Rome, Siena, Florence, & Cinque Terre
TENTATIVE DATES: May 11 - June 1, 2015
Total Program Fee: $4,995
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.
All roads lead to Rome which is where the program starts. Rome, the eternal city, has an ambiance like no other. Here the ancient world is integrated with the modern. Rome means history. Bernini fountains, baroque basilicas, Michelangelo frescoes, 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 region 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 to Florence, home of the Renaissance and birthplace of the modern urban lifestyle. Many consider Florence Europe’s cultural capital. The program will finish in Cinque Terre, five villages undisturbed by traffic or modern development, clinging to a stretch of the Riviera coastline. The villages are linked by a milk-run train, a ferry, and a fantastic trail which draws hikers from all over the world.
Heart of the Roman Empire, birthplace of the Renaissance and Roman Catholic Church, Italy offers the perfect setting for the study of many academic disciplines. The legacy of art and architecture extends through every era from ancient to the most contemporary. Italy offers an excellent opportunity for students to experience the development of western art, civilization, society, and culture. Courses offered will incorporate the Italian people, varied land and seascapes, history, art, and culture to provide students a unique and exciting study abroad experience.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk two to three miles per day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities.
Excursions may include: There may be multiple excursions including visits to the Forum, Coliseum, Vatican, Duomo, El Campo, a winery, San Gimigano, the markets, the Pantheon, Rome at night walking tour, the Academia (home of Michelangelo’s David), hike of the Cinque Terre Trails, and more.
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 budget hotels in Siena, Rome, and Florence in rooms holding up to five people. The hotel in Rome has an 11:00 pm curfew. In Cinque Terre students will stay in a youth 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.