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Enjoy Siena’s beautifully preserved medieval character, traditions and artistic treasures. Study Italian in a 17th-century palazzo with magnificent frescoes, by the Lizza gardens, and in the 13th-century Cloister of San Domenico, an inspirational setting for the study of Italian language, art and culture.

As a city of contrasts, you’ll find calm and tranquility in the hidden back streets as well as the hectic Palio preparations, race and celebrations which go on in the main squares for over half a year. Siena is a small city but has a large student population (of both Italians and foreigners), meaning that there are plenty of places to go and things to do in your free time - from bars and clubs to restaurants and pizzerias; from theatres and cinemas to museums and art galleries.

Dates: Courses start every Monday, year round, except for beginners.

Beginners can start on of the following dates, in 2004:

05, 19 January
02, 16 February
01, 15, 22, 29 March
05, 19, 26 April
03, 17, 24, 31 May
07, 14, 21, 28 June

05, 12, 19, 26 July
02, 09, 23, 30 August
06, 20, 27 September
11, 25 October
02, 15, 22, 29 November
06, 13 December

Beginners can start on of the following dates, in 2005:

10, 24 January
07, 21 February
07, 21 March
04, 11, 18 April
02, 16, 30 May
06, 13, 20, 27 June

04, 11, 18, 25 July
01, 08, 22, 29 August
05, 12, 19, 26 September
03, 17, 31 October
07, 21, 28 November
05, 12 December

 

Instant email inquiry:

siena@eduvacations.com

Minimum age:

17

Getting there:

35 miles from Florence; take the express coach from Florence to Siena if you arrive via air or train in Florence. The bus station is located at the Piazza della Stazione S. Maria Novella. Ask for the express (“rapida”) or direct (“diretta”) ticket. Other nearby airports are Pisa, Bologna or Rome; you can reach Siena by train or bus. The school organizes pick up service upon request.


Airport transfer from:  Pisa, Florence, Bologna, Rome
All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

Pisa Airport: € 145 one way
(+50% for arrivals between 8 pm and 8 am)

Florence Airport: € 130 one way
(+50% for arrivals between 8 pm and 8 am)

Bologna Airport: € 150 one way
(+50% for arrivals between 8 pm and 8 am)

Rome Airport: € 235 one way
(+50% for arrivals between 8 pm and 8 am)

Note: Transfer can also be book from the train station of Siena at the rate of € 26 one way
(+50% for arrivals between 8 pm and 8 am)

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Program Information
 
Program Details
 
Standard Italian
Basic Italian
Basic Plus
Intensive Italian & Conversation
Combined 1 or 2
G.B.U.
Bareto VIP
Viterbo Full Immersion - Study In & Live In Your Teacher’s Home
Chianti VIP
Individual and Mini-group
Individual and Mini-group
Arts & Crafts
Opera course
Exam Preparation
Evening cookery class
Art History
Professional Cooking Course Level 1
Professional Cooking Course Level 2
A la Carte Cooking Course
Cooking Training Course (Combines Italian, Culture & Cooking)
 
Special Deals

Special offer when booking at eduVacations:

choose from one of the following:

  1. free study materials (save 32 euros),
  2. free one way transfer from Siena train station (save 26 euros), or
  3. one free cooking lesson (save 60 euros).
 
Program Information

What People are Saying

“We liked the school very much. We found the people who work in the office very competent and friendly, while the director of studies and various teachers we had were all efficient and kind. The atmosphere, especially in the Cloister of San Domenico, was lovely and we really enjoyed staying in the city of Siena. Our best wishes to the school and all its staff.”  Otto

Cultural & Recreational Activities

10-12 hours per week of optional organized recreational activities include dinners, cocktail parties, films, guided visits to museums and cultural institutions, lectures and trips to the countryside and seaside; 1.5 hours per week a teacher holds an Italian lesson in English to assist beginners that need extra help; 2 afternoons per week a teacher is available to answer grammatical questions or to suggest activities students can do to practice their language skills.

Accommodation Choices

Host family stay, youth hostel, hotel, apartment, the Bareto country estate.

