The Homestay Course is a new and enjoyable way to study Italian.

During the course you'll be able to improve your Italian with individual lessons tailor-made for your personal needs and interests.

You can choose your own schedule for the lessons, and in this way you'll be able study Italian and dedicate the rest of your time to visiting and discovering the riches of Italy.

Whenever you wish, we'll organize trips and tours together, which will also give you the chance to spend your time conversing in Italian.

 

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Full immersion in the Italian reality will allow you to learn and improve your Italian quickly and effectively. Not only through study, but also by spending time together, with me, my family and my friends. We can have conversations, go out together, go to the theater, go shopping and do all sorts of things typical of the genuine, everyday life of our country.

During the course you can enjoy the following services:

single room with private bathroom,

all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) or packed lunch if necessary during our tours and excursions

transport from home to the station of Vado-Monzuno, just a few minutes away, where you can reach Bologna by train in 30 minutes.

 

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Different options are available:

  • • One-week homestay course, consisting of a seven-day stay (six nights) and 20 hours of individual lessons. Total cost 1595.00 Euros per person.
  • 4-day homestay course, consisting of a four-day stay (three nights) and 10 hours of individual lessons. Total cost 1060.00 Euros per person.

 

Instead, if you are looking for a different, fun weekend, we also offer the following weekend courses:

  • Weekend in the kitchen, for three days (from Friday to Sunday, two nights) you will be our special guest. You'll have the chance to speak as much Italian as you want; during the 6 hours of lessons you can focus on your chosen topics and then take it easy in your free time as a tourist. We'll cook together and sample the delights of our world-famous cuisine, all accompanied by excellent wines.
  • Weekend at the opera, from Friday to Sunday (two nights) you will spend three whole days immersed in the world of Italian Opera; you'll be able to study the librettos of the great Italian composers, like Verdi, Rossini or whoever you wish. You can visit Busseto, the small town where Giuseppe Verdi was born and lived, and where it's possible to visit his house of birth (an hour and a half by car from my home). We can go to the opera together and see one of the works you have studied, or another one, chosen from the program of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna or the Teatro Regio in Parma.

 

The weekend courses cost 450.00 Euros per person.

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STUDY AND VACATION IN SALENTO

June, July and September


ITALIAN IN MAGNA GRAECIA ARCHEOLOGY AND ART

1 week

 

Language 20 hours (individual or for small groups).

Lessons will be tailored to your level and needs. You can practise grammar and writing, use of the language and vocabulary, comprehension and speaking in different communicative contexts. In addition you will have the chance to learn about other topics, such as ancient civilizations in Southern Italy, and the Byzantine, Arab, Norman and baroque influences in the art of this region. You will stay in Li Messapi B&B in Alezio, a small but important archaeological site, center of the ancient Messapi civilization and only 4 km from the enchanting beaches of Baia Verde in Gallipoli (www.limessapi.it), not far from Lecce, Otranto, and S. Maria di Leuca.

 

Program

Day 1:

Morning: arrival and welcome, seaside and rest. Afternoon: 2 hours lesson and tour of Alezio in the evening.

Day 2:

Morning. Seaside. Afternoon: 3 hours lesson. Evening: tour of Gallipoli, charming fishermen's village, with possibility to dine.

Day 3:

Morning: 3 hours lesson. Afternoon: visit to Galatina and Soleto, villages of Grecìa Salentina, where medieval Greek is still spoken, as well as Italian and a local dialect.

Day 4:

Morning: 3 hours lesson. Afternoon: Lecce, known as the Florence of the South for the richness of its art.

