I wanted to update you all regarding the 2021 Arezzo Language Immersion Program
I’ve just had word from Roberto Turchi, an official in the Santo Spirito quartiere, that due to Covid and the slow rollout of the vaccine in Italy, the June Giostra in Arezzo has been moved to late August. Roberto (pictured next to me in the above photo) tells me the plan now is to hold two jousts in Arezzo back to back — one at the end of August and the other during the customarily scheduled first Sunday in September.
I’ve discussed this turn of events with Paola Testi, my partner and the director of the Cultura Italiana Italian Language school in Arezzo and we’ve decided also to move our program to the end of August.
Drum roll please…
The new dates for our 2021 program are now:
Sunday, August 29 – Thursday, September 10, 2021.
The Matta Language program remains the same, with the same language classes held at Cultura Italiana, special excursions, and hands-on activities. By moving our program to the end of August, we hope that our group can still participate in the pageantry and the excitement surrounding Arezzo’s jousting festival. It is our hope that we will also be able to watch the joust in person in the stands in the piazza. Given the new rules for social distancing, however, we are remaining flexible, and if we can’t participate in the piazza, we will organize a special viewing just for our group in a private local.