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Cultural and Recreational Activities in Florence, Italy

Aside from regular courses the Accademia offers optional cultural and recreational activities covering the entire week to ensure not only the enjoyment and cultural fulfillment of the students, but also to encourage them to practice the language in all of its aspects.

These activities are fundamental in contributing to the creation of a relaxed and familiar atmosphere that involves students, teachers and staff and facilitates the constant monitoring of the progress of each individual student.

The cost of the recreational activities is included in the course price. What you will have to pay are the entrances tickets for museums, operas etc., bus and train tickets and meals.


Fieldtrips and Excursions

At least 2 Sundays each month Accademia Europea di Firenze organizes visits and fieldtrips to places of artistic and cultural interest. An art history instructor accompanies the students along an itinerary of the most significant monuments and museums, illustrating the historic and artistic aspects. The destinations to be visited depend on the time of year and the on the presence of special events/art shows, etc.


Walking Tours of Florence

The first Tuesday of each course, an art history teacher leads the students on a tour to familiarize them with the city and to discover its most interesting aspects. During the month, other walking tours and visits are scheduled to exhibits and other characteristic events; every Saturday morning there is a visit to a museum, church, gallery, or other place of cultural interest.


Conferences

A least once a week, conferences on various subjects (art, cinema, music, literature or politics) are held by instructors or professionals in these fields.


Music

One afternoon each week students can attend seminars on popular Italian music: a teacher talks about the song-writers, explains the lyrics, and guides the students through listening to the songs of some of Italy’s most famous artists (Domenico Modugno, Mina, Gino Paoli) as well as some of the younger generation of pop/rock stars (Gianna Nannini, Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti).

Three encounters per week are dedicated to lyrical music: a musicologist explains, introduces and guides students through the most significant moments of the opera in schedule. During the festivals and concert/opera seasons, the seminars will focus on the opera and the composers whose works are being presented in the theaters.


Evening at the Opera

During the opera season and important festivals (Arena di Verona, Puccini Festival, Rossini Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, etc.) Accademia Europea di Firenze will organize group trips to the most interesting operas in schedule.


Cinema and Theater

Once a week, there is a seminar dedicated to Italian cinema: the students are invited to watch a film chosen from amongst the Italian classics (Fellini, Rossellini, De Sica, etc.) or from contemporary directors (Salvatores, Scola, Tornatore, etc.).

Group trips to cinema and theater in the city, will also be arranged from time to time.


Artisans Workshops, Markets

To know Florence is to visit some of the numerous workshops where artisans still create hand-crafted wares, often by using age-old techniques, which have made Florence famous for its manufactured goods. The Accademia will arrange visits to leather workshops, gold and silver workshops, restoration centers, antique shops, and other places which are characteristic for their art or profession.


Visits to Farm-Houses and Wine Estates

Just as famous as the city of Florence is the Tuscan country-side, with its wine and olive oil regions. Visits will be arranged to farms that produce these and other typical, local products, allowing students to observe first-hand how wine and olive oil are produced, in the beauty of the rolling hills lined with cypress; where man and nature work in harmony, incorporating both innovative and ancient techniques. Of course during the visit there will be a tasting of the local products.


Lunches, Dinners, Parties

The Accademia encourages its students to socialize with each other and with the world outside the school, and therefore organizes weekly occasions for getting together in the local restaurants and clubs.


Example of the Activities Calendar
1st Week Schedule Program
Monday 12:00 p.m. Presentation of Accademia Europea di Firenze courses
  8:00 p.m. Dinner at a local trattoria
Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Walking tour of Florence
Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Presentation of the cultural activities for the month
  5:00 p.m. Presentation of the Music Department’s activities
Thursday 4:00 p.m. Opera seminar: Orfeo by C. Monteverdi
Friday 4:00 p.m. Film: "La dolce vita" by F. Fellini
  8:00 p.m. Dinner at a local trattoria
Saturday 10:00 a.m. Visit to Accademia Gallery with an art history instructor
Sunday   Fieldtrip to Bologna with an art history instructor
2nd Week Schedule Program
Monday 4:00 p.m. Conference: "Masaccio & Brunelleschi in Florence"
Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Italian Music seminar: the songs of Gianna Nannini
Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Walking tour of the Boboli gardens with an art history instructor
Thursday 4:00 p.m. Opera seminar: Rigoletto by G. Verdi
Friday 4:00 p.m. Film: “Nuovo cinema paradiso” by G. Tornatore
  8:00 p.m. Dinner at a local trattoria
Saturday 10:00 a.m. Visit to the Brancacci Chapel with an art history instructor
Sunday   Fieldtrip to Siena with an art history instructor
3rd Week Schedule Program
Monday 4:00 p.m. Conference by Prof. Rodolfo Tommasi: "The birth of Opera”
Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Italian Music seminar: The songs of Lucio Battisti
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. Lunch: a sampling of typical Italian cuisine.
Thursday 4:00 p.m. Opera seminar: GianniSchicchi by G. Puccini
Friday 4:00 p.m. Film: "Un Americano a Roma" by Steno
  8:00 p.m. Dinner in a local trattoria
Saturday 10:00 a.m. Visit to the Uffizi Gallery with an art history instructor.
4th Week Schedule Program
Monday 4:00 p.m. Conference by Dr. Edy Frollano: "The Renaissance and Literature "
Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Italian Music: the songs of Andrea Bocelli
Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Film: "La vita è bella" by R. Benigni
Thursday 6:30 p.m. Accademia Europea’s singing and music students recital
  7:30 p.m. Accademia Europea’s Art students exhibit their work
Friday 11:00 a.m. Farewell party with presentation of certificates and diplomas,



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