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Your itinerary will unfold through three main regions: Latium, Tuscany and Umbria.

 

The heart of your adventure is Orvieto, a small town that will allow you and your students to get in touch with the authentic Italian lifestyle.

 

Being located in a strategic position, Orvieto enables quick and easy connections to the three beautiful and renowned capitals of these regions: Rome, Florence and Perugia.

That's not all; the secret lies in revealing secret places, less famous but not less interesting and marvellous.

Montepulciano, Siena, Bolsena Lake, Civita di Bagnoregio are just a few of them.

 

N.B.: Ticket reservation for museums and other cultural attractions is available on request, as well as a transfer-service to facilitate travel.

 

THE FOLLOWING LIST SHOWS GREAT ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL TREASURES WHICH ARE WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED.

Check out them and plan your own itinerary!

Orvieto

 

The town of ORVIETO is located in the center of the Italian peninsula, in the Umbria region, also known as “the green heart of Italy”.

 

Whatever direction one is coming to Orvieto, an amazing sight will welcome them.

Lying on a tuff block, this small town (20.000 inhabitants) is the ideal place to study the language: here the hustle and bustle of the big cities does not exist, along the medieval streets and  narrow paths you will hear just one language being spoken: Italian!

The cathedral, a masterpiece of the Italian Gothic architecture, is not only the main attraction, but also as smooth as a meeting place.

 

For more information: http://www.inorvieto.it/

Bolsena

BOLSENA is a picturesque town on the shores of the Lake Bolsena.

Ancient Etruscan town, Bolsena is also known as "The City of the Eucharistic miracle". 

 

Bolsena and its majestic lake are the ideal place for those who want to spend a relaxing holiday, but it also offers various opportunities for leisure activities (such as sailing, water skiing, and windsurfing) and cultural sightseeing.

In summer, the beautiful shores of the lake give way to many tourists, allowing them also to enjoy the sight of the islands Martana and Bisentina.

 

To get more information visit: http://www.comunebolsena.it    http://www.infobolsena.it/

Rome

 

ROME, the capital city of Italy, the first great metropolis of the entire humanity.

It was the capital of the Roman Empire and the origin place of the Latin language.

 

With its Colosseum, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and the Vatican, heart of Catholic Christianity, Rome is often called the capital of two States. The majestic St.Peter's Basilica is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

From Orvieto it is possible to reach Rome by car, train or bus within about a hour.

 

For more info please visit the websites: 

http://www.comune.roma.it/PCR/do/jpsite/Site/home o http://www.turismoroma.it/

Florence

 

FLORENCE, another treasure of Italy.

It was the Italian capital from 1865 until 1871 after the unification. Important university center and UNESCO world heritage site, Florence is considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance and it is universally recognized as the cradle of art and architecture.

 

The Cathedral, painted by Brunelleschi, the Uffizi Gallery, the Old Bridge, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Pitti make Florence one of the most beautiful places in the whole world.

From Orvieto is possible to reach Florence by car, train or bus in 2 hours.

 

For more information:

http://www.comune.fi.it/export/sites/retecivica/index.html /http://www.firenzeturismo.it/it/

Eataly

 

Our study programs also include an excursion to “EATALY”, where you will have the opportunity to taste typical Italian food. 

 

Eataly hands out quality italian food and promote the cultural rediscovery of the culinary roots of this country. The selling point settled in Rome will offer you the opportunity to have a tour in the factory and it offers a wide assortment of food and drinks.

The company's aim is to demonstrate that high quality can be affordable for everyone.

Here you can eat, drink and especially learn on nutrition. 

Fore more information:http://www.eataly.net/it_it

Perugia

 

PERUGIA, city of art, extremely rich in history and monuments, was founded by the Etruscans.

 

Perugia is the cultural center of the region Umbria as well as its capital city. It was in competition to become the European Capital of Culture 2019, but Matera finally won this label.

Le Porte and the medieval walls with the monumental Palazzo dei Priori are only some of the beauties in this city. Furthermore, vast green spaces, parks and botanical gardens are suitable places for recreation, relax and sharing moments.

 

Form Orvieto is possible to reach Perugia in one hour.

