Pintadera is a small Italian language school located in a quiet and picturesque alley of the old town of Alghero in Sardinia. The school is run by two women, one from Alghero and the other, a native of Berlin with a diverse international background.
Welcoming and relaxing, Pintadera offers the perfect atmosphere for learning the Italian language and gaining a unique insight into Sardinian culture. We take language out of the classroom and onto the streets of Alghero. All five senses are activated during the learning process – not only do you listen and speak, but you eat, sleep and breathe Sardinia.
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Our every course, be it language or culturally-orientated, involves organized activities exploring the Sardinian way of life including first hand investigations of local customs, traditions, food and wines. We also actively explore the most current and interesting themes in Sardinia's science, arts and cultural expressions. Our school is guided by a warm and welcoming staff that is qualified in educational instruction and keenly sensitive to student needs. Our teachers are distinguished college graduates selected for their teaching ability as well as their enthusiasm, motivation and warm, engaging personalities.
In addition to our intensive group language and culture courses, Pintadera offers a series of special courses, amongst which is our most popular weekly crash course for tourists: AllegraMente. This typically late afternoon course is designed to give our visitors an enticing taste of the Italian language and way of life. It constitutes a proven and celebrated intelligent enhancement to the joys of an Alghero holiday.
Everyone is welcome. And everyone, young to not-so-chronologically young, has applauded this program.
Sardinia is an island of extraordinary natural beauty. It lies in the heart of the Mediterranean off the west coast of mainland Italy and white sandy beaches adorn its 1800 km coastline. The interior of the island features vast stretches of uncontaminated nature. Low Mediterranean vegetation in exotically varied colors and scents alternates with forests of century-old trees unique to Sardinia. Springtime offers a special treat as the hills alight with the blazoned yellow of our gorse bush groves.
Historically, Sardinia has been en route for the most important civilizations of the Mediterranean. Different cultures have dominated this land for centuries, leaving remnants of their lifestyles and local traditions. The first traces of man date back to the lower Paleolithic period. The native Nuragic civilisation (from 2000 BC until the Roman invasion of 238 AD) has left an inheritance of over 7000 “nuraghi“ (round stone dwellings) scattered all over Sardinia.
Magic and superstition have survived in Sardinia and thrive in spellbinding traditional rituals and oral tales directed by our older generations. Ancient pagan festivities are linked to the agricultural calendar and traditional carnival celebrations take place in historic towns such as Mamoiada and Ottana as well as in Bosa, a town 35 km south of Alghero.
Sardinia is an island that, once visited, remains indelibly in the heart. DH Lawrence in "The Sea and Sardinia" wrote in 1921 that "Sardinia is left outside of time and history". To an extent, this is still true today.
Alghero, considered by many to be the most fascinating town on the island, is situated on the northwest 'Coral Coast' of Sardinia. The town was founded by the Genovese Doria family during the first half of the 12th century. Because of its strategically important position, in 1354 the Counts of Barcelona conquered the town and Alghero was repopulated by people of Catalan-Aragon origin. This domination lasted over four hundred years and is clearly visible in the architecture of Alghero’s intriguing old town and in the locally spoken dialect.
Protected on three seaward sides by great stone bastions and guarded to the land side by a series of stone towers, Alghero’s churches and small squares are nodes in a network of narrow, cobbled streets.
Alghero today is a bustling little town which offers more than just beautiful white sandy beaches and emerald waters. Our unique history, traditions, architecture, and evolved social diversity hosted by an enticingly mild climate and all the comforts of home make Alghero a fascinating place to visit all year round.
Of special interest are the Easter celebrations, clearly of Spanish origin, during which a series of elaborate processions and rituals culminate on Good Friday with the deposition of Christ from the Cross.
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During the summer season, when the town welcomes visitors from all over the world, Alghero enjoys a seductively fun outdoor nightlife in its many “piazzas”, waterfront bars and al-fresco restaurants. The new outdoor theater at the Forte della Maddalenetta in the old town stages a summer cultural program ranging from encounters with contemporary authors and debates, to slide projections, recitals, musical shows, as well as contemporary and classical dance productions.
For those who prefer a quieter vacation, classical music concerts are held in the cloister of the 15th century San Francesco Church. Concerts are also occasionally staged in Neptune’s Caves at Capo Caccia.
During December Alghero is decorated to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. The old town, in particular, becomes the stage for theatrical performances which involve the spectators and those just strolling through town. The colors, scents and sounds of art exhibitions, concerts in the Cathedral and Cloisters, street musicians animate the old town in a festive spirit, culminating on New Year's Eve with concerts in the squares and fireworks in the marina.