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CENTRO DI CULTURA
ITALIANA CASENTINO
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The wellbeing of body and mind. This is the theme of the courses.

The pleasure of studying, learning and perfecting one’s knowledge of Italian culture and language.
The pleasure in discovering new and delightful corners of Casentino and in enjoying the places and views at the pace of a slow walk.
The pleasure of participating in the joys of Nature, in harmony with the rhythm of one’s own body.
The pleasure of taking an invigorating sauna at the end of a long walk. The pleasure of enjoying a relaxing massage.
And, to complete the day, enjoying dinner with traditional Tuscan and local dishes.

All this while studying in small groups and perfecting the Italian language. The C.C.I.C. teachers take care of the grammar, syntax and lexicon but, above all, conversational practice.
Participants can enjoy the informal welcome and the relaxing tranquillity of the medieval town of Poppi.

Visits to the most evocative places in Casentino are accompanied by expert guides:
-  From the Abbey of Strumi to the Castle of Poppi.
From Strumi Abbey (X century) we follow the road to the foot of the hill dominated by the Castle of the Counts Guidi, while admiring the hidden side of the medieval settlement of Poppi. The slow climb is compensated by the beautiful views of Casentino: the Castle of Romena, the historic battlefield of Campaldino and then the entrance into the town itself through the Porta Porrena. From here we walk through the narrow streets – pedestrians only – which lead to the Abbey of Saint Fedele (XI century) and the Madonna del Morbo. Finally, the Castle of the Counts Guidi (XIII century) - prototype of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence – still perfectly preserved to this day.
-  From Prato alla Penna to the Hermitage as far as Camaldoli.
From the Apennine ridge, carpeted by beechwoods, a myriad of changing shades, the road descends to the Holy Hermitage of Camaldoli. At every corner a different view of the forests within the Casentino National Park. The Holy Hermitage, one of the spiritual centres in Casentino, was built in 1027 by Saint Romualdo as home of the Camaldolese congregation. Passing through secular forests of white fir, the road drops, bringing us to the village of Camaldoli. Here we can admire the Monastery with its Church, the Refectory, the Lodge and the Ancient Chemist with furnishings which date from 1543.
-  From Stia to Porciano.
From the splendid Tanucci Square in Stia, the northernmost small town in Casentino, the road climbs to Porciano – still inhabited today. The ascent offers spectacular views over the valley of Casentino: the highest peaks of the Apennines, like Mount Falterona, the medieval towns of Poppi, Bibbiena and Castel San Niccolò, seemingly grouped together in the distance. Porciano Castle, which dominates its village of the same name, presents us with a magnificent panorama of the medieval fortifications of the Counts Guidi in Casentino: the Castle of Romena, the Castle of San Niccolò, The Castle of Poppi as far as the towers of Bibbiena.


The Course

At Poppi, the C.C.I.C. "Piero della Francesca" - Centro di Cultura Italiana Casentino has organized the "Course of Italian Language and Wellbeing", which lasts a week.

The program includes twenty lessons of Italian Language and Culture, three guided walks and two cultural in-depth studies with a guided tour in the most evocative places of Casentino, two saunas, four dinners in gastronomic theme, two lunches in a typical Casentino restaurant and three packed lunches, six overnight stays with breakfast.

The Course is open for a maximum of 11 participants for each group.


Lessons of Italian Language and Culture

The twenty lessons are held in the morning in the C.C.I.C. "Piero della Francesca" building in Poppi.
The four daily lessons, each lasting 50 minutes, are subdivided into two sections with two different teachers. There will be an interval of 30 minutes between the two sections.
At the beginning of the course participants will be divided into small, homogeneous groups based on a written test and a brief interview with the teachers.
The primary objective of the course is to develop ability in the spoken language, constant attention being given to the written form and grammatical aspects. Working in small groups encourages communication and stimulates active participation by the whole class.
Italian only is spoken during the lessons, as from the initial stages.
The presence of two teachers who alternate in class work favours high efficiency in scholastic activities. Apart from the text book, the teachers make use of material which has been prepared by themselves in response to specific problems in connection with both class work and individual students. Particular attention is given to theatrical techniques, role play, audio-visual aids and sound equipment. The teachers are present during afternoon activities, excursions, guided tours and at meal times. This creates a strong link between class work and external activities.


