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HISTORY, MYTHS AND CULTURE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This intriguing course offers a full-immersion journey across the history and culture of Sicily. It combines Italian language and culture lessons in the mornings, with inspiring excursions and activities in the afternoons that span the ages and allow us to view Sicily through the eyes of each one of the great civilizations that met on this island, the crossroad of the Mediterranean

 

At a Glance: 
  • 20 Italian group lessons
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites 
  • 3 Hands-on experiences
Itinerary

 

Day 2 – Prehistoric Sicily 

  • Nature walk in Pantalica Neolithic Valley (UNESCO site)
  • Tasting of local Sicilian products in an agriturismo organic farm

 

Days 3 & 4 – Ancient Sicily

  • Hike on legendary Mt. Etna, the volcano that inspired ancient Greek and Roman mythology (UNESCO site)
  • Visit the Archimedes Interactive Museum: learn about the life and inventions of the ancient world’s greatest scientist
  • Guided tour of the St. John’s Catacombs, one of the first sites of Christianity

 

Day 5 – Baroque Sicily

  • Visit Noto (UNESCO site)
  • Visit of Val di Noto winery with a guided walk through the vineyards and wine tasting
  • Guided sunset walk through Vendicari Marine Reserve to spot the flamingos

Pantalica

Etna

Noto

Siracusa, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, is the ideal setting to undertake or further your study of Greek and Roman history. This captivating city, renowned around the world for the most famous of its early citizens, Archimedes, was at the time of Dionysius I the most important centre of the hellenistic civilization in Sicily and later became a strategic hub within the Roman empire. It has been the inspiration for countless myths and legends such as the romantic tale of Alpheus and Arethusa or the alleged burning of the invading Roman ships by Archimedes, ingeniously using huge mirrors placed on a hill top castle.

Over the centuries, the Byzantine, Arab, Norman and Spanish dominations of Siracusa, have each left indelible traces of their passing. Today Siracusa is a vibrant modern city preserving the wealth of culture accumulated over 2,700 years of history.

                PRICE LIST (per week) 

  • Class Lessons
  • Excursions
  • 24 Hour Support
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • without accommodation
    400
    • 20
    • INCLUDED
    • INCLUDED
  • Italian Host Family
    650
    • 20
    • INCLUDED
    • INCLUDED
    • Host Family
    • INCLUDED

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