 

Fore more info please visit the website: http://turismo.comune.perugia.it/

La "Perugina"

For those who love sweets and are interested in attending a chocolate making course, among the variety services offered by study programs there is also the possibility to do it at the firm “La PERUGINA”.

 

This is a popular brand specialized in the production of chocolate and confectionery.

The most famous praline and real cornerstone of the company is "Bacio Perugina", pictured here on the right.

 

For further information, please visit the website: https://www.perugina.com/it

Siena

 

SIENA is a medieval city renowned for its historical and artistic landscapes.

 

The historic centre has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site as well as Pienza, located within the Province of Siena, in Val d'Orcia.

 

Pienza represents the typical example of Tuscany landscape. Pope Pius II, whose name was Enea Silvio Piccolomini, was born in Pienza and changed the destiny of this beautiful village.

 

Reachable from Orvieto in one and a half hour.

 

To know more about Siena and Pienza visit: http://www.sienaturismo.it/ / http://www.pienza.info/

Montepulciano

 

Another “jewel” located in Val d'Orcia is the town of MONTEPULCIANO, renowned for its vineyards from which local farmers obtain the excellentVino Nobile di Montepulciano.

It must have a minimum of 12.5% of alcohol and aged in large oak barrels for at least 24 months. After 30 months in wood and in bottle, it is referred to as Riserva.

 

Besides Rosso di Montepulciano, which pairs perfectly with meats and cheeses, another well-known and fine quality is Vin Santo, ideal with desserts.

 

For more information visit the websites: 

https://www.visittuscany.com/it/localita/montepulciano/ e http://www.consorziovinonobile.it/104-41/ITA/DISCIPLINARI

The Marmore falls 

The MARMORE FALLS in the Province of Terni (Umbria) are another “must-see” destination.

It is a waterfall among the highest in Europe, relies on a vertical drop of 165 meters, divided into three jumps.

The waterfall is marked by a legend coming from its origins: a nymph named Nera felt in love with a handsome shepherd, Velino. But Juno, jelaous of this love, transformed the nymph into a river, which got the name of "Nera". Then Velino, who did not want to lose his beloved, threw himself headlong from the Marmore cliff. The jump is replicated now from the waterfall.

 

Reachable from Orvieto in about one hour.

To know more about “Cascata della Marmore” visit: http://www.marmorefalls.it/

Arezzo

 

A city which became the set of a film winner of three Academy Awards.

 

AREZZO is deeply grateful to Roberto Benigni's masterpiece “Life is beautiful”, because with his plot, his music and his moving scenes, he was able to capture intimate and beautiful aspects of this city characterized by so many facets and historic traditions.

 

Arezzo is also the birthplace of the well-known poet Francesco Petrarca, but the quotation best describing this town comes from another famous poet, Carducci, who wrote:

Arezzo would be enough to the glory of Italy”.

 

More info can be found at the website: http://www.arezzoturismo.it/php/

Civita di Bagnoregio

 

CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO is situated on the way between Orvieto and Bolsena.

Isolated on an eroded spur of volcanic tufa, this improbably perched hamlet is famous as il paese che muore – the dying village.

Today this once inaccessible community with a winter population of fewer than 20 souls is one of the area's main tourist draws and can be reached only via a pedestrian, 25 meters high bridge. Civita di Bagnoregio is surely worth a visit just to see The Romanesque Church of St. Donato and the photogenic plant-draped tufa houses.

The Valle dei Talanchi lying in the south of Bagnoregio is definitely worth a visit too.

 

To get more information visit: http://www.civitadibagnoregio.it/

Monsters Park

 

The so-called MONSTERS PARK, or Sacred Forest of Bomarzo, in the town of Bomarzo in the province of Viterbo (Latium), is a monument located at the feet of a totally natural amphitheater.

 

Mentioned in history, mythology and literature (from the “Canzoniere” by Petrarca to the “Orlando Furioso” by Ludovico Ariosto), many tried to provide an explanation for the labyrinth of symbols within the park.

Salvador Dalì spoke about the Monsters Park as "a unique invention".

 

From Orvieto it is possible to reach it in just 30 minutes.

For further information visit: http://www.parcodeimostri.com/

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