Language + Art En Plain Air

When people think of Italy, their imagination immediately goes to the language, to good food, but above all to its artistic heritage, to the landscape, and to the splendid cities rich in history.
A Door to Italy offers an "en plain air" itinerary to discover the beauty and history of the city, walking through the Romanesque churches of the historic center, visiting the beautiful Rolli palaces, admiring the testimonies of the glorious past of Genoa known as the "Superba" in the company of an expert art history guide.

Our teacher, Daniele Gatti, thanks to his skills ranging from art to acting, will win your heart through an artistic journey between monuments and literature.
Genoa is an ancient city of priceless artistic value and between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was the destination of the Grand Tour of the most famous writers, poets and painters of all time who left splendid proof of their passage in their journals and on the epigraphs of the city. Rubens, Anton Van Dick, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Arthur Rembaud, Strindberg, La Principessa Sissi, Federico Barbarossa, Flaubert, Margherita di Brabante, and Albert Camus, just to mention a few. Also in Genoa, then, important Italian and world history figures were born or lived: Colombo, Garibaldi, Mazzini, Montale, Caproni, Marco Polo, and Renzo Piano.

LESSON ONE. THE MIDDLE AGES Between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries Genoa was a pilgrimage destination and maritime republic, crossroads of the great routes of exchange of the Middle Ages and the paths to Santiago de Compostela, Rome and Jerusalem. An extraordinary journey among the architectural, historical and monumental places still famous in the world among legends, saints and ancient texts. An unforgettable journey through the heart of medieval art and its iconographies.

LESSON TWO. THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY The sixteenth century made history in Europe as the century of the Genoese thanks to the magnificence and wealth that enriched the city with the birth of the merchant aristocracy. Christopher Columbus discovered America and Genoa allied itself with Spain, thus becoming one of the richest cities in the Mediterranean area. Palaces, gardens, paintings, sculptures, luxury furnishings: the second Renaissance developed here with artists of renown fame such as Van Dyck and Rubens. Students will learn to recognize the noble residences of princes and noblewomen at the discovery of the mannerism that will leave them breathless.

LESSON THREE: THE NINETEENTH CENTURY AND THE BELLE EPOQUE A visit to the nineteenth century city and art nouveau: from the Opera House to the boulevard, the Mazzini Gallery and the places of the Risorgimento up to the cafes where the unification of Italy took place. Verdi, Paganini and other famous figures will show students a firm and ambitious Genoa, among gardens and terraces where to fully enjoy all its poetry and literature. The student will learn to recognize the peculiarities of the Italian Risorgimento and Neoclassical architecture.

2020 Calendar of starting dates

Dates refer to the beginner level, level 1. Other level students, A2 - C2, can start any Monday
January 7*,
Februaryo 3,
March 2,
April 6, 27
May 18,
June 15,
July 13,
August 10,
September 7,
October 5,
November 2, 30
* the course starts on Tuesday. January, Monday 6th the school is closed for National Holiday


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