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A course in Italian language in class and outside in the nature: a perfect program to practise Italian in the open air while discovering little known places and aspects of the Italian culture.

The hiking tours are intended as itinerant language lessons with an Italian language teacher and reserved to Italian language students of LIS.

Course duration: one week.

2024 starting dates: 26 February, 25 March, 15 April (Fully booked), 13 May, 27 May, 9 September, 23 September, 7 October, 21 October.

Linguistic level: participation is possible for students with a knowledge of Italian at least of intermediate level.

Minimum number of participants: 2

Program: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Italian language lesson in small groups of maximum 10 students and same level of knowledge from 9.15 am to 1 pm, at school. -- An example of after class activities** -- Monday afternoon: Hike in the hills of Lucca and welcome dinner at a typical restaurant. Tuesday afternoon: a hiking tour in Garfagnana, or in the Lima Valley, or on the Apuan Alps, the mountain areas situated to the north of Lucca, to discover the peculiar aspects of the region. Wednesday: whole day trip to the coastal area, for example to Cinque Terre or on the Piombino promontory, or into the Park of Migliarino San Rossore, and hiking tour to discover the history and culture of those territories.
Lunch at one's own leisure. Return to Lucca at about 6 pm.
Thursday afternoon: A hike in the countryside surrounding Lucca. Friday afternoon: Leisure time.

Price of the course 695€, including Italian language classes, transport expenses, and the dinner on Monday evening.

** The open-air lessons proposed are suitable for students who like to walk in the nature. The duration of the walkings is variable, usually about 3 hours and most paths have up- and downhill stretches.
A healthy condition is required. It is mandatory to wear hiking shoes with carved soles (absolutely no smooth soles). Without this type of shoes, for your safety it won't be possible to participate in some of the walks.
We advise to wear comfortable layered clothing, and to bring a waterproof jacket. In case of hard rain or any type of weather alert (e.g. strong winds) the activities will be substituted/postponed or refunded.

The schedule of activities can be modified for organisational reasons. The definitive program for the week will be decided according to the weather conditions and the season temperatures, and will be presented to the participants on Monday morning.


By the sea in MaremmaCountry walk between Certaldo and San GimignanoIn the Lecciona Park in ViareggioA century-old chestnut tree in Garfagnana Walking at Cinque TerreWalking on Mount MatannaBefore the walk on the banks of river SerchiorCinque Terre Trails