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 – 3 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 more of Romeís most famous sites such 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.

Sunday morning free. If the Pope is in Rome you will be able to go to St. Peterís Square to attend the mass.

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

Field Trip to Rome (Spring – 5 Days)

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 Romeís history. You will visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Campidoglio and more of 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.

Includes bed, breakfast and one other meal per day, travel, entrance fees and sightseeing as indicated.

Field trip to Venice (2 Days)

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

Day 1: Depart Florence. Arrive in Venice. Walking tour including St. Markís Square, St. Markís Cathedral and Doges Palace. Enjoy a free afternoon for individual activities.

Day 2: Accademia, San Rocco and Guggenheim Museum, late afternoon travel back to Florence.

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

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.