Art & Soccer in Umbria countryside!
Exploring Italian Culture, Cooking & Calcio!I Casali di Colle San Paolo**, Panicale • Umbria – 2019 dates to come soon!Kids choose to play Soccer or Art, interspersed with visits to ancient sites and cultural activities, including learning about life on the farmstead while parents relax by the pool, or venture out on their own through our specially crafted art curriculum that families have grown to love.
Our young artists will immerse themselves in Etruscan culture, art and understanding while soccer players will join our professional coach in improving skills [from beginners to advanced players, there is lots of fun and new skills for everyone!].
Together, all of the kids will explore Etruscan culture – learn to cook some typical Umbrian delights with an option for following Italian or English language lessons based on what they’ve seen and learned. During this week of adventure, kids will be protagonists of ancient history: examining the archaeological record, etching and hammering jewelry, making their own urns, creating mosaic floor patterns, designing columns and arches, and learning about daily life in Ancient Rome.
Our critical inquiry approach to visual arts and culture encourages children to draw their own conclusions about the function of these patterns as expressions of the societies that produced them during a week of hands-on fun and wonderment. ** Families stay Saturday to Saturday
Taking place at I Casali di Colle San Paolo Agriturismo Farmhouse, near Lake Trasimeno, families will get to explore the area and enjoy the local town fair. Extra activities organized for exploring Perugia, Assisi and wine country…
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Rome for Kids: Water Goddesses & Life in Ancient Rome
Appian Way, Rome • Latium • 2019 dates to come soon!

Roman emperors, ancient roads, mosaics and the people and places that made Rome great. Kids will dive into the lives and legends of gladiators, legionaries and ordinary people, starting with the myths & legends of Ancient Rome. Kids will learn about the foods grown and eaten, and meet the people who once inhabited the ancient river port town of Ostia, at the mouth of the Tiber River. Kids will create their own visions of ancient life, till the soil, make their own papyrus and discover the richness of antiquities along the first road leading out of Rome, the Appian Way. Arte al Sole will bring kids back through time to bring the wonders of the ancient world to life, while taking in the history, stories, legends and food rites of its rich past. Families will get to enjoy the amazing fireworks celebrations on the banks of the Tiber River at night, celebrating the Patron Saints of Rome – Peter and Paul on June 29th.
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Art in the Renaissance City
Florence Kids: An Adventure into the Heart of the Renaissance
Palazzo San Niccolò, Florence • Tuscany 2019 dates to come soon!
Students will gain an up-close look at how the city burst with genius and inspiration as the literary, fine arts, architectural, and scientific breakthroughs of the high Middle Ages transformed Florence into the awe-inspiring Renaissance city we still see today. Our inquiry-based program includes a master project with a local artist or artisan, just as apprentices were trained by Florentine maestri in days of yore! We will visit Florentine palazzi and piazzas looking for inspiration, venture into prized museums, and make a group project uncovering Renaissance mysteries. Your kids will find wholly engaging, integrated fine arts projects encompassing the theme of Florence itself as the canvas for the creative pulse of this period in history, and a perfect backdrop for their own creative expression.
We dive into all of Italian culture – and that means a cooking class and gelato along the way! For travel information on Florence with kids, our exclusive lodging in the trendy San Niccolò neighborhood across the Arno River – click here.
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Art in Sicily: Crossway of Civilizations
Bedazzled by the Sicilian Baroque, Ceramics & Chocolate Making Traditions
Modica • Sicily – 2019 dates to come soon!
From our exclusive Sicilian Masseria – or farmstead – just 5km from the sea, families will enjoy being near a wealth of archeological sites, charming towns & history under the sun! Kids will get to explore the history and artisans that are uniquely Sicilian – including the ancient tradition of chocolate making, named after the town itself! Sicily has been conquered by foreign powers for millennia, and kids will get to peel back, layer upon layer, the pages of its resulting rich cultural heritage in a week-long arts & exploration program conceived to astonish kids of all ages. Our unique program will feature artisans and outings so kids can begin to work on the legacy they wish to leave for future archeologists to discover in 1000 years or more.
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Medieval Exploration within the Walls of Lucca
Hidden Treasures of a Medieval Fortified City at the crossroads of the Renaissance • Lucca, Tuscany – 2019 dates to come soon!
Set on the Via Francigena, the ancient road which carried pilgrims from across Europe through Tuscany, past Assisi and on to Rome’s St Peter’s Basilica, Medieval & Renaissance Lucca was an important stopping point. As such, it attracted wealthy merchants and church officials who commissioned great works. Today it still preserves indescribable treasures that contributed to the city’s sophistication and beauty. Children will discover how such treasures played a role in the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance as they explore both artistic and natural wonders as well as political and scientific breakthroughs that inspired innovation in painting, drawing, and civic life. Projects in perspective, color, design, sculpture, and various forms of painting engage children in the range of arts that flourished during this era. This session also includes a cooking class and visits to historical sites throughout this magnificent walled city. For travel information on Lucca, please click here.
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Got older kids? Try our in the Dolomites 28 July to 4 August 2019!