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Italian Over 50s Course: Viareggio

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A famous Tuscan coastal resort, Viareggio offers a 2 week Over 50 Course twice a year. Combine your Italian language studies with a lively social programme, including a cookery session, a visit to the Puccini museum and wine tasting!
Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Age range50 yrs+
Course duration2 weeks 
Number of lessons20 lessons per week
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
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Students learn Italian in a pleasant and relaxing environment in environment, accompanied by a wide variety of cultural activities.

The Standard Italian course is designed to improve language and conversational skills, and heighten the awareness and appreciation of the Italian culture.

Course Fees
CESA admin fee € 50.00 per person
Tuition2 weeks  €830.00
Italian Host/ess  Single room
B&B2 weeks  €306.00
Shared apartment   Single room
Self-catering2 weeks  €241.00
Mini residence  Single room
Self-catering2 weeks  €892.00
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Course Dates 2017

05 June11 Sept

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

Activities

  • Orientation tour of the city and introduction to the Liberty Architecture period with visits to the “Promenade Regina Margherita” and the “Gran Café”
  • Melodrama: Introduction to Puccini’s Operas, with live auditing (Giardini Sonori)
  • Cooking class with typical Mediterranean dinner
  • Afternoon excursion to Torre del Lago with visit to Puccini’s house and museum
  • Wine tasting guided by expert sommeliers: Tuscan reds paired with regional Italian cheeses and bread
  • Seminar on ‘gelati italiani’ (Italian Ice Cream)
  • Weekend day trip to Florence

First Day

Students are expected at 08.15 hrs on the first day (generally Monday, unless there is a public holiday)

Practical Information

If there is only one participant, they will be placed on the Combined 20 + 5 Course.
All organized school activities are free of charge for this participant.
Generally though the school expects there to be approx 5 students on this course.

Travel & Transfer

Arrive: Sunday PM
Depart: Saturday AM

We recommend students fly to Pisa airport and then take the train or a taxi to Viareggio.

You are welcome to book a transfer service at an additional cost from Pisa airport.

Accommodation

In Viareggio students can choose to stay with local Italian hosts, in small local hotels or shared apartments.

You can choose to stay with local Italian hosts, who live in apartments in Viareggio.  The school can arrange either single or shared rooms (shared rooms are only on offer if travelling as a couple or with a friend) on a Bed and breakfast basis or breakfast and evening meal arrangement. Staying with hosts enables you to practise speaking Italian with local people outside of class. As a rule hosts are around 20 minutes commute from the school. The apartments consist of a communal kitchen and bathroom and a single or shared (for friends only) bedroom each. Apartments are either shared with local Italian people or other language students.