this unique opportunity and learn Italian from experienced,
instructors while staying in San
Demetrio Corone, an old Italian town built by the Albanian
people who fled the Turkish Empire's conquest in the fifteenth century.
San Demetrio Corone is a very safe, friendly and relaxing place,
in Calabria, a beautiful region in the South of Italy with historical
in the cultures of ancient Greece, Albania, Normandy, and
In addition to attending classes five times a week and
in weekly seminars with prominent scholars, poets and writers, you will
discover Mediterranean culture, tradition, and cuisine. You will have
to various research opportunities, internships with local artisans and
business people, and the Internet.
Take advantage of San Demetrio Corone's idyllic location
from the Presila Mountains and 25 minutes from the Ionian Sea and the
Greek cities of Sibari and Crotone, where mathematician and philosopher
Pythagoras lived and flourished. Recently, San Demetrio Corone has been
recognized by Anci (National Association of Italian Towns) as
of the top 4% of Italian towns for its history, culture, architecture,
Enjoy the nearby coast and mountains. Step back into history
visit ancient Greek and Roman ruins. Tour beautiful Byzantine churches
and walk the streets of medieval towns. Learn to cook traditional
and visit local artisans. Play soccer, basketball and tennis. Cultural
events abound, from local traditional festivals, to popular music
to lectures by prominent Italian and international scholars. At night
may unwind at the local pubs or enjoy the pop music, and go out with
for evenings under a million stars.
The program offers courses in Beginning, Intermediate,
Italian Literature, History, Culture, Cuisine and Business.
practical information about the town.
Corone is a town and not a city which means that students can not
expect the same services and transportation system (buses, subway,
taxi) they usually find in a big city. In any case everything is more
or less at a walking distance and, if the budget allows it, the De Rada
Institute will provide a minibus for rides in critical hours of the
day. Although it's a small San
Demetrio is very well connected. In fact from S. D. is possible to take
buses for different towns and cities of Calabria (Sibari, Corigliano
Calabro, Acri, Santa Sofia d’Epiro, Vaccarizzo Albanese, Castiglione
Cosentino, Cosenza etc.) and of other regions (Messina, Taormina,
Palermo, Catania, Napoli, Bari, Roma, Firenze, Perugia, Bologna, Milano
etc.). A complete bus schedule will be available once in
Calabria upon student request.
Although it is
a small town San Demetrio has 7 grocery stores, 2 fruit vendors, 1
bookstore, 1 pharmacy, 1 computer camera & technical support store,
1 pre-emergency room with doctor available every night and weekends, 2
libraries, 1 bank, 2 bancomat, 1 post office, 2 newspaper vendors, 2
gyms aerobics & fitness, 1 soccer, 1 mini soccer, 1 tennis, 1
basketball/volleyball field, 3 bocce fields, 2 theaters for
performances, 11 bars/cafeterias, 1 hotel, 2 beds and breakfast and 12
places to eat (between restaurants, pubs, bakery and pizzerias), etc.
In a few words the town offers more than enough for students who want
to spend a wonderful summer abroad. For more information about the town
please visit the official website of San
Way: It is customary in Italy, especially in the
summer, to have the dinner later in the evening. The heat of the
afternoon is generally given over to rest, and things start up again in
the evening hours. Shopping and business hours are generally from
8:30am to 1pm and from 4:30pm to 8.30pm. On Monday most of the stores
are closed (except for bars, pubs and cafeterias). The rule of closing
one day per week is observed by all the stores in Italy till late July.
our non-profit organization
Thank you very much for your kind donation
which will be be used to improve our program. If you want to establish
an endowment for scholarships given on your name, or if you want to
sponsor our movie production or any other activity please contact us
and let us know.
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profit organization and therefore your donation is tax deductable.
deduction, please contact your tax consulter.