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Bread, wine and language

This program is aimed at those who would like to combine the language Standard Course with other aspects of the Italian way of life: food, wine and, last but not least, the Tuscan countryside while having fun and making new friends. "Bread, Wine and Language" has a duration of one week and is held in Lucca. It can be easily combined, at very advantageous prices, with one or more additional weeks of the Standard Course.

Wine tastings will be held by a professional AIS Sommelier. The olive oil tasting will be held by a certified "Maestro d'olio".

Bread, wine and language
20 hrs/week group course + wine tour, guided wine tastings, cooking lesson and dinner

An Example of a program

Monday
8.45 assessment test and first language lesson.
17.00 at school, a brief explanation of our program of activities
17.30 A Taste of Lucca. A food and wine lovers' walking tour of the town, introducing not only the historical centre within the city walls but also the traditional ingredients and specialties of the area and the individual specialist food and wine shops that still flourish in town.

Tuesday
16.30 at school
Understanding Olive Oil unique path between the different varieties of olives, the techniques of production, harvesting and tasting. A certified "Master of Oil" will teach you how to recognize, choose and properly match foods with different types of oil.

Wednesday
16.30 at school
The enjoyment of food: flavours, textures, techniques. A cooking class based on the rich seasonal variety of Tuscan cuisine. We prepare and taste traditional dishes based on local ingredients. Dinner.

Thursday
16.30 at school
The pleasures of wine. Using the senses: look, smell, taste - enjoy!
Interpreting the information on the label to learn how to taste wine through the three senses. First, we appreciate the colour and consistency of the wine in the glass, then we savour the fragrance in all its complexity. Finally, we taste it, exploring its flavour. During our guided tasting we will have the opportunity to fully employ these techniques.

Friday
16:00 at school
A landscape of wine grapes and olive trees.
The hills above Lucca are home to the noted Colline Lucchesi DOC wines.
During our visit to this beautiful wine producing area, we follow the fascinating process of wine production from vineyard to glass and explore the art and science of grape growing and winemaking. We enjoy a comparative tasting of both red and white wines. We round off the evening with a dinner in a restaurant where we enjoy a tasting menu of perfectly matched specialty food and wines.

Language lessons (20 hrs/week) are from Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 13.00 with a coffee break (20’) around 11.00.

The program includes:
  • Assessment test
  • Language lessons
  • 3 meals
  • 1 olive oil tasting
  • 2 wine tastings
  • 1 cookery classes
  • 1 city tour
  • 1 excursion

Price of the course: € 560

Start dates 2018

March 26; April 09; May 7; May 21; June 04; June 18, July 16; August 27; September 10; September 24; October 8; October 22

Special price for one additional week of Italian Language and Culture Course: €150

Cooking with "Mamma"

This course offers a unique chance to combine learning with cooking: you will practise the Italian language in the morning and enjoy cooking typical Tuscan dinners with a very special tutor: an Italian “mamma”! A great opportunity to improve the language in a pleasantly authentic context. This program can easily be combined with one or more additional weeks in the frame of the Standard Course at very affordable prices.

Cooking with "Mamma"
The course includes:

20 hrs/week group course Monday to Friday 9.00 – 13.00, optional afternoon activities, 4 cooking classes including dinner, homestay accommodation in a single room, breakfast included.

Please specify your Italian language level upon enrolment.
Starting dates: every week (every 2 weeks for absolute beginners).
On your arrival, we will test your knowledge of Italian in order for you to join the right class.
1 week-language program including accommodation (single room with breakfast):€ 760

Walking and talking

The program is designed for those who love walking and combines the Italian Language and Culture Course in the morning with outdoor afternoon activities to discover the countless features of the Tuscan landscape. Even in the limited space of an afternoon, the peculiar geographical position of Lucca offers the opportunity to experience a hidden and lesser known but fascinating area of the region, off the beaten tracks.

Walking and talking
16 hours of group course + 4 half day excursions + 1 full day excursion + welcome drink + 3 meals + private and public transportation

The program includes: Italian Language and Culture Course over 4 days from 9.00 to 13.00 for the total of 16 hours/week; 4 half day excursions with a teacher/guide; 1 full day excursion with a teacher/guide; a welcome drink; 3 meals; private and public transportation.

Monday
La città:
An urban walk “The City from the Walls”
This walk will help students get to know Lucca and the surrounding areas from the viewpoint of the Renaissance walls that encircles the city. The impressive green belt surrounding the historical center proposes a special way to admire the ever-changing scenery of the beautiful view of hills in the distance, or the city below with its unique charm of an ancient history and a modern daily life.
The walk ends with a welcoming drink at one of Lucca’s bars.

