Category Archives: Services

Activities General Interest Services

Making Florence Your Home Away from Home

The Lorenzo de’ Medici events are great opportunities that enable foreign students to become more integrated with the Italian way of life.  There are many cultural differences that a person encounters when they’re in a foreign country and sometimes it’s difficult to grasp the diversity.  In particular, body language and sense of space are very different among the American and Italian culture.  Since it is a commonly known stereotype that Italians use hand and body gestures when they converse with each other, I attended the “I Gesti degli Italiani” seminar to learn and understand these various gestures.  Within this entertaining seminar, I was able to see and even practice with other students the various ways Italians use gestures to communicate.  I learned the different formal and informal gestures as well as the verbs that described these actions.  Before this seminar, I had no idea which gestures were considered formal and respectful and which were informal and vulgar.  Now as I walk around the city, I’m able to visualize these gestures and understand the context of different conversations without even hearing the conversation.  It was important to me to understand what I see on a daily basis and now I feel like I can use these various gestures when I speak to locals.  Any insider’s secret on becoming a local is very difficult to find.  However, at LdM, here was a seminar at my fingertips that enabled me to feel that much closer to becoming a local and that much closer to feeling like Florence is my new home away from home.

 

Activities General Interest Services

LdM Italian Language Activities – October

FREE
Monday, 13 October
FILM at school: “Mediterraneo”
Director: G. Salvatores
Year: 1991
Length: 105’
1992 Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner
Plot: During World War II, eight Italian soldiers are ordered to hold a small, apparently deserted Greek island in the middle of the Mediterranean. The Italians soon find themselves becoming more and more part of the local culture. Their radio broken, the soldiers find themselves isolated until the arrival of an airplane, whose pilot tells them of the changes in the world over the last three years. Meet at 20.30 in classroom “Roma”.

Wednesday, 15 October
VISIT: La Chiesa di Santa Maria Novella
Meet at 14.40 in front of Via Faenza. Cost: € 2,50. Registration/payment due at the administrative office for Italian Language and Art before Tuesday, 14 October. Maximum 25 participants.

FREE
Friday, 17 October
Seminar: “The Pasta”
Meet at 12.45 in classroom E.

Saturday, 18 October
VISIT: Villa Medicea “La Magia”
Meet at 9.10 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Cost € 10.00 includes: Round trip, guided visit of the villa, garden and contemporary art works. Register and pay at the administrative office for Italian Language and Art before Friday, 17 October, at 15.30. Minimum 6 participants.

FREE
Visit: “The Uffizi”
Meet at 14.40 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Register at the administrative coordinator’s office (Department of Italian Language and Art) by Tuesday, 21 October. Maximum 25 participants.

FREE
FILM at school: “Casomai”
Director: A. D’Alatri
Year: 2002
Length: 90’
Plot: Tommaso and Stefania are a happy, married couple and proud parents of their son, Andrea. Surrounded by the loving advice of parents and friends, they live out their lives. But where to draw the line with all of these well-wishers, friends and relatives? Meet at 16.30 in classroom “Firenze”.

Thursday, 23 October
Pizzeria Dinner: Meet in front of the school in Via Faenza at 20.00. Cost € 10.00 includes pizza and one drink. Registration/payment due at the administrative office for Italian Language and Art before Wednesday, 22 October. Minimum 5 participants.

FREE
Friday, 24 October
Seminar: “Leonardo da Vinci”
Meet at 12.45 in classroom E.

FREE
Monday, 27 October
Seminar: “Legends and Curiosities of Florence”
Meet at 12.45 in classroom E.

FREE
Wednesday, 29 October
Visit: “The Oltrarno Neighborhood”
Meet at 14.00 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Registration due at the administrative office for Italian Language and Art before Tuesday, 28 October. Minimum 5 participants.

FREE
Thursday, 30 October
Film: “Il Mostro”
Director: R. Benigni
Year: 1994
Length: 1’ 58”
Plot: A manicac is terrorizing the city, and Loris, the craziest man in the city, is the prime suspect. Undercover policewoman Jessica decides to move in with Loris to uncover the truth: is he the monster or not?
Meet at 14.00 in classroom E.

