For many years, the Arte al Sole art and cultural programs in Italy have been providing families with an opportunity to up the fun quotient by allowing children to experience Italy’s culture while interacting with their peers and making new friends. Meanwhile, parents get some cherished free time to explore Tuscan vineyards or Florence museums, and maybe even some shopping, while the kids are occupied from 9:30a to 3:00p. Providing children with age-appropriate activities during any stay in Italy means more fun for the whole family!
In the case of Arte al Sole, you might even find that the kids will become little tour guides, teaching their parents new things about Italian history and culture.
The Arte al Sole programs are in English, each one themed around the history of the location, with six sites from which to choose throughout Umbria, Tuscany, and the Amalfi Coast. Each course includes a workshop with guest artists, an excursion to local cultural sites, and a cooking class, along with lots of outdoor exploring and hands-on activities that tie together each theme. This year, the program has added the following new locations in top family travel spots.
Florence, April 6-10 & June 29-July 3, “A Renaissance Adventure for Kids,” ages 5-12 and 13-17
Kids will learn how the city burst with genius and inspiration as the literary, fine arts, architectural, and scientific breakthroughs of the later Middle Ages transformed Florence into a Renaissance city. The program includes a fresco project at a local Florentine’s art studio, a chance to see the process of restoration, visits to local museums, a cooking class, and fun, engaging integrated fine arts projects encompassing the theme of the city itself as a canvas for the creativity of this period.
Montepulciano, July 6-10, “Art in the Kitchen,” ages 5-12 and 13-17
The Val D’Orcia region in the Province of Siena offers families a chance to enjoy all the splendors of Tuscany. The Montepulciano camp takes place within the historic city center, easily accessible by foot for those staying within the city, and convenient to the local countryside. This week’s theme focuses on the abundance of the fattoria of the area, and food in celebration and Tuscan life.
Amalfi Coast, July 13-17, “Art at the Beach,” ages 5-12 and 13-17
The Amalfi Coast location is themed around the legends and heroes at the heart of the area’s awe-inspiring cultural landscape and is based in the charming town of Minori, less touristy and more family-friendly this season. Kids will experience the beauty and mystery of the area through ceramics painting, sea-themed texturized watercolor, linen dying, paper making, cooking with lemons, and a visit to a 1st-century Roman villa. This location is the perfect proximity for parents to visit Positano, Capri, Ravello, Praiano, or the town of Amalfi.
After years of requests from parents for summer sports options and Italian language courses for young kids during family trips to Italy, Arte al Sole has partnered with EduKick to offer Soccer al Sole, two 1-week sessions at the Umbria location, in conjunction with Italian Soccer Federation-certified coaches. There is the further option of a 2-week full-board program at the EduKick campus in nearby Perugia for ages 12-17.
Soccer al Sole, Session I July 6-10, Session II July 13-17, ages 5-12 and 13-17
The soccer program is designed to inspire children to engage with the core skills of the game and to realize their sporting potential in a fun atmosphere. After lunch, Italian language lessons are incorporated into fun activities around a working olive farm in Umbria. This is a unique opportunity for families to be immersed in Italian culture and for kids to share all that they’ve learned during this Italian language program with their parents as they enjoy the area together in the afternoon and evening.
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Editor’s Note: Arte al Sole compensated us to publish this year’s camp schedule on Ciao Bambino. Photos by Shannon Kenny.
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