Day 5:

Morning: 3 hours lesson. Free time in the afternoon

Day 6:

Free time in the morning. Afternoon: 3 hours lesson. Evening: happy hour in Li messapi garden

Day 7:

Morning : 3 hours lesson (final sharing of experiences and evaluation). Departure

 

PRICE-LIST (INCLUDING TAX)

1 student = € 910,00 (deposit € 150,00)

2 students = € 1100,00 (deposit € 175,00)

3 students = € € 1400,00 (deposit € 200,00)

 

Prices include: course and accomodation with breakfast

Additional cost (visits and transfers) € 290,00

 

 

ITALIAN IN THE KITCHEN

1 week

 

Language 10 hours

Lessons will be tailored to your level and needs. You can practise grammar and writing, use of the language and vocabulary, comprehension and speaking in different communicative contexts, and you can also learn specific culinary vocabulary, as well as something more about the history and culture of this region through its cuisine and ancient recipes. You will stay in Li Messapi B&B in Alezio, a small but important archaeological site, center of the ancient Messapi civilization and only 4 km from the enchanting beaches of Baia Verde in Gallipoli (www.limessapi.it), not far from Lecce, Otranto, and S. Maria di Leuca.

 

Cooking workshop 10 hours

Under the supervision of a local chef, you will personally prepare some traditional dishes such as home made pasta (sagne ricce o 'ncannulate, minchiarieddhi) with meat sauce and ricotta forte, or other very popular local dishes such as ciceri e tria and pitta di patate.

You will also visit some farms or local producer's firms and have the chance to taste some local dishes.

Day 1:

Morning: arrival, welcome, seaside, rest. Afternoon: 2 hours language lesson and visit to Alezio in the evening. Dinner with local products tasting.

Day 2:

Morning: seaside. Afternoon: 3 hours language lesson . Evening: visit to Gallipoli and the fish market with possibility to dine.

Day 3:

Morning: 3 hours cooking workshop. Afternoon: Visit to Tuglie and the Museum of Farmers Art and to the Mottura wineries. Dinner with local products tasting.

Day 4:

Morning: 3 hours of language lessons. Afternoon: Visit to Muro Leccese, an ancient messapic archaeological site and visit to a firm which produces 150 different kinds of chilli pepper. Dinner with local products tasting

Day 5:

Morning: 4 hours cooking workshop. Free time in the afternoon

Day 6:

Free time in the morning. Afternoon: 3 hours cooking workshop. Evening: tasting and dinner in the garden of B&B Li Messapi

Day 7:

Morning : 2 hours language lessons (final sharing of experiences and evaluation). Departure.

 

PRICE-LIST (INCLUDING TAX)

1 student = € 910,00 (deposit € 150,00)

2 students = € 1100,00 (deposit € 175,00)

3 students = € € 1400,00 (deposit € 200,00)

 

Prices include: course and accomodation with breakfast

Additional cost (visits, aperitives and transfers) € 340,00

 

 

Special Courses in Salento can be booked in other periods throughout the year!

Walks by the seaside and in the countryside can be organized to explore the natural environment in the different seasons.

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The Italian in the Kitchen course is divided into a theoretical part and a practical part.

The theoretical part (10 hours) will introduce you to different aspects of the history of Italian cuisine and teach you the vocabulary by reading specific texts and recipes for famous Italian dishes. Your teacher will also accompany you on a visit to the shops and food markets in the center of Bologna.

The practical part (without the ARCA teacher) consists of 3 meetings of around 3 and a half hours, in a pasta laboratory run by a professional chef, during which you will try your hand at:

  •  making the dough

  •  rolling out the pastry

  •  preparing the fillings

  •  preparing such classic dishes as tortellini, tortelloni, tagliatelle & lasagne


And of course, at the end of the day you will be able to taste the dishes you have prepared!

 

On request the schools can organize (at additional charge):

  •  a visit with the teacher to a traditional baker’s including the chance to sample some typical local products 
 

  •  a visit with the teacher to an enoteca with the chance to sample some typical local wines  
 

  •  a visit with the teacher to a company that produces Modena balsamic vinegar  
 

  •  a visit with the teacher to an olive-oil factory that produces Brisighella oil

 

PRICE-LIST (INCLUDING TAX)

  • 1 WEEK (20 hours)

    1 student = € 990,00

    2 students = € 600,00 each

    3 or more students = € 500,00 each
     
     
  • 2 WEEKS (40 hours)

    1 student = € 1.900,00

    2 students = € 1.100,00 each

    3 or more students = € 800,00 each

Prices include finding and booking accommodation, didactic materials, cultural activities and attendance certificate.

