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Castello Sonnino International Education Center

Castello Sonnino International Education Center

CSIEC offers undergraduate, graduate programs, and adult continuing education from a wide range of disciplines on a variety of topics. CSIEC offers scholars, educators and students the opportunity to experience living history as a learning tool and a means to sustain a resilient future.

CSIEC is the only operating farm, winery and historic site in Italy to offer the academic community on site experiential learning and research opportunities with formal instruction through the cooperation of a network scholars from Italian and international universities and local entrepreneurs. CSIEC organizes in house internships as well as on sites in the surroundings.

Castello Sonnino is a historic estate 20 km from Florence, in the Chianti area at walking distance from the village Montespertoli and it is the heart of a working farm that produces wine, olive oil and ancient grains on 150 hectares. The estate houses a historic archive on WWI.

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: Rural Sustainability in a Globalizing World; Agriculture and Food Systems; Wine Geographies; Political Ecology and Culture of Landscape Change; Rural Evolutionary Economics; Environmental Resilience and Sustainability.

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: Agritourism in Italy: its genesis, evolution and operation; Cultural and historical tourism: art, language, cinema and literature; Wine, culinary and terroir tourism; Transformative experiential tourism: education, health and wellness; Business, hospitality and marketing.

HISTORY, CLASSICS AND ARCHEOLOGY: Europe in the Making: The Grand Tour and Nation Building in Tuscany; Ancient Tuscany: Etruscans and Romans; Bishops, Merchants, Pilgrims: Economy and the Via Francigena.

ITALIAN: Italian language; Italian lifestyle and culture; Italian political life and contemporary history: Mezzadria, World War I.

Castello Sonnino International Education Center
Via Volterrana Nord 6/A – 50025 Montespertoli (Firenze) – Italy
Tel.+39 0571 609198