“LIVING HISTORY TO SUSTAIN THE FUTURE”

Castello Sonnino International Education Centre

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

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Castello Sonnino offers undergraduate and graduate programs, adult and continuing education from a wide range of disciplines on many topics from agricultural and viticultural family-run operation to offer scholars, educators and students the opportunity to experience living history as a learning tool and a means to sustain a resilient future.

ON SITE LEARNING

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

ACCOMMODATION

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Castello Sonnino offers classroom space, comfortable accommodation for up to 30 students in apartments complete with kitchens, as well as accommodation and office space for faculty accompanying student groups or faculty on study leave. The estate houses an historic archive and a private library that can be made available to scholars and students

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SIDNEY SONNINO:
REFINED STATESMAN, INTELLECTUAL AND EXPERT ON AGRICULTURAL POLICY

Sidney Sonnino (Pisa 1847 – Rome 1922) an authoritative proponent of Italian liberalism throughout the unification, was Minister of Finance and the Treasury 1893 and worked successfully towards the renewal of Italy’s financial situation into the turn of the century. Sonnino was twice Prime Minister (1906 and 1909-1910) and founded the daily newspaper “Il Giornale d’Italia”. Sonnino was also Italy’s Foreign Minister (1914-1919) and signed the Treaty of London. A great liberal intellect and journalist, Sonnino worked to reform Italy’s agricultural system and gave staunch support to universal suffrage.

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THE HISTORIC ARCHIVE AND THE SIDNEY SONNINO STUDY CENTRE:
A treasure-trove for knowledge of nineteenth-century Italy

The Archive of Sidney Sonnino presides in the Castello, where the rooms in which the politician lived and worked have been preserved intact. The Archive was founded in 1967 by Professor Benjamin F. Brown of the University of Kansas while a guest of then owner of the Castle, Lodovico de Renzis Sonnino. The Archive is a mine of details about nineteenth-century Italy: correspondence, economic studies, projects, iconographic mementoes and documents relating to the Foreign Office during the First World War. Sidney Sonnino’s vast private library, comprising rare international publications, collections of ancient editions, and entire runs of nineteenth and twentieth-century periodicals is also housed in the archive.The Sidney Sonnino Study Centre was established in December 2005 by Baron Alessandro De Renzis Sonnino and his wife Caterina, with the support of academics from the Universities of Florence and Pisa. The aim of the Sonnino Study Centre is to draw attention to Sonnino’s thought and work in relation to the issues and personalities of his time. The Centre promotes and organises conferences, study seminars, research and various forms of publication and actively provides retrieval and cataloguing of works contained in the Sonnino library and archive working in liaison with university scholars and organs of the Italian Ministry for the Cultural Heritage.
The Chairman of the Study Centre is Professor Pier Luigi Ballini.

LIVING HISTORY TO SUSTAIN THE FUTURE

Sonnino Working Group – INTERNATIONAL FACULTY

Castello Sonnino has forged relationships with scholars from important Italian universities (Universities of Firenze, Siena, Pisa, Pollenzo) who are available to provide academic expertise to visiting universities in a variety of formats including lectures and seminars for university classes, field excursions and on site estate workshops on a variety of topics associated with the ideals of sustainability and resilience. Many of these scholars are eager to form research and teaching collaborations with visiting scholars and universities. In May of 2015 a group of scholars and educators from the Universities of Firenze, Siena and Pisa gathered with visiting faculties from four North American universities for a two day International Experiential Education Workshop at Castello Sonnino. Representatives from Castello Sonnino and the Township of Montespertoli welcomed the group and encouraged further collaboration for research and education in the region. The workshop concluded with the establishment of the Sonnino Working Group. The group is comprised of a collection of scholars and educators from across North America, Italy and Spain interested in joint research and educational opportunities based out of Castello Sonnino’s interests in living history for a sustainable and resilient future.

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"Castello Sonnino offers an authentic, strong and profound study abroad experience that exposes students to the beautiful and complex realities of an Italy seldom seen, through agriculture, local society and Italian history."

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GRANI ANTICHI DI MONTESPERTOLI
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CASE DELLA MEMORIA
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CENTRO STUDI SIDNEY SONNINO
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STRADE DEL VINO DELL’OLIO DEI SAPORI DI TOSCANA
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DIMORE STORICHE ITALIANE
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