and theater, don’t miss the autumn shows at Teatro La Fenice, one of the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre. These include Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini in October, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in October, and Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi in November and early December - among others.

Unsure about visiting Venice in fall? Here is what an expert travel journalist from The Telegraph has to say: “Venice is a unique, magical place 365 days a year. But much of the time you'll be sharing that magic with thousands of other visitors. Numbers peak in summer, despite the heat, humidity and swarms of mosquitoes. Spring and autumn are much more pleasant months. I especially like late autumn (mid-October to mid-November) when, if you're lucky with the weather, it can still be warm enough to eat outside. But my favourite season of all is winter, a time of misty vistas when tourists are few and far between, rooms are cheap and the city is reclaimed by Venetians.

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Naples Fall Food Recipe

The pumpkin is loved and recognized all around the world as the symbol of fall. In the region of Campania, and particularly in its capital city Naples, the “zucca lunga di Napoli” (also known as “cucozza zuccarina” or “zucca piena di Napoli”) is traditionally planted in April and May, and then harvested between August and September. The pumpkins are then conserved for different months in precise conditions, although they are best savored fresh in autumn.

According to the Slow Food Foundation, the pumpkin from Naples is on the brink of disappearing because it is cultivated in very limited amounts. You can consume it raw in salads, marinated or cooked, both for savory and sweet dishes.

Here is our favorite autumn recipe from Naples

Pasta e zucca alla napolitana - by turismo.it

The ingredients are: zucca lunga di Napoli, pasta, garlic, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, optional peperoncino (chili pepper).

The procedure is:

  • In a large saucepan fry the garlic, a trickle of extra virgin olive oil and - if you wish - the peperoncino.
  • Then, add the diced-cut pumpkin that you have previously peeled and freed from seeds. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and add some chopped parsley.
  • You can then remove the garlic, add a glass of water and cook the pumpkin for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil some more water in a separate saucepan.
  • When the pumpkin will be very soft and begin to undo, add a little of the separately heated water and the pasta that will cook for a few minutes (depending on its cooking time) on a low flame; if needed, add some more water with a wooden spoon.
  • When the pasta is almost ready, add a little more chopped parsley and, if you like, serve at the table with a sprinkle of peperoncino to flavor.

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Italian Courses in Italy – Seasonal Specials

Sign up for an Italian course with Studiainitalia and enjoy 10% off in Venice and Naples if you study in October, November or December 2018. Our Italian courses are composed by 20 lessons per week. You can learn Italian in Naples or Venice for any length of time. Lessons are delivered by qualified native-speaking teachers and based on the use of simple and effective teaching methods with small groups of students in a fun and stimulating atmosphere. At the end of the course, our Italian language school issues a certificate of attendance that indicates the type of course attended and the level completed. We provide our customers with different accommodation options (private rooms, shared/individual flats, hotels) near the school.


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Summer in Italy: Events, Recipes, Courses

Are you planning a last-minute summer trip to Italy? Or are you currently in the Bel Paese and looking for inspiration on how to make the most out of this beautiful season? There are thousands of great events for you to attend; delicious dishes for you to taste at a restaurant or to cook at home; and fun and interesting courses that you can join as a creative tourist to enjoy your hobby or to improve your professional skills. Here are some of our highlights.

Spectacular Summer Events

Music lovers cannot miss the classical festivals held in Rome, Verona and Ravello. The Caracalla Summer Festival is unique: it is hosted by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and takes place in the ancient ruins of Terme di Caracalla (Roman baths). The Arena Opera Festival is held in the Arena di Verona, one of the most prestigious Italian concert halls. Ravello Festival is simply spectacular, with concerts throughout the summer in the Amafi Coast’s Annunziata Historic Building.

Historic events that thrill thousands of locals and tourists every year include the Palio in Siena and the Festa del Redentore in Venice. The former takes place twice a year, on 2 July and on 16 August. In addition to the famous horse race, there are plenty of other attractions including costume parades, flag exhibitions and music. The Festa del Redentore takes place every year on the third Sunday of July. It features spectacular fireworks, thousands of illuminated boats decorated with flowers and balloons, and the Regatta of the Redeemer.

