Florence

Summer programs in Italy-Italian Cultural Studies in Studio Art, Art HistoryLanguage, Cuisine, Fashion , Filmmaking, Photography, and more!
Pre-College Programs
Florence (Tuscany)
Le grandi cose non sono fatte d’impulso, ma attraverso una serie di piccole cose messe insieme.
Vincent Van Gogh
Florence

Option 1:
July 2 – 30
Option 2:
July 2 – 23
Option 3:
July 2 – 16
Option 4:
July 16 – 30
Rome (optional extension)
July 30 - Aug 3
Student Apartments + Hotel

Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Cinque Terre, Fiesole

Some flexibility with dates is possible, please ask our staff

Grades 9-12, no language prerequisite

Opt 1: 4 weeks
$7,295
$6,295
Opt 2: 3 weeks
$6,295
$5,545
Opt 3: 2 weeks
$4,595
$4,095
Opt 4: 2 weeks
$4,595
$4,095
Optional extension to Rome
$985
September 1st

Join us in Florence this summer for an adventure of a lifetime! You will be inspired by the beauty of Tuscany and its cultural capital, a living museum holding the world’s greatest treasures from the Renaissance era, a city of elegance, history and art.

Program Highlights

  • Live in modern, air-conditioned, centrally located apartments in the historical center of Florence
  • Enjoy fresh authentic food prepared by local chefs
  • Learn in a fun, interactive way, outside of the classroom (hence our Experiential Learning Method!)
  • Be a savvy, sophisticated traveler. Go above and beyond the standard tourist checklist!
  • Meet local Italian youth and make friends from all over the world
  • Option to receive college credit, studying with our local partner institutions
  • Included trips to Venice, Verona, Bologna, Siena, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Viareggio and more
  • All-inclusive 2, 3 or 4-week sessions
  • Pre-Summer Language Courses and Tutoring Online (get an early start on practicing your Italian!)

*Air conditioning units are provided by the local residence in accordance with local standards. We thank you for your understanding as our staff members will work very hard to make you as comfortable as possible during increasingly hot European summers.

No-Stress Travel Guarantee

Whether you missed your connecting flight, lost your luggage or encountered any other problem, rest easy knowing that our staff and travel agents will help you with all necessary arrangements, help you re-book your flights, find a hotel room and cover all necessary expenses, such as meals, clothes, personal items, and more.

<p>Optional Travel Extension<br /> <strong>Rome</strong></p>

Optional Travel Extension
Rome

This final portion of the Florence program includes four days of cultural discovery in Italy’s capital. You will have the opportunity to experience every aspect of this city’s incredible history and vibrant life

It's
If you were there...

  • Morning
    Fashion class elective
    Fashion Class
  • Morning
    Italian class
  • Morning
    Studio Art class
    Studio Art Class
  • Morning
    Art history class
    Art History Class
  • Afternoon
    Walk near Lucca's Duomo
    Luccas Duomo
  • Afternoon
    Grocery shopping for Tuscan cuisine
  • Afternoon
    Soccer
  • Afternoon
    Art class
  • Night
    Having dinner

Andrea Abbate

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  • Food

    Our staff will buy daily fresh food for breakfast and lunch from the local markets and shops. Some evenings our staff and students will make delicious meals together, armed with fresh ingredients and our own Tuscan recipe book. These culinary adventures quickly become a favorite bonding and cultural activity among our students and staff. We will also enjoy authentic local cuisine during outings to local restaurants.

    Our staff will provide you with daily groceries (bread, pasta, cereal, water, olive oil, etc.) and house supplies. If you need more food or house supplies – just tell us. We will get them for you.

  • Filmmaking and Editing

    Students have the opportunity to create a short film and participate in all aspects of film production, from acting to directing, from photography to post-production. During this innovative hands-on experience students learn from professionals in a picturesque setting, the heart of Florence, Italy. Our curriculum is designed to encourage students to explore their own visions, creativity and passion.

  • Residential Life

    You will live in comfortable, air-conditioned*, centrally located apartments in the historical center of Florence, a ten-minute walk from the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. The apartments have private bathrooms and two or three bedrooms. Each bedroom will house two or three students. Some apartments have living rooms and kitchens. The staff members will live in an apartment of their own in the same building.

    *Air conditioning units are provided by the local residence in accordance with local standards. We thank you for your understanding as our staff members will work very hard to make you as comfortable as possible during increasingly hot European summers.

    You will be part of our Abbey Road family, making new friends, learning to be independent and self-reliant, to share responsibilities with your peers, manage your time, and getting ready for college years!

  • Daily Schedule

    Every student on the program chooses two classes as their academic focus in Florence: a major and an elective. Major classes meet every morning Monday to Friday, while electives meet three afternoons a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Students interested in earning college credit will have the option of doing so via our local partner school, Lorenzo de Medici Institute.

    Majors: Art History, Studio Art (Drawing, Oil Painting), Italian Language, Cinema & Filmmaking, Fashion Design

    Electives and Workshops: Photography, Fashion Design, Italian Conversation, Italian Cinema, Tuscan Cuisine, Drawing, Oil Painting, Art History & Architecture, Community Service/Art Restoration, Theater & Acting

    Important note: Curfew and Free Time

    The students will have approximately 2 – 3 hours of free time per day, subject to our safety rules and guidelines. The curfew is at 11 pm on weekdays and 11.30 – 12 midnight on weekends, subject to change at program director’s discretion.

    Some of our students’ favorites are:

    • admiring the legendary Renaissance masterpieces at the Uffizi, Bargello, Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Medici and countless other Florentine museums
    • sketching Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia as part of the art class taught by our faculty
    • an evening soccer match in Piazzale Michelangelo
    • Iron Chef culinary competition at our residence judged by the staff
    • sketching Florentine life in Piazza Santa Croce
    • fashion workshop with Italian fashion designers
    • …and many more. Have a look at the gallery below
  • Weekend Day Trips

    In addition to showing you all of the most celebrated and “lesser known” cultural sites in Florence, the program allows you to explore cities outside Florence and even Tuscany each week. From hiking along the cliffs on the Italian Riviera to following in the footsteps (and postures) of millions as you “lean” in front of the tower in Pisa, you and your new friends will be able to explore some of the legendary sites that make Italy one of the most visited countries in all of Europe.

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