Accommodation 2004/2005

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
prices are per person

Family

 


Breakfast

Dinner

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

Single

Yes

Yes

€ 210

€ 410

€ 590

Double

Yes

Yes

€ 180

€ 350

€ 500

 

Breakfast

Dinner

4 weeks

each
additional
week

extra
night

Single

Yes

Yes

 € 700

€ 175

€ 30

Double

Yes

Yes

€ 600

€ 150

€ 25

Apartment, shared kitchen and bathroom

 

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

min.

max.

min.

max.

min.

max.

Single

€ 130

€ 170

€ 240

€ 280

€ 340

€ 380

Double

€ 100

€ 120

€ 170

€ 190

€ 240

€ 280

 

4 weeks

each
additional
week

extra
night

min.

max.

min.

max.

Single

€ 430

€ 480

€ 105

€ 120

€ 25

Double

€ 310

€ 350

€ 80

€ 095

€ 20

Residence
prices

 

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

min.

max.

min.

max.

min.

max.

Single

€ 300

€ 450

€ 575

€ 830

€ 820

€ 890

 

4 weeks

each
additional
week

extra
night

min.

max.

min.

max.

min.

max.

Single

€ 1050

€ 1110

€ 265

€ 300

€ 40

€ 80

Hotel mini-apartment

On request.

Self independent apartment

Hotel

Villa in the countryside

Bareto apartment

Please inquire:  siena@eduvacations.com

Chianti VIP apartment

Accommodation Administration & Airport Pickup Fee
€ 60

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Program Details
 
Siena Magnificia

This program combines Italian language, wine tasting, cooking lessons and cultural seminars. It can be attended for one week or 2 weeks and welcomes students of all ages. It is designed for both beginners and advanced students.
Be a student gain and explore a new way to “live” Siena and its cultural heritage. Participants of all ages are very welcome. It includes 4 hours of group Italian lessons in the morning + 2 group cooking session per week in the evening + one wine tasting per week + cultural sessions + all the activities organized. Teaching materials are included in the price.

Minimum stay: 1 week.

Siena Magnificia

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
and are per person

1 week

€ 600

2 weeks

€ 900

Deposit = 20% of course price

Accommodation Administration & Airport Pickup Fee
€ 60

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Standard Italian

20 hours/week (maximum of 12 students). The afternoons are free for you to participate in the school’s busy social activity programs, to study independently, to absorb the Italian culture in the many bars and local meeting places throughout our city. These courses are designed to deepen the practical use of the language and teach it through the teaching of its culture, history, politics, and the many aspects of life that are unique to Italy.
Minimum stay: 2 weeks.

Standard Course
20 hours of lessons per week in group

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
and are per person

2 weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

more than 4 weeks

€ 375

€ 525

€ 640

€ 145 per week

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Basic Italian

15 hours/week (maximum of 12 students). Designed for those students who, while wishing to learn the Italian language, also wish to have as much free time as possible outside of school in order to fully take advantage of the social activity program, to study independently, or to absorb the Italian culture in the bars and local meeting places throughout the city. Students participating in this course can also opt to participate in the cultural courses (literature, art, or performing arts) that take place twice a week in the afternoon. Each month various cultural subjects are offered and the courses take place if there are a minimum of 5 students for each subject.
Minimum stay: 4 weeks.

Basic Course
15 hours of lessons per week in group

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
and are per person per week

4 weeks

more than 4 weeks

€ 535

€ 130 per week

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Basic Plus + 4

15 hours/week (maximum of 12 students) + 4 hours/week of individual lessons. Designed for those who wish to make the most of the opportunity to learn a foreign language. This course is suited for those students who wish to study intensively and focus on specific topics but have little time available. In the individual lessons you can focus on a particular area of the language – e.g., business Italian, Italian for journalism or politics, literature, conversation, history of art, etc.
Minimum stay: 1 week.