Activities General Interest Services

LdM Sponsored Events for September 2008

FREE

Wednesday, 10 September

Visit: Walk in the Historic Center of Florence

Meet at 14.40 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Sign up at the administrative office (Department of Art and Italian Language) by Tuesday, 9 September. Maximum 25 participants.

Thursday, 11 September

Visit: Florentine Gelateria

Meet at 16.30 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Cost: € 3,00 , which includes the visit/tour of the gelateria, two flavors of gelato, and informational materials. Sign up and pay at the administrative office (Department of Art and Italian Language) by Wednesday, 10 September. Minimum 6 participants.

FREE

Friday, 12 September

Seminar: “Italian Geography”

Meet at 12.45 in Classroom E

Monday, 15 September

Wine Tasting

Meet at 12.45 in the Wine Room (Aula Vini) in Via Faenza, 69. Cost: € 7,00, which includes wine tasting, cheese, presentation of the most important Italian wines. Sign up and pay at the administrative office (Department of Art and Italian Language) by Friday, 12 September. Maximum 15 participants.

FREE

Monday, 15 September

FILM: I Vitelloni (The Vitelloni) by F. Fellini, 1953, 103′ duration.

The film is set in Rimini and follows a group of young people: the intellectual Leopoldo, the womanizer Fausto, the mature Moraldo, the immature Alberto, and the incurable gambler Riccardo.

20,30 in Aula Roma at the school building on Via Faenza.

FREE

Wednesday, 17 September

Visit: Il Duomo

Meet at 14.40 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Sign up at the administrative office (Department of Art and Italian Language) by Tuesday, 16 September. Maximum 25 participants.

FREE

Friday, 19 September

Seminar: “Italian Gestures”

Meet at 12.45 in Classroom E.

FREE

Monday, 22 September

FILM: I Soliti Ignoti (The Usual Unknowns) by M. Monicelli, 1958, 111′ duration.

A band of robbers find an opportunity for an easy hit: crack a safe in total silence by breaking through a faulty wall in a private residence. The robbers enter but through the wrong wall; they find themselves in the kitchen. In the refrigerator there is food- they sit down and eat dinner.

20,30 in Aula Roma at the school building on Via Faenza.

FREE

Wednesday, 24 September

VISIT: Boboli Gardens

Meet at 14,40 in front of the school building on Via Faenza. RSVP with the department of Italian language and art by Tuesday, 23 September. Maximum 25 participants.

FREE

Friday, 26 September

Seminar: “Michelangelo”

Meet at 12.45 in Classroom E.

Saturday, 27 September

Visit: La Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano

Meet in front of the school at 9,10 to visit the country villa of Lorenzo il Magnifico and where Francesco I and Bianca Cappello died. Cost: € 10,00, which includes return bus trip, guided visit of the villa and park, informational materials. Sign up and pay with the department of Italian language and art by Thursday, 25 September. Minimum 6 participants.

FREE

Monday, 29 September

Seminar: “Florence and the Medici”

Meet at 12.45 in Classroom N.

FREE

Monday, 29 September

FILM: Travolti da un Insolito Destino Nell’Azzurro Mare d’Agosto (Swept Away by an Unexpected Destiny in the Blue Sea of August) by L. Wertmuller, 1974, 125′ duration.

Raffaella Pavone Lanzetti spends her vacations on a yacht in the Mediterranean, together with her rich friends. Gennarino, a rough sicilian sailor, is constantly at her beck and call until because of a damaged engine the two find themselves alone in the open water. Washed up on a desert island, roles are reversed until…

20,30 in Aula Roma at the school building on Via Faenza.

FREE

Wednesday, 1 October

Visit: Accademia Gallery

Meet at 14.40 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Sign up at the administrative office (Department of Art and Italian Language) by Tuesday, 30 September. Maximum 25 participants.

