Programs in Italy
Italy is a land of art that provides a splendid journey through an extraordinarily rich heritage of artistic creativity and innovations and contributions to world civilization. From the sunny southern slopes of the Alps to the lush orange groves of Sicily, Italy also offers enormous variety in its natural scenery.
Program: The Accademia
Clinging to a hillside beneath dark Mount Subasio, Assisi is an enchanting hill town located in the Umbria Region. It is the home of St. Francis of Assisi and splendid frescoes by Giotto. Participants can study Italian here in midst of medieval houses and streets of high pink and white sandstone. Flowers spill from windows, balconies and old staircases. Umbria and Assisi in particular offer an important legacy of medieval art, culture, religion and folklore, as well as remains of Etruscan and Roman civilization.
Programs: Lorenzo de’Medici • Istituto Europeo
An international city of art and culture, Florence is small and beautiful with splendid squares and narrow streets flanked by medieval and Renaissance buildings. It is encircled by hills and divided by the Arno River. Participants can study over 40 areas (art, music, history, and others) surrounded by the vivid history of its most celebrated writers and artists — Giotto, Donatello, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Dante.
Program: University for Foreigners of Perugia
Perugia, the “Great Guelph Citadel”, is a beautiful medieval city in the Umbrian Region that is rich in art treasures going back to Etruscan times. On this hilltop city in Central Italy, participants have the opportunity to study Italian and a wide range of courses on Italian literature, civilization and culture. In July they can also enjoy the International Umbrian Jazz Festival.
Program: Lorenzo de’Medici
Rome is called “la Città Eterna” (the Eternal City), and has a history extending nearly 2,800 years. Rome has been the seat of ancient Rome (the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic, Roman Empire), and later the Papal States, Kingdom of Italy and Italian Republic, and evidence of its rich history is found throughout the city. Rome is home to the Roman Forum, the Vatican, the Pantheon, and countless other churches and monuments, and evidence of Rome’s vast history surrounds the visitor.
Program: Lorenzo de’Medici
Tuscania is a small town situated close to Viterbo, Lake Bolsena, and the Mediterranean Sea and is about 90 minutes from Rome. The town is rich in examples of Etruscan, Roman and Medieval civilizations and has an ongoing excavation of an Etruscan necropolis. Tuscania’s small size allows students easy immersion in the town and genuine interaction with those who live there.
Programs: Istituto Venezia • Lorenzo de’Medici
Venice called the “Adriatic Queen” is a fantasy city with hundreds of bridges and canals navigated by gondolas and vaporetti (boat buses). It is without cars. Here participants can study Italian, Venetian Civilization and other courses and leisurely experience the wonders of the Grand Canal, elaborate palazzi, Piazza San Marco, rare canvases of Giorgione, Tintoretto, and more.