The Italian studies program in Florence brings together the study of language, and the culture and civilization of late Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Florence, the capital of Tuscany and the cradle of the Renaissance, is situated on the banks of the Arno River in central Italy. It witnessed a flowering of cultural activity from the 13th through the 16th centuries that signaled the beginning of the modern age and transformed the western world’s ideas of literature, the arts and sciences, philosophy, education, and business.
The program takes full advantage of the unique resources of this beautiful city’s rich heritage. Tours of Florence’s renowned galleries, museums and churches form an integral part of the students’ experience in IAH 221 (an Honors option is available). Sites include the Academy of Fine Arts, home of Michelangelo’s David; the magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its celebrated cupola; the Bargello Museum, home of numerous works by Donatello; and the Uffizi Gallery, the most important collection of paintings in Italy and one of the great art collections of the world.
In modern Florence, an international center of contemporary visual and performing arts, Italy’s renowned artistic traditions continue with exhibits, concerts, ballet, theater, opera, fashion, and film festivals.