Basic Plus Course
15 hours of lessons per week in group + 4 hours of individual lessons

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
and are per person per week

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

more than
4 weeks

€ 295

€ 590

€ 820

€ 995

€ 220

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Intensive Italian & Conversation

20 hours (maximum of 12 students) + 5 extra hours weekly in a group focused on conversation with a cultural theme courses (literature, art, or performing arts). You attend the cultural classes 2 afternoons a week. Each month various cultural subjects are offered and the courses take place if there are a minimum of 5 students.
Minimum stay: 2 weeks

Intensive Italian & Conversation

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
and are per person per week

2 weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

more than
4 weeks

€ 420

€ 615

€ 745

€ 160

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Combined +5 or +10

20 hours in a group + 5 hours or 10 hours of Individual lessons.
Designed for those who wish to make the very most of the opportunity to learn a foreign language. Suited for students who wish to study intensively and on specific topics but have little time available. In the individual lessons students can choose to specialize in a particular area of the language – e.g., business Italian, Italian for journalism or politics, literature, conversation, history of art, etc.
Minimum stay: 1 week.

Combined +5
20 hours of lessons per week in group + 5 hours of individual lessons

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
and are per person per week

1
week

2
weeks

3
weeks

4
weeks

more than
4 weeks

€ 400

€ 755

€ 1115

€ 1375

€ 310

Combined +10
20 hours of lessons per week in group + 10hours of individual lessons

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
and are per person per week

1
week

2
weeks

3
weeks

4
weeks

more than
4 weeks

€ 540

€ 1030

€ 1500

€ 1865

€ 460

Deposit = 20% of course price

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G.B.U.

This course is designed for German students who wish to take advantage of the “Bildungsurlaub” agreement that the school has with the German regional governments of Hamburg and Hessen, which allows them to take a 2 week 60 lesson course (60 x 45 minutes) without losing holiday time.

GBU
60 lessons of 45 minutes each

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
and are per person per week

2 weeks:   € 1020

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Bareto VIP

Take language lessons 3 times a week and stay in Il Bareto, a large country house. The area around Bareto has remained unspoiled and is a wonderful place for walking, particularly during spring and fall. Part of the main house is occupied by the owners who recently renovated the house. There are three holiday apartments: one large unit of 160 m2 (ground floor) + another unit of 120 m2 (first floor) is in another wing of the main house, while a smaller unit of 30 m2 can be found in part of the annex. The three apartments are on the ground floor. Each apartment has its own outdoor area. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and summer kitchen with wooden grill and barbecue.

Bareto VIP (only language lesson)

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

 

1 person

2 people

extra per participant

10 hours per week (BV10)

€ 400

€ 560

€ 560 + € 40 x participant

15 hours per week (BV15)

€ 1020

€ 1490

€ 820 + € 40 x participant

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Viterbo Full immersion

Improve your Italian in the comfort of a welcoming home. This is a quick, enjoyable and effective way to develop your skills. In addition, you’ll experience day to day Italian family life. Lessons are developed according to your needs, age, level, and interests. The beautiful Etruscan city of Viterbo, with its ancient walls and reminders of medieval times, is not far from Rome and many important Etruscan centers, and the sea. Choose 20 or 25 hours: a General Italian program, Italian for business, commerce and tourism, or Italian cultural heritage (with your teacher as your guide). Minimum stay: 1 week.

Viterbo Full immersion 2004/2005

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

Course

Number of hours

1 week
and each extra week

1 to 1

2 to 1

General Italian

15

€ 0960

€ 0960

20

€ 1035

€ 0880

25

€ 1140

€ 0930

Italian for business,
commerce & tourism

20

€ 1090

€ 0930

25

€ 1190

€ 0985

Italian cultural heritage (2004)

20

€ 0930

€ 0830

Italian grandma cooking

20

€ 1035

€ 0880

Combined general Italian & grandma cooking

20

€ 1245

€ 1090

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Chianti VIP - Intensive Language Trip

Stay in the heart of the breath-taking Chianti countryside, indulge yourself in the luxury of a fully-staffed villa, and take private lessons on-site. Relax by one of the two swimming pools while all meals are cooked for you. Enjoy your Italian language lessons without having to move an inch, with the highly-qualified teacher who also stays at the villa with the group (maximum 8 participants). The language courses last 3 hours and then there is continuous Italian conversation. On arrival by plane or train you’ll be picked-up and taken to your home-base.
Duration: 7 days or 12 days.