Summer Dishes

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The table of an Italian family looks particularly bright and colorful during summer! One of the simplest and most delicious seasonal dishes is Melone e Prosciutto (ham-wrapped melon slices), usually served as an aperitivo. The Caponata is a Sicilian stew that unites the vegetables that are at their best in summer, including chopped fried eggplant, celery and capers seasoned with sweetened tomato and vinegar sauce. And of course, the patriotic Caprese salad mixes high-quality mozzarella, local tomatoes and fresh basil, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Italian Summer Courses & Testimonials

Many travelers combine leisure with education, visiting Italy to discover its beauty, history and cuisine, but also to learn Italian or a craft that is part of local heritage. We have asked two of our summer students to share their Italian course experience with Studiainitalia.

Juliana from the USA just completed an Italian Course in Salerno.

My time in Salerno has been wonderful. I stayed here for three weeks! My teacher, the accommodation, and Studiainitalia have been wonderful. The classes have been so helpful in improving my Italian, and I have learned a great deal in a short amount of time. The school offered wonderful excursions as well. I would absolutely recommend this program and school to anyone who wants to improve their Italian (or begin to learn) and travel around the beautiful cities in Italia!

Katie from Australia is attending our Leatherwork Course in Florence.

Alicia is a very good teacher she is very thorough and pedantic for detail and making the perfect bag. She is patient and holds your hand through the whole process and towards the end of the program I am now feeling confident in my ability. She is also very flexible and happy to meet my customized needs. I would choose Alicia time and time again as my teacher.

You can see more testimonials and updates on our Facebook Group “Studiainitalia People”, join here!

If you are interested in Creative Tourism, take your time to browse through our courses in Italy and please contact us if you have any questions or need more information.

 

 


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Top tips for a Learning Vacation in Italy

One of the most difficult decisions that one can make is to either continue furthering your education or taking that once in a lifetime trip overseas. We say, “Perché non entrambi?” or in English, “Why not both?”. If you have ever dreamed of learning the Italian language, fashion from a country always on the cutting edge, the finer points of Italian cuisine, or learning about art in the birthplace of the Renaissance - then an Italian learning vacation is exactly what you need.

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How to sign up for a learning holiday in Italy?

Do a research on Google, finding and comparing agencies that offer quality courses and interesting leisure activities, have competitive prices, and boast verified positive reviews from past customers.

Browse the websites of the agencies specializing in educational tourism, and see how transparent and thorough they are with the information about courses, schools, location, services, permits and fees. Contact them with your questions and doubts to see how quickly and efficiently they reply. This will give you an idea of their expertise and customer care.

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Why choose Studiainitalia?

We have been working in the field of educational tourism for over 12 years and won the prestigious "Best Creative Tourism Agency" award by the Creative Tourism Network.

At Studiainitalia we offer a variety of packages that will see you immersing yourself in local culture. We have carefully selected all the schools that we work with. You could embark on a learning holiday in some of the most famous destinations in Italy – like Florence, Venice, Rome, Naples – or choose from lesser-known yet beautiful towns, like Tropea, Trieste and Todi; among many others.

Finally, our customer service and attention to detail have been praised by hundreds of students and creative travellers throughout the years. Our flexible services will give you the experience you desire with no detail left unattended.

Contact Studiainitalia today to find out how to get started on your Italian learning vacation!

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Useful links for your Vacation Course in Italy

Italy Travel Guide - Italian Tourism Official Website
Italy Travel Guide - Loney Planet
Life in Italy - Girl in Florence
Italy Blog - Walks of Italy
14 Tips On How To Travel Italy Like A Local – Forbes
Visa for Italy - Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Where to study in Italy in 2018? Top cities for your interests

Tell us your interests and we’ll tell you the best city for you

Have you made any New Year's resolutions? If one of them is to study abroad to expand your cultural horizons and to nurture a passion of yours, you might be looking for ideas on where to find the ideal destination. At Studiainitalia we offer a variety of courses for foreigners all around Italy. If you like the idea of studying in the Bel Paese, we have selected our top picks for different interests.

 

Art

Venice is simply unique. It’s not easy to find a city with so many artistic and architectural masterpieces, and with such a phenomenal location. If you love art, you can sign up for an Art History course in Venice, where you will have the possibility of learning about the works of famous painters like Canaletto, Tiziano and Tintoretto – not only in class but directly in museums, churches, academies of fine art… Venice is also home to the prestigious Biennale di Venezia, which in 2018 features the 16th International Architecture Exhibition. The city celebrates another form of art, cinema, with the oldest film festival in the world – Festival del Cinema di Venezia – which will reach its 75th edition in 2018.

