I just joined, and excited about planning my big (well hopefully)big RTW trip next year. I would like to make the trip worthwhile by staying in italy for a month and studying art or design, and travelling around italy on the weekends.
Has anyone done this before? I'm looking for places to study, and while I've found a couple of places in Florence, I'd really like to get some feedback from anyone who has done a summer course in Italy, or even better did art/design. How did you find it? Was the course worthwhile? etc etc.
I just got back from 2 weeks in Italy and met a really nice fellow who had been studying Italian in Arezzo. Sounded like he had a great time. I know there are a lot of students in Perugia as well. You can't beat Florence and it's surroundings for seeing the most art and architecture...incredible! Hope this helps a little. poorsjm
I spent a monthy studying Italian in a small fishing town called Piombino (on the mainland across from the island Elba), in Tuscany! I had a truly amazing time. The course was great and although the town was swarming with tourists (making it more vibrant) most of them only stayed for a few days on their voyages to and from Elba. Therefore me and the other three girls doing the course were treated like celebrities. Met the mayor, were taken places by the locals and were corrected by everyone when we made mistakes in Italian when ordering food, getting postcards etc.(in the cities people tend to just answer you in English!).
Florence is a lovely place to visit. Make sure you visit restaurants down random alleyways as they are off the beaten track they are usually slightly cheaper and very very good!