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Language courses and cultural tourism in Sardinia

3rd April 2016 Print

If you are looking for a great destination where to learn Italian with an experiential language course, Sardinia is a great option. Studiainitalia, an Italian agency specialized in language courses and creative tourism, collaborates with great language schools on the island, and is offering a special program that combines Italian lessons with local activities.

“Catch the Wave” special offer

The “Catch the Wave” program involves three language schools in the towns of Alghero, Cagliari and Olbia. It lasts for a minimum of two weeks in two different schools, to as long at the student wishes. The package fees are:

€ 440 for 2 weeks

€ 660 for 3 weeks

€ 190 for each additional week in the same school

The rates include the registration fees; the educational material; 20 hours of Italian language lessons in groups of 3-8 students; the certificate of attendance; and 2 afternoon activities in each town.

The afternoon cultural activities include:

A guided walking tour of Alghero's old town and learning about the precious local Red Coral

A guided walking tour of Olbia's old town and learning about the history and people of the Costa Smeralda

A guided walking tour of Cagliari's old town and learning about Italian cinema through a movie screening & discussion

Studiainitalia can also provide accommodation in independent flats, shared student apartments, or in host families.

About the Destination

Sardinia is a striking island with ancient history and pristine nature, which can be fully appreciated in the towns of the “Catch the Wave” program.

Alghero, which is the only place in Italy where the Catalan language is co-official, has a very interesting history, from pre-historic settlements all the way to the House of Savoy, passing through Phoenicians, Genoa, the Aragonese and the Habsburgs. The town is home to the archaeological site of Anghelu Ruju, the largest necropolis of pre-Nuragic Sardinia (3200-2800 BC). Among the wonders of nature in the territory of Alghero, are about 300 caves both above and under water. The most famous ones are Neptune's Grotto, a breathtaking stalactite cave, and Nereo Cave, the biggest marine cave in the Mediterranean Sea.

Cagliari is truly a precious place. The sparkling clear sea is framed by long strips of sand and green promontories, while the old streets reveal secrets of remote and recent history. Let's begin with the eco-friendliness factor: Cagliari is one of the “greenest” Italian cities. Its province is home to the Barumini Nuragic complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among other attractions are the Cittadella dei Musei (different museums with amazing artistic and historical collections); the fortified Castello district with the Medieval Bastion of Saint Remy and Saint Mary's Cathedral; and the Necropolis of Tuvixeddu.

Local archaeological ruins suggest that ancient OLBIA was founded by the Punics from Ancient Carthage, although the Cabu Abbas Nuragic Complex demonstrates that the area had been inhabited much earlier. Olbia's historic center treasures the Romanesque Church of San Simplicio, erected in the 1000s using only granite; and the Medieval Church of St. Paolo with baroque interiors. The Bay of Olbia is home to Tavolara Island, a giant block of limestone that remains in pristine condition within the Marine Protected Area of Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo.

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