The Wellbeing Centre

Saunas, to enjoy at the end of a long walk, can be taken in a well known Health Centre in the historical town of Poppi. Participants can also have an invigorating and/or relaxing massage by qualified personnel at the Health centre.
It is possible to book massages when enrolling for a course or directly at the Health Centre, although these are not included in the course fee.


Accommodation

Participants in the "Courses of Italian Language and Wellbeing" will be accommodated in a three-star hotel in the historical centre of Poppi during their stay.
Bed and breakfast is reserved for all participants.


Program of the Course

Sunday

Afternoon:

Arrival in Poppi

Evening:

Welcoming dinner

Monday

Morning:

- Breakfast in the hotel
- Course of Italian Language and Culture

Lunch:

Packed lunch

Afternoon:

- Walk from the Abbey of Strumi to the Castle of Poppi
- Sauna

Evening:

Dinner - gastronomic theme

Tuesday

Morning:

- Breakfast in the hotel
- Course of Italian Language and Culture

Lunch:

In a typical Casentino restaurant together with the language teachers

Afternoon:

Discovering Casentino. In-depth cultural studies together with the language teachers

Wednesday

Morning:

- Breakfast in the hotel
- Course of Italian Language and Culture

Lunch:

Packed lunch

Afternoon:

- Walk from Prato alla Penna to the Hermitage as far as Camaldoli
- Sauna

Evening:

Dinner - gastronomic theme

Thursday

Morning:

- Breakfast in the hotel
- Course of Italian Language and Culture

Lunch:

In a typical Casentino restaurant together with the language teachers

Afternoon:

Discovering Casentino. In-depth cultural studies together with the language teachers

Friday

Morning:

- Breakfast in the hotel
- Course of Italian Language and Culture

Lunch:

Packed lunch

Afternoon:

- Walk from Stia to Porciano and return

Evening:

Farewell dinner

Saturday

Morning:

- Breakfast in the hotel
- Departure


Price of the Course

864,00 Euro. (*)

Double bedroom

175,00 Euro.

Supplement for single bedroom

35,00 Euro.

45 minute massage

Number of Participants:

minimum. 5 - maximum. 11

The price includes:

Course of Italian Language and Culture, the in-depth cultural studies together with the teachers, transport and walks Monday, Wednesday and Friday; saunas Monday and Wednesday; dinners Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday; packed lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday; lunches Tuesday and Thursday; accommodation with breakfast in a three-star hotel.

The price does NOT include:

Entry to castles, museums and churches, transport with regard to in-depth cultural studies together with the teachers; meals not specifically included under "The price includes"; massages and all that not specifically included under "The price includes".

(*)=Price per Person

All prices are given in Euros (€)




Calendar of the Courses (please click here)



Registration

The registration deadline is 15 days before the starting date of the chosen Course.
Registration deposit of Euro 230,00 (please note that we can only accept payments made in EURO and NOT in EURO equivalent; please ask your financial institution for assistance) to be paid by bank transfer "without expenses for the recipient"
To account number: 2685.31 (ABI 1030 and CAB 71582.1)
Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Ponte a Poppi (AR)
Swift code: PASC IT MM
IBAN: IT 46 I 01030 71582 000000268531
Any additional bank expense must be reimbursed by the participant.
It is very important that the name of the participant and "Course of Italian Language and Wellbeing" be written on the payment form.
Complete the registration form and send it with a copy of the registration deposit receipt to the secretary of the C.C.I.C. via fax to the following number: ++39 0575 529774.
The secretary will confirm your registration in a timely manner.
In the event of cancellation up to three (3) weeks before the beginning of the course, 2/3 (two-thirds) of the deposit will be reimbursed. After this time, the entire deposit will be forfeited.
The Course will take place only if the minimum number of 5 participants is reached. In case of annulment of the Course, the registration deposit will be returned in full to the registered participants.


Bookings and Information

For information and bookings, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s registry office:
Phone: 0039 0575 529774
Fax: 0039 0575 529774
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Scuola di Italiano C.C.I.C. ´Piero della Francesca´ Centro di Cultura Italiana Casentino
Piazza Amerighi n.1 · I - 52014 Poppi (AR) · Italia
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