Unlike many North American school campuses, the Canadian College Italy campus is actually situated within the historical centre of the town of Lanciano. Nestled within the panoramic beauty of the mountains of Abruzzo, and a mere eight kilometers to the scenic seashores of the Adriatic Coast, this historic setting provides a unique back-drop for learning and living.
The School building is a 14th century stone and brick palazzo which is located on Via Cavour, a tiny vico up a steep flight of stairs adjacent to the main piazza Plebiscito. Originally used as a magnificent residence for one of the town's aristocratic families in the 1300's, the School building was later used as the Canadian Headquarters for troops during the Second World War. With a central Atrium that allows for an abundance of natural light and serves as a focal point for classrooms located on three floors, the School building is an ideal structure for the majority of classroom learning. In addition to the twelve classrooms located on three floors of the building, the School also has various study spaces, two Art rooms and a Science lab. Breakfast is served in the main atrium of the building on weekdays as snacks are left out throughout the day in a common area on the main floor.
A short walk from the School building along the cobblestone streets is the Santa Maria Residence. This 15th century structure is home to CCI's girls and is located across from one of the most impressive Gothic churches of the region. Santa Maria is a large structure with three floors, various common rooms, terraces and kitchenettes.
CCI's boys are housed in our very own Allegria Inn and restaurant. One of the oldest establishments in the town, the Allegria has been feeding locals and passers-by for over 500 years. With beautifully decorated bedrooms and many common areas for dining and socializing, CCI students enjoy many of their meals in this building. Located a stone's thrown from the main Piazza Plebiscito, the Allegria can host up to three-hundred guests.
Whether eating at the Allegria or at the Mercato Coperto, a modern farmers' market managed by the School, students enjoy a healthy Mediterranean diet, for which Italians are renowned, on a daily basis. Only local, seasonal food is served in a buffet-style setting as the School works hard to ensure that students' nutritional and culinary needs are met.