Monte Argentario Program

This program is ideal for students wishing to live the “real” Italy in a natural and organic setting focused on authentic human interaction, slow food, and the enjoyment of life’s many small pleasures

Program Info

Place Monte Argentario, Tuscany
Date Summer 2016 (May, June, July, August)
Avaiable Spots 20 per program

Program Description

Known to many within Italy as “the silver coast” but to few outside it, the Monte Argentario is an agriculturally lavish area in the south of Tuscany and bordering with Lazio that boasts the unbeatable combination of beach, mountain, and countryside. Wrapped around the Silver Mount are Porto Ercole, Porto Santo Stefano, and Orbetello — three medieval burgs restructured to accommodate their growing population. The surrounding areas are home to family-run farms, vineyards, and agricultural operations specializing in fish, dairy products, olive oil, wine, and cured meats. This program is ideal for students wishing to live the “real” Italy in a natural and organic setting focused on authentic human interaction, slow food, and the enjoyment of life’s many small pleasures.

Scholastics

Scholastics are the fulcrum around which the program is structured. Students will attend two classes per day: language classes in the morning (from 9:00am to 12:00pm) and topics in Italian
culture classes – from food to fashion, literature to art – in the afternoon (14:00 – 16:30). An Italian language placement test prior to admission is mandatory. Students will be allowed to
select up to three topics in Italian culture of interest to them, and are guaranteed to be placed in an afternoon course that responds to one of their primary preferences.
All 3E courses are interdisciplinary in nature, privileging a dynamic, interactive, and contextualized approach to learning. Students are encouraged to consult our Sample Course
Selection to orient themselves with 3E’s scholastic mission and its provisional course offerings.

Each course is keyword searchable and incorporates a minimum of three core disciplines from among the following:
Agriculture
Archeology
Architecture
Anthropology
Business
Contemporary Art
Cultural Studies
Fashion
Film
Food
Geography
History
History of Art
History of Ideas
History of Music
Literature
Museum Studies
Political Science
Theatre
Tourism

Both language and Italian culture classes are designed and taught by individually selected specialists in Italian studies and take place on the program premises. Course materials (handouts, readings, and course packs) are included in the cost of the program and will be provided daily by instructors and staff members. Classes are capped at 20 students to promote healthy and productive teacher-student interaction.

Extra-curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities include: soccer, beach volleyball, yoga, running club, tennis, swimming, theatre and drama club, DIY fashion and accessory workshops, Italian film club,
Florence Free Music Sessions, Italian Book Club. A museum pass to all sites listed by the Polo Museale di Firenze as well as a gym membership are included in the program cost. Students
will also have the opportunity to be taken to the city’s main tourist attractions – the Duomo, Bell Tower, and Baptistry; Piazzale Michelangelo; Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo, and Santa
Croce Churches; The Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Museo di San Marco, and the Stibbert Museum; Le Cascine and Il Giardino dell’Orticoltura regional parks; Villa Demidoff;
Saint Francis’s monastery at Fiesole; Piazza della Signoria; Ponte Vecchio; Piazza della Republica; Piazza del Mercato Nuovo; San Lorenzo Market, and more. Students will also be
offered guided tours, bike tours, and gelato tours along the Arno River.

Touring

Our program offers up to four extra-regional group excursions and one intra-regional class field trip (to be determined by course instructor). We plan weekend trips to Venice, Le Cinque Terre,
Rome, and the Amalfi Coast, providing room, board (breakfast and dinner), guided tours, and cultural outings (museums, shows) in each location. For more information about individual
itineraries, send us a message.

Accommodations

Students will be staying in one of Florence’s many downtown and locally-run student residencies with twenty-four hour service. They may be grouped in rooms of 2 to 4 students.
Breakfast, towels, and linens are included in their stay, as are routine room cleanings. From this central location, they will also have access to laundromats and dry cleaning facilities.

In-residence

Life in residence is a rich and integral part of the Florence program experience. The use of a common room in the student residence designated for student meetings and conversation will
encourage long-lasting friendships and academic alliances among the young participants.

Meals

Tuscany is home to one of Italy’s most celebrated national cuisines. Students will be given the opportunity to taste Tuscan specialities on their own during the lunch hour and in small groups supervised by counselors and staff members at dinner time. Triple E Travel has combined forces with five local restaurants to provide students with a nightly meal of salad, pasta, or pizza, plus a beverage and a mixed house appetizer. Students with special dietary needs (celiac, kosher, lactose intolerance) will be accommodated with specialized menu options.

NB: Dietary “preferences” (ie, no fish, dairy, or gluten) will NOT be treated as special dietary needs. Certified medical conditions need be reported to Triple E Travel upon student registration.

Travel

Students will travel by air to Florence, by chartered bus to weekend excursion destinations, and by tramline within the city. (All transportation fees are included in the cost of the program at full package rate).

Health

Triple E Travel guarantees fast and effective medical service at one of Florence’s central private clinics for students traveling abroad. (Health insurance may be purchased separately from a recommended service provider).

Date

For more information about our Summer 2016 schedule, please send us a message.