Activities Field Trips General Interest Services

January Events & Activities

Tuesday, 8 January
Visit: The Duomo of Florence, Santa Maria del Fiore.
Meet at 13.00 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Please sign up at the administrative coordinator’s office (Department of Italian Language and Art). Minimum 5 participants.

Thursday, 10 January
Film at school: “Mediterraneo”
Director: G. Salvatores
Year: 1991
Length: 1’ 45”
“Mediterraneo” won an Oscar in 1992 for “Best Foreign Film.”
Plot: During the second world war, eight Italian soldiers are given orders to guard a small Greek island in the middle of the Mediterranean. Although apparently deserted, the eight soldiers slowly integrate with the local people and come to see themselves in a new light. Their radio broken, the soldiers are isolated until the arrival of a small airplane, whose pilot informs them of the extensive changes that have happened during the three years they have been on the island.
Meet in classroom E at 14.00.

Friday, 11 January
Seminar: Geography of Italy
Meet at 12.45 in classroom E

Tuesday, 15 January
Visit: Uffizi Museum
Meet at 13.00 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Please sign up at the administrative coordinator’s office (Department of Italian Language and Art) before Monday, 14 January. Minimum 5, maximum 20 participants.

Wednesday, 16 January
DINNER in one of the best Italian pizzerie (Pizzeria “Spera,” 1st prize in the World Championship of Pizza, 2002).
Meet at 13.00 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Please sign up at the administrative coordinator’s office (Department of Italian Language and Art) before Tuesday, 15 January. Minimum of 5 participants.
Cost: €13.00 (includes pizza and a drink).

Thursday, 17 January
Film at school: “Il Postino,” winner of the Italian Cinema Festival award
Director: M. Radford & M. Troisi
Year: 1994
Length: 1’ 52”
Plot: With the arrival of the celebrated Chilean writer Pablo Neruda, forced into exile on a small, Mediterranean island, the postman Mario feels a strong attraction to the artist’s poetry. So, with the excuse of delivering the mail, he begins to learn the art of poetry.
Meet at 14.00 in classroom E.

Friday, 18 January
Seminar: “Florence and the Medici family.”
Meet at 12.45 in classroom E.

Tuesday, 22 January
Visit: Church of Santa Maria Novella
Meet at 13.00 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Please sign up at the administrative coordinator’s office (Department of Italian Language and Art) before Monday, 21 January. Minimum 5 participants.
Cost: € 2.50

Wednesday, 23 January
Film at school: “Johnny Stecchino”
Director: R. Benigni
Year: 1991
Length: 2’ 01”
Plot: A fun comedy by Benigni that presents the story of a man mistaken for a mafia boss. The notorious mafia boss Johnny Stecchino is forced to live hidden in a basement unless he can find someone that looks like him to take the fall for him.
Meet at 14.00 in classroom N in Via Faenza, 43.

Thursday, 24 January
Visit: Handmade Chocolate Fair
Meet at 13.00 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Please sign up at the administrative coordinator’s office (Department of Italian Language and Art) before Wednesday, 23 January.

Friday, 25 January
Seminar: “Sicily”
Meet at 12.45 in classroom E.

Monday, 28 January
Seminar: “Tuscany”
Meet at 12.45 in classroom E.

Tuesday, 29 January
Visit: Palazzo Medici Ricardi
Meet at 13.00 in front of the school in Via Faenza. Please sign up with and pay the Italian Department secretary before Monday, 28 January. Minimum 5 Participants.

Thursday, 31 January
Film at school: “Caro Diario”
Director: N. Moretti
Year: 1993
Length: 1’ 40”
Plot: The film is divided in three distinct episodes. In the first, the protagonist rides through the streets of Rome in summer. In the second, he decides to meet a friend in Lipari. The final episode covers the final stages of his battle against the sickness from which he has suffered for a year.
Meet in 14.00 in classroom E.

Friday, 1 February
END OF COURSE PARTY.
Meet at 11.00 in classroom I.