As the birthplace of the Renaissance and of countless artists, Florence is an obvious choice for most art lovers. You can choose from a variety of art programs, such as Painting, Sculpture, Mosaic, Gilding, Photography, and Chalcography & Xylography Courses. In Florence you can also sign up for Art Restoration courses to learn how to return old books, paintings and furniture back to their former glory.

 

Italian Language

Naples has mesmerized travellers for centuries, not only for its beautiful location but also because it is a vibrant city full of character, friendly locals, rich traditions and amazing cuisine. It is a great option if you want to learn Italian in Italy, while enjoying history, sightseeing, nature, archaeology and food. Our Italian Courses in Naples are available for all levels, from beginner to advanced students.

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If you are looking for a destination off the beaten path, you can sign up for an Italian Course in Todi in Umbria, the region in the heart of Italy. Todi is a great destination for foodies! The local cuisine is characterized by simplicity. Few essential ingredients from the earth reflect the local rural roots: mushrooms, asparagus, wild aromatic herbs, black and white truffles. Umbria is also a land of excellent wines, which you can discover along the four Wine Routes: the Sagrantino Route around Montefalco; the Trasimeno Hills Wine Route; the Etruscan-Roman Wines Route; and the Cantico Wines Route.

 

Crafts

Get creative and make your hands give life to amazing objects in the north or in the south of Italy.

Up north, you can join a practical Murano glass making course in Venice with an experienced maestro vetraio. The one-to-one course provides you with a unique insight in the ancient practice that has made Murano famous around the world.

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Down south, the beautiful Sicilian city of Taormina is full of culture and history, nestled between the sea and Mount Etna. Sicilian pottery is renowned the world over, and here you can delight yourself with the creation of striking and colourful ceramic objects. The Pottery Course in Taormina is combined with Italian language lessons for you to make the most out of your stay in Sicily.

 

Fashion & Design

Milan is the top destination for fashion and design lovers. It hosts amazing events like MIFUR Leather & Furs Exhibition, Milan Furniture Fair, Milano Unica Textile Fair, Milan Fashion Week, and exhibitions at the Triennale Design Museum. Studiainitalia is an official agent for two prestigious schools in Milan: Domus Academy and NABA. They offer courses such as Masters in Design, in Fashion, in Marketing of Luxury Goods, and in Interior Design– among others.

 

Naples is also a great option for Fashion lovers. In fact, it is home to several premier fashion manufacturers and brands that produce quality products for companies all over the world. You can learn Italian in Naples while indulging in its surprising traditional and high-end shopping streets.

For more on this topic, read "3 Reasons why to Study Fashion & Design in Italy".

 

Cooking

Bologna is renowned for its culinary tradition. Just think of local specialties such as the well-known Bolognese sauce, and cured pork meats such as prosciutto and mortadella. The town also offers several interesting food festivals that will complement your cookery course in Bologna. Examples are the MortadellaBò Festival and CioccoShow.

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In Tuscany, the medieval gem of Siena awaits you with a variety of cooking lessons. You can choose from courses about Italian bread and desserts, Mediterranean diet cuisine, Summer Dishes or Christmas Classics – among many others. Read more about Cookery Courses in Siena.

 

Your thoughts and questions?

Is your hobby or area of interest not listed above? Are you still undecided on where to study in Italy? Drop us a line in the comments or contact us directly so that we can provide you with even more ideas and solutions!


Learn Italian in Naples: 5 secret sights

Learn Italian in Naples: 5 secret sights

Naples is Italy's most vibrant city, and it is a delight to discover. If you have decided to learn Italian in Naples, we have 5 lesser-known sights where you can escape the crowds, enjoy the scene and even find inspiration to do some homework and study the beautiful language.

