Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Study Abroad in Florence: Cultural Excursions

From Florence, you can easily explore the unspoiled beauty of Tuscanyís rolling hills and valleys, dotted with tall cypress, olive groves and Chianti vineyards. You can venture further north to Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world, and where the operas of Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi are performed. Or travel south to Naples to see Mount Vesuvius and explore the archaeological ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

London, England (2 Nights)

Included only for students on the AIFS Flight Package

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en route to your orientation in Italy. This will allow you to relax, recover from jet lag and get to know your fellow classmates while touring Englandís capital.

Take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of Londonís most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Have time to explore the city on your own where you can take in the gorgeous parks and gardens, see a play in the West End or shop for vintage clothes at Camden Market.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, entrance fees and sightseeing as indicated. Lunch and dinner are not included.


A visit to Rome is included for all students. During the spring semester, the Rome field trip is part of the orientation for students on the Traditional Program and the Fashion Management and Marketing Program. Spring Internship Program students and all fall semester students visit Rome later in their program.

Field Trip to Rome (Fall – 4 Days)

Included in program fee. This trip is part of the coursework for the course ARH 273 Introduction to Italian Art.

During the excursion a local guide will introduce you to Romeís history. You will visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Campidoglio and other Romeís most famous sites as the Spanish steps, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain. The tour also includes visits to Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Farnese and Palazzo Spada.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Vatican museums, admire Michelangeloís stunning frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel, the magnificent Raphael rooms and St. Peterís Basilica.

On the last day visit Tivoli and the Villa díEste with its famous fountains, or free morning before returning to Florence.

Field Trip to Rome (Spring – 5 Days; part of Traditional Program Orientation)

Included in program fee. The cultural visits in Rome are part of the orientation for Traditional Academic Program students in the spring semester. Field trips are held in the mornings. This trip is part of the coursework for the course ARH 273- Introduction to Italian Art

During the excursion a local guide will introduce you to Rome’s history. You will visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Campidoglio and other Rome’s most famous sites as the Spanish steps, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain. The tour also includes visits to Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Farnese and Palazzo Spada.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Vatican museums, admire Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel, the magnificent Raphael rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Field trip to Venice (3 Days)

Included in program fee This trip is part of the coursework for the course ARH 273 Introduction to Italian Art.

Departure by bus for early afternoon arrival in Venice, a city that takes your breath away. In the afternoon take a guided walking tour including the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square.

The following day, visit the Accademia Museum – one of the world’s greatest art treasure houses, the churches of Santa Maria dei Frari, San Rocco and the Rialto Bridge. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Venice’s riches at your leisure or follow an optional tour to the famous Murano and Burano gorgeous islands.

On the final day, visit to the Guggenheim Museum, as well as other points of interest before returning to Florence.

Siena (Day visit)

Included in program fee

One of the loveliest cities in Italy, Siena is surrounded by red clay hills from which the color sienna is named. The city welcomes you with its motto, Cor magis tibi Sena pandit (Siena opens its heart to you) inscribed on the Camollia Gate. See the Campo, the main square, where the famous Palio horse race is staged twice a year. Explore the narrow cobblestone streets lined with palace and patrician mansions before returning to Florence.

Visits to Venice and Rome are included in the program fee. Since full-year students do not repeat the orientation program or trips to Venice and Rome, they are free to travel independently at their own expense during these periods.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.