Scholae aestivae in Italia:

Because of the coronavirus, and to protect everybody’s health,
we’ve decided to delay our summer courses to next year.
We’re very sorry. But, as the Latin saying goes, quod differtur non aufertur!


Montella, et gelidi valete fontes,
et silvae, et nemora alta castanetis.
Tunc me frigoribus tuis tenebas,
Montella, alpigenum e choro sororum
una nobiliorque laetiorque,
cum Canis rapido aestuabat ore.

Janus Anysius
(Iani Anysii Varia poemata et satyrae,
ad Pompeium Columnam cardinalem
Naples 1531, f. 25 v. – 26 r.)


What are they, and whom are they for?
The Scholae aestivae in Italia offer an intensive Latin course at the advanced level, for those who already know the essential of grammar (morphology and syntax) and the about 3000 words that constitute the core vocabulary of the language: if you learn Latin with Lingua Latina per se illustrata, you should have read all Familia Romana and the first ten chapters of Roma aeterna. This year, the Scholae aestivae also offer a course in Greek, for which see below.
Our goal is to improve your Latin, by putting you directly in contact, as it were, with classics of every age, who will also be carefully analysed and discussed.
This will be a numerus clausus course: the maximum number of participants will be 35.
Lessons will be entirely in Latin. It is therefore desirable (though not strictly necessary) that participants should be able, at least to a certain extent, to use the language actively.
Our seven teachers will propose passages taken from various Latin authors – ancient, medieval and modern. We shall also do many and various exercises, both written and oral.
Participants will very often be divided into smaller groups, both in order to allow our teachers to better meet the needs of individual learners and in order to let you take part in our seminars.
We will give lessons on various subjects (e. g. Latin composition, phonetics, syntax, palaeography, art history, philosophy, etc.) We also intend to organise the staging of one or more dramatic works, by authors of any period; and we are open to any other suggestion, as long as it is supported by a sufficient number of participants.
As we said, this year an important novelty will be a full course in Greek, both written and oral, from the 3rd to the 7th and from the 24th to the 28th of July. Of course, Greek will be taught by an active method, too. There will be three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced.
There will be about 120 hours of classes in total.

Here is the schedule of a typical day (but some changes are possible, of course):
8: breakfast;

9 – 10:15: lessons;
10:15 – 10:30: coffee break;
10:30 – 11.30: lessons;
11:30 – 11:45: coffee break;
11:45 – 12:45: lessons;
13 – 15:30: lunch and free time;
15:30 – 16:30: lessons;
16:30 – 16:45: coffee break;
16:45 – 18: lessons;
18 – 20: free time;
20: dinner.

We shall also make six excursions to places of historical and cultural interest: two to close and four to less close places.
As for the close places: we shall visit some abbeys or other medieval monuments, of which there are many in the Montella area.
In addition to this, we shall make day trips – one a week – to, respectively: the catacombs of Saint Januarius, in Naples; the Phlegraean Fields (the Greek colony of Cumae, the castle of Baiae, the Flavian Amphitheatre of Pozzuoli); the archaeological site of Herculaneum; Paestum, with its majestic Greek temples. See some images below.
We shall read together some relevant passages from authors of various ages, in order to hear the voice of classical writers, as it were, where their echo is stronger.

Where? When?
Classes will run from the 3rd to the 28th of July. The course will take place in Montella, a town in Campania about an hour’s drive from Naples and about three hours’ drive from Rome. Montella is a peaceful and pretty mountain town, surrounded by woods and rich in history and tradition.
Those who intend to follow the course in Greek are expected and will be welcomed on July the 3rd; the participants in the Latin course only, on the 7th of July.
Departure is set for:
the morning of the 7th of July, if you intend to follow the Greek course only;
the morning of the 24th, if you wish to stay till the end of the Latin course;
– the morning of the 28th, if you wish to participate in the second Greek course too.

How to reach us
You can get to Montella by car or by
bus. Buses leave from Rome to Montella every day: some of them have no intermediate stops, some stop at Avellino, where you will have to change buses for Montella. Buses also leave daily from Naples and Salerno to Avellino: once you are at Avellino, you will have to change buses for Montella.
If you like, with a little extra charge we can send a car to Avellino to pick you up. You can get to Avellino from many other Italian cities, by bus or by train.
If a sufficient number of participants asks for it, we shall rent a private bus, which will take you from Naples airport, or railway station, to Montella.

Location, accommodation and meals
The course will take place in the De Marco palace, an elegant building of the beginning of the 20th century, which stands in the park of the same name – in the centre of Montella.
Participants will take their meals and sleep at the Zia Carmela (“Aunt Carmela”) three-star hotel, around 100 metres from the De Marco palace. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool. Accommodation consists of a double room, with an en-suite bathroom and internet connection (however, we cannot entirely rule out the possibility that it will stop working sometimes).
For single rooms a supplement will apply. If many participants ask for single rooms, they might be accommodated in a different hotel, not far from the De Marco palace.

How to register and how to pay
Registration closes on May the 17th. However, it might be closed before, as soon as the maximum number of 35 participants is reached: so hurry up!
To register for the Scholae Latinae, please complete and send
this form, and send a deposit by bank transfer, according to the option chosen (see below). Registration is only valid upon receipt of the deposit, provided the deposit is sent within ten days from the sending of the form.
– Option A: participation in the Latin course and in the two Greek courses (from the 3rd to the 28th of July), meals, coffee breaks and accommodation as described above (double room), didactic material and excursions: 2500 euros per person; deposit: 1200 euros.
– Option B: participation in the Latin course and in one Greek course (from the 3rd to the 24th or from the 7th to the 29th of July), meals, coffee breaks and accommodation as described above (double room), didactic material and excursions: 2080 euros per person; deposit: 1080 euros.
– Option C: participation in the Latin course only (from the 7th to the 24th of July), meals, coffee breaks and accommodation as described above (double room), didactic material and excursions: 1680 euros per person; deposit: 900 euros.
– Option D: participation in one Greek course and in half the Latin course (from the 3rd to the 15th or from the 15th to the 28th of July), meals, coffee breaks and accommodation as described above (double room), didactic material and excursions: 1260 euros per person; deposit: 650 euros.
– Option E: participation in one Greek course only (from the 3rd to the 7th or from the 24th to the 28th of July), meals, coffee breaks and accommodation as described above (double room), didactic material and excursions: 420 euros per person; deposit: 200 euros.
– Option F (lessons only): participation in the lessons, coffee breaks, didactic material, the excursions to the close places (the excursions to the less close places are not included): 55 euros per day; deposit: half the total amount due.

Should you have any doubts or need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About us
The videos below contain the voices and the testimonies of some of those who took part in our courses.