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Italian Over 50 Course: Siena

Siena is a beautiful, compact historic town and appeals to mature students looking to follow a relaxed, interesting Over 50 Course in Spring or Autumn, each year.
Levels offered Beginner to Advanced
Age range 50 yrs+
Course duration 1 or 2 weeks 
Number of lessons 20 lessons per week
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 12 students

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Combining your language studies with a busy activity programme creates a fun, rewarding course. Ideal for mature students looking to improve their Italian language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in morning classes.

  • In the morning, follow Italian group lessons according to your language level
  • In the afternoons (or evenings) enjoy a guided cultural activity programme
  • Programme itinerary is subject to change
  • Group lessons follow the Standard Course format
  • Set start dates are offered
Course Fees
CESA admin fee € 60.00 per person
Tuition 1 week  €615.00 2 weeks  €1165.00
Italian Host/ess  Single room
B&B 1 week  €228.00 2 weeks  €377.00
Half-board 1 week  €312.00 2 weeks  €559.00
Italian Host/ess  Shared rm (couples or friends only)
B&B 1 week  €174.00 2 weeks  €286.00
Half-board 1 week  €258.00 2 weeks  €468.00
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Course Dates 2021

17 May 13 Sept 11 Oct

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

Siena: Piazza

Siena: Time to relax

Siena: Cathedral

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
Beginners start their class at 09.00.  Non-beginners will take a Language Level test to determine their class placement.
The class lists and timetables will be made available on the message board and non-beginners will start classes either in the morning or afternoon according to the schedule of the week.


First Week

  • Guided city tour and local aperitif in the famous ‘Campo’ (square) in Siena
  • Visit the magnificent Siena Duomo, a truly impressive and imposing cathedral
  • Relax and enjoy a half day excursion to the Rapolano Spa
  • Tour the fascinating fountains of Siena with an Italian guide
  • Savour  some Italian foods, with a ‘Pecorino’ cheese tasting session, accompanied by a selection of honey and marmalade

Second Week

  • Escape Siena and experience a weekend excursion through Southern Tuscany
  • Be tempted by Tuscan cuisine during a cookery lesson and tasting session
  • Participate in a guided tour of the ‘Palazzo Pubblico’ (Siena’s graceful gothic town hall)
  • Learn about Italian wine from an expert Sommelier at a wine tasting session
  • Finish your trip with a traditional Tuscan dinner with your group leader in a renowned local restaurant


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

  • Italian hosts, single room, half-board (shared rooms for couples)
  • 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 Siena.  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 or Pisa Intl airport and then take the train to Siena. You can then take a taxi to your accommodation.