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Italian Over 50 Course: Florence

Florence is historic, compact and frankly gorgeous! The activity programme is hugely popular with past students.  You can stay with local Hotels or with local hosts (perfect for practising your Italian!).
Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Age range50 yrs+
Course duration1 or 2 weeks 
Number of lessons20 lessons per week
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
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Open to students aged 50 yrs+

AM: Italian language group lessons (classes determined by placement test)

Afternoon or evening: A social and cultural activity programme

Programme itinerary subject to change

Group lessons follow the Standard Course format

Set start dates are offered

Open to students of all language levels, these courses concentrate on developing general language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and are always held in Italian.

These short term Italian courses are aimed at those who need to build on current skills or who want to learn Italian in Florence, from scratch on an Italian immersion course, with their peers.

Older adults are placed in classes together wherever viable, however if necessary a student/s is placed in a class with a mixed aged group to ensure the language tuition is appropriate for their skill level.

Course Fees
CESA admin fee € 50.00 per person
Tuition1 week  €520.002 weeks  €960.00
Italian Host/ess  Single room
B&B1 week  €204.002 weeks  €306.00
Half-board1 week  €276.002 weeks  €462.00
Italian Host/ess  Shared rm (couples or friends only)
B&B1 week  €156.002 weeks  €241.00
Half-board1 week  €228.002 weeks  €397.00
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Course Dates 2017

03 April15 May11 Sept09 Oct

Public Holidays: Whilst there are public holidays during the year, they don’t coincide with the Over 50 course dates.

Practical Information

– Where a language group of the correct level cannot be made up of just students on the Over 50 course, students are incorporated into the open classes of the Standard Course, offered to all language levels
– Accommodation is carefully chosen and is generally within 20-30 minutes of the school by foot or public transport
– All activities are guided and commentary is provided in Italian

First Day

Arrival at school for everyone (whatever their language level): 08.30 hrs
Language level tests are held first thing to determine your class placement.
In the afternoon the class lists and timetables will be made available on the notice-board.
Beginners will start their course on the first Monday, other students will begin on Tuesday.

Florence: Wine shopping in Italian

Florence: City view

Florence: Over 50 Evening meal

Activities

First Week:
Enjoy a guided tour of Florence, a half-day excursion to the Chianti vineyards, take a trip to a wine cellar and sample a local specialty, a ‘merenda’ (this is a typical Tuscan afternoon snack); participate in a guided history of art visit (all in Italian of course!) and also tour of some local Artisan workshops (ceramics, etching, Florentine paper, shoemaker etc) and round off the week with a traditional Italian dinner in a typical ‘Trattoria’ in the city.

Second Week:
Escape the classroom at the weekend, with a guided group excursion in Tuscany to Siena, Pisa or Lucca.
In the second week visit Fiesole and the Roman Theatre or the Renaissance Villas and Gardens with a guide, take a tour of the Fashion Workshops or indulge yourself with some shopping in the famous Outlet stores, indulge your taste for Italian food in a Tuscan cookery class, visit one of Florence’s many museums or enjoy an ‘Apericena’ in a historic ‘Palazzo’ (a rich Italian buffet of traditional Florentine snacks)

Accommodation

You are welcome to choose from a range of accommodation choices:

  • Italian hosts, single room, B&B or half-board (shared rooms can be offered to couples/friends)
  • Shared apartment are offered but are not recommended for mature students
  • Hotels or Studios for sole occupancy
  • or feel free to make your own arrangements

Please note it is not possible to offer a private bathroom with host accommodation in Florence.  If this is important to you, please discuss this with the CESA staff.

Travel & Transfer

Arrive: Sunday PM
Depart: Saturday AM

We recommend students fly to Florence’s Intl airport: Amerigo Vespucci Airport
If arriving in Florence, you can either book the Italian language school private transfer or make your own way into the city centre and your accommodation.