 

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Language (10 hours weekly)

In class you will learn about the history of opera singing and read biographies of the most important composers and musicians whose names are in some way linked to the town or territory: Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Toscanini, Bellini and many others. You will listen to excerpts from different operas and analyze the texts, thus learning to recognize words and patterns which have become obsolete in contemporary Italian.

Workshop (10 hours weekly)

Your teacher will take you to see the Philharmonic Academy where Mozart studied, the beautiful International Museum of Music, the Conservatory, some lute-maker's workshops and many other places.

With your teacher, you can choose to visit towns such as: Parma, hometown of the great conductor Arturo Toscanini, and Busseto, in the house where Giuseppe Verdi, the famous composer, was born.

The possible topics include:

  • (1) History through opera
    "Viva V.E.R.D.I.", as the Italians wrote at the time of the Risorgimento. By studying the great lyric operas we can discover the culture and history of our country. As our president Giorgio Napolitano wrote on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Italian unification: "While recently reviewing, with the aid of eminent scholars, the development of the Italian language as an underlying factor of national unity, we stressed the role of 19th century melodrama, epitomized by Verdi’s masterpieces"

  • (2) The history of music from Orpheus to Lady Gaga
    A musician’s only rule? To break the rules! With the help of the book "Guida ai musicisti che rompono" (2011) written by Massimo Balducci and Federico Capitoni, one of the authors guides us through the great transgressions that made the history of music.

Trips to the important art cities near Bologna: Modena, the town of the Ferrari family, with its splendid cathedral; Ferrara with its evocative castle; Ravenna with its magnificent mosaics and the tomb of Dante Alighieri, etc. These excursions can be arranged at a small charge and with a minimum of 5 participants

Extras

You will be given information about the city's opera- and concert programmes and we will help you to book tickets, if you wish.

PRICE-LIST (INCLUDING TAX)

  • 1 week (20 hours)

    1 student = € 990,00

    2 students = € 600,00 each

    3 or more students = € 500,00 each
     
     
  • 2 weeks (40 hours)

    1 student = € 1.900,00

    2 students = € 1.100,00 each

    3 or more students = € 800,00 each

Prices include finding and booking accommodation, didactic materials, cultural activities and attendance certificate.

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Language (10 hours weekly)

In class, your teacher will hold seminars on individual artists or periods in the history of Art to introduce you to the specific vocabulary. You could take a course on "Michelangelo: painter, sculptor and architect", "Etruscan art" or "Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna". You will also learn more about the themes and artists chosen, by viewing film footage, photographs and other material.

Workshop (10 hours weekly)

These are activities linked to the subject discussed in the morning. You will visit places and monuments relating to the period or artist you are studying: the archaeological museum, Art Gallery (Pinacoteca), the frescoes of Francesco Francia and Lorenzo Costa, sculptures by Alfonso Lombardi, Niccolò dell'Arca and Michelangelo, Roman and Gothic architecture in the many Bolognese churches, and the workshops of lutemakers and ceramicists.

You can choose to visit one of the following cities of art:

  • Venice, unique for its fascinating atmosphere

  • Florence, cradle of the Italian Renaissance

  •  Modena, with its splendid cathedral

  • Parma, ancient city of dukes

  • Ravenna, with its magnificent mosaics

  • Faenza, with its famous art ceramics

Extras

If you wish, you could have a lesson in a craft workshop and try your hand at pottery or watercolour-painting, just to finish off your total immersion into the world of art. You will be given all the information about exhibitions, museums, craft-shops and workshops of the town and its surroundings.

PRICE-LIST (INCLUDING TAX)

  • 1 week (20 hours)

    1 student = € 990,00

    2 students = € 600,00 each

    3 or more students = € 500,00 each
     
     
  • 2 weeks (40 hours)

    1 student = € 1.900,00

    2 students = € 1.100,00 each

    3 or more students = € 800,00 each

Prices include finding and booking accommodation, didactic materials, cultural activities and attendance certificate.

