PROGRAM

Become a local! Become an Italian for a while!

Learn the language by interacting with the locals living in a tranquil ambience. Prices are same for tourists and locals, food tastes just as it did years ago, recipes strictly follow mamma’s way of home cooking. The beaches of Salento are featured on Tripadvisors’ pages for being unspoiled and crystal clear, the baroque cities are considered open air museums. Thousands of olive trees are pampered by the hot sun and worn hands of the farmers.

See the tentative program of a 2-week long course. Activities depend on season, availability and number of participants, but we usually do our best to cover all fields and get you exposed to as much of a local experience as possible. Program might change.

WEEK 1 Monday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*Lunch at local place

*AFTERNOON WINE TASTING

Ever heard about Primitivo di Manduria or Negroamaro? Salento is known for being the engine-room of Italian wine production. Discover some of the region’s best wines at one of local producer during a wine tasting evening local producer

Tuesday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*Lunch on your own

*AFTERNOON PASTA ROLLING

Learn how to make the region’s most popular pasta shape orecchiette at pizzeria Emilio. You better roll them well, because what you prepare is what you eat for dinner.

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Wednesday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*GUIDED TOUR AT THE MARKET AND TOWN OF POGGIARDO

The weekly market offers more than excellent food. It is all about experience! Mingle with locals who are welcoming and helping. Don’t worry about lack of Italian, they will explain in hand gestures and offer samples of their prided products. Stroll down the old streets and discover the history behind the stone walls, visit Museo della Civiltà Messapica or Museo degli Affreschi Bizantini della Cripta di Santa Maria degli Angeli. We will do our shopping at the market, prepare a picnic and eat it all fresco.

*Lunch (see above)

*Evening free program on your own or optional according to the list of paid activities

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Thursday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*Lunch

*AFTERNOON

TAKE A WALK ON THE… OLIVE SIDE!

The Green Gold. Gnarled olive trees and low stone walls. Crickets chirping, red soil and baking sun. There is no place better to learn about olive industry and manufacture than right at one of the farm we’ll take you. See how an olive oil company operates and if interested we can arrange sampling.

*Evening free program on your own or optional according to the list of paid activities, we recommend to join the olive oil factory visit with the olive oil tasting the same day

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Friday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*Lunch

*AFTERNOON WORKSHOP AT JUMPIN

Participate in community work at the region’s biggest and busiest non-profit. Bring your own expertize and meet with local youth for an informal workshop. Exchange cultural background and see how you can be beneficial to each other during the two-week program. Workshop might be on any topic you are familiar with: EU, politics, geography, arts, music, cuisine, language exchange, computer literacy…etc.

Saturday

Sunday

* Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*Free program. We will be happy to recommend places to visit and arrange guided tour of cities like Lecce, Otranto, Maglie… At 10 Euro/pax

WEEK 2 Monday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*Lunch at local place

*AFTERNOON

LOCAL ART SCHOOL

Visit Poggiardo’s gallery and emerge into the artistic ambience of the local artists.

Tuesday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*Lunch on your own

* Free program. (Suggested activity PIZZICA CLASS: Rhytmic, passionate and one of the regions’ must. Traditional folk dance ”pizzica” . Class at 10 Euro/pax )

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Wednesday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*GUIDED TOUR AT THE MARKET II AND TOWN OF POGGIARDO II

The weekly market offers more than excellent food. It is all about experience! Mingle with locals who are welcoming and helping. Don’t worry about lack of Italian, they will explain in hand gestures and offer samples of their prided products. Stroll down the old streets and discover the history behind the stone walls, visit Palazzo Baronale in neighbouring Vaste. We will do our shopping at the market, prepare a picnic and eat it all fresco.

*Lunch (see above)

*Evening free program on your own or optional according to the list of paid activities

Thursday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*Lunch

*AFTERNOON WORKSHOP AT JUMPIN

Participate in community work at the region’s biggest and busiest non-profit. Bring your own expertize and meet with local youth for an informal workshop. Exchange cultural background and see how you can be beneficial to each other during the two-week program. Workshop might be on any topic you are familiar with: EU, politics, geography, arts, music, cuisine, language exchange, computer literacy…etc.

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Friday

*Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*9am- 11am language course

*Lunch

* AFTERNOON: Italian movie screening at JumpIn. You can choose and vote for your favourite: Mine Vaganti (featuring Lecce and a beach near Gallipoli), La Grande Belezza (Oscar winner for best international movie 2013) or other classics.

Saturday

Sunday

* Breakfast (breakfast includes local & seasonal products)

*Free program. We will be happy to recommend places to visit and arrange guided tour of cities like Lecce, Otranto, Maglie… At 10 Euro/pax