Please inquire:  siena@eduvacations.com

Individual and Mini-group

In the individual and mini-group lessons you can focus on a particular area of the language – e.g., business Italian, Italian for journalism or politics, literature, conversation, history of art, etc. The pace and content of the lessons are adapted according to the individual. Mini-groups are for two to four people of the same level and with the same linguistic aims. These mini-groups, ideal for people studying business Italian and working for the same company, give the advantage of being more specialized than regular group courses and allow interaction between students in situations such as role-plays and discussions.
Minimum stay: 1 week.

Individual and Mini-group

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

hours per week

1
person

2
people

3
people

4
people

Each additional
person

10

€ 0400

€ 320

€ 265

€ 235

Please inquire.

15

€ 0580

€ 465

€ 365

€ 310

20

€ 0775

€ 620

€ 465

€ 385

30

€ 1140

€ 910

€ 660

€ 530

20 + lunch

€ 1240

Please inquire.

30 + lunch

€ 1650

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Arts & Crafts

Most of these laboratories and workshops are in the center of Siena or the immediate outskirts. Courses last 1-4 weeks. The courses are run in Italian (although most of the teachers speak good English and even some German) and will help supplement a language course with specific practical vocabulary. Choose from: ceramics, jewelry, photography and graphic art, antique furniture restoration, painting and drawing, stained glass, and silk painting.

Arts & Crafts

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

Number of participants

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

1

€ 270

€ 540

€ 810

€ 1080

2

€ 180

€ 360

€ 540

€ 0720

3

€ 150

€ 300

€ 450

€ 0600

4

€ 130

€ 260

€ 390

€ 0520

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Opera course

20 hours/week. Designed for opera singers who wish to gain a cultural and linguistic background in Italian opera singing and wish to practice and improve their skills. The course teaches an understanding of opera libretti, the characters’ psychology and the cultural and social context of each opera, as well as the study of phonetics, intonation, gestures and theatrical movement, and the analysis of famous interpretation. The study will be combined with singing lessons with an accompanist at the piano. Designed especially for young opera singers but also for non-professional ones. Required level of Italian: Advanced Intermediate.
Duration: 3 weeks

Opera

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

3 weeks, 20 hours per week

€ 1300

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Exam Preparation

15 hours per week in mini-groups. The course is offered for 2 weeks prior to the PLIDA exams in May and November.

Please inquire:  siena@eduvacations.com.

Evening Cookery course

2004:  3 evenings over 2 weeks or 6 evenings over 4 weeks. Designed for people who wish to learn the secrets of Italian gastronomy as a complement to their Italian language studies. Under the expert guidance of a chef, you learn how to prepare traditional Italian dishes, which vary according to the fresh ingredients available each season.

2005:  Choose as many sessions as you like and pay per session.

Evening Cooking courses
Reserved for your our language students

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

2004 Evening Cooking courses

2 weeks = € 170

4 weeks = € 260

2005 Evening Cooking courses

1 session = € 170

2 sessions = € 260

Addition session = € 45

Deposit = 20% of course price

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History of Art

An intermediate - advanced level of Italian is required. You may attend just one of these courses or combine one with language courses:

  • History of Siena
    30 hours of lessons (maximum 12 students). Gain knowledge of the art, culture, history and traditions of Siena, one of the most beautiful and interesting cities of Tuscany and all of Central Italy.
    Duration: 2 weeks
  • The Roman-Gothic
    30 hours of lessons (maximum 12 students). Explore one of the most interesting period in Italian Art History. A famous art critic defined Siena as a “gothic dream” in order to underline the fact that, during this time, the city enjoyed the maximum of its splendor, not just from an artistic point of view, but also from the economic and social points of view.
    Duration: 2 week

Please inquire:  siena@eduvacations.com.