 

“I love her theatricality, the oriental chaos of her streets, the architecture that began with the ancient Greeks and ended with the Baroque. I love the fat, sensual Neapolitan vowels. I love the scruffy bars where coffee is served zuccherato, ready sweetened; the pasticcerie with the delicate sfogliatelle bursting with cream; the friggitorie, with their roaring wood-fired ovens and bubbling pizzas; the extravagance of the opera house, the oldest in Europe […]” -  Stanley Stewart, The Telegraph

 

Castello Aragonese di Baia

If you want to leave the hustle and bustle of Naples behind for a day, head out to the Bay of Pozzuoli, about 30 minutes away by car, to admire the Castello Aragonese di Baia. This late 15th-century castle was built by the Aragonese over ancient Roman ruins thought to be the summer residence of Julius Caesar. It towers over a cliff and offers amazing sea views. It is home to the Museo Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei. This museum is rich in Roman remains found in the Phlegraean Fields, which is the large volcanic area situated to the west of Naples (you can also plan a visit in this regional park on your way to the castle).

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Castello Aragonese di Baia (photo from eventinapoli.com)

 

Spazio Nea

This whitewashed gallery is a living space dedicated to contemporary art and cultural entertainment. Its cafe-bar is dotted with books and flowers, and features an outdoor seating area at the bottom of a baroque staircase. The art gallery is near Piazza Bellini in central Naples. Here you can admire exhibitions of contemporary Italian and foreign art by established and emerging artists. Check out its Facebook page for updates on its next activities: concerts, theatrical performances, children's workshops, vinyl sets, video art…

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White ambiance at Spazio Nea (pic from Spazio Nea on Facebook)

 

Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco

This unique church was built in the early 1600’s, when the “cult of the souls in purgatory” was recognised by the Catholic Church. Noble Neapolitan families commissioned its construction so that they could bury their loved ones in crypts under the city. Behind the baroque façade there are two churches mirroring each other – one at surface level and one below. The underground cathedral features niches carved in tuff stone displaying skulls and femurs; and it has an altar with flowers, rosaries, and other memorabilia left by devotees. You need to join a guided tour to access the underground section.

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Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco (photo by Baku CC BY-SA 4.0)

 

Parco Sommerso di Gaiola

This 42-hectare park extends along Posillipo's coastline from the high cliffs in the bay of Trentaremi to the gentle slopes of Marechiaro. You will find mesmerizing underwater Roman archaeological remains, as well as remarkable flora and fauna. You can explore the Protected Marine Area with guided visits on boats and with snorkeling and diving itineraries.

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Cimitero delle Fontanelle

This is a fascinating and unusual place: a tufa cave with ancient Greek and Roman tunnels, and thousands of human skulls and bones. The charnel house was created to store remains due to overcrowding in traditional burial sites. Eventually, the plague of 1656 claimed thousands of victims, most of which ended up in the Fontanelle Cemetery. Your tour guide will also tell you the story of the ancient practice of the "anime pezzentelle". Basically, believers in need of something would “adopt” a soul’s skull and bones and pray for that soul until their favour was granted. The soul’s transition from purgatory to heaven would be faster thanks to the prayers.

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Cimitero delle Fontanelle (photo from cimiterofontanelle.com)

 

Italian language course in Naples with Studiainitalia

Are you looking for an Italian language course in Naples? With Studiainitalia you can learn Italian in the best language schools, with intensive courses composed by 20 lessons per week, available all year round. Get all the information you need about the courses, prices and accommodation options for your Italian course in Naples here.

 


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Painting Holidays in Italy

I dream my painting and I paint my dream” said Vincent van Gogh. If you love this art, have you ever considered the idea of a painting holiday in Italy, home to some of the greatest painters of all time? It doesn’t have to remain a dream: with Studiainitalia you can easily join professional artists and maestros in their bottega (artistic studio). Here you can learn century-old traditions and techniques, discovering or refining your skills – whether you are a professional painter or just enjoy painting as a hobby.

Painting Holidays in Italy

 

Portrait painting, oil painting, watercolour painting, fresco painting – you name it, and you can learn it with the best teachers. During your art vacations in Italy, you can alternate your painting workshops with visits in museums and churches where you can admire fantastic works by famous and less-known artists alike.

Painting Holidays in Florence

 

For example, if you study painting in Florence you are right in the cradle of the Renaissance! What better place for viewing masterpieces such as “Trinity” by Masaccio in Santa Maria Novella, the painting where one-point perspective and modern spatial illusion began? In the Uffizi Gallery, you will be mesmerized by the enigmatic “Primavera” by Sandro Botticelli; while the Church of Santa Felicita hides “Deposition from the Cross” by Pontormo, one of the most beautiful works of Florentine Mannerism.

