Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Rome
DATES: Tentative Dates May 15 - June 5, 2016
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.
Beginning in Tuscany we will start our journey in the rival cities of Siena and Florence. Tuscany, located in the heart of Italy, conjures images of superb Renaissance art, landscapes famous for rolling hills, olive groves, and dramatic cypress trees. The region is most known for famous art, innovative architecture, wine, cheese, and olive oil. Siena, one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns is built on three hills and surrounded by well-preserved city walls. It is filled with fine examples of Gothic and early Renaissance architecture and personifies Italian culture with an abundance of art, music, fashion, and iconic food. Florence, home of the Renaissance and birthplace of the modern urban lifestyle is our next stop. Considered to be Europe's cultural capital, Florence is famous for awesome artistic and intellectual achievements, and home to great contributions in architecture.
Next is the Italian Riviera. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean, Cinque Terre encompasses five villages that are literally undisturbed by traffic or modern development. The villages are linked by a milk-run train, a ferry, and a fantastic trail which draws hikers from all over the world. From the sun, sea, and unadulterated beauty of the coast we move to our last stop, Rome. Find out why they call it the eternal city. Rome, an ambiance like no other, integrates the ancient with modern. From the phenomenal forms and of Bernini's fountains, baroque basilicas, famous frescos, lively street markets and piazzas, chic designer stores, quaint restaurants and a contemporary mass transit system, Rome is truly a multifaceted city not to be missed.
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 by total immersion 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 you 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 a Tuscan winery, El Campo, Siena Duomo, day trips to Pisa and Lucca, the Florence Duomo, the leather markets, the Academia (home of Michelangelo's David), the Uffizi Museum, hiking and the beach in Cinque Terre, the Forum, Coliseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters, the Vatican museums, and the archaeological site of Ostia Antica.
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. 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.