Classics Abroad 2022 Florence

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Dates & Times

Sunday 10 - Sunday 17 July, 2022


Our signature one-week course unlocking the secrets of classical antiquity and its creation through the history, art and literature of Florence.  On this interdisciplinary journey, you will draw links between ancient and modern Italy and enrich your understanding of how classical ideas transmitted during the Renaissance. It is a dynamic combination of classroom-based study and first-hand experience in context, designed to inspire anyone with personal or academic interests in Classics and the Renaissance. 

What's the link between Classics and Florence?

Not only does Florence have its own classical past dating back to the Etruscans, but it is also known as the birthplace of the Renaissance i.e. the "rebirth" of classical antiquity. An insight into this period, is an insight into 'Classics' as we know it: Which ancient texts were discovered? Which (and whose) ideas were considered important? How was myth translated into art? On Classics Abroad, you'll gain a clear insight into the history-making process and transform your approach to researching the past.

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A Typical Day 


9 - 10         Coffee and Pre-Reading Activities

10 - 11       Session 1. Tyrannies & Republics: The Legacy of Rome

11 - 12       Session 2. Piazza della Signoria: Mythology, Power & Public Sculpture

2 - 5            Group visit to Palazzo Vecchio and guided tour of ancient Florence

7 - 9            Aperitivo with a view of Florence + live entertainment in a Roman theatre

Cultural Programme

In the evenings, students are free to immerse themselves in the dolce vita alongside their studies and join optional activities on our Cultural Programme, gaining access to authentic Florentine nightlife, outdoor film and music events, reading groups, visits to inscriptions and rooftop bars. Included in the course fee are two hands-on experiences in context.


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Our Approach

At Forte Academy, we combine highly engaging pedagogy with academic rigour, placing a strong emphasis on primary sources and intellectual tool-building. Whether you are a school-leaver or postgraduate, you will be significantly challenged by the questions and content of our courses. Our international tutors embody the passion and intellectual curiosity that we hope to inspire in others! Previous topics have included: Latin Love Elegy feat. Modern Rap (watch the trailer), Virgil and Dante's Inferno, Catullus and Petrarch, Ancient Art & Forgeries and Black Africans in Renaissance Art.

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What's Included?*

  • Full timetable of interactive seminars with a strong focus on primary sources (no Latin required) across literature, art, philosophy, religion & more!  

  • Site visits including any tickets, tours and transport to visit what you've been studying up-close, including: Palazzo Vecchio, The Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens.

  • Saturday trip to Fiesole or Machiavelli's Villa in Tuscany.  

  • Cultural Programme of evening events, such as city walks, outdoor film and music events, library lectures, language drop-ins, exhibitions and aperitivo. 

  • Renaissance Art workshop (3 hours), where you will learn an ancient painting technique such as fresco-making or egg tempera on wood. Take home your masterpiece!

  • Tuscan culinary experience (lunch included).

  • Welcome and Leaving meal.

  • 24/7 Staff Assistance.

*Flights, accommodation and meals except those listed are not included. Students must be 18 years old at the time of travel. 

Fees & How to Apply 

Full Course: £850

Join the Reserve List

Students who receive a place offer will be invited to secure their spot by making a downpayment on the store. Class size is limited this year and offers will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Travel bursaries may be available for applicants in financial need; request a bursary form in the additional comments section of online application form. See our Course Fee (GBP/USD) list and Cancellation Policy 2022.

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Florence boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget. We can help advise current students on finding a home base for the week within walking distance of our classroom in the vibrant city centre. 

Language & Experience Add-Ons

  • 5 x 1 hour conversational Italian or Latin lessons 

  • Rafting on the River Arno

  • Pasta-making workshop​​

Optional add-ons are subject to availability and can be organised at an additional cost with our friends in Florence. 

Feedback from our Classics Abroad students....


"I absolutely loved the online classics course this year! It opened up a whole new discipline for me to explore and I can’t wait to learn more! Thanks for a great week!" - CA 2020 Student

"A fascinating, rewarding course with passionate and remarkably insightful and engaging lecturers. On the whole, really well-adapted to an online format. It always felt rooted in a love of Florence, despite the distance. I would recommend to anyone at all interested in Renaissance Italy or Ancient Rome" - CA 2020 Student

"The course was engaging and fascinating from start to finish. Every session was presented by an expert who brought their subject to life, all the more impressive as it was online. I would highly recommend this course." - CA 2020 Student

"I am absolutely blown away by how much information I received during this course. It feels like so many more doors have been opened for me to explore, and thanks to Florence and the team my appetite for the Classics has increased tremendously! Each day felt like a brand new experience, and I left every session having learnt at least five things I didn't know before. If you want an entirely new perspective on the Classics and what it means to be a historian, I couldn't recommend this course more." - Erin, CA 2021 Student

"The Forte Academy programme offered a perfect variety of content that both challenged and expanded my knowledge of the Renaissance and how we tackle the Classical Canon - both what we can learn from it and how we can challenge it. The plethora of primary sources ranged from art to poetry to letters and really painted the picture of the Florentine past, I highly recommend." - CA 2021 Student

In Florence

"I thought it offered a truly fascinating insight into Florence’s classical, medieval and renaissance history in a fun, accessible way. The people were lovely and the location perfect." - CA 2019 Student

"Fantastic experience, would definitely do the same or something similar again!" - CA 2019 Student

"A superb way to see Florence that built on the material I've been covering at uni, demonstrating in the stone and paint of the Renaissance masterpieces the continuous link between the ancient and modern worlds." - Matthew, CA 2019 Student

"An amazing trip, would recommend to anyone." - CA 2019 Student