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In Florence, you can find art almost around every corner, and even in your plate! Florentine cuisine grew out of humble origins, relying on fresh food from the surrounding countryside. Local dishes prepared with the rustic ingredients do not necessarily have a picture-perfect, gourmet aspect, but they come with an explosion of colours and flavours. Examples are the “pappa al pomodoro” soup combining tomatoes, basil, garlic, stale bread and olive oil – or its salad version called “panzanella”. If you are more of a carnivore, don’t miss on “trippa alla fiorentina” with tripe, sautéed in olive oil, onions, tomatoes and parmesan, or the flagship “bistecca alla fiorentina”, a thick porterhouse cut of beef made from the local Chianina cattle breed.

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Panzanella (photo by lacucinaitaliana.it)

Painting Holidays in Florence: fresco and classic painting courses

With Studiainitalia you can choose from individual or group painting courses in Florence.

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Individual courses are taught in Italian and their programme can be adapted to your own needs. If you do not speak Italian, you can apply for an interpretation service. If you are feeling particularly diligent, you can also join an Italian language course to make the most out of your cultural and educational holidays. The programme of the individual painting course includes aspects of use of coloured pencils and pastels technique, use of normal and oily temperas, use of oil-colours for glazing and printing – among other aspects.

Group courses can be taught in Italian or in English. The programme of the fresco course includes aspects of base preparation, copy of the sketch on the base, colour preparation, and the “Buonfresco” technique according to Giotto.

Interested in knowing more about each course and accommodation options? Have a look at:

Painting course in Florence (individual)

Painting course in Florence (group)

Fresco course in Florence (individual)

Fresco course in Florence (group)


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Cooking Classes in Italy: foodie fun in Florence, Siena and Bologna

Italians are very proud of their cuisine and their relationship with food, which is an essential part of local lifestyles. Do you love good food and enjoy cooking? A vacation with cookery classes in Italy provides you with a fantastic and inspiring way to taste new and familiar flavors, discover traditional recipes and improve your chef skills, whether you are an amateur or a professional.

How can you make the most out of your cooking vacation in Italy? We have some ideas for a full immersion in Italian lifestyle, alternating hands-on cooking courses with other food experiences in some of Italy’s most beautiful art cities.

 

Florence: from the market to the dish

One of our partner cooking academies in Florence offers a unique experience involving a guided visit to the Market of San Lorenzo. Here, participants personally select the fresh and healthy ingredients needed for their cooking lesson. Following the market visit in the morning, participants proceed to the school where they learn how to prepare typical Italian dishes using those ingredients under the guidance of a chef.

The visit to the Mercato di San Lorenzo is a must in Florence. This historic place includes an indoor market, known at the Mercato Centrale (home to all things food) and the outdoor section in the surroundings streets (selling leather, clothing and souvenirs). Mercato Centrale is a two-level food market in a beautiful building designed by Giuseppe Mengoni and built in the 1870s when Florence was still Italy's capital.

Mercato Centrale in Florence - Cooking Classes with Market Tours, ItalyPhoto Credit: Mercato Centrale

Siena: seasonal flavors & medieval cuisine

Our partner cookery school in Siena specializes in hands-on courses that have a thematic flair that includes seasonal recipes and traditional Italian and Tuscan cooking. For example, you can learn how to cook vegetable and meat dishes in spring; fish dishes in summer; truffles, cabbage and mushroom dishes in fall; and poultry dishes and sweet cakes in winter. Here you can also learn notions of medieval cuisine with some ancient recipes dating back to the Middle Ages!

Cookery course in Siena: medieval cuisine

Bologna: “green” cooking classes & foodie festivals

Bologna is renowned for its culinary tradition, which relies heavily on meats. Just think of local specialties such as the well-known Bolognese sauce, and cured pork meats such as prosciutto and mortadella. Of course, you can sign up for a cookery course that will make you an expert in traditional meat dishes. But if you do not eat meat or are interested in other types of cuisine, in our cooking academy in Bologna you can also join Vegetarian, Dietetic and Gluten-free cooking courses.

