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A course of Italian language and art spanning several centuries of Italian history to get to know some aspects of painting, sculpture and architecture of the major artistic movements in Tuscany.

Duration: 1 week.

Starting dates in 2017: May 29, June 26, August 21 and September 25.

Linguistic level: participation is possible for students with a knowledge of Italian at least of intermediate level.
A basic glossary of architecture, sculpture, painting and ceramics will be given to all participants.

Minimum number of participants: 2

The week program: Saturday or Sunday: arrival at the chosen accomodation. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Italian language classes in small groups of maximum 10 students, divided according to their levels, from 9:15 am to 1:00 pm. --After class activities: Monday afternoon: Lucca, first part: a walk through the history and art of Lucca from the Roman period (2nd century B.C.) to the Lombard rule (8th century A.D.). Tuesday afternoon: Trip to Montelupo Fiorentino. Participants will visit the Museum of Ceramics which contains a large collection of ceramic works from the 14th to the 18th century. Wednesday: whole day trip to Florence – in the morning visit to the Accademia Gallery displaying a collection of some 300 paintings covering a span of three centuries (14th to 16th), with works by great artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Filippo Lippi - and especially the majestic statue of David by Michelangelo.
In the afternoon, visit of the beautiful Basilica of Santa Croce.
Thursday afternoon: trip to Livorno and visit to the museum dedicated to Giovanni Fattori, the most important representative of the painting school of Macchiaioli, which flourished in Tuscany between the 19th and the 20th century.
Besides masterpieces by Fattori, the museum, housed in a wonderful Art Nouveau building, also displays paintings by other artists of the same period, portraying everyday life in Italy and Tuscany from the Renaissance to the early 20th century.
Friday afternoon: Lucca, second part: from the 10th to the 16th century. Visit of the church of San Martino, Lucca Cathedral, with works by Civitali, Tintoretto and Jacopo della Quercia. View of the city from the bell tower of the cathedral.
In the evening, farewell dinner together at a restaurant of the city center.
Saturday: Departure.

Course price: 560 €.


Florence, Santa Croce BasilicaFlorence, Accademia GalleryLeghorn, Fattori Museum Leghorn Mascagni TerraceLeghorn, Villa Gibelli-Fattori MuseumLucca, San Martino CathedralLucca, Amphiteather Piazza Montelupo Fiorentino, Ceramics Museum