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Language (10 hours weekly)

Because of the vast proportions of the subject, the teacher will hold seminars dealing with one specific subject in class, devoted in particular to contemporary Italian literature, for example:

  • Neorealism and the Resistance in Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno (The Path to the Nest of Spiders) by Italo Calvino, L’Agnese va a morire by Renata Viganò and some writings by the great journalist Enzo Biagi, who passed away recently

  • Italian literature by women writers, studying historical elements and a comparative analysis of Non ti muovere (Don’t Move) by Margareth Mazzantini, from which the film by Sergio Castellitto was made, and Sono pazza di te by Rossana Campo.

Workshop (10 hours weekly)

There will be the opportunity to go to book-presentations at one of the many bookshops in town, such as Libreria delle donne or Feltrinelli, and to Italian literature lectures at the Faculty of Letters of the oldest university in Europe. And you will also be able to watch a film-showing during the Bologna cinema and literature festival Le parole dello schermo.

You may choose to visit significant places or events with your teacher, such as:

  • The Mantua Festival of Literature in September

  • Florence, the hometown of Dante Alighieri, father of Italian

  • Ferrara, the town where Ludovico Ariosto lived, author of Orlando furioso
    (The Frenzy of Orlando)

Extras

You will be given detailed information about the most important events concerning public readings, encounters with authors and much more.

PRICE-LIST (INCLUDING TAX)

  • 1 week (20 hours)

    1 student = € 990,00

    2 students = € 600,00 each

    3 or more students = € 500,00 each
     
     
  • 2 weeks (40 hours)

    1 student = € 1.900,00

    2 students = € 1.100,00 each

    3 or more students = € 800,00 each

Prices include finding and booking accommodation, didactic materials, cultural activities and attendance certificate.

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Language (10 hours weekly)

In class, you will learn about the Italian language of the cinema, by reading reviews, specialist newspaper articles and extracts from specific books, as well as viewing excerpts from television programmes dedicated to the "seventh art". Your teacher will also introduce you to the history of Italian cinema by showing you footage from some of its masterpieces.

Workshop (10 hours weekly)

You will visit places in Bologna linked to the cinema: the cineteca, housing one of the most important film collections in Italy, with its two film theatres where you can view a number of movies, the film library next door to it, as well as many locations around town where films have been shot. Your teacher will guide you in your reading of film-scripts and you can try your hand at script-writing yourself, if you feel so inclined.

In addition (at extra cost), you can choose to visit other towns with your teacher, such as:

  • Rimini, the hometown of Fellini

  • Venice during the world-famous film-festival, which takes place in late August / early September

Extras

You will be given information on the film screenings in town and suggestions about places to see in Italy, such as the cinema museum in Turin, the film festivals in Bologna, Venice, Turin, Rome and other cities.

PRICE-LIST (INCLUDING TAX)

  • 1 week (20 hours)

    1 student = € 990,00

    2 students = € 600,00 each

    3 or more students = € 500,00 each
     
     
  • 2 weeks (40 hours)

    1 student = € 1.900,00

    2 students = € 1.100,00 each

    3 or more students = € 800,00 each

Prices include finding and booking accommodation, didactic materials, cultural activities and attendance certificate.

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An individual course, centered around the language of business and commerce, using specific texts, listening- activities and role-play simulating real-life work situations.

Lesson times are flexible in order to cater better to your needs. You can even choose to have an individual course in addition to the morning group course. We call this a combined course.

PRICE-LIST (INCLUDING TAX)

  • 10 hours = € 420,00
     
  • 20 hours = € 840,00
     
  • 30 hours = € 1.260,00

Prices include finding and booking accommodation, didactic materials, cultural activities and attendance certificate.

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Too busy to join our morning classes? Want to learn Italian in your free time?

ASK ARCA! ...New Italian courses at Arca starting now!

  • MIDDAY SESSION: Use your lunch break to learn Italian. Our teaching-staff will be delighted to help!

  • EVENING SESSION: Join this course especially designed for people like you, who are busy during the day

 

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