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WORKSHOPS

Workshops are designed as learning moments related to the region and the local culture of the Cinque Terre, to discover the most authentic side of these small Ligurian villages through the eyes of who was born and lived there. The majority of them will be held outside the school: the scenario will be, time after time, villages, paths, vineyards, wine cellars. And again the sea, the mountains, the sky, and the entire landscape in all its extraordinary beauty, to offer our students a new and exciting opportunity of language acquisition and sustainable tourism. Some of them are introduced by keynote lectures, held by visiting lecturers, which represent a valuable opportunity for the school to open itself outwards and expand educational horizons. Moreover, being held in plenary and open to the public, they constitute a moment of meeting and sharing between classes and with the local community.

WRITING THROUGH THE LIGHT

Photography workshop – Photography is a language too, but, as shown by the etymology of the word, the light is used to write. And the light illuminating the landscape of the Cinque Terre is without any doubts very special. A professional photographer, after a brief theoretical introduction, will guide the students to capture the most interesting highlights. The best photos will be exhibited in a show open to the public and set up by our student at the end of the course.

A TASTE OF THE CINQUE TERRE

Cooking workshop – Italian cuisine is essentially regional and the Ligurian one is characterised by its lightness and the smell of aromatic herbs.  Within the walls of a typical tower house, in a real kitchen of Riomaggiore, the students will be guided to cook the Cinque Terre ancient recipes, such as torta di riso (rice savoury pie), ravioli (dumplings), muscoli ripieni (stuffed mussels) and pesto. The introductory keynote lecture, held by a medical dietician, is dedicated to the Mediterranean diet.

A TASTE OF THE CINQUE TERRE

Cooking workshop – Italian cuisine is essentially regional and the Ligurian one is characterised by its lightness and the smell of aromatic herbs.  Within the walls of a typical tower house, in a real kitchen of Riomaggiore, the students will be guided to cook the Cinque Terre ancient recipes, such as torta di riso (rice savoury pie), ravioli (dumplings), muscoli ripieni (stuffed mussels) and pesto. The introductory keynote lecture, held by a medical dietician, is dedicated to the Mediterranean diet.

ITALIAN SONGWRITERS

Music workshop – Listening to songs is an extremely pleasing way to learn a language. During this workshop, we will passionately travel through the Italian song history: we will get close to the pieces – looking at the texts and understanding the socio-cultural context – of the most important Italian songwriters, such as the Genoese De André, Guccini, De Gregori and Battisti. The folk band Grandi & fanti will join us playing live some of the songs and we will also have the pleasure to listen to their pieces written in Ligurian language.

SCIACHETRÀ SECRETS

Viticulture workshop – Since the middle ages the Cinque Terre have been worldwide famous because of the landscape and the wine, in particular the sciachetrà, the famous sweet straw wine tasted by kings and sung by poets. We will visit vineyards and cellars in Terra di Bargón, a family-run agricultural business which grow vines and produce the wine following the traditional methods observed for centuries by old generations from Riomaggiore. The guided tour will end with a wine-tasting. During the keynote lecture connected with the workshop, an expert in local history will talk about the origin of viticulture in the Cinque terre.

SCIACHETRÀ SECRETS

Viticulture workshop – Since the middle ages the Cinque Terre have been worldwide famous because of the landscape and the wine, in particular the sciachetrà, the famous sweet straw wine tasted by kings and sung by poets. We will visit vineyards and cellars in Terra di Bargón, a family-run agricultural business which grow vines and produce the wine following the traditional methods observed for centuries by old generations from Riomaggiore. The guided tour will end with a wine-tasting. During the keynote lecture connected with the workshop, an expert in local history will talk about the origin of viticulture in the Cinque terre.

MAN’S LANDSCAPE

Geography workshop – The landscape is not only created by the nature, but by humans too, who through their processing operations, have modified the aspect of the land. This appears to be true for, as an example, agricultural landscapes, in particular for the terraced landscape of the Cinque Terre, which with seven-thousand-kilometre of dry stone walls represents a unique example in the world of anthropic landscape. For this reason, it has become national park and UNESCO world heritage site. During this class, we will visit terraces and observe building a dry stone wall. The keynote lecture will deal with the aesthetics of landscape: a philosophy teacher will explain how the concept of landscape is a cultural notion tied to man’s perception and vision.

WALKING THROUGH PREHISTORY

Cultural hiking – We will walk up to the Riomaggiore mountains coming upon a wonderful view, where we will follow the ridge path already trodden by the ancient Ligurians and whose origins have been lost in prehistoric times. An expert will guide us to discover the most mysterious places in the Cinque Terre, where it is possible to find pagan stones used for natural faiths, such as the menhir of Capri Mount, the basin of Grosso Mount and the incisions of La Croce Saddle.

