Dante Abroad by Dante Alighieri Siena
Study Italian in Italy - Authentic Italian experience

In our Study Abroad Program students are encouraged to fully take advantage of their stay in Italy. Learn Italian not only in the classroom but through your everyday life in Siena. Our on-site lectures, academic excursions, visits to museums, field trips, hands-on cooking classes and internships will surely broaden your learning experience. Culture courses and seminars are taught in English so you can fully understand subjects we cover such as: Art history and Architecture, Italian History, Performing Arts, Literature, Anthropology, Economy, Health and Nutrition amongst others.

Cooking courses

Students are welcome to participate in any of the many extra-curricular cooking courses we offer. Our full professionally equipped kitchen and frescoed dining room is situated under the same roof as the Dante Alighieri school.

Our courses have a thematic flair which includes special seasonal recipes as well as traditional Italian and Tuscan cooking. Encounter the culinary arts like never before by creating fresh vegetable and meat dishes in spring; tasty fish dishes in summer; sample truffles, cabbage, chestnut and mushroom dishes in fall; and poultry dishes and delectable tarts and cakes in winter. Plus, uncover the art of creating traditional and Medieval cuisine by learning some truly age-old recipes dating back to the Middle Ages! Finally if you prefer to develop your skills in modern cooking, "Pane, Pizza, Pasta Week" will also put a smile on your face.

You can take from a one-day to a four-month course if you are a professional or real enthusiast. Due to the different levels, courses are taught in Italian and English. Lessons begin with the study of ingredients, a brief description of the recipes and then one learns the true art of Italian cooking by participating in an elaborate step by step process of the four or five course meal you are about to create! The antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce are all significant parts of the art of fine and healthy dining. And for the time you've been anticipating the most.... lunch on the feast you created!

For more information on all the cooking classes we offer please visit our Art & Cooking web site


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Dante Alighieri, Siena
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