This city is also known as La Dotta, La Grassa e La Rossa (the Learned, the Fat and the Red), respectively because it is home to the oldest university in the Western world; because of its culinary treasures, and due to the terracotta color of its brick buildings and of its communist past. Truthful to its nicknames, Bologna offers several interesting cultural and artistic events, as well food festivals that will complement your culinary vacation. Examples are the MortadellaBò Festival and CioccoShow.

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Cookery Classes for all tastes

The team at Studiainitalia has personally selected the cooking schools for your culinary travels in Italy. The lessons are held in full-professionally equipped kitchens and the teachers are professional chefs. Apart from the examples mentioned above, you will also find specific courses about: homemade pasta, pizza, pastry, gelato, as well as cooking classes for families. Curious to know more? Have a look at our Cooking Courses in Italy or Contact Studiainitalia for more info.


Italian art and craft: keeping traditions alive

UNESCO, with its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, recognizes the importance of encouraging artisans to continue to produce craft and to pass their skills onto others. Italian artists and artisans are among the most active and proud in sharing their knowledge. They know that keeping traditions alive is important for teaching the present and next generation about a shared past, and for safeguarding ancient trades that are slowly disappearing.

When we think of ancient paintings or fashionable shoes, chances are that in our minds we picture a work of art by Leonardo da Vinci or a pair of stiletto’s by Ferragamo. Italy is the unchallenged birthplace of many forms of art and crafts. Yet, difficult economic conditions and the affordable prices of mass production have forced or persuaded some Italian businesses to transfer their factories abroad or to give up the use of manual work in favor of machines. But many artists and artisans have remained in Italy, stubbornly and proudly defending their old ways of work.

Luckily, in a world that is ever-more globalized, many consumers and regular people are rediscovering authentic forms of crafts and appreciating their value. It feels great to own a leather bag that was handmade in Italy. But how cool is it to have a leather bag that you have created yourself in an Italian bottega (workshop) under the guidance of a local artisan? If you collect or simply love old books, wouldn’t you find it rewarding to be able to restore them, or to book-bind ancient paper sheets with the original techniques?

Even in the domain of art, there is a growing movement for educated tourism, in other words for travel that goes beyond the explanation of tour guides or visiting a site just to take a selfie. After all, Italian art and architecture have long been the central focus of world history. Museums, art collections and historical venues have attracted tourists for centuries. But nowadays there seems to be a sense of renewed interest, urgency and desire to understand and appreciate the treasures of the past. Maybe this is partly due to recent problems such as the buildings that collapsed in the archaeologic site of Pompeii, the $30 million renovation project of the Colosseum, and the tragic destruction of the Palmyra site in Syria. All of a sudden, we realize that majestic buildings might not be there forever, and we stop taking things for granted.

Hopefully, the collaboration between the public and private sectors, along with the input of organizations such as UNESCO and of common people who are genuinely interested in the preservation of ancient arts and crafts, will help Italy and countries around the world to preserve their tangible and intangible treasures in the centuries to come.

Working towards this direction is our agency, Studiainitalia, specialized in cultural travel and creative tourism in the Bel Paese. Are you intrigued or inspired by the idea of learning with artisans and artists in Italy? Studiainitalia offers a variety of Art Courses, such as Painting, Sculpture, Xylography and Art History; Handcraft Courses like Shoemaking, Leatherwork, Bookbinding and Pottery; and Restoration Courses for Paintings, Furniture and Books - among many others. All courses are practical and take place in a bottega, where the master artisan follows the student(s) throughout two or more weeks. For travelers who want to make the most out of their Italian cultural experience, Studiainitalia can also combine the art and crafts courses with a language course. Browse through our course list or contact us now for more information!


Wine Museum in Torgiano, Umbria

Learn Italian with Wine & Olive Oil Experiences in Umbria

What’s the best way to learn Italian? To experience Italy like a local through Creative Tourism! You can join language courses that are combined with cultural experiences, learning Italian at school in the morning and visiting ancient villages, museums, wineries and oil mills in the afternoon.

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Pretty Todi - photo By Livioandronico2013

Studiainitalia is an agency specialized in this kind of creative tourism. With its selected partner school in Todi, Umbria, it is promoting weekly cultural programs that combine language lessons and foodie experiences off the beaten track.

 

Wonder what your creative and enriching week could be like in Italy?

