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 2019 (June, July)
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 an unbeatable combination of beach, mountain, and countryside. Wrapped around the Silver Mount are Porto Ercole, Porto Santo Stefano, and Orbetello — three medieval hamlets 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. We recommend it for upper level high school (secondary 4 and 5) and CEGEP students.

Scholastics

Scholastics are the fulcrum around which the program is structured. Students will attend one to two classes per day: language classes in the morning (from 9:30am to 12:30pm) and topics in Italian culture classes – from food to fashion, literature to art – in the afternoon (14:00 – 16:30; optional). 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:  cycling, beach volleyball, yoga, running club, swimming, theatre and drama club, DIY fashion and accessory workshops, ceramic painting workshop, Italian film club, Italian Book Club. Access to structured outdoor sports (tennis, soccer, water sports) and admission to museums and historical sites are included in the program cost. Students will also have the opportunity to be taken to the city’s main tourist attractions – the Duomo, Via del Corso, Spanish forts, caves and other geological sites, WWF Oasi naturale, Nature Reserve of the Lagoon, Convent of the Padri Passionisti, and other local attractions. 

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 Florence, Giglio Island, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast (or le Cinque Terre), 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 an eco-tourism facility in the area surrounding the Monte Argentario and owned, operated, and inhabited by local farmers and agriculture industry specialists. Students will have access to twenty-four hour service, with property owners available in an adjoining structure. 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.

In-residence

Life in an eco-tourism is a rich and integral part of the Monte Argentario program experience. The facilities provide for ample common space (both indoor and outdoor) designated for student meetings and conversation, which  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 counsellors and staff members at dinner time. In collaboration with the eco-tourism selected for their stay, they will also be given the opportunity to opt-into a meal plan granting them an additional daily meal prepared by their eco-tourism owners and using products of the very land they cultivate. These locally-sourced (km 0) dinners may occasionally be replaced by popular feasts and banquets that shine the spotlight on a regional gastronomic specialty. 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 bus or private van 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 the Monte Argentario’s medical facilities for students traveling abroad. (Health insurance may be purchased separately from a recommended service provider).

Date

For more information about our Summer 2019 schedule, please send us a message.