Rome, Siena, Florence, and Venice
DATES: Tentative Dates May 14 - June 4, 2017
Total Program Fee: $TBA
Due to limited accommodation space, this program has a maximum capacity. Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply by the early application deadline. TnCIS anticipates that a wait list will be initiated for the regular acceptance applicants. Contact TnCIS if you have questions.
With beauty, history, art, architecture, food, wine, and culture, Italy offers the perfect setting for the study of many academic disciplines. Encompassing a legacy of genius in art and architecture that extends through every era from ancient to the most contemporary. Italy offers an excellent opportunity to experience the development of western art, civilization, society, and culture.
Rome means history. It is Italy’s capital and largest city, birthplace of the Renaissance, the Roman Empire, and the Roman Catholic Church. An ambience unlike any other, learn why it is called the eternal city. Rich with beauty, history, opulent art, and fine cuisine there is so much to see in Rome. Bernini fountains, baroque basilicas, Michelangelo frescos, and street markets are found in the same city with chic designer stores, terrific restaurants, and a contemporary mass transit system. After Rome the program continues to the Tuscany regions which is distinguished by rolling hills, snow-capped mountains, and dramatic cypress trees, providing gorgeous views at practically every turn. The region is known for art, architecture, wine, cheese, and olive oil.
In Tuscany, we will stay at the rival cities of Siena and Florence. One of Italy’s best preserved medieval towns, Siena was built on three hills and is surrounded by well-preserved city walls and filled with fine examples of Gothic and early Renaissance architecture. Next we travel by train to Florence, home of the Renaissance and birthplace of the modern urban lifestyle. Many consider Florence Europe’s cultural capital. With such a convenient and modern train system, day trips to Pisa and Lucca are a breeze.
Lastly, we travel by train to the city unlike any other, Venice, Italy. Venice is full of epic grandeur, signature canals, opulent architecture, and inventive cuisine. The city built on water, continues to defy convention at every turn. Fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. There is always something new to discover in a city that continues to excite, enlighten and surprise at every turn.
In cities abundantly rich with culture, history, and beauty, students will truly be immersed in a living breathing, learning laboratory. Classes are held amidst awe-inspiring art and architecture, and stunning historical ruins that influenced Western Civilizations throughout history. Courses offered will incorporate the Italian people, varied land and seascapes, history, art, and culture by total immersion into a riveting, unique and exciting study abroad experience.
Please Note: Prospective students should be aware of the physical exertion that study abroad programs require. For example, there is a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk five or more miles per day or more on average. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities. You will also be required to carry your bags through busy airports, train stations, and metro stops, not to mention various flights of stairs.
Excursions may include: Multiple excursions may include and are not limited to, the Roman Forum, Coliseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters, the Vatican museums, and the archaeological site of Ostia Antica. In Tuscany, a winery, El Campo, Siena and Florence Duomo, day trips to Pisa, San Gimignano, and Ostia Antica, the leather markets, the Academia (home of Michelangelo's David), and the Uffizi Museum. Lastly, in Venice we may visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Campanile di San Marco, The Grand Canal and historical and modern museums.
Classes: Class meeting times will average 3 hours daily. Class schedules may vary depending on the daily activities for each class. In addition to traditional classroom time all courses require class excursions.
Accommodations: Students will stay in unique, historical hotels in Rome, Siena, and Florence, in rooms holding up to six people. In Venice students will stay in a historical building that has been converted to a swanky hostel with up to nine people in a room. A light breakfast and one other meal will be provided daily. Students should budget to pay for one meal daily as well as snacks and drinks.