Here is the itinerary for the program called “Umbria’s Gold: Olive Oil”.

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Olive oil museum in Torgiano, Umbria - photo credit: lungarotti.it

You arrive in Todi on a Sunday, and settle in your chosen type of accommodation between a house with a host family or a private or shared flat.

In the mornings from Monday to Friday, you learn Italian in the best local language school, for two to four hours depending on whether you sign up for individual or group lessons.

What is Todi like? On Monday afternoon, you visit the lovely town and enjoy an aperitivo with your teacher and fellow students, sipping some prosecco or local wine as an Italian would!

On Tuesday afternoon, it is time to taste a delicious selection of olive oils from Umbria, accompanied by bread and cheese, in an olive oil mill near Todi.

On the following day, you will discover the secrets of Umbria’s gold at the Museum of Olive Oil in Torgiano.

One of Umbria’s most prestigious olive oils come from Trevi, known as “the city of olive oil”. You will visit it on Thursday, along with the charming nature park of Fonti del Clitunno and the region’s oldest olive tree, Albero di Olivo di Sant’Emiliano.

Do you want to put your culinary skills to the test? It’s “foodie Friday” and you get to join a cooking lesson in Italian with a local family. The experience ends around the table, tasting the dishes that you cooked!

What about the weekend? Italians love to go to food festivals and open days at local farms and food businesses. In November and December, several olive oil mills across Umbria will open their doors in the weekends so that visitors can learn about the harvest of olives and the production of olio extra vergine di oliva.

Prices start from 790 euros per person, including language lessons, cultural activities, registration fee, and stay in a shared flat for 1 week. Rates vary if you choose to stay in a private apartment or with a family that also offers half board.

 

Wine Museum in Torgiano, Umbria
Wine Museum in Torgiano, Umbria - photo credit: lungarotti.it

Another Creative Experience that combines learning Italian, exploring the territory and its flavors, is called “Todi’s Wine Roads”.

The program is like the one above, except for the afternoon activities.

On Tuesday, you enjoy wine tasting accompanied with bread and cheese at Cantina Roccafiore, a beautiful winery that blends tradition and modernity.

On Wednesday, you get to explore the world of wine at the Museo del Vino in Torgiano.

Thursday afternoon is dedicated to discovering Montefalco, the city of the prestigious Sagrantino wine, along with the medieval hamlet of Bevagna and a traditional winery.

It’s foodie Friday again and you get to learn the secrets of wine tasting with an expert sommelier, followed by a cooking lesson in Italian with a local family. Enjoy your culinary creations in a lively, Italian-style dinner!

Saturday’s program varies: you might visit a vineyard to learn about grape harvest; or enjoy tasting at an Open Winery; or join a local wine festival.

Prices start from 1.090 euros per person, including language lessons, cultural activities, registration fee, and stay in a shared flat for 1 week. Rates vary if you choose to stay in a private apartment or with a family that also offers half board.

 

If you are curious to know more about these cultural experiences with Studiainitalia, or would like to receive a custom quotation (for example if you travel with someone who is not taking language lessons), contact:

+ 44 (0) 75814 75 595 (UK)

+ 39 329 5616956 / +39 347 1405731/ (Italy)
+34 915336873 (Spain)
+54 1 568321341 (South America)

Whatsapp: 0034619579535
info@studiainitalia.com

www.studiainitalia.com


2016 Art & Handcraft Courses: Fall & Winter Deals

Artists quote by St Francis of Assisi

Florence is the World Capital of Art and Handicrafts, featuring hundreds of ancient botteghe (artisanal workshops).

In this beautiful video, artists and artisans talk about their passions, history and work.

Learn about how the Italian Renaissance was born in the small botteghe in Florence, thanks to the Medici’s, the geographical location, hard-working families and traditions handed down from generation to generation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUX84ma94H4

 

Would you like to study in the capital of arts and handcrafts? Become an artist by learning from master artisans in Florence!

Studiainitalia offers a special 75-euro discount on all Art & Handcraft Courses in Florence during the months of November and December 2016. The choice is vast, from Painting to Art History, from Sculpture to Xylography; from Bookbinding to Leatherwork, from Shoemaking to Inlay and Gilding - and many more. Choose your favorite course in Florence now!

Art & Handcraft Courses: Fall & Winter Deals