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What about the climate?
Otranto and its surroundings have a typical Mediterranean climate. Summer is quite warm, with hot weeks in July and August. Spring and first autumn are milder, though it is still possible to bathe in the sea. In winter temperature rarely goes under zero. Average summer temperatures range from 18° C to 35° C. Average winter temperatures, from 5° C to 15°C.

Month
Min °C
Max °C
January
15
14
February
9
14
March
8
15
April
13
21
May
13
23
June
23
29
July
26
34
August
25
39
September
21
38
October
18
25
November
17
24
December
13
15
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How can I reach Otranto?
Otranto is a town of 5.000 inhabitants 45 km south of Lecce. You can easily reach it: - by car: Highway A14, tollgate Bari Nord (150 kilometers from Lecce). - by train: Direct links to/from Lecce from Bologna, Milan, Rome, Turin and, in summer time, from European countries. - by plane: Brindisi/Bari airports – daily flights to/from Rome, Milan, London- Stansted, Munich, Paris, Barcellona. - by ship: port of Brindisi – ferries to/from Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Egypt.

learn italian in turin during the summer beginners free

Is there a post office?
The post office is just near our school. Open time: 8.30 – 13.00


Is there a bank where I can change money or use the ATM (automatic teller machine)?
In Otranto there are three banks (open time: 8.30 – 13.30 / 14.45 – 16.15), all of them with a ATM (automatic teller machine) point 24h. a day). Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.


Where will I stay?/ What kinds of accommodation do you offer?
The accommodations are in the building in which the school is located, in double rooms shared with other students or in single room, with heating, air conditioning, television, some rooms have a balcony with sight on the sea or a veranda. Sheet and towel are supplied. The cleaning of the room and the change of the linen happen weekly. The In alternative is possible to demand the accommodation in family in single room with breakfast treatment (is also available the treatment of average pension) or in private apartments.


Which is the average age of students attending the school?
2% Under 15 years old
5%   16 - 20 years old
23%   21 - 30 years old
14%     31 - 35 years old
17%     36 - 45 years old
8%   46 - 50 years old
30%   51 - 80 years old
1 %    Over 81 years old

70% are women
30% are men

1% are from Alaska
7% are from Australia
7% are from Austria
1% are from Belgium
2% are from Brasil
1% are from Canada
1% are from Costa Rica
2% are from Czech Republic
2% are from Denmark
2% are from Egypt
1% are from Estonia
4% are from France
12% are from Germany
8% are from Greece
1% are from Hungary
2% are from Ireland
1% are from Japan
1% are from Macedonia
1% are from Mexico
1% are from Netherlands
3% are from New Zealand
2% are from Norway
5% are from Poland
2% are from Portugal
1% are from Romania
2% are from Russia
2% are from Serbia
2% are from Singapore
1% are from Slovakia
2% are from Spain
1% are from Sweden
5% are from Switzerland
1% are from Turkey
7% are from United Kingdom
9% are from United States of America
2% are from Ukraine



23% are beginner
53% are intermediate
13% are advanced


What should I expect about meals?
A typical Italian breakfast (usually served at 8.00 a.m.) normally includes bread, butter, jam/marmalade, or biscuits, as well as coffee, milk or tea. At lunch (13.00) it’s possible to have a first course (pasta or soup), a second course (meat or fish) with vegetables, and fruit or cake. At dinner (20.30): first or second courses along with vegetables and fruit or cake are the usual dishes, though you can have pizza or some other specialities. Water and wine are always on the table. At the end of the meal we usually drink black coffee.


What about accommodation in families?
Our host families are carefully selected. You will have the chance of enjoying a friendly atmosphere, practicing Italian in daily life situations and tasting homemade food.
The use of a part of the refrigerator, hand-washing of clothes, as well as the use of the ironing board, and of the kitchen is usually permitted with no extra charge. The laundry is near our family accomodations.
If you choose a Bed&Breakfast or a half board accomodation, please keep in mind that the use of the kitchen to cook your own food is normally not included. The best payment is cash.


Do I need to take my own bed-lines and towels?
No, you don’t.


What about accommodation in a hotel or in an “agriturismo” (ex- farm house)?
We can reserve for you a hotel or an “agriturismo” situated in Otranto, in the country or by the sea. Prices are according to the categories of hotels and the season. Please make your reservation well in advance.
As to the accomodation in an “agriturismo”, it is usually a simple room with basic facilities. You live nevertheless in contact with nature.


Am I supposed to communicate my arrival date and time?
Yes, you are. We need to know them well in advance in order to make the waiting time for you and your hosts as short as possible. And, eventually, to organize your pick up.


What documents do I need to come to Italy?
Citizens from the European Union can enter Italy with an Identification card or a Passport. Citizens from other countries should check with the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate.


Which is the Italian currency ?
Since 1st January 2002 twelve member countries of the European Union have adopted a common currency called “Euro”.
It is however still possible to change other currencies: $, CHF, GBP, JPY, etc.


Where and when is it better to change money?
If you want to change large amounts of money, you better to do it in Italy. You should also bring cash for the first few days (taxi, bus tickets, small purchases, etc). In change offices commission rates are higher. The cheapest ones are at the bank. For a stay longer than 3 months, opening a bank account might even be more convenient. We can give you information about it.

What about payments?
Credit Cards are accepted almost everywhere. Euro-Cheques can be changed in banks (each Euro check is guaranteed max for Euros 200). You can receive money at Automatic Teller Machines (ATM), if you have an ATM card linked to an international network (Eurocard, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro etc.). Mastercard and Visa (with PIN number) may be used to withdraw cash from an ATM machine. In Europe, ATMs do not often accept PINs with more than 4 digits. Cash from ATM is only in Euro. The daily amount is limited.


How much pocket money do I need?
Euros 160 per week, in addition to the costs of accommodation course, should be enough to live in Otranto.


What about electricity system in Italy?
Italy uses a 220 Volts/AC system. Additionally, wall sockets and plugs may differ from those in your home country. Be sure to get information about the possible need for an adapter before your departure.


Am I insured during my staying at you?
During your staying at our school you are insured for accident in the school, else you must be personally insured against illness and accident. Contact your insurance company to ask whether your personal insurance is valid abroad. Otherwise purchase a travel insurance. Members of the national insurance-companies in EU countries should demand the E111 form to obtain free health service in Italy. Robbery coverage is often included in personal insurance. If not, we suggest you to purchase coverage for your stay in Italy.


Which world time zone does Italy belong to?
Italy uses Middle-European-Time (MET), i.e.: Rome = 0 / New York = -6 / Tokyo = +8.
During the summer months (mid March to mid October) the clocks are turned ahead one hour to Middle-European-Summer-Time (MEST = MET + 1h), i.e.: Rome = 0 / New York = -5 / Tokyo = +9.


What should I check before leaving?
Here is a list of things we suggest you to check before your departure:
- Valid passport or identity card
- Tickets and reservations
- Insurance documents
- Money, traveller’s cheques and credit cards
- Personal medicine or medical prescriptions
- E111 form (for citizens from EU countries)
- Italian address given to parents etc.
- School informed about arriving time
- Transfer requested from school



 
 
 
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