Tuesday
La collina:
A walk through the olive groves and vineyards that surround the historical homes of the old nobility of Lucca.
When you think about Tuscany, you probably visualize medieval villages, old churches, green cypress-lined roads and even hidden corners, set within a picturesque landscape of green fields, vineyards, silvery-green olive trees and rolling down hills. Well the good news is that it genuinely exists!
We round off the evening enjoying fresh local Tuscan food and good wine.

Wednesday
Il mare:
A walk down by the sea.
This walk starts in the Natural Park along the beautiful Tuscan coastline, where students will walk through the shaded paths snaking through copses of oak, alder, pine and juniper trees and explore the moorlands and the dunes, before finally reaching the sandy beaches of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Thursday
La montagna (full day excursion):
A walk through the mountains.
This walk will take students through the mountains north of Lucca, known as Garfagnana, the “green lungs of Tuscany.” Lunch in a typical local trattoria. In the afternoon the walk will continue to Barga, the most charming town of the region.

Friday
Il lago:
"The village of Massaciuccoli in the footsteps of Giacomo Puccini"
Massaciuccoli lake is a natural area which stretches between the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea and an impressive hillside. Its big environmental heritage is home to many unique animals and plants and the wildlife oasis and the Roman ruins from the 1st Century AD will make our hike unique. The steep mountainsides of the Apuan Alps defines this suggestive wide area of land. The excursion will end at Osteria Le Terme where we will enjoy locally produced salumi and other typical products.

Please note that the course requires a minimum of two participants.

1 week program

Price:€ 590

Start dates 2018: March 12, April 23, September 24, October 22, November 5

Course program

The walking tours are designed for those who love walking. The routes are not particularly demanding, however, good health conditions are required. The duration of the walks varies from 3 to 5 hours along flat and wooded trails that will have some differences in height.
We recommend to wear hiking shoes and layered clothing to adjust to changing weather conditions.In the case of adverse weather conditions, the school reserves the right to make changes to the program that will be promptly communicated. Students will be covered by insurance in case of any accident that might occur during the excursions.

Special price for one additional week of Italian Language and Culture Course, € 150
Travel and Learn: The seaside and the city
2 week course: 1 week on Capraia Island + 1 week in Lucca or Florence

1 week in Capraia includes:
  • Transfers from/to the port of Livorno to/from Capraia with a Toremar ferry (about 3 hours each way)
  • Self catering accommodation: single room in apartment shared with the tutor
  • Individual course of Italian Language and Culture: 15 hrs/week on 5 mornings, 3 hrs/day
  • 2 excursions: walking two hiking paths exploring the coastline and the interior **
  • 1 cruise around the island on a small boat (2 hours)
  • 1 guided tour of the village and the surrounding area
  • 1 dinner
  • Assistance on the island

** The walking trails wind along internal paths (mule tracks) and coastal paths that, although presenting some differences in height, do not require special athletic training. It requires a state of good health, weatherproof basic equipment (windproof jacket, hat etc.) and above all good trekking shoes, in addition to the desire to be outdoors to enjoy the wonderful seascapes that the island offers.

1 week in Lucca or in Florence includes:
  • Italian course: 20 hours of group lessons, 4 hours a day from 9.00 to 13.00 + optional afternoon activities according to the program of the Course of Italian Language and Culture
  • Accommodation in a single room with use of private kitchen
Fee including course, accommodation and activities: € 1580

To learn more about Capraia: www.isoladicapraia.it

Travel and Learn: The seaside and the city

The program offers the possibility of knowing two very different aspects that also distinguish the beauties of Tuscany, even the less obvious ones.
In the collective imagination of Tuscany, made of art cities and hilly landscapes, the marine scenery is often not included. Actually, more than a third of Tuscany's perimeter is characterised by the sea: the islands in particular reveal an unexpected face and above all a surprising variety in plants, animals and human settlements.
Capraia Island is part of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, the largest marine park in Italy and the largest protected marine area in Europe.

Tutor course on the island

This program allows you to learn and practise Italian with a personal tutor in an exceptional location: wonderful Capraia, one of the most suggestive islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. Travel, accommodation, excursions and assistance are included and completely organized by Koinè in order to make your stay a truly unique and relaxing experience.

Tutor course on the island
The program includes:
  • individual course of Italian Language and Culture: 15 hrs/week on 5 mornings, 3 hrs/day
  • transfer from/to the port of Livorno to/from Capraia by Toremar ferry (about 3 hours each way)
  • self catering accommodation: single room in apartment shared with the tutor
  • 2 excursions: walking two hiking paths exploring the coastline and the interior
  • 1 cruise around the island on a small boat (2 hours)
  • 1 guided tour of the village and the surrounding area
  • 1 dinner
  • supervision and assistance by Koinè staff

Duration: 1 week

Course fee: € 1320

The trails are easy walks, though they may have some climbs. Please make sure you bring appropriate shoes, preferably hiking boots. The paths offer panoramic views in all directions. Be prepared to be dazzled by the stark contrast between the views of the Tuscan coast in the distance, the sea below and the local agriculture with its vineyards.
Italian language and art
Italian Language and Culture Course: 20 hrs/week group course in the morning, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with a coffee break (20’) at 11:00 am + optional afternoon activities: lectures, excursions and guided visits.