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Professional Cooking Course Level 1

Designed for non-professionals who wish to take an intensive practical course in a relaxed atmosphere while staying in the beautiful city of Siena.
Duration: 1 to 4 weeks

Professional Cooking Course Level 1

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

Weeks

Course title, description, and dates

Price per course

1

July I, i.e., 05—09 July: fish, shells and cold dishes in Tuscan cuisine

€ 0450

1

July II, i.e., 12—16 July: pasta, soups and risotti and Tuscan cuisine

1

July III, i.e., 19—23 July: hors d’œuvres and cakes and Tuscan cuisine

1

August II, i.e., 17—20 August: pasta, pane pizza e focacce in Tuscan cuisine

€ 0360

1

Christmas, i.e., 13—17 December: festivities on the table in Tuscan cuisine

€ 0550

2

Easter, i.e., 05—16 April: traditional Easter dishes in Tuscan cuisine

€ 0800

2

May, i.e., 17—28 May: Spring Tuscan cuisine

2

August I, i.e., 02—13 August: traditional summer Tuscan cuisine

2

November, i.e., 08—19 November: Autumn Tuscan cuisine

4

June, i.e., 31 May — 25 June: traditional Tuscan cuisine

€ 1500

4

September, i.e., 23 August – 17 September: traditional Tuscan cuisine

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Professional Cooking Course Level 2

The courses are run by Mario Neri, who is the president of the Sienese Association of Chefs, and his team of four highly qualified fellow professional chefs, each specialized in a different area, such as pastry, pizza-making or butchery. Emphasis is put not only on the preparation of a wide variety of versatile dishes, but also on the study and use of essential extras such as wine, spices and olive oil. Work experience in an Italian restaurant can be arranged on request.

Professional Cooking Course Level 2

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

Weeks

Course title, description, and dates

Price per course

2

March Course, i.e., 01—12 March: “Traditional Tuscan dishes”

€ 0950

4

October Course, i.e., 04—29 October: “Traditional Tuscan and Italian dishes”

€ 1700

Deposit = 20% of course price

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À La Carte Cooking Course

Take one or more Italian cooking lessons with a professional chef- tailor made to your personal requirements - such as Tuscan, Sienese or Mediterranean recipes, pasta and pizzas or desserts and pastry and seasonal specialties. If you are staying in or near Siena and wish to sample the authentic Italian cooking without leaving the comfort of your holiday accommodation, the chef can come prepare dinner for you in your own home.

À La Carte Cooking Course

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

 

Price per course

One-to-One

€ 170

Groups

€ 95 (2 participants)

€ 85 (3 participants)

€ 75 (4 participants)

€ 70 (5 participants)

A supplement is charged for program at your location.

Deposit = 20% of course price

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Cooking Training Course (Combines Italian, Culture & Cooking)

Designed for those who wish to be actively introduced to the world of Italian cooking. Composed of 8 weeks of Italian language and culture group lessons, 4 weeks of daily intensive cookery course and 12 weeks of training in a restaurant in Siena or the province. At the end of the course, in addition to the certificate of attendance for language courses and cooking courses, you will get a certificate of attendance for training with a reference letter.

Cooking Training Course
For Absolute beginner of Italian

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

October 2004 — March 2005 (24 weeks)

Cooking Level 1 + Cooking Level 2
CT/1

Language

340 hours

€ 5300

Cookery

24 cooking lessons

Cooking Level 2 only
CT/2

Language

340 hours

€ 4400

Cookery

16 cooking lessons

Cooking Training Course
For Second level of Italian

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

October 2004 — March 2005 (24 weeks)

Cooking Level 1/2
CT2/0

Language

160 hours

€ 3700

Cookery

20 special cooking sessions

January 2005 — March 2005 (12 weeks)

Cooking Level 1 + Cooking Level 2
CT2/1

Language

160 hours

€ 3700

Cookery

24 cooking lessons

Cooking Level 2 only
CT2/2

Language

160 hours

€ 2800

Cookery

16 cooking lessons

Cooking Training Course
For Fifth level of Italian

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

November 2005 — March 2005 (8 weeks)

Cooking Level 1 + Cooking Level 2
CT5/1

Language

80 hours

€ 3000

Cookery

24 cooking lessons

Cooking Level 2 only
CT5/2

Language

80 hours

€ 2100

Cookery

16 cooking lessons

Deposit = 20% of course price

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