Italian Cultural courses


Are you interested in broadening your knowledge and appreciation of Siena, its beauty and heritage? Are you interested in DA Siena's Italian immersion programs which include language, culture and cooking? Then these are the courses for you! Our cultural programs The Gothic Dream & Siena Magnifica are designed for those who wish to combine Italian language lessons with fun and varied cultural activities, and also for those who wish to learn Italian language, culture and cooking all in one program. These Italian immersion programs can be attended for one or more weeks. We welcome participants of all ages and of all levels of Italian.

The Gothic Dream Siena Magnifica Language and Cooking
language lessons 20 group lessons* 20 group lessons* 20 group lessons*
cultural lessons 4 group lessons** 4 group lessons** /
gastronomy sessions / 2 2
wine tasting / 1 /
city orientation yes yes yes
week-end activity / included in 2 weeks program only /
didactic material / included /
accommodation not included not included not included
first week price 380,00 € 500,00 € 330,00 €
extension 370,00 €/week 490,00 €/week 300,00 €/week

* Each Language and culture lesson lasts 50 minutes
** Cultural lessons will be held in 2 sessions, each consisting of approx. 20/30 minutes of lecture at the school after which approximately 1 1/2 hours on-site at the place of interest with expertise professors. On-site lectures may take place at Contrada Museums, Palazzo Pubblico, Saint Catherine house, Santa Maria della Scala, The Duomo, etc.


The Gothic Dream - language and culture

The world is slowly becoming smaller and more accessible, and its travelers and explorers are no longer young men off to seek their fortune in the wilderness of the unknown. Nowadays study abroad is no longer restricted to university students looking for a gap year of new experiences. The world has opened its doors and windows to everyone and anyone and this is why we, at the Dante Alighieri in Siena, were inspired to create these Italian cultural programs. History and art of Siena are unveiled.

The Gothic Dream is composed of:
- 20 Italian language group lessons* per week;
- 4 hours of cultural on-site lessons** per week;
- most of the social and co-curricular activities offered by the school.
* Each Language and culture lesson lasts 50 minutes ** Cultural lessons will be held in 2 sessions, each consisting of approx. 20/30 minutes of lecture at the school after which approximately 1 1/2 hours on-site at the place of interest with expertise professors. On-site lectures may take place at Contrada Museums, Palazzo Pubblico, Saint Catherine house, Santa Maria della Scala, The Duomo, etc.

Siena Magnifica - language, culture and cooking

We highly recommend this program for mature learners

Through our Siena Magnifica course you will learn and improve Italian language, learn "hands-on" about the history and art of Siena and also learn the secrets of its cuisine. The aim of the course is to broaden the students knowledge and appreciation of Siena and its beauty through classroom instruction, hands-on cooking, on-site lessons with visits to museums and places of particular interest. This course will meet all expectations of those who wish to explore and be fully immersed in the Italian life, culture, and cuisine.

This course is composed of:
- 20 language group lessons* per week;
- 4 cultural on-site lessons** per week;
- 1 wine tasting at a wine shop in Siena which includes sampling several wines and tasting typical Italian food like bruschetta and salame;
- 2 hands-on cooking sessions of 4-course meals (please see "Single-day Cooking Class" for more detail about the cooking sessions);
- most of the social and co-curricular activities offered by the school;
- a weekend excursion for those of you who attend the two-week course.

* Each Language and culture lesson lasts 50 minutes
** Cultural lessons will be held in 2 sessions, each consisting of approx. 20/30 minutes of lecture at the school after which approximately 1 1/2 hours on-site at the place of interest with expertise professors. On-site lectures may take place at Contrada Museums, Palazzo Pubblico, Saint Catherine house, Santa Maria della Scala, The Duomo, etc.


Language & Cooking

The name says it all! This course consists of Intensive Italian Language classes as well as hands-on cooking classes. You will be able to make the most of your time during your weekdays in Siena and have weekends free to explore on your own the beautiful region of Tuscany or why not even any region of Italy!

Some say Italy is all about the food and the language and here you will learn Italian language in the mornings and in two evening per week you will take hands-on cooking classes with our expert chefs. Experience the beauty of this ever-lasting course for you will learn to cook meals that you will actually be able to make for your friends and family (while showing off your Italian) for years to come!

This course is composed of:
- 20 language group lessons* per week;
- 2 hands-on cooking sessions of 4-course meals (please see "Single-day Cooking Class" for more detail about the cooking sessions);
- most of the social and co-curricular activities offered by the school;

* Each language lesson lasts 50 minutes