WALKING THROUGH PREHISTORY

Cultural hiking – We will walk up to the Riomaggiore mountains coming upon a wonderful view, where we will follow the ridge path already trodden by the ancient Ligurians and whose origins have been lost in prehistoric times. An expert will guide us to discover the most mysterious places in the Cinque Terre, where it is possible to find pagan stones used for natural faiths, such as the menhir of Capri Mount, the basin of Grosso Mount and the incisions of La Croce Saddle.

THE LEGEND OF MONTENERO

Cultural hiking – We will walk through the old stone mule track up to the valley of Rio Maggiore until the shrine of Montenero and the deserted villages of Limen and Cacinagora. On our way, crossing huge stairs and ancient fountains, we will listen to a legend orally passed down by the people for generations. According to this tradition, Riomaggiore was founded by Greek refugees, run away from their homeland in order to rescue a religious painting of Madonna which is still stored within the shrine. During the keynote lecture, two classical philologists from the university of Pisa will talk about the influence of the Greek culture on the Italian one travelling back in time from Magna Graecia to the Byzantine era.

DISCOVERING RIOMAGGIORE MARINA

Fishing and carpentry workshop – We will descent to Riomaggiore Marina, where there are the most ancient tower houses of the village, according to a legend connected with the castle through a secret passage, used by inhabitants in the event of attack by Saracen pirats. We will visit an old carpenter’s shop and experience all the secrets about gozzi, typical wooden boats from Liguria. We will discover the special nets used by local fishermen.  The workshop will end with a boat trip that will allow us to admire the Cinque Terre from the sea.

DISCOVERING RIOMAGGIORE MARINA

Fishing and carpentry workshop – We will descent to Riomaggiore Marina, where there are the most ancient tower houses of the village, according to a legend connected with the castle through a secret passage, used by inhabitants in the event of attack by Saracen pirats. We will visit an old carpenter’s shop and experience all the secrets about gozzi, typical wooden boats from Liguria. We will discover the special nets used by local fishermen.  The workshop will end with a boat trip that will allow us to admire the Cinque Terre from the sea.

A NEVER SEEN STARRY SKY

Astronomy workshop – The Cinque Terre offers their visitors a great variety of experience and beauty. Among them, there is the possibility to enjoy a wonderful starry sky during summer nights, and often the flash of the Milky Way too. Guided by an astrophiles association, we will be able to gaze at the stars using a telescope and learn to identify the constellations.

SCAVENGER HUNT IN 1800

Painting workshop – An art history teacher will guide us to the discovery of the Macchiaioli painting movement, whose name is after the choice to depict the reality through coloured strains and for this reason considered the Italian Impressionists. The workshop will go on with an exciting scavenger hunt throught the streets of the the village in search for places and glimpses depicted in  sketches and paintings by Telemaco Signorini and described in his pages. The great Florentine painter at the end of 1800 was used to spend summers in Riomaggiore falling in love with the village and its people, to the point to write a book of memoirs about them.

SCAVENGER HUNT IN 1800

Painting workshop – An art history teacher will guide us to the discovery of the Macchiaioli painting movement, whose name is after the choice to depict the reality through coloured strains and for this reason considered the Italian Impressionists. The workshop will go on with an exciting scavenger hunt throught the streets of the the village in search for places and glimpses depicted in  sketches and paintings by Telemaco Signorini and described in his pages. The great Florentine painter at the end of 1800 was used to spend summers in Riomaggiore falling in love with the village and its people, to the point to write a book of memoirs about them.

THE ROMANESQUE OF THE CINQUE TERRE

Art History workshop – The parish churches of the Cinque Terre represent a wonderful example of the Romanesque style. We will visit the church of Riomaggiore, with its magnificent side doors, whose Proto-Romanesque friezes, depicting middle ages bestiaries, have mysterious origins, since these are even older than the church itself. We will have access to one of the rooms of the bell tower to visit the friezes which adorned the original main door, lost due to the facade rebuilding.

THE ARCHIVE OF MEMORY

Ethnology workshop – We will reach Manarola to visit the Archive of Memory, an ancient tower-house in which Anselmo Crovara collected thousands of objects related to the peasant culture of the Cinque Terre. Collettivo Parisse will guide the tour and the educational activities. The keynote lecture matched with the workshop will be devoted to the collective memory, which, passed on orally from generation to generation, represents the basis of the culture and identity of every society, allowing humans to give meaning to the world around them.

THE ARCHIVE OF MEMORY

Ethnology workshop – We will reach Manarola to visit the Archive of Memory, an ancient tower-house in which Anselmo Crovara collected thousands of objects related to the peasant culture of the Cinque Terre. Collettivo Parisse will guide the tour and the educational activities. The keynote lecture matched with the workshop will be devoted to the collective memory, which, passed on orally from generation to generation, represents the basis of the culture and identity of every society, allowing humans to give meaning to the world around them.

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