Art workshop:2 or 3 lessons/week held in a traditional atelier of a Florentine Maestro for 2, 3, or 4 weeks. Every lesson has a duration of 3 hours.

Painting, drawing and sculpture lessons with different techniques are offered for beginners and advanced and no qualifications or special knowledge of a subject is required unless specified.

Participants can select in advance the artistic discipline that best suits their interests.

Students will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course

Mario Pachioli has studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze - Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. His figurative and personal style has brought him to give numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad including Museo del Bargello in Florence. His ability to communicate and convey his knowledge, his sensitivity and culture in a clear and efficient way have made him a valuable collaborator for our school.

Starting dates: every week (every 2 weeks for absolute beginners).

2 weeks 12 hrs Art + 40 hrs/Language € 600

Italian language and art

The program combines the Italian Language and Culture course with art lessons. It caters for students who want to learn drawing, or painting, or sculpture, even for well experienced students who want to improve their techniques and learn how to better express their creativity. The workshop is tailor-made and the tutor will follow the progress of each participant, who will have the opportunity to complete a personal portfolio with their works.
For this workshop, Koinè takes advantage of the experience and professionalism of the artist Mario Pachioli.

Italian language and photography workshop

This course combines the study of the Italian language with the interest in photography at different levels, from amateur to advanced, addressing those who want to learn or improve the technique taking advantage of the architectural subjects and natural beauties that characterize our places.
The lessons of the photography workshop are carefully designed according to individual interests and skills (fashion, landscape, architecture, portrait, etc.) as well as to any professional requirements.

Italian language and photography workshop
80 hrs group class in the morning + optional afternoon activities + Photography Workshop (22 hrs) in the afternoon

The course has a duration of four weeks according to the following schedule:

Italian Language and Culture Course: 20 hrs/week group course in the morning, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with a coffee break (20’) at 11:00 am + optional afternoon activities: lectures, excursions and guided visits.

Photography Workshop: 22 hours divided into 2, 3 or 4 weeks with 2 or 3 meetings/week of around 3 hours each. Main subjects: travel, street, architecture, landscape, portrait, portrait set, fashion, sport. Tips and "tricks" of the trade.

The photography workshop includes both a theoretical and a practical part. Participants will be asked to create their own personal portfolio. At the end of the course, they will receive a certificate of attendance.

No specific professional training is required, unless on the basis of special needs and programs that must be agreed in advance.

Starting dates: every week (every 2 weeks for absolute beginners).

4 week course fee: € 1410

Speak and taste italian in Lucca

How to survive during your vacation in Italy eating in a restaurant, asking for information, buying something?

  • A 2 hour lesson of Italian at school that will make your stay easier and funnier.
  • 2 hours of after school activity to practise what you learnt including lunch with a teacher in a trattoria, tasting typical food and wine.

Speak and taste italian in Lucca
2 hrs/day lesson of Italian Language + 2 hrs/day of after school activity + lunch.

Tour details: starting from Koinè Center (via dei Tabacchi, 5) towards piazza Napoleone, then to piazza San Michele and to via Buia (close to via Fillungo). Lunch will take place in piazza del Carmine, in front of the old Lucca market.

Duration: 4 hours

Prices:

  • 1 person: Euro 140
  • 2 persons: Euro 180 (90 each)
  • 3 persons: Euro 210 (70 each)

Validity of the offer: all year round

To enrol in this course, please contact us at info@koinecenter.com

Speak and taste Italian in Florence

Would you like to learn basic Italian Language and be able to eat in a restaurant, ask for information and go shopping?

  • A 2 hours lesson of Italian at school that will make your stay easy and fun.
  • 2 hours of after school activity to practise what you've learnt including a light lunch with a teacher in a typical "trattoria" with a teacher, tasting typical food and wine.

Speak and taste Italian in Florence
2 hrs./day lesson of Italian Language + 2 hrs./day of after school activity + lunch

Tour details: starting from Koinè school (Borgo Santa Croce n.17) towards Sant'Ambrogio Market (piazza Ghiberti) and then back to the city centre for lunch in a typical Florentine trattoria.

Duration: 4 hours

Prices:

  • 1 person: Euro 140
  • 2 persons: Euro 180 (90 each)
  • 3 persons: Euro 210 (70 each)

Validity of the offer: all year round

To enrol in this